20 Things to have in your car at all times

Be ready for most any occasion!

By Jennifer Sheran, publisher McDonough, Stockbridge, Hampton, Locust Grove Macaroni Kid June 16, 2021

As a mom, your car office becomes central command. Between taking kids to their activities, enduring the metro Atlanta commute, and always being on the run, you never know when you may find yourself in need of a spare pair of shoes (like the many times I have arrived somewhere only to find that one of my children didn't put on shoes), to needing materials to keep you warm and safe for a number of hours (remember the Atlanta snowmageddon traffic jam?). Here is a handy list of things you should have in your car at all times. One day you'll thank me.

Top 20 Items To Have In Your Car at All Times:

  1. Ponchos or lightweight jacket for everyone
  2. Umbrella
  3. First aid kit
  4. Blanket(s)
  5. Notepad & pencil/pen, coloring book and Crayola Twistable crayons
  6. Notecards with envelopes, tape, scissors, tissue, bag (for last minute gift-giving)
  7. Tissues, paper towels and baby wipes
  8. Hand sanitizer
  9. Sunglasses
  10. Seatbelt cutter / glass tool
  11. Spark plugs
  12. Hair brush and pony tail holders
  13. Non-perishable foods
  14. Chargers for phones and other electronic devices 
  15. Whistle, horn, or cowbell 
  16. Flashlights
  17. Spare clothes for each child (don't forget shoes and socks)
  18. Bottled water
  19. Envelope with restaurant and other entertainment coupons or gift cards
  20. Bags (reusable grocery bags, plastic grocery bags for trash, one gallon-size bag and a foldable tote)

Bonus: 8 Summer Car Must-Haves

  1. Sunscreen
  2. Hat
  3. Goggles
  4. Picnic Blanket
  5. Lawn Chairs
  6. Pool noddle
  7. Bug Spray
  8. Itch/Sting relief spray

What are the must-have items that you keep in your vehicle? How do you store them and keep them organized?

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