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:
- 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?