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items to always carry with you in your car

Here is my updated list of recommended items to always have in your car.

Two ice scrapers - My dad taught me to always carry not one but two ice scrapers in my car. One for me in case of ice, and one to give away to the poor soul trying to use a credit card two spaces down from me.

Two umbrellas - Same idea. Ever see anyone caught in a car wreck in the rain? Their day is screwed up, their car is dented, they're copying down some insurance information from a stranger AND getting wet. You can prevent them from getting more wet.

Tire gage - Not the crappy stick kind! Get a nice dial, with the extra button to let air out.

Travel car battery charger - I used to say "jumper cables" but then I met the travel car battery charger! You can jump start your own car with nobody's help. Truly a gift that keeps on giving and they charge your phone just in case. For the really ambitious, there are 2-in-1 charter/tire inflators.

Frisbee - Just in case a nice day breaks out and a picnic happens.

Milk crate full of books for little free libraries - just me? okay. Well I have too many dang books and hate finding a LFL that's not stocked up. If you're in a new part of town check http://littlelocator.org and map to the closest one.

Pair of scissors - so the drive through place doesn't mangle your coupons trying to rip them apart. A multi-tool or pocket knife with scissors is also an option.

Wine opener - Ever bring a bottle of wine to somebody's house for a party and they don't have a corkscrew? AHHHH! I have saved entire SWE meetings by having one in my glove box.

Survival blanket - okay this is maybe passable, but when I was flying airplanes it was a real thing in case you land in the tundra.

Gloves - be an organized person who stores gloves in their glove box. Not piles of old papers. I cleaned out my glove box and found insurance cards from six years ago. I decided to make a goal to store gloves in it, and only the necessary papers for registration and insurance. It can be done.

That concludes my list.


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Nov. 8th, 2017 06:37 pm (UTC)
Wow, I actually have most of those in my car, minus the duplicates. I also like to keep a book that I have NOT read, so that when I'm stuck waiting for someone I have something to read. And of course I have my CERT bag.
Nov. 8th, 2017 06:52 pm (UTC)
We always have at least one roll of duct tape just in case something needs to be patched or held together in an emergency.
Nov. 8th, 2017 06:57 pm (UTC)
I prefer electrical tape because it's slimmer and a little easier to work with, but yes, definitely tape.
Nov. 8th, 2017 06:56 pm (UTC)
Ok, I need to hear about a dial tire gauge, any recommendations?

A container of potable water. I like those 3-quart jugs of Arrowhead/Ice Mountain/Ozarka/whatever it's called depending on where you live. Keep it sealed, but it's good for drinking if you get marooned, first aid, or cooling things down. (A disclaimer: we haven't lived anywhere that it freezes in years, and it might not be a good idea if you live somewhere that it does.) As soon as you open it for any reason, replace. If you see a family broke down on the side of the road in the California desert waiting for a tow truck, you don't want to have a half-empty janky bottle of water to offer them.

A mechanical pencil or two, in case you need to write down license info or insurance info and can't rely on having a functioning pen or a cell phone with a camera.

A roll of tape, electrical if you're needing to possibly do an emergency repair, scotch if you're needing to do some emergency first aid.

Barf bags (self explanatory). Alternatively, plastic bags from the grocery store. Fold them neatly and put in seat back pocket/glove compartment/other stowage.

I always kept a pocket knife in the little drawer next to the turn signal in my Accord. I never needed it but was always mindful of it.
Nov. 9th, 2017 09:58 am (UTC)
oh gosh they're everywhere - mine's a little slime one. they're usually near the stick gages at the auto parts store, they're just like $7 instead of $2 but sometimes it's worth the extra! (edit for link because apparently I don't know how to post images anymore? https://www.autozone.com/tire-repair-and-tire-wheel/tire-gauge/slime-5-60-psi-mini-magnetic-dial-gauge-with-tire/819402_0_0)

Edited at 2017-11-09 09:59 am (UTC)
Nov. 8th, 2017 06:59 pm (UTC)
Gloves in the glove box? There's a concept; I should leave a pair there instead of hoping I remember to stick some in my purse or pocket. Good list; I usually have some of these in the car (including, at times, a box of books for LFLs). I should be more consistent, though. Three other things we always keep in the car: sunglasses, a small kit with basic tools, and a first aid kit.
Nov. 8th, 2017 07:00 pm (UTC)
And a small box of change for parking meters.
Nov. 8th, 2017 08:18 pm (UTC)
Some great ideas I hadn't thought of. I also carry at least one pair extra gloves, for that person that needs them, and socks.
Nov. 8th, 2017 08:55 pm (UTC)
Good list. I also have the handy little tool that will break a window open with one push and also cut through a seatbelt.
Nov. 9th, 2017 01:29 pm (UTC)
This just reminds me that I need to clean out my car. Haha.
Nov. 10th, 2017 12:57 am (UTC)
An excellent list. I once got bonus points on a performance appraisal at work because I had a corkscrew in my desk at all times. Where I live, the survival blanket is a good idea - though most of us tend to pack a sleeping bag because it's already in the house.
Nov. 10th, 2017 03:22 am (UTC)
Our gloveboxes have the necessary insurance paperwork plus maps. Lots of maps.

The gloves hang in the door pocket of the truck and the back of the Jeep.
Nov. 10th, 2017 07:30 pm (UTC)
It's always good to keep more than one blanket in the car if you live in a colder region. Also good in case you are near someone in a road accident and need to keep them warm until help arrives.
Nov. 12th, 2017 08:32 pm (UTC)
If you live somewhere hot, one of those windshield covers for the front window.

And if you have kids, a receiving blanked for each child. Can be used to bundle child on a day that gets unexpectedly chilly and can also be used to cover car seats so they don't get super hot while parked in the sun.
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