Getting Your Car Ready For Summer

Getting Your Car Ready For Summer

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Summer is here and in full swing!

We normally keep ourselves busy with lots of outdoor activities, but during the summertime we are on overdrive at times! We really take advantage of the “off-time” and explore farther and deeper than we would during the school year. This summer at #CampMom we have plenty of day trips planned to explore all the secret nooks and crannies South Florida has to offer, I can’t wait to share all of our adventures with you on Instagram and Snapchat!

If you’ve followed my blog for some time now, you know I am a self-professed reformed Type A with a minor in OCD. My need for control was insane and was quickly thwarted by the birth of my two sons fifteen months apart. However, old habits die-hard. I wouldn’t say I’m obsessive these days, but I’ve learned that preparedness is key when hauling around two rambunctious boys with, well let’s just call it a real thirst for adventure!

Trunk Organization

Trunk Organization

Scraped knees, bumps, bruises, even broken bones.. You name it, we’ve experienced it, all aside from stitches (thank goodness). Experience has taught me to be ready for just about anything. So I’ve put together a list of necessities to keep our car stocked and ready for a summer full of fun! I wouldn’t be myself if I didn’t include some organization tips to keep you from getting cluttered. I purchased a simple jewelry travel organizer and filled it with the following:

  • Sunscreen Face Stick – It’s more precise for facial application, makes it easier to keep out of the eyes
  • Floss – My oldest simply despises any food in his teeth and often flosses after every meal
  • Q-Tips – You never know when a dirty ear might arise – I’ve also used this to clean some boo boo’s
  • Band Aids – This gets used the most honestly
  • Homemade Sunburn Spray – In case of any tender shoulders (Dad uses this mostly)
  • Arnica Gel – For anything that goes bump during the day
  • Socks – Because I have boys and for some reason these disappear magically on a daily basis
  • Diaper Ointment – This works miracles on sensitive sandy bottoms
  • Bug Balm – We live in a swamp South Florida
  • Swimmies – In case we run into some pool fun
  • Extra Underwear – In case of any accidents (accidents can happen when you’re too busy playing)

Bonus Tip:

Nothing gets wet or stubborn sand off of little toes like some old-fashioned baby powder!

These are just some of my must-haves, this can change with your own children. Only you know them and their habits best. This stash also evolves as the kids grow. I love keeping it all in this clear organizer because it makes it really easy to find, plus it hangs pretty easily in the corner.

Trunk Organization

Trunk Organization

I also include a plastic bin (to keep it dry and clean) with a change of clothes for any occasion. In here I keep:

  • Tops – Long sleeve, short sleeve, tank tops, and rash guards just in case
  • Bottoms – Shorts, pants, and a pair of swimming trunks
  • Wet Bag – This keeps the moisture in and the rest of your bag and trunk dry
  • Bonus – I tend to keep an extra pair of shoes for the boys, summers are rainy in South Florida and puddles can be way too tempting for young kids!

Trunk Organization

Other items I keep in the trunk all summer for some spontaneous fun are some basic essentials:

  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Beach Umbrella
  • Picnic Blanket
  • Tiny Cooler

The last stop on the preparedness train is the most important. You need to make sure this fun you will be having will also be safe. All the traveling we will be doing will likely result in added mileage and normal wear and tear, you want to be sure your car is in tip-top shape. Right before the summer starts I make appointments for the basics: oil change, get new tires or rotate the ones you have. Then I enlist the help of my husband and work on a few simple things ourselves. Check washer fluid, replace windshield wipers, and change the air filter. Having a functional a/c in the summertime can make or break your fun, besides I need to know that all the travel time were logging in won’t do more harm than good in the long run.

Fram Air Filter

Most of these are fairly easy to do yourself. This was the first year I replaced the air filter on my own and it was a breeze! I ordered the proper filter for my car on Walmart.com, they made it really easy by asking me the make / model of my car and recommending the right size and brand to suit my needs. It’s a no-fail process, really. It arrived quickly in the mail and I was able to swap out the old dirty filter (scary to think what we were breathing in), and pop in the new one in minutes! #SuperMomAlert

Fram Air Filter

The engine is the heart of the vehicle, without that running properly you won’t make it anywhere. The air filter acts as the first line of defense filtering the air that gets in and keeping the dirt and dust from entering the engine. I immediately saw a difference in the performance of my vehicle. FRAM Air Filter recommends you change your air filter every 12,000 miles, about every year for us (preferably just before summer time).

Disclosure: Follow recommended change intervals as noted in your vehicle owner’s manual.

There’s only one more ingredient for a perfect summer and that’s FUN! Being this prepared helps me to really go with the flow and enjoy the surprises that come with laid back summertime vibes. Spontaneous beach picnics? No problem! Running through the sprinklers before leaving the park? Sure! Keeping the necessities at hand and all organized in one place allows us to ride the wave and keep the party going!

Have a happy summer!

Essentially yours,

Erika

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