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7 things you should always keep in your car

Updated: Feb 3, 2020

If you're like me, being prepared is fundamental to feeling secure. While most people keep the necessities on them limited to a phone, wallet and keys, my daily list is a bit longer. You would be hard pressed to see me leaving my house without hand sanitizer, a ponytail and lipstick.

When it comes to your car, it's important to note that you spend a lot of time in it. Some of that time may even be spent waiting for a tow truck, the heavy rain to stop or for a friend to finally come meet you outside your house. Whatever it might be, you want to make sure you're comfortable. Here's the 7 things I always keep in my car.

1. $10

Ever wonder what would happen if you forgot your purse, or got robbed but somehow managed to still have your car keys? No? Well, I certainly have, and in that scenario, I would at least like to have gas money to get home! Thinking more positively, it is extremely helpful to have backup cash when you're running on empty. You never know when you might be so grateful that you had it!

2. A granola bar

Because of my location in a busy and bustling city, I tend to be in my car for long periods of time. As such, hunger strikes! Having a granola bar in the car keeps me cool and collected when the traffic would otherwise have me heating up.

3. My spare pair of glasses

After discovering I had yet again forgotten to bring my glasses, I found myself falling asleep in my contacts one too many times at my boyfriend's house. I thought for a moment about how I could not forget them, and what I always have with me when I car! Viola. This has worked perfectly. My new set still lives at home or on me (depending on the day!), but now my set of last year's glasses lives in my car. This has been hugely helpful on nights where my contacts are bothering me while driving as well.

4. A journal and pen

Going off of my last thought–a notebook is a great item to keep in your car so that you'll always have it on you. I commute a long way to work, and after an hour and a half of thinking, I tend to have thoughts when I pull up to my building. As such, having my journal with me is a huge relief! The journal and pen are also great for writing quick notes or signing last-minute occasion cards.

5. Mints

Mints are one of those items that is always helpful to have, but not too often thought of! I almost always end up driving to important events, whether a fancy date night, interview or wedding. Why not make sure I have fresh breath from the comfort of my car?

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