What do you keep in your car?
I don't know why, but I always have tons of food in the car. I suppose it it is to be prepared in case I am stranded in a blizzard or something. :) I always have an assortment of gum and candy. Chocolate stuff in the winter, not so much in the summer. I usually have a variety of chips, pretzels, granola bars, etc. It definitely comes in handy with the kids and when we are out and about. What do you have in your car?
I don't have my car with me at school in Boston but I do keep a few essentials in my backpack at all times:
Little plastic cups for condiments
Bag of green tea
Bag of black tea
1 handy nap
1 packet sugar
1 packet splenda
A tube of wasabi
Dijon Mustard Packet
Hot Sauce Packet
Since college, my glove box has always contained napkins that betray some of my chain allegiances: Dairy Queen, Dunkin' Donuts, Arby's and Mickey D's. Now it's more of the first two than the last two, but any combo thereof is possible.
packets of sugar
plasticware & straws (sometimes)
coin purse for tolls, parking meters or snacks
In my pocketbook and always with me:
mini Swiss Army knife
used to carry a bottle opener (where is it now?!)
I used to carry my own snazzy chopsticks, too. They were lavender. Must find them.
In the trunk:
my rollerblades and gear JUST IN CASE I feel like going for a skate AT ANY TIME
portable chair for concertgoing (again, just in case!)
Nothing unless I'm planning a trip or a fairly long day out. Then I'll take water and appropriate snackage for emergencies.
My purse usually contains a couple of granola bars, a 1oz serve of peanuts, and sometimes a few sweets (no chocolate - that melts too easily!) in case I get low blood-sugar.
The only time I have foodstuffs in a vehicle is when we're on a road trip. Then it's usually one cooler for food and one for drinks.
When I was driving a lot for a job, I only packed water (rarely was gone more than a day or two and had to provide proof that I was spending my per diem on food.)
This is funny to me, I just got a new (large) car and have a whole storage tote bag going on.
Currently food wise, I have my daughter's favorite organic chocolate milk boxes, kashi cereal bars, juice boxes and a small cooler in case I stop for something perishable. Non food wise - a change of clothes for both kids, diapers and wipes and my sneakers for the gym.
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Peppermill (I know, it goes weak so fast in the hot car but you can't have a sausage egg mcmuffin without a ton of pepper)
Salt (same reason)
Several pairs of individually wrapped chopsticks
Some kind of knife or other
Usually have a couple of cans of oolong or green tea (UCC brand) rolling around on the floor
Limonazo or some other sour salt/citrus powder
I really like veggo's, passadumkeg's, and meatn3's answers
Just a jug of water and a corkscrew/bottle opener. I am always thinking I should put some food in there in case of emergencies, but then I think of mice moving in and change my mind. My friend did get stranded by a blizzard in Indiana for something like 30 hours with nothing but a cupcake to split three ways. She says some friendly farmers brought people food. How's that for the heartland?
A cooler for perishables and assorted reusable grocery bags and large zip-locks for repackaging. Inexpensive set of plastic plates and metal utensils, older cloth napkins, cutting board, can opener, cork screw, church key, paring knife, salt, pepper, little bottle of Tabasco. Blanket for picnics. Gum, mints, floss. Water, protein bar. Old bath towel to cover my lap just in case!
On a road trip there will be coffee supplies, thermos, fruit and snacks added.
In Florida and Mexico:
water and more water
2 small coolers, one with cheap tableware for impromptu tailgating and picnics, the other for transporting seafood and highly perishables
small manual juicer
electric coffee bean grinder, I have no idea why it is still there.