What’s Riding in my Car?

One of our foxes asked, “What do you keep in your car?”

Fifteen years ago, my list would have been quite long. I had kids in school, and they ALWAYS left stuff in my car. I worked full-time and I also left stuff – mostly so that I wouldn’t forget to bring things with me when I went somewhere. There were often remnants of meals and snacks consumed on the way to and from school activities, road trips, concerts, and miscellaneous trips.

Now that the kids have their own vehicles and I only work two afternoons a week, the inside of my car is a little different. A recent inventory of the “stuff” inside of my 2015 Chevy Volt produced this list:

  • Sunglasses
  • Umbrella
  • A blanket
  • A pill container of change for parking meters and toll roads
  • A seat cushion (for my bad back)
  • A thermal zip bag (for trips to Costco)
  • A car seat (for my granddaughter – I take her to school twice a week)
  • A notebook in which I jot down my mother’s ailments, medications, doctor appointments, and tests (so I have her info handy when she forgets)
  • A folding luggage cart (because I never know when I’ll have to lug heavy stuff around).


Depending on my schedule for the week, there are other occasional ride-alongs:

  • An instrument or two
  • A music stand
  • My sewing machine
  • Scrapbooking supplies

Yeah, that’s a lot of stuff, but I have a lot of hobbies.


I realized that besides the “kid stuff” there are a few items I used to keep in the car for myself that are no longer necessary:

~ A paperback book: I used to keep at least one book in the console, so I could read while waiting for kids to get done with sports practice, piano lessons, band rehearsals, or doctor appointments. Now that I have reading apps on my phone I can read wherever and whenever I want, and I ALWAYS have a book ready.

~ Maps: again, my phone or the built-in navigation system in my car get me wherever I want to go, as long as I have the address.

~ A planner: again, this phone of mine has a calendar that connects to the one on my laptop. Now if I could just get it to connect to the one on my wall so that hubby could see where I’m headed…


What’s in your car?



About Patricia Kiyono

During her first career, Patricia Kiyono taught elementary music, computer classes, elementary classrooms, and junior high social studies. She now teaches music education at the university level. She lives in southwest Michigan with her husband, not far from her five children, nine grandchildren (so far), and great-granddaughters. Current interests, aside from writing, include sewing, crocheting, scrapbooking, and music. A love of travel and an interest in faraway people inspires her to create stories about different cultures. Check out her sweet historical contemporary romances at her Amazon author page: http://www.amazon.com/Patricia-Kiyono/e/B0067PSM5C/
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7 Responses to What’s Riding in my Car?

  1. Joselyn says:

    I’m with you on always having a book or my kindle. You never know when you will need it. What if you get stuck in traffic and have nothing to do?

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  2. That’s my question! We have a lot in common. I found so much more after my recent wreck.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Patricia Kiyono says:

      I can just imagine the things you found! It always amazes me, when we clean out a car to trade in or sell it, how much we discover.


  3. jeff7salter says:

    except for those “remnants of meals” — same as I have in my truck — you sound so totally organized that I’m green with envy. Wish I could be that organized.
    It will take me a few days to compose my inventory for Hound Day.


    • Patricia Kiyono says:

      The meal remnants are pretty much gone, now that I don’t transport kids very far. Last year I took two grandkids on a couple of preschool field trips, and I was amazed how much “stuff” got left behind after just one hour! I’m not organized by nature, so I think whatever I do that SOUNDS like organization is simply a reaction to having been caught being unprepared at some point in my past.

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  4. Your car sounds like it’s well organized now .

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