Do you have a car kit for a “just in case” scenario?  Some bare essentials?


I have always had a personal car kit in the form of a little plastic briefcase – 36cm x 26cm x 45cm OR 14 inches x 10 1/2 inches x 1 3/4 inches. I have used it about 6 times.  Because of this, I include a typed list.  This helps remind me to check it is all re-filled or what may be missing.


Do include other big items not covered here


This does not include such things as water, oil, old blanket, flashlights, hats and so forth which is outside the scope here.  It is those little things that save you time, money and convenience. 


The “List”


Here is my list (and yes I do fit in all in the plastic briefcase!)


  • Kit-size Emergency Rain Poncho
  • Small hand soap, Small shampoo & conditioner in one (Motel size)
  • Nail brush
  • Good razor
  • Small Laundry liquid (Motel size)
  • Small Wet one packs
  • Small pack of Tissues
  • A soap case with sanitary protection inside and coins
  • Nail clippers
  • Change of underwear for all the family
  • Comb
  • Mini needle & thread/plain pearl-white common buttons
  • Pens – blue & red – and pencil
  • Black texta
  • Small notebook
  • Mini cards (I rubber-stamped mine) to leave a note at someone’s house if they are not home (I put this in a small clip lock bag to keep them clean)



  • Pack just the basics – not your teddy bear!



  • Envelope with stamp
  • Rubber bands
  • Flat calculator
  • 2x small pegs
  • 1x pillowcase
  • Small flat pack of matches/cigarette lighter
  • Small pair of scissors
  • Mini tape measure
  • Quick un-pick
  • Pair of pantyhose
  • Whistle
  • Spoon, knife, and fork sets – can have plastic but I prefer metal
  • Sharp knife
  • 2x serves coffee in small packs – 4x mini teaspoon packs of sugar
  • 2x teaspoon serves salt – pkts
  • Cotton buds (6) in clipped plastic packet
  • Band-aids
  • Clip lock bag with Bulldog clips, AAA or AA batteries, Paperclips, Twist ties, Bread tie/tags


How the made-up kit has helped


I was with someone when a radiator hose broke.  Surprise, surprise – I had pantyhose to hold it in place till we got to the nearest mechanic.


Choose a plastic case that can slip easily under the car seat



Once we were out of range going to a property late at night and Roadside assist could not help.  Friends took us to their property and we all had a change of underwear after showers. Once I’ve needed a stamped envelope when I was out  – the post office was closed. I had the stamped envelope in the essentials briefcase.


Another time – my husband was out with me – casually and we had to go somewhere special when someone rang.  Out came the razor.  Once we were short of salt – oh yes – the bare essentials kit again. Another time we were somewhere we needed to take a measurement – out came the tape measure. Yes – the knives and forks have been used as has the sharp knife. The pillowcase for putting in some laundry and protection of some other items.


So go through my list of “just in case” items and see it does not take up too much room, slips under the seat and is invaluable for time and convenience.


Have it ready for short or long journeys – you won’t regret it.


You might also like to read:  A Love/Hate Relationship with Organizing? 

Or Maybe Is your Closet full of the Good, the Bad, the Ugly? Organize it? 


Up-dated 1st November, 2019





Deborah Hunter Kells

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