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Living Out of Your Car?


Since we spend a good portion of our day in the car, there are often times where it’s better to just wait somewhere than to go all the way home. I’ve finally figured this out with my daughter’s piano practice. It’s about 10 minutes away. The practice is 30 minutes long. I would spend 10 minutes getting home, only to be home for 10 minutes, and then have to go right back. The need for a supply kit in the car becomes more and more of a necessity the more places you end up driving.

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So what makes a good supply kit? It will have everything you’ll ever really need when out running errands. From snacks for you and for your kids, to jumper cables.
You can get super creative with the containers as well. Old lunchboxes work great to store snacks and other “on the road” necessities, while a large plastic container in the trunk of the car will easily store your emergency essentials like flares and jumper cables.

Small Supply Kit (located in an easily accessible location to all passengers)

  •  Baby Wipes
  • Paper Towels
  • Kleenex
  • Feminine Hygiene Products
  • Trail Mix
  • Protein Bars
  • Hard Candy
  • Books
  • Paper & Markers
  • Glow Sticks
  • Pain Reliever
  • Band-Aids
  • Comb/Brush
  • Gallon Zip Lock Bags

Tools to Carry

  • Flashlight
  • Funnel
  • Ice Scraper
  • Jack
  • Jumper Cables
  • Locking Pliers
  • Lug Wrench
  • Penknife
  • Adjustable pliers
  • Screwdrivers
  • Tire pressure gauge
  • Tow Strap or Chain


  • Aeorsol tire inflator
  • Antifreeze or 50/50 coolant mix
  • Blanket
  • Board (to place under the jack in case of soft ground)
  • Brake fluid
  • Can Opener
  • Fire Extinguisher
  • First Aid Kit
  • Flares
  • Gallon jugs (empty to carry water or gasoline)
  • Gloves
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Safety Glasses
  • Spare Tire


  • Auto club membership card
  • Credit card (or emergency cash)
  • Insurance ID Card
  • Owner’s Manual
  • Service record or log
  • Vehicle Registration

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Bonnie Dewkett

Saturday 20th of December 2014

I love this list. It's a must for anyone who commutes or spends lots of time racing around from event to event. My husband is a photographer and spends lots of time driving to photo gigs and we keep him well stocked for comfort and safety. In the winter months, I try to stock things that don't freeze, like granola or pretzels. I also make sure to add in hand warmers, gloves, and a hat. Oh and a blanket :)

Daniel Davies

Thursday 18th of September 2014

I have most of these things in my car, and I am amazed that I am not the only one that thinks these stuff are must-carry. The last two years it could easily be said I spend more time in my car than anywhere else. To save time I even eat in my car, sometimes while driving (*wasn't me*).

I must only work on the Small Supply Kit. There are things I don't have, and some that seem more appropriate for women's cars, but nevertheless essential.

Useful post!