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What do you keep in your car?
Posted by: davemchine
Date: October 04, 2016 09:19AM
Every fall I go through the cars to verify they each have:
1) small flashlight with fresh batteries in the glove compartment
2) large flashlight with fresh batteries in the trunk
3) ice scraper
4) first aid kit
5) jumper cables and a few rudimentary tools

These items sometimes disappear over the summer so it's good for me to do this in the fall. Anything else I should consider?
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Re: What do you keep in your car?
Posted by: MindMeld
Date: October 04, 2016 09:26AM
12 volt air pump for when you need your spare and find out it has very little air pressure?
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Re: What do you keep in your car?
Posted by: cbelt3
Date: October 04, 2016 09:33AM
Each car has a car emergency kit with those in it plus:
Blanket and travel pillow
A couple of water bottles in a water resistant box (if they freeze and break)
Survival blanket thingy
Lighter
Multitool
Some rope
A towing strap
A couple of cargo straps
Roll of Duct tape
A couple of wire coat hangars
A cheap home depot blue tarp
A small backpack with a spare set of clothes - long sleeve shirt, sweat pants, socks, and I used to keep a couple of granola bars in the cars, but then the local mousies learned to crawl into the cars and the granola became their staple food. So now I keep them in my work backpack.

And I still always dress with the assumption that I will have to walk 10 miles in whatever weather is in the offing.
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Re: What do you keep in your car?
Posted by: davemchine
Date: October 04, 2016 09:41AM
Wow, that's a good but long list. What do you keep all this stuff in? Cardboard box? Car toolbox?
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Re: What do you keep in your car?
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: October 04, 2016 09:56AM
.....a substantial backside....????



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Re: What do you keep in your car?
Posted by: Lew Zealand
Date: October 04, 2016 10:12AM
Gas
Towel
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Re: What do you keep in your car?
Posted by: Lux Interior
Date: October 04, 2016 10:18AM
Year-old McD french fries (under the seat, usually).
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Re: What do you keep in your car?
Posted by: testcase
Date: October 04, 2016 10:28AM
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davemchine
Wow, that's a good but long list. What do you keep all this stuff in? Cardboard box? Car toolbox?

In the utility trailer he has to tow........
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Re: What do you keep in your car?
Posted by: willmill
Date: October 04, 2016 10:39AM
A few years ago I went to the VA just to file a claim and ended up being admitted. I was away from home at the time and found that I did not have a change of clothes, charging cables for phone or iPad, nor a couple of day's supply of medicine. All which I now carry in the trunk.
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Re: What do you keep in your car?
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: October 04, 2016 10:46AM
....H&B.....???



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Re: What do you keep in your car?
Posted by: cbelt3
Date: October 04, 2016 10:50AM
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davemchine
Wow, that's a good but long list. What do you keep all this stuff in? Cardboard box? Car toolbox?
Most of it fits in the spare tire compartment. The rest is in a couple of bags in the trunk.
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Re: What do you keep in your car?
Posted by: jdc
Date: October 04, 2016 10:56AM


Living in suburban Sacramento, where snow or lighting or any other freaky weather never happens, meh.

However, in mv vans back cubby I do have:
firstaid kit
jumper cables
plastic poncho
small socket set
small ratcheting screw driver
gloves
coupe of tie down straps
some sort of emergency food thing wife got from work
playing cards
dominos
pass the pig

don't really worry about flashlights with iPhones.



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Re: What do you keep in your car?
Posted by: ka jowct
Date: October 04, 2016 11:01AM
So happy to not have a car!
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Re: What do you keep in your car?
Posted by: space-time
Date: October 04, 2016 11:41AM
Living in suburban Sacramento, where snow or lighting or any other freaky weather never happens, meh.

how is the Earthquake prognosis over there?
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Re: What do you keep in your car?
Posted by: Lux Interior
Date: October 04, 2016 12:17PM
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ka jowct
So happy to not have a car!

I really enjoyed my 5 years of car-less* living. Not so much not having a car, but living where I didn't need a car.


*we did rent cars for vacations.
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Re: What do you keep in your car?
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: October 04, 2016 12:31PM
.....plastic sheets, bleach, rubber gloves, rope, shovel......



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Re: What do you keep in your car?
Posted by: Lux Interior
Date: October 04, 2016 12:41PM
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NewtonMP2100
.....plastic sheets, bleach, rubber gloves, rope, shovel......

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Re: What do you keep in your car?
Posted by: space-time
Date: October 04, 2016 12:50PM
Newt, you forgot the HF!
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Re: What do you keep in your car?
Posted by: Ombligo
Date: October 04, 2016 12:50PM
When I essentially worked out of my car, I used to keep an MRE or two. If I was stuck at a crime scene all day, that made for an easy and filling lunch. They are good for years, heat/cold doesn't bother them, and could be heated with just a two ounces of anything with water in it. The perfect car food.



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Re: What do you keep in your car?
Posted by: Filliam H. Muffman
Date: October 04, 2016 01:04PM
I need to buy one of the jumper power packs, some clothes, and rain gear. I have gloves, some basic tools and a flashlight.

Sactomato mostly needs to worry about flooding and a lower chance of earthquake than places along the coast.





