With summer comes scenic drives to the park and road trips. I find myself spending more time in the car and wishing I had remembered bug spray or a hat or an extra water bottle. Just like your winter car kit

, it’s a smart idea to pack a few items that can help you feel organized and prepared for anything this summer. You know your weather and lifestyle best, so you may like to have other items in your car. So whether your summer weekends are filled with trips to the beach, sporting events or your local farmer’s markets, below are a few suggestions to get you started packing a summer emergency kit. Simply pack everything in a clear plastic box so you can easily see what’s inside and enable you to store this over the winter in the garage.

  • Sunblock
  • Bug spray
  • Anti-itch medication like calamine lotion
  • First aid kit
  • Instant cold packs
  • Bottles of water
  • Non-perishable snacks
  • Hats and sunglasses
  • Park activities like Frisbee, soccer ball or beach blanket
  • Specialty items for newborns or infants
  • Water bowl for the dog (and other pet supplies)
  • Roadside safety equipment
  • Hand sanitizer or wet wipes
  • Extra garbage bags for wet swimsuits or muddy shoes
  • Collapsable nylon shopping bags for impromptu shopping trips

If traveling on a long summer road trip, be sure to bring 24-hours worth of emergency supplies, especially medications and water.

Tell us, what do you always keep in your car during the summer?

Top image credit: Martha O’Hara Interiors