Organize Kids In The Car With #ThirtyOneGifts

Disclaimer: I received products to facilitate this project. All opinions are my own.

Keeping a car that kids spend time in organized can be a full-time job, at least for me. Add to it the extras needed for a road trip and life gets really complicated. Over the years, I have found what works for us, so I want to share some tips with all of my fabulous readers. Whether you need your car organized for everyday use, or for a trip, there should be something here to help you.

1. Backpacks: The kids have adjusted to using their Lil' Go Backpacks from Thirty-One Gifts. They work perfectly. Along the way, we found that putting a carabiner on the handle will allow you to hang it from the seat in front of them. If it is not hanging, the floor board works just fine. The Fold-Up Family Organizer keeps games, art supplies, books and more organized and handy. It has a strap that will allow you to hang from the back of a seat as well!

2. If you are going on a road trip, I have found the perfect place to pack kids' bed stuff is in the floorboard beside their backpacks. I pack their pillow, quilt, blanket, lovie, flashlight, and their Bible in totes they got for their birthdays. They are light weight and have Spiderman and Minnie mouse, but any light weight tote will do. I pack everything but their throw and pillow in the bottom of the bag. They can easily pull out a blanket or pillow if they get sleepy or want to get cozy and watch a movie. The Essential Storage Tote will work great for this as well.

Related image3. DVD Players/ Tablets: I have packed up our tablet hanging cases in favor of something more awesome! I use the Hanging Traveler Case from Thirty-One Gifts. When it is opened, it makes the perfect case for all electronics. There is a hanger that is perfect for hanging on the seat in front. The top pocket is perfect for the tablet/ DVD player while watching movies. The bottom pocket is perfect for storing accessories. If you are not in the car, the top can be folded back and the case will stand, making the bottom pocket great for watching movies. There is plenty of room for everything to be kept together! What can be better?

See all that space? Isn't it perfect? Accessories can be put in smaller zipper pouches for easy organization and access! Yes, my kids are that organized. (Not!!! I have to keep on top of it all!)

4. Drinks/ Snacks: The Fresh Market Thermal is perfect for road trips. It is easy to open and keeps goodies cold! Just put it somewhere that is easy access (I put it on the floor board between the kids' stuff). I can just turn around and unzip it and grab what I need. It is also easy to carry and store.

The Double Duty Caddy is perfect for meals on the go. It is the right size for a cup, french fries, and a snack on each side, as well as napkins. No more juggling burger, drinks, and fries. Use this instead!

Products like The Littles Carry-All Caddy, Summer Fun Caddy, Oh Snap Bin, and Oh Snap Pocket can hold drinks, snacks, and even napkins for those in the back seat. Sometimes car cup holders are hard for little ones to reach, but this solves the problem.

5. I like to Keep the Large Utility Tote in the back of the car for the whole trip. This allows me to keep swim gear, sun screen, a change of clothes and handier no matter where we venture to. It is great for the ride too, you never know when you may need a change of clothes! I use the second one to carry grocery bags with snacks and lunches to the hotel room at one time. The LUT is a miracle worker!

6. Extra Activities/ Needs: The Double Duty Caddy is perfect for essentials that are just easier to keep in the car, like extra diapers, sunscreen, bug spray, wipes, and more. It sits up straight, has a handle, and is easily organized.

Use a Fold-and-File or Catch-All Bin between the two front seats for maps, magazines, itinerary, purses, and more. Have everything at your fingertips and looking pretty.

The Hang-It Pocket Organizer works great hanging on the back seat of an SUV or Minivan. Store everything you need and have it handy!

The Your Way Rectangle and Lid are great for road trips. Put extra books, games, toys, snacks, movies, and more while you are on the road. The Lid is great for eating and playing games. Sometimes you need a solid surface. I even fit the kids' folding lap desk in it! It is perfect!

What are your car organizing needs. What storage solution have you found for your car? I would love to hear it!

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