7 Things to Keep in Your Car This Summer
Summer is time for adventure, road trips, barbecues, days at the lake or park. Sometimes life throws you a curve ball and you have to be ready. This list will keep you prepared for any number of situations you may encounter this summer. From the spontaneous trip to the beach, a spilled soda, a friend's party, a sudden urge to go to a rummage sale, or the breakdown of your car.
This list is by no means comprehensive, but these items are cheap, easy to acquire and should all fit in a small bag. If you have any suggestions feel free to let me know in the comments.
1. First Aid Kit
A first aid kit should be a permanent fixture in every car and every home. It's much better to be safe than sorry. From tiny scrapes, to a sprained ankle a first aid kit would save the day. Make sure you throw in some anti-itch cream or allergy medicine if you're going to an unfamiliar place or you plan on traipsing through the woods.
You can either build your own first aid kid or buy one for a reasonable price.
I added in tweezers, a finger nail clipper, and some extra Tylenol and Advil. These usually have enough space to fit some extras. You never know what you're going to need.
2. Sunscreen and Bug Spray
I live in Minnesota. Sunscreen and bug spray are the most important things I carry in my car. Car windows do not protect you very well from the sun. It's easy to forget when you have the AC blasting that you should put some sun block on. Besides, you never know when you might want to hit up the beach or a park or a hiking trail. You have to reapply every two hours if you aren't sweating, more often if you are.
Speaking of hiking, that's where the bug spray comes in. You never know when mosquitoes will strike and they can carry any number of diseases, not to mention they are super annoying. If you go to a lot of outdoor parties or barbecues you might just save the day if you have bug spray when others forget.
Keep a towel handy just in case you decide to go for a quick swim. Sometimes a quick dip is just what you need after a long day. I would recommend getting an extra large towel specifically for your car. They're huge. You can wrap your whole body up without showing any skin. You could dry three people with one towel. You could lay it out across the whole back seat to prevent a mess. So many possibilities.
If you are going to get a huge towel then I would also recommend a small hand towel in case of small spills. Way better than looking for some left over fast food napkins.
4. Water and Snacks
It is very important to keep yourself hydrated during the summer and even though a warm bottle of water won't be the most refreshing thing it will be better than nothing. You can buy a nice water bottle or water jug for cheap and depending on the amount of ice you put in it, it will stay cold for hours. (If you wrap the water bottle in your towel it will act as insulation and keep it cold for longer.)
You should also keep some snacks in the car. Granola bars, trail mix, chips, or crackers won’t melt in the sun and are nice if you decide to stop and enjoy the sunshine.
5. Spare Clothes
You never know if the weather is suddenly going to turn cold so you should always keep a sweatshirt or light jacket handy. You don’t want to go to a party at the park only to find out it’s a bit chillier than you expected.
My mother always had a small bag of clothes in the trunk. There were five of us kids. We went swimming, we spilled stuff on ourselves, we got stuck in the rain. Extra large sweatpants with holes in them are better than nothing when you're cold and wet.
6. Reading Material
Keep a book or some magazines handy. It’s nice to have something to do if you find yourself waiting, either in traffic, or at the park. If your car breaks down you’ll definitely want to have something to do so you don’t drain your cell phone battery playing Sudoku.
7. Spare Change
What if you drive by a kid selling lemonade and all you have is your credit card. Having some change in the car would be nice. Or if you drive by a yard sale, you might find something cute to buy for just a couple dollars.
You never know when you're going to need money for metered parking or a vending machine.
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