Disclosure: Do not read this if you are eating a meal and have a queasy stomach.
With two young kids, taking a longer drive usually means a lot of preparation and for us, impeccable timing. Our oldest at about 1 1/2 years old started getting carsick. Like most parents of a child that can't yet communicate (David didn't talk until 2 1/2), we found this out the hard way. At first maybe we thought he didn't like the dinner as it was usually after visiting a friend's house for dinner or going out to a restaurant. Then after the second incident it occurred to me...I gave my oldest yet another one of my wonderful attributes. Like his mother, my poor son gets carsick. I have to drive or if I am a passenger, I need to be in the front and have eaten rather recently. My oldest on the other hand gets carsick only after he has eaten. Through some trial and yes, additional error, we learned that we couldn't let David eat within two hours of a trip in the car if the ride was more than fifteen minutes. I thought we were over this as he had gotten much better and nervously we started experimenting with eating and running errands within the two-hour limit we always planned for.
Even on our longer trips (6 hours +) he was able to watch his portable DVD player. Something I have never been able to do. So when we went to drop off our meat at the butcher and David asked to take his iPad on the trip, and since it was 45 minutes one way, I told him yes because I thought it would be similar to watching his DVDs. Not quite so. Halfway into the trip, thankfully the roads were empty and there were plenty of places to pull into, he tells me he's going to "throw up." Mommy-mode kicks into overdrive and as I'm pulling into a parking lot right off of the main road, I am already planning how to handle this. I hurry around the vehicle and in record time, unhook David and lift all 45 pounds of him quickly out of the vehicle. We talk about just breathing slowly and deeply and keeping calm. He's doing a great job and stays next to the car, facing away from the car of course. I begin looking in all of the places where I keep our plastic bags just for this reason to realize that they ARE ALL GONE! How could that be, I am always a prepared mom, especially when it comes to a carsick kid. I am panicking now because I realize I have nothing in case he gets sick while we continue our drive, and seeing that as soon as the car stops, child #2's eyes pop open immediately from a deep sleep, and he's not a happy child when it comes to being strapped down in a vehicle unless he's sleeping.
Just then, something bright blue catches my attention in the trunk of our SUV. It's my insulated tote bag for when I'm running errands and need to keep cold items cold in the car. HOW PERFECT! It is thick, there's a very small chance of holes in it for liquids (for lack of a better word) to leak out, and it can just be closed shut, not stinking up the car, and then thrown away. A little expensive for a bag to get sick in, but well worth not having the hassle of plastic bags. So, even mom continues to learn and find new ways to make life easier.