How to Stock a Car Trunk with Necessities

What kind of junk do you have in your trunk? Trunks are useful compartments in a vehicle but unfortunately sometimes it becomes a pack rat's go-to zone or a useless space to those who never use it. Ideally, it is a space to transport groceries from the store to your home. So what is necessary to keep in the trunk at all times and what can you live without?


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    Add emergency supplies and vehicle maintenance tools. These items are important just in case you break down or get caught in a storm or have an accident. Some of these items should include:
    • An extra quart of oil
    • A tool bag loaded with screwdrivers and wrenches
    • A flashlight (and some spare batteries)
    • Jumper cables
    • A funnel
    • A 72 hour kit
    • A bucket or bag that you can fit it all in so that it doesn't scatter when you take hard turns.
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    Use a container to hold groceries. A crate can be useful for groceries so that they don't roll and tumble when you drive home, and if you live a good distance from the grocery store you can put a cooler in the truck. Just remember to buy ice when you are at the check out.
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    Add rain gear for those days when you get caught out. This might be a rain poncho, an umbrella, a raincoat and even boots.
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    Leave a pair of good walking shoes in the back of the car if you live in an area prone to natural hazard events. For example, if you live in an area where earthquakes occur from time to time, these shoes might be ideal for walking home when you can't take the car home.
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    Leave the rest of the space free for storing things. The rest of the space could be completely free space that you could use when needed.


  • Do not leave anything in the car that might explode, deteriorate or expire in hot weather, such as batteries exposed to direct sunlight or plastic that could melt in direct sunlight or heat.

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