Prepare to be Prepared

We had a lovely family day out for Father’s Day this weekend with my husband, Dad and Grandad all present and correct. It was a beautiful warm weekend and we drove off into the countryside with dogs and picnics onboard to celebrate at a local landmark.

When we arrived, we unloaded the cars, set up our picnic area with rugs, camping chairs and hampers and it occurred to me that it really was rather warm, and there was no shade to be found (at least not within easy walking distance for the grandparents). At that moment, the realisation dawned that I had left the sun lotion at home. None of us had remembered to pack sunscreen and I have to confess, it was very much on my mind for the rest of the day that the children might get burned. Fortunately, they were both wearing t-shirts which covered their shoulders, one of them had a hat on and there was a fair amount of cloud blowing through which gave us breaks in the brightest of the sunshine. As it turned out, the only person to get burned was me (thank goodness) – the joys of being an English rose!

I would have felt like a terrible Mother if the children had come home with sunburn and the incident did make me think that I should keep some sunscreen in the car so that I never get caught out like that again. Having had a couple of other items missing from my arsenal on Sunday, I decided to put together an emergency in-car ‘prepared for anything kit.’

Admittedly, this is not rocket-science. I just grabbed a cosmetic bag I already had and filled it with the following things:

Prepared for every eventuality

Prepared for every eventuality

  • Sunscreen (We always use factor 50 so we don’t have to give any thought to sunburn and can just enjoy our time in the sunshine.)
  • Wipes
  • Tissues
  • Insect repellent
  • Paracetamol (for the adults and child paracetamol for the kids)
  • Small torch
  • Pen
  • Hand lotion
  • Plasters
  • Manicure set
  • Hairbands
  • Compact mirror
  • Antiseptic cream

Ideally, I would have a bottle of water in there but I’ve read that plastic bottles of water and hot cars are not a good idea so I will just have to remember to bring drinks. The cosmetic bag tucks nicely into the glovebox alongside the car manual and now, it’s just a matter of refilling when something runs out. It is actually quite a comfort to someone as forgetful as me to know that whenever we head off for a day out, I can just grab this kit, pop it in our bag and I will know I have everything we need to help us enjoy a smooth, stress-free day.


While I was at it, I cleared out and cleaned the inside of the car which DESPERATELY needed to be done. Why is it that my car seems to fall so quickly into a state of filth and chaos?! Is it just me?Car kit

How about you? Do you think a little kit like this in your car would save you some headaches (literal and metaphorical) on your next family day out? Is there anything you always keep in your car to save you in a moment of forgetfulness? I would love to hear about it.

I hope everyone enjoyed a peaceful and happy Father’s Day both with those Dads who are still with us and remembering fondly those that aren’t.

Thanks so much for reading. It’s been a big week for my little blog, lots of ‘firsts’ and happy dancing watching viewer numbers grow. I am so grateful to each and every person that takes a moment from their week to catch up with Home Heart Harmony…xoxo


  1. Olivia Manfield says:

    Hi sue, one thing I always carry in my first aid bag is sting relief ointment. I realised that I should carry this when my son was stung by stinging nettles 5 mins into a outdoor photo shoot! We had a grumpy boy for the rest of the shoot. It has been used several times since for friends children that have been stung by bees and nettles.
    Kind regards

  2. Helen H says:

    This is a great idea! We always have a first aid kit in the car but it would be great to have these other items already in the car too. I’ve also made the mistake of forgetting our sun cream and as I’ve just stopped having to take a changing bag out with me (which I kept a ridiculous amount of stuff in) I’m thinking about how I can make sure I still have everything I need when I’m out and about. This would be a great start!

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