Before heading out the door, busy moms and dads can easily forget to do some last minute grooming of their children. For most parents, the process of leaving the house can take hours and by the time you finally leave, all sorts of things could have happened with the kids and they could be looking a hot mess. This result can be avoided. Keep the following 5 things by the door and a version in the car with sample sizes inside the car. To make sure you don’t schlep your kids to events looking unkempt and like a little Jane and Tarzan, have a basket by the door with the following:
1. A comb and/or brush. Even if you groom the children’s hair an hour or less before leaving, they may tussle on the floor or change tops and pull them over their heads and mess up all your effort. You can do a last minute touch up as you prepare to finally exit.
2. Lotion or Vaseline. Especially for children with dry skin or who tend to get ashy, especially those with darker skins, greasing up is mandatory before leaving the house. The ashy look, especially in the summer months, is not cool. Lather on some emollient onto their legs, elbows and knees and a little on chapped or cracked lips and face so their skin is smooth but not greasy.
3. Wet wipes. If they are like most kids, they may have had a mini tantrum that produced tears and runny nose. After their done, that will quickly turn into a white crusty and dried out mess under their eyes and nose. Always have a packet of wet wipes nearby to avoid your kid looking like that snotty nose Roscoe kid character from the 90s show Martin.
4. Snacks. You should never ever take a hungry kid on a trip, even a short trip. Some children turn into little Gremlins when they are starving. Having some snacks on hand for them to munch on before or during the trip can alleviate some possible breakdown before they start.
5. Sunscreen or Insect Repellant. If your excursion will take you outdoors, to a wooded area or out in the sun, you will want to spray on some protection from the elements and bugs for the kids.
Trips out with the kids can be painfree if we plan and have an emergency kit at hand to make those last-minute touch ups and fixes.