Winter Car Travel with Your Newborn
Driving in the winter (for those of you in snowy states) can have its hazards: dead batteries, accidents, getting stuck in the snow. You may not have put a lot of thought into having a winter car kit, but once you have a baby, you have to be prepared. Create your own winter car kit for your trunk, and if something unforeseen happens to you, you can breathe a little easier knowing you have supplies.
Car kit essentials:
Extra jacket, hat, mittens/gloves, scarf, boots
Cat litter (for traction)
Shovel (if you have room)
Diaper bag essentials:
Extra diapers (obviously!)
Fresh sacks (for used diapers)
Extra breast milk or formula (and bottles)
Other tips that can give you peace of mind are: always charge your cell phone before you get in the car, invest in AAA if you can afford it (also great for a Christmas wish list), and make sure someone knows where you are and what your plans are. There are still a few areas out there where you get no cell phone service!
Also, the best thing to do is to stay out of a jam altogether. While some things are unavoidable, there are a couple things you can do to minimize the odds of getting stuck in bad weather. Make sure your car has been “winterized” with a tune up. Avoid travel completely (if you can) when the weather is nasty. And, finally, be hyper-aware of other drivers. It seems every year people forget how to drive in snow. Keep your eyes peeled for inattentive drivers, speeders, and fish-tailers.