What's in Your Car?

Chris Higgins

With the holiday driving season upon us, many Americans will be taking to the road for long trips this weekend. I'll be heading up to Seattle (only about a three-hour drive), but I'm already planning everything: I'll be carrying core beverages, backup beverages, a selection of audiobooks, a pile of outdated maps, and of course a trunk full of weird junk that might be used in case of emergency (an unopened AAA "Emergency Kit," a squeegee on a stick, oil, a lot of bungee cables, an expired Washington license plate that came with the car, and for some reason about a thousand paper napkins). I think I'm prepared. But what about you?

Blogger Mary Wheeler recently wrote up a list of what's in her car. I reprint it here in its entirety (emphasis added):

• ancient iPod Nano -- not worth stealing (I hope) • persimmon (from my mom's tree, for the fresh scent, 'natch) • back scratcher -- especially for those long drives (I use it a LOT!) • Whoopie cushion -- you know, for hitchhikers • iPhone adapter (in case the Nano runs out of batteries) • inspirational Tarot card • rubber beetle • ecdysiast button -- this just appeared in my car one day -- I think it might have been left there by a hitchhiker. Not pictured: napkins, flashlight, screwdriver, electrical tape, hose clamp, rubber belt of some kind (like I'd know what to do with it if I needed it), pens, maps, rags, extra oil, tire gauge, dirt. What I don't have, but should: flares, fire extinguisher, first aid kit, money.

In case of hitchhikers, all I have is additional audiobooks.

So what about you? What's in your car? Share in the comments. Also, if you realize you really need a whoopee cushion, now would be the time to stock up.

(See also: The Items We Carry and On My Desk.)