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I live in a city that’s notorious for its traffic, and I have to drop off my 2- and 3-year-old children at their school in the mornings before I go to work, then pick them up in the evenings.

So today, I’m going to show you my tips for maintaining your sanity while commuting with kids. Yes, it can be done.

Here are the things I absolutely need to survive the daily grind:

  • My lunch bag (on the front seat)
    • I keep the kids’ snacks and cups in the side pocket
  • A trash bin with a liner
  • Driving shoes (or, in my case, slippers) so I can kick off my heels as soon as I get in the car
  • Toys for the kids
  • A beach towel under the car seats to protect against spills
  • Extra everything (clothing, underwear, diapers, blanket, you name it)
  • First aid kit
  • Window shades that tell me when the car is getting too hot

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And here’s my genius trick for keeping the kids entertained the whole way home: I download a movie on my phone, then hook up my phone to my navigation device and attach it to the sunroof. That way, my kids can watch a movie while they eat their snacks, and I can enjoy my coffee in peace in the front seat.

What are some of the commuting tricks that work for you? I’m always open to new ideas!

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Elissa Benzie About the author:
Elissa is a millennial wife and mom with two toddlers. She's neurotic and disorganized, she's over it and exhausted. But it's OK, that's life! Follow her on FacebookTwitter, Pinterest or Instagram
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