What Do You Keep In Your Car?

What Do You Keep In Your Car?
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There was always a pink blanket in the trunk of the family car when I was growing up. It took up a lot of space but could never be removed, because what if the car broke down in winter? We would all have to huddle under the blanket while we waited for help. Driving without a blanket is just asking for trouble.

This never happened, of course, and I didn’t carry on the tradition. But I always think of the trunk of my car as a place to carry emergency essentials. I wouldn’t go anywhere without jumper cables, and I’ve used mine several times over the years – sometimes to be a good Samaritan, sometimes to ask for a jump myself.

Now that I have kids, there’s a lot more going on than emergency gear. It’s not like I’m going to leave home without nappies, nail trimmers, or approximately 37 baby dolls.

So what do you keep in your car?


  • Let’s see…. Blanket, First Aid Kit, Matches which can strike even when wet and a truncheon.

    In all these years, I think I’ve only used the blanket when changing a tire and the ground was muddy and I was going out.

  • My Grandparents came across an accident on a country road, and my Grandmother was ashamed that they didn’t even have a blanket in the car to wrap around the poor people. They always had one to take to the local footy match. Always one thereafter.

    I have one because sometimes when I drive long distances and get tired, a blanket an 5-20 m in snooze might just save my life, and my Grandma said it was always a good idea to have one in the car.

    And jumper leads, wet wipes.

  • Tissues, wet wipes, 3D movie glasses, umbrella, reusable shopping bags, hiking shoes, thongs, USB charging cables, Sunglasses, microphone cloths.

    I should probably put a first aid kit of some sort in there.

    It’s a new car, but I used to also keep a sunshield (summer) and a jumper. Never put them in my new car.

  • Field Toolkit, Animal Kit (inc. Collapsible Crate and Sun Shelter), Electronics Charge Kit, Eclectic 1st Aid Kit, Pruning Kit, Tarps, Ropes and Tie Downs, Spare Prescription Glasses+Clip on Lenses, Random Chocolates and Sweets, Bottled Water, Waterproof Jacket, Umbrella, tripod

  • these days I keep a couple of shopping bags.
    Even though I don’t remember them until I have walked most of the way through the car park.

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