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Handy items to keep in the car

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I pride myself not only on keeping my car reasonably neat, but also on being prepared for whatever comes my way when I’m out and about.

A while back, I wrote about must have items for the car trunk, but I also have a certain set of things I keep in the console next to me.

The contents may look like random items (OK, the loose change in there is random, I don’t know how it got there), but I spend a lot of time in the car, and contents of the center console are a carefully crafted list of things I like to keep close without having a lot of extra stuff.

They’re not emergency or winter-preparedness items (I keep that kind of thing in the trunk) or anything smart like that. I’m talking about little things that drive me crazy if I don’t have them when I’m away from home.

Some of the things in my car console:

Lip balm - inevitably, one of the kids will complain about the worst chapped lips in the history of ever when we are 250 miles from civilization on the Interstate in the middle of the night.

Spare reading and sun glasses - Mostly self-explanatory, but they rank near the top of my list of things that bug me to death if I accidentally leave them at home.

Hand lotion -I’m not a lotion addict by any means, but there seems to be some relationship between noticing dry hands and sitting in a huge traffic jam.

Nail clippers and nail file - For those times when that annoying fingernail has to be dealt with RIGHT. NOW.

Pens and paper - I’ve never mastered typing in a number on the phone at the same time I’m talking on the phone, so I have to be all retro and write it on paper.

Mints - I keep them in there mostly to let my youngest child think he’s discovered a secret treat.

Napkins - I have kids, need I say more? My paper napkin stash is also like a retrospective of everywhere I’ve been over the past few weeks.

Tweezers - We all know about the annoying stray hair that only shows up when you’re at a stoplight, right? Tweezers are also good for a variety of kids’ backpack-related malfunctions like stuck zippers.

Also, when my kids were younger and were going to lots of birthday parties, I used to keep gift bags, tags and tissue paper in there because I may or may not have been that person who bought the gift on the way to the party.

I may be the only one who thinks this deeply about the subject, but are there things you find handy to keep in your car?

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5 comments so far...

  • Two words: Feminine hygiene.

    ‘Nuf said?

    Headless Mom  |  January 17th, 2012 at 10:44 pm

  • I usually have tweezers in my makeup bag. But thanks for the great idea to have some extra reading glasses stashed in the car! I have most of the same + hand sanitizer / wipes. My car even comes with a great place (on the door) to keep the container of wipes. It’s not the kids that spill it’s the hubby.

    gtrexler  |  January 17th, 2012 at 10:52 pm

  • A box of kleenex, and book lights.

    Lisa  |  January 18th, 2012 at 3:38 am

  • Baby wipes, to clean both the kids AND the car.


    Plastic garbage sacks. I’ve been known to sit at a red light, grab all the trash I can reach, and shove it in the sack so that I can toss it into the trash at my destination.

    Hand sanitizer.

    Damsel  |  January 18th, 2012 at 2:18 pm

  • SCISSORS! It’s unbelievable how many times these have come in handy…also those little loaded toothbrushes for long days away from home…

    Emily  |  April 17th, 2012 at 9:03 pm