With Spring Break travel around the corner, we all focus on packing a suitcase and often forget about packing the car.  I always suggests you keep a basic “needs” box in the car, tucked away in the trunk — you never know when you are going to be in need.


These are some of the things I now keep in a shoe box container, along with a few basic first aid supplies:
  • sunscreen and bug repellent
  • flashlights
  • bottle of water
  • glow sticks
  • a pair of socks
  • a sharpie
  • feminine products
  • scissors
  • clear tape
  • an envelope
  • a small note pad
  • ink pen
  • rope
  • disinfecting wipes

You can never be too prepared, and with this basic needs box, I will be ready for any situation that arises. I can not tell you how many times I searched my car for an envelope or wish I had a pair of socks when we decided to go bowling!

Just make sure the items don’t bust from sitting in the car too long.  Instead of a full bottle of sunscreen, I bought a travel size container to add sunscreen to.  (Just make sure you label it correctly.)  With the Texas heat at 100 degrees over the summer, I always find my bottle of hand sanitizer about to explode, and I’m sure the sunscreen and bug repellent could do the same.


Many thanks to Palmer Dodge Georgia, a sponsor of this article.

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