This may be a multi-post as the more I think about it the more I am killing our gas mileage with all the stuff I have in the van:) I consider it my FOB (forward operations base) from which we launch our assaults. So I have a lot of stuff to be ready for considering it is our life line away from home. I want to be ready for almost anything from the mundane to the really bad, seriously. Keep in mind that I will cover most everything I keep in the van but some things are on a need-to-know basis. No, I am not kidding. But don’t worry, if you really need it, I plan on having it along with a few things you don’t “need” but might like to have:)
For the mundane I have an organizer between the front seats. It carries quite a bit and we use most of this stuff day to day.
- Snacks – for me and them; crackers
- 5-hr energy drink
- Flip video camera
- Gum – chewing mouths talk less:)
- Harmonica – I have earplugs in the glove box
- Chapstick – they are addicts
- “Special” snacks like Oreos, Nutter Butters, suckers, fruit snacks, etc…. A.K.A. Bribes
- Ponytail holders
- Sunglasses – for me, the CFO and the Triplets
- Clothespins (for keeping chip bags closed)
- Nail clippers
- Pen, sharpie and tire pressure guage
- Headlamp – very useful in night time operations like finding the glue that will fix the child’s world that just came apart; A.K.A. “I dropped my doll”
- Balloons – useful in squelching an uprising, A.K.A. “I’m sorry that they are not serving ice cream right now”
- Pain meds for me – did I mention they scream in the van a lot
Keep in mind I have not covered the organizer behind the driver seat, the storage bin in the floor, the back of the seats, under the seats, the glove boxes or the back of the van yet. Come to think about it, maybe I would get better gas mileage without all my stuff:)
Treat all disasters as if they were trivialities but never treat a triviality as if it were a disaster.
I am not one of those who in expressing opinions confine themselves to facts.
Mark Twain (1835 – 1910), Wearing White Clothes speech, 1907