35 Things I Always Keep in My Car

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Things I Always Keep in My Car

I love to be prepared for just about anything. My boyfriend is the opposite, he thinks that whatever we need we can always stop at a store. I prefer to have things on hand -and the amount of times I have been proven right just validates my belief. So here is my list of all the things I always keep in my car for day to day convenience.

For emergency situations check out my post on Essentials for Car Safety and for more storage, organization and cool gadgets check out my post on Amazon Car Gadgets! Plus Check out my Mom Car Essentials Guide for even more tips to stay organized with kids. And my Must Have Dog Car Accessories for those with pups!

My Essentials

  1. Hair Ties, Bobby Pins, & Hairbrush
  2. Deodorant
  3. Gum, Mints, Mouthwash and/or Waterless Toothbrush mouth fresheners
  4. Make Up Wipes
  5. Travel Size Dry Shampoo & Hairspray
  6. Hand Sanitizer & Face Mask (Because COVID)
  7. Bug Spray & Sunscreen (keep in mind not to leave aerosols in your car in case it gets too hot!)
  8. Non Perishable Snacks- Granola Bars, Trail Mix, Gummy Snacks
  9. Reusable Water Bottle – don’t leave plastic water bottles in your car as the heat could melt the plastic and contaminate the water.
  10. Spare Change & Emergency $20
  11. Paper, Pen & Pencil (pencil in case your pen ink freezes in winter)
  12. Change of clothes (usually sweats) including socks & underwear
  13. Flip Flops or comfy flats
  14. Wet Wipes, Lysol Wipes & Paper Towels
  15. Umbrella
  16. Towel & Wet Bag
  17. Reusable Tote Bags & Plastic Bags- garbage, puke bags, dog poop, whatever you need a plastic bag is there
  18. Lip Chap & Lip Gloss
  19. Extra car fluids (washer fluid, coolant, motor oil- whatever your car needs)
  20. Sunglasses
  21. Hat (sun hat in the summer, toque and gloves in the winter)
  22. Blanket
  23. Advil, Tums, Gravol & Polysporin
  24. Phone Charger & Car Adaptor
  25. Pads/Tampons
  26. Hand Lotion
  27. Tide To-Go Pen
  28. Sewing Kit & Scissors
  29. Lint Roller
  30. Duct Tape
  31. Travel Razor & Mini Shaving Cream
  32. Nail Polish Remover, Nail File & Nail Clippers
  33. Contacts, Eye Drops & Spare Glasses
  34. Cutlery – either a travel reusable set, or a disposable set
  35. Wrinkle Release Spray or Travel Steamer

BONUS: 5 Things to NEVER keep in your car!

  1. Fizzy Drinks– too hot or too cold and these things will explode……everywhere! Just always bring them inside
  2. Condoms– too hot or too cold and it could compromise the integrity of the material and lead to easier tearing or breaks. It’s always good to be prepared, but using a faulty condom without realizing it is the opposite of what you want.
  3. Life Saving Medications– Most medications are temperature sensitive and won’t work as well if they’re exposed to too much heat/cold. Allergy medication, Epi-Pens, and Insulin are the top three off the top of my head. If you need to pack them for a road trip or a day outing to the park/beach, make sure to pack them in a cooler. If your Advil or Gravol isn’t as effective at least it won’t risk your life.
  4. Valuables– Makes it too tempting for thieves and a shattered window (not to mention stolen items) is never fun to deal with
  5. Crayons– they will melt and make a mess!
Comment Below: Is there anything not on my list that you never leave home without?

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