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Irish Summer Car Kit

Irish Summer Car Kit

Before school let out when the weather was fine the kids and I got a notion for a spontaneous after school picnic.  Not wanting to travel home to get picnic supplies I opted for a quick spin around The Range UK for equipment and the local Spar for provisions.  While it doesn’t take much for me to come up with an excuse for a trip to The Range, the truth is I spent nearly €50 I didn’t need to spend.  If I had been better prepared with an Irish Summer Car Kit I wouldn’t have spent money unnecessarily.

Nonetheless, we had a fab spontaneous picnic at Fota House and Gardens.  While the spontaneous adventures always end up being the best, I realised I could be better prepared for our spontaneity. Drawing inspiration from Simply Kierste I started to think about what we would need to have on hand to be ready for anything this summer.

When we got home I spent some time making our Irish Summer Car Kit.    And while Simply Kierste has it all pretty in a storage box – all I had to hand was an oversized bag from The Range.  So with our Irish Summer Car Kit in the back of the car we are all set for what ever summer throws our way.

Here’s a list of everything in our Irish Summer Car Kit….have I forgotten anything?

Irish Summer Car Kit:

  • Spare clothes for all of us.  Especially Mom & Dad.  I usually have spare clothes for the kids but have often found myself holding back so not to get wet or mucky myself   – no more excuses now.
  • Wellies or spare shoes
  • Jumpers / Raincoats
  • Sunscreen & Sun hats
  • Picnic Blanket
  • Towels
  • Bubbles
  • Hurleys
  • Frisbee
  • Soccer Ball
  • Wipes
  • Baby Powder  (because it really DOES remove sand)
  • Loose change to cover the cost of ice-creams because I never have cash it seems
  • Plasters

It’s been a few weeks since we put our Irish Summer Car Kit in the car and I have no idea why I didn’t do it sooner.  We have pulled just about everything out of it already and its been so nice to not have to think too hard to ‘pack’ the car before we go off for the day.  I will say though –  that huge The Range bag is a bit of a disaster.  It is too big and tough to find things in. At some point I will put it all in a nice organised box…or probably not – I’ll probably spend the summer rummaging through the big Range bag.

Is there any must have I’ve left out of our Irish Summer Car Kit?

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