This winter, weird weather is sweeping the country. One week, you car is buried under snow, and the next, you no longer need to warm up your ride. While you can't always predict the forecast, you can expect the best and prepare for the worse. This is extremely important if you are hauling your most prized possessions--your children. Here's how you can ensure you are ready for a storm to hit while out and about with your family. 

1. Pack a Blanket: If your child is in a car seat, it's safer to keep cozy and warm with a blanket versus a bulky winter coat. Be sure to remove your child's coat, before strapping him/her into the car seat. A blanket can serve not only as a way to keep warm but also a way to comfort your child. A soft blanket provides security and helps kids fall asleep, if your commute is slowed down or even at a standstill due to a snow storm. You can also keep a change of clothes in the car.  Kids are drawn to piles of snow and muddy puddles, so a backup up outfit is often needed.
2. Carry a portable charger/battery for your cell phone: You never know when you'll get stuck in traffic, so carrying extra batteries and portable chargers are not only smart but safe You don't have to leave your vehicle and track through ice and snow to find a pay phone, which rarely exist anymore! It also keeps kids entertained. Your children can play a game or watch a snow while you focus o the winter weather road conditions. Be sure to add your emergency contacts to your phone. That way, if you are ever in an accident, first responders will know immediately who to call to report what happened obtain medical records.
3. Change of Clothes for Children.
4. First Aid Kit: Kids always ask for Band-Aids! And when it's not a pretend injury,keeping a first aid kit in the car means you don't have to keep your child waiting or leave the warmth of your car to find a convenience store for the medical supplies you need.
5. Roadside Assistance Card: When an emergency strikes, help is only a phone call away. You can focus on keeping your kids calm instead of trying to solve problems, like flat tires.
6. Snacks: Sometimes snowstorms cause major traffic delays. Snacks combat hunger, and minimize complaints. I also keep bottled water in the cupholders.

When the snow stops, you can still keep most of these items in the car. Of course, you want to swap out the sweater and sweatshirts for tanks and flip flops!

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