As I've mentioned before, I live in New York City. Though many folks who live in the Big Apple own a car, we actually don't have a family vehicle. How do we get around? We walk a lot, hop on the city's speedy subways and buses, or take the occasional taxi ride.
For Christmas, my sis gave me this awesome umbrella bag that fits a small umbrella and is lined with a towel-like material so I can put a wet umbrella in my bag without getting everything else wet. She knows my tote bag is like her car's backseat-trunk, where we both toss everything we need as we maneuver around our worlds.
It's funny, as for a holiday gift a few years ago, I got my sister and my parents all seat-belt cutter/window smashers to keep in their cars. They all drive a lot, often many long trips a day to neighboring towns. I'm always reminding them to drive carefully. Part of being safe means stocking up that car with some essentials. Some will be used maybe every day, others during certain weather issues and, yes, still others in those emergency situations.
We get so caught up in other Life Things, take a minute and think about what you do (and don't) have in your minivan:
-- Flashlight and extra batteries
-- Insurance and registration papers
-- Pad of paper and a pen (to use to write down vital information after a wreck or just what you may need to remember to pick up from the store)
-- Kleenex and paper towels
-- Cash (tuck a $20 into the glove compartment in case of emergencies)
-- Seatbelt cutter/windshield glass breaker
-- Water and extra food (a few granola bars or packages of dried fruit)
-- Blanket (for everything from sitting on rain-soaked soccer benches to keeping kiddos warm during a car trip that was longer than you planned)
-- Spare tire and jack
-- Jumper cables
-- Small first aid kit
What's missing from this list? Do you have all of these in your car?