What's in the car?

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coragreta Fri 24-Aug-18 07:53:51

Last year we had a lot of bad snow and people were stuck in their cars for hours. Also you could just break down or something. I'm not talking about some sort of apocalypse where I need to escape but just generally what to keep in the car?

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ElyElyOy Fri 24-Aug-18 08:49:28

Having been stuck for hours in snow before my car is always prepared (thankfully!). Warm coat/hat/scarf/blanket, large golf umbrella (for motorway breakdowns - they ALWAYS happen in blazing sun or bucketing rain), paperback book, bottle of water, snacks, paracetamol, tissues, incar phone charger. I also have a very hard plastic bowl which I use to dig my car out of the snow (lighter than a spade and takes up less space) - and I suppose it could double as an emergency toilet if I needed it to be!

bellinisurge Fri 24-Aug-18 18:40:52

Paperback book is really sensible. I have one in my handbag at all times.
I have paper maps too.

ElyElyOy Fri 24-Aug-18 19:46:59

Yes, never go anywhere without something to read!

Ooh yes, i have road maps in the glove box too (probably a few years out of date, but get the general gist) I hate using sat navs and much rather write directions on a post it note!

coragreta Sat 25-Aug-18 16:44:50

I never thought of maps. That's a great idea. Plus the in car phone charger. Thanks.

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BiddyPop Fri 21-Sep-18 16:36:18

I have the book of maps of the city I live in, which lives in the glove box. If I am travelling, I tend to put the map for that area in as well (I have lots of folding maps of most areas I travel to relatively frequently within the country - as I do a bit of hiking with Cubs and family).

I try to keep at least 1 bottle of water - at the moment, I have a 6 pack of 1l sportscap bottles.

I almost always have a roll of wine gums or chewy mints or similar.

And generally there are a couple of bars of chocolate or nature valley bars (as DD gets into the car starving and I want to avoid meltdowns on the way home).

A travel pack of tissues in my doorwell, along with a couple of pens, handcream, a nail file and an asthma inhaler (mine). There's usually a Sudoku book there as well, for when I'm waiting for DD to emerge from places...

A USB charging thing to go into the cigarette lighter socket and a USB cable for my phone.

Reusable shopping bags, including a couple of insulated bags.

A dry bag containing a pair of oilies and a warm gilet.

I think I have a swiss army knife (basic) in the glove box.
I definitely have a small toolbox in the boot, which has gardening gloves (protection if I need to change tyre or anything), a couple of cleaning cloths, a couple of re-chargeable handwarmers, a decent torch, more pocket packs of tissues, some nappy sacks (as bin bags), a Ziploc bag with basic first aid supplies (antiseptic wipes, bandaids, latex gloves, and 1 battle-field dressing) and a couple of treatsized bags of haribo.

I keep meaning to add a couple of tools to that - a flat head and phillips head screwdriver, decent knife, adjustable spanner. And I need a replacement car bin as the old one fell apart.

In winter, I add a warm hat and gloves each for myself and DD to my toolbox, and I intend to add a fleece blanket this year as I have space (I used to have a Mini, now I have a small estate).

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