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No More Junk in Your Trunk!

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Trunk Organizer Tips &
Emergency Preparedness

Trunk Organizers: One of the essential reasons for good organization is being prepared for when life happens.

Americans are very mobile individuals. We are always on the go! While in some parts of the U.S., a car is not necessary, it’s vital in others. Texas happens to be one of those places where it’s very important to have a car and be prepared in the event of an emergency. We have lot of wide-open spaces and remote places. Weather changes can happen fast in Texas!

No matter where you live in the USA, I thought you could benefit from basic emergency preparedness and trunk organizer tips.

First Aid Kit

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It’s my personal opinion that every car should contain a basic first aid kit. The basic supplies should include:

  • Non-latex gloves,
  • Bandages,
  • Disinfectant,
  • Tweezers,
  • Fever Reducer,
  • Basic first aid manual.

Keep these items together in a waterproof container in one spot in the trunk. Often there are small cargo nets in the trunk or small spaces near the spare tire for these items.

Regardless of whether you make your own or purchase one at a store, keep a basic first aid kit in your car.

Roadside Emergency Items

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Roadside emergencies can happen at any time. Whether you live in a large city or a rural area, it never hurts to be prepared. Fire, floods and accidents can happen any time. You, your passengers or a stranger may benefit from being prepared.

Here are some items to consider keeping in your trunk in the event of a roadside emergency:

  • Warm blanket,
  • Bottled water,
  • Flashlight and extra batteries,
  • Flare and/or reflector triangle,
  • Small fire extinguisher,
  • Nonperishable snacks (and infant formula),
  • Spare tire (believe it or not, some people don’t have one),
  • Tire inflator (one that plugs into the cigarette lighter),
  • Tire pressure gauge,
  • Tire jack appropriate for your vehicle,
  • Jumper cables,
  • Quart of oil,
  • Gallon of antifreeze,
  • Windshield wiper fluid,
  • Work gloves,
  • Utility or all-purpose knife,
  • Rags or paper towels,
  • Paper, pen/pencil (make sure pen ink doesn’t freeze!),
  • Spare clothes and diapers for babies,
  • Car cell phone charger or emergency power source,
  • Umbrella(s).

While this sounds like a lot of stuff to keep in your trunk, you don’t have to keep all of it actually IN the trunk. Items such as umbrellas and cell phone chargers shouldn’t be in the trunk (who wants to get out in the rain to get the umbrella out of the trunk)?

Many of these items can fit in door pockets or center consoles. Some items such as spare clothes, diapers, etc. can be placed in waterproof bags and the air vacuumed out to compress them down. Try using small milk crates for fragile items and liquids such as water, oil, antifreeze, etc. Use the handy trunk organizer tips below to help you store these items.

Make sure that you can find these items by feel as well as by sight, if necessary.

Cold Weather Safety

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While not so much of a problem in Texas (but it can get below freezing), these items are vital in the northern climates in the US and elsewhere:

  • Gas line antifreeze,
  • Ice scraper,
  • Snow brush,
  • Extra warm clothing: hats, gloves, socks, coat,
  • Blankets or emergency blanket,
  • Snow chains,
  • Lock deicer (better keep this on your keychain or purse – not much use in the trunk),
  • Kitty litter or sand for traction.

Check out the trunk organizer tips below to help you decide how to store these items.

Organizing Your Trunk Space

There are many items that people keep in their car trunk. Some are seasonal items such as chairs, picnic baskets, etc.  Others are temporary or short-term items such as groceries, strollers, sports equipment, trip luggage, kids’ backpacks and book bags, trash, etc.

How you organize your trunk will depend on:

  • The trunk of your vehicle and it’s particular lay out and shape 
  • What you keep in the trunk (emergencies, seasonal or short-term).
  • Also, some vehicles allow you to access trunks from the rear seat.
  • Others can only be reached by getting out and opening the trunk.

Here are some basic tips to help you organize your car’s trunk items:

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  • Trunk Organizer Tip #1 - Color code: Color coding helps more than most people realize. For example, you can place your roadside emergency and/or first aid kit in a “red” box or crate. Place cold weather preparedness items in a “blue” box or crate. “Seasonal items” or “short term” (balls, sports equipment, groceries, etc.) could be put in a “green” box or crate
  • Trunk Organizer Tip #2 - No Roll: Using crates, cargo nets or boxes will prevent loose items from rolling around in the trunk. This can be hazardous as well as messy! Use some items to brace others. For example, use heavier grocery items (laundry soap bottles, milk jugs, etc.) in such a way to form a barrier to keep smaller, lighter items from rolling around.
  • Trunk Organizer Tip #3 - Use All the Space You Have to Good Advantage: Almost every trunk or cargo area has spaces that are not being utilized or not utilized to their full advantage. Next time you open your trunk, check all the areas in and around the spare tire. Utilize every storage space you have. Many of the emergency items can be placed in these areas.
  • Trunk Organizer Tip #4 - Keeping It Clean: Protect the interior of your vehicle, including the trunk. Keep trash bags on hand to place ice cream, sodas and other liquids in when transporting them. Be sure to vacuum out the trunk occasionally. Leaves, grocery tidbits, etc. can create an unsightly mess.

Being organized and prepared is a great feeling. Keep up the good work!

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