There are times when you can look into my car or SUV as it is and you might think it belongs to a gypsy or that I live in my car. I’d like to say that this is a new thing and is because I have children and that being a parent requires you carry so much stuff around, which of course is true, but even when I was younger and in college my car was still full of random items.
When we traded in my Honda Accord for our SUV I was literally in the parking lot for almost 45 minutes transferring the contents of my old car into my new ride. I think people inside and outside of the dealership were probably staring at me and wondering if I lived in my car. It wasn’t junk, well alright there were some items like old soda cans or receipts, but the majority of it were things I felt I needed in my car.
In my console I always kept CDs, because I didn’t have an iPod jack, gum, sunglasses, spare change, business cards and a knife (just in case I ever needed to cut my seat belt in the event of a crash where it gets stuck.) In the back seat usually a few purchases from the mall that I’d failed to unload yet, maybe a few books to read if stuck in a major traffic jam, some snacks and a case of water.
Then there’s the trunk, that’s where I’d store a sweater, jacket, blanket, flashlights and my survival backpack. Survival backpack? I used to date a guy several years ago that gave me an army backpack loaded with emergency foods for survival, like canned tuna and other non-perishables and some freeze dried meals, etc. He gave it to me when I moved out to the mid-west because he figured it was just a matter of time before a southerner had an accident in the snow and might spend time trapped in the car waiting to be rescued. Practical, right? For the record, I never had a wreck in the snow and haven’t had to use my supplies yet!
Well it would be except that same pack that he gave me over five years ago is still in my SUV with the same foods for survival and while I’m sure the freeze dried meals are still good with a shelf life of up to 25 years, I’m thinking the granola bars, chips etc. are old and yucky!
Even living in TX I like the idea of having a survival backpack in my car, we don’t typically have snow storms but you never know what could happen in severe weather (we do live in Hurricane alley). And its always good to have a flashlight, glass breaker, knife, flares and freeze dried meals and first aid kit on hand just in case.
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