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Re: What do you keep in your car?
Posted by: Grateful11
Date: October 04, 2016 02:05PM
Reusable shopping bags



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Re: What do you keep in your car?
Posted by: Pat
Date: October 04, 2016 03:42PM
Behind/under rear seat:
First aid kit
Folding shovel
Full socket/wrench set
Screwdrivers/Vise Grips/Adjustable Wrench/etc
Star tire iron
Tire chains
Air compressor
Jumper cables
Burlap sacks
Baling wire/duct tape/hose clamps
Radiator hose/cam position sensor/fuel filter cap and o-ring/HPOP o-rings/serpentine belt/blah blah blah .....
Blanket
Tarp
Recovery strap/rope/acc cord/couple of tie downs/bungie bed net
Flashlight
Firestarter
Emergency food


Bed of Truck:
Floor jack
Extra spare tire
Gallon of oil and coolant/2 quarts of transmission fluid
(2) 4" x 10" x 36" pieces of lumber
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Re: What do you keep in your car?
Posted by: N-OS X-tasy!
Date: October 04, 2016 04:08PM
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davemchine
Every fall I go through the cars to verify they each have:
1) small flashlight with fresh batteries in the glove compartment
2) large flashlight with fresh batteries in the trunk
3) ice scraper
4) first aid kit
5) jumper cables and a few rudimentary tools

These items sometimes disappear over the summer so it's good for me to do this in the fall. Anything else I should consider?

I have items #1, #4 and #5 from your list in my car. I also keep a couple of blankets, a 12V battery-powered air compressor and my reusable Trader Joe's shopping bags in there.



It is what it is.
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Re: What do you keep in your car?
Posted by: macphanatic
Date: October 04, 2016 04:12PM
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jdc
don't really worry about flashlights with iPhones.

I carry a flashlight in the car and my work bag. Using the iPhone flashlight for a short duration is fine. However, I don't want to run down the battery on a communication device if I don't need to. Hence, the flashlights.
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Re: What do you keep in your car?
Posted by: Kraniac
Date: October 04, 2016 04:17PM
The only things I keep in my car are a 4 foot level and a plumb bob.
I like to KNOW
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Re: What do you keep in your car?
Posted by: Rick-o
Date: October 04, 2016 05:54PM
A bag of kitty litter works great if you're stuck in snow or on ice. A few scoops under the drive tires has incredible traction.

I also carry some of the items that have already been listed, but not a whole lot. Let's see, ice scraper/snow brush, jumper cables, flashlight, a couple of bic lighters in the door pockets, a few detail cloths, an extra jacket, gloves, recovery strap, and...oh, 'skeeter repellant! They're thick around these parts, and always seem to be worse when I don't have repellent on hand.



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Re: What do you keep in your car?
Posted by: space-time
Date: October 04, 2016 06:17PM
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Ombligo
When I essentially worked out of my car, I used to keep an MRE or two. If I was stuck at a crime scene all day, that made for an easy and filling lunch. They are good for years, heat/cold doesn't bother them, and could be heated with just a two ounces of anything with water in it. The perfect car food.


what in the world is an MRE?
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Re: What do you keep in your car?
Posted by: jdc
Date: October 04, 2016 07:17PM
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space-time
Living in suburban Sacramento, where snow or lighting or any other freaky weather never happens, meh.

how is the Earthquake prognosis over there?

no earthquakes in Sac.



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Re: What do you keep in your car?
Posted by: space-time
Date: October 04, 2016 10:19PM
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jdc
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space-time
Living in suburban Sacramento, where snow or lighting or any other freaky weather never happens, meh.

how is the Earthquake prognosis over there?

no earthquakes in Sac.

Sounds like the perfect place to live. What am I missing?
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Re: What do you keep in your car?
Posted by: Catzilla
Date: October 04, 2016 10:26PM
Inverter
Flashlights/headlight
Batteries
Jumper cables
Portable jump starter
Socket/wrench tool kit
Laptop
AIO
4G hotspot
Magnetic beacon
Traffic cones
Class 3 vest and jacket
Sweatshirt
Hardhat
Gloves
Shovel (when needed)
A load of gas detection equipment and supplies.
2 phones and a AAA card!
Did I mention I work out of my car?
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Re: What do you keep in your car?
Posted by: Ombligo
Date: October 05, 2016 05:27AM
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Ombligo
When I essentially worked out of my car, I used to keep an MRE or two. If I was stuck at a crime scene all day, that made for an easy and filling lunch. They are good for years, heat/cold doesn't bother them, and could be heated with just a two ounces of anything with water in it. The perfect car food.


what in the world is an MRE?

Meal Ready-to-Eat

Military and camper food. Each is full meal that comes with a water activated heater pouch (besides a main course, there is also bread, a snack, dessert, and a drink mix) . While I wouldn't want to eat them everyday, they are actually pretty good. Perfect for that "I'm stuck here, and really hungry" event.

there are both the military version and camper versions. Not a great deal of difference except in quantity (military tends to be in boxes of 24, while camper/hunter versions are single packs).



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Re: What do you keep in your car?
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: October 05, 2016 07:05AM
....lock.....stock.....two smoking barrels......??



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Re: What do you keep in your car?
Posted by: davester
Date: October 05, 2016 09:14AM
A hooker and some booze! (always comes in handy in earthquake country)



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jdc
no earthquakes in Sac.
Sounds like the perfect place to live. What am I missing?

Lack of culture (endless suburbia) and blazing heat in the summertime. It is however closer to the mountains and skiing than the SF Bay Area.



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Re: What do you keep in your car?
Posted by: Yoyodyne ArtWorks
Date: October 05, 2016 11:25AM
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space-time
Living in suburban Sacramento, where snow or lighting or any other freaky weather never happens, meh.

how is the Earthquake prognosis over there?

no earthquakes in Sac.

Sounds like the perfect place to live. What am I missing?

It's hot...like Africa-hot.



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and treat them as things we use to satisfy our own desires,
the outcome is predictable.
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Re: What do you keep in your car?
Posted by: freeradical
Date: October 05, 2016 11:52AM
You have to be careful with MREs. They're very high calories meals. IIRC, eating three a day yields more than 3K calories. This is okay for a soldier under battlefield stress etc...
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