Once while I was helping my friend, an organized mother of four, load her stroller into the back of her van, I noticed a plastic box with a snap-on lid.

"Is that what I think it is?" I asked.

"Yes," she said, opening the lid to reveal a box full of goodies guaranteed to make any mom envious. She had an extra pair of clothes including socks, jackets or sweatshirts for each of her kids. The box also contained band-aids and sunscreen.

When our kids are small, we carry extra everything in the diaper bag. But after potty training, there's not a good place to stow all the necessities.

A necessity box in your trunk is great option especially with Central Ohio's unpredictable weather.

I've started my own necessity box, and added bug repellant in a sealed plastic bag and a few shelf stable snacks.

Tailor your box to your family. I bet you'll be surprised how many times it saves you.

-- Melissa Kossler Dutton, contributing writer for Columbus Parent