It's no secret that Florida is hot in the summer. And yes, mosquitos can be quite annoying. It's also easier to get dehydrated in the heat. So, every year I create a Summer Survival Kit to keep in my car. This way, we're prepared for wherever the road may lead, even if it leads to the middle of the Everglades (which it frequently does).
Summer survival kit items:
Impromptu picnics are made in the shade. I found a great one at Kohl’s for $20 that zippers into a nice square and it's waterproof on one side.
Different from a blanket! You never know when one of the kids will jump in a pool, need to be dried off from rain (or sweat!) or you need a napping pillow.
This one stays in my purse, not in the car, as they will melt. If you keep one in your car, purchase the lip balm in a small, round container, not a stick.
Goldfish, crackers, granola bars – anything that won’t melt in the heat.
I love the sticks but they melt in the car so I keep one in my purse. They’re small, only .47 ounces, so it’s like a fat lipstick. You can keep a bottle of sunscreen lotion in your car kit too.
My boys tend to get splinters frequently in summer. If you don’t have a pair in your purse, keep tweezers in your car.
Be ready for those summertime afternoon 'thunder boomers.' I also keep a few of those Disney rain ponchos handy. (Of course I never have them when I'm at Disney World, therefore I have 4,000 of them.)
Even if the bottles get hot, warm water is better than no water. Juice boxes, too.
One-gallon or two-gallon size, keep a few for wet or dirty clothes.