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lilmomma Apr 13, 2010 02:39 PM

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?

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    appycamper Apr 17, 2010 11:52 AM

    emergency kit that includes protein bars and water. gum. small dogfood packs and granola bars and small servings of peanut butter to give to the street people who have dogs.

    1. mcf Apr 17, 2010 11:43 AM

      Mints and almonds.

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        raleighboy Apr 16, 2010 01:50 PM

        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
        Ketchup Packet
        Dijon Mustard Packet
        Hot Sauce Packet
        Cough Drop
        Salt Packet
        Pepper Packets

        1. kattyeyes Apr 16, 2010 11:54 AM

          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.

          extra stirrers
          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!)

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            Kajikit Apr 16, 2010 12:11 PM

            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.

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              kattyeyes Apr 16, 2010 12:18 PM

              I used to carry PB sandwich crackers for the same reason you described.

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                rockycat Apr 16, 2010 01:08 PM

                I did the Nabs in the glove compartment when I was pregnant. Morning sickness is NOT limited to mornings only.

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            mpjmph Apr 15, 2010 02:54 PM

            A bottle of water, several souvenir cups from baseball games, chap stick, napkins, ketchup packets, a cooler, sleeping bag, that case of diet coke I keep forgetting to carry in, and a beach umbrella...

            1. JerryMe Apr 15, 2010 02:26 PM

              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.)

              1. Uncle Bob Apr 15, 2010 02:06 PM

                A couple of bags of shelled p-nuts...A can opener, A sharp knife, A bottle of Tabasco, and a S&W Model 66....In cold weather two cans of Sardines.... :))


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                  Passadumkeg Apr 15, 2010 02:19 PM

                  Six pack beer cooler in the trunk, to help w/ fishing. Sneakers, tool box, repair manual, spare baseball hat and sunglasses, did I say cork screw? Leatherman, hand sanitizer.
                  .38 S&W Special a la Dudley Doright.

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                  rockycat Apr 15, 2010 12:31 PM

                  Breath mints. Never know when I'll need to see a customer right after eating raw onions, pizza, or garlic.

                  1. SweetPea914 Apr 15, 2010 09:09 AM

                    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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                      DLMS Apr 15, 2010 09:08 AM

                      Hi, I keep rice cakes and water. Boring, but I am addicted to the cheese flavored mini-rice cakes!!!

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                        beevod Apr 15, 2010 07:10 AM

                        One candy bar and a pint of bourbon (never know when you'll get stuck in a hideous traffic jam.)

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                          odkaty Apr 14, 2010 06:49 PM


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                            Sean Apr 15, 2010 06:11 AM

                            12 pack of Coke...

                          2. EWSflash Apr 14, 2010 04:06 PM

                            I like this thread!
                            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

                            1. MGZ Apr 14, 2010 02:20 PM

                              No food, unless I'm coming home from the store/butcher/fish monger, etc.

                              Corkscrew/bottle opener, flip flops ("No shoes, no shirt, no dice"), Q-tips (I hate the water in my ear feeling when I get out of the ocean), and of course my collection of market "mini cards."

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                                iluvcookies Apr 15, 2010 09:02 AM

                                Yes... flip-flops for the spur of the moment pedicure and stop at the asian market for a bubble tea. I keep those in my trunk.

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                                LolaP Apr 14, 2010 10:49 AM

                                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?

                                1. iluvcookies Apr 14, 2010 10:17 AM

                                  Right now, 2 bottles of water, 1/2 bag of jelly bellys, an empty coffee cup and lots of napkins.
                                  Sometimes the coffee cup isn't completely empty and I spill some.
                                  There might be some sweet and low in the glove box but I can't tell you how long it's been there.

                                  1. meatn3 Apr 14, 2010 08:31 AM

                                    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.

                                    1. Bill Hunt Apr 13, 2010 08:35 PM

                                      Food-wise? Zero.

                                      Now, when I lived in Colorado and could be caught in a blizzard almost any month of the year, we kept water and ganola bars, but now it is just water.


                                      1. bushwickgirl Apr 13, 2010 08:05 PM

                                        Bottle opener, corkscrew, oyster knife, squeeze lemon, crackers, water, gum.
                                        This is when I had a car...

                                        Can't understand Veggo's coffee bean grinder.;)

                                        1. Passadumkeg Apr 13, 2010 04:43 PM

                                          Two pair high quality chopsticks in a bamboo box in the glove compartment. Cork screws, bottle opener, Daiwa Mini-cast fishing rod & reel, tackle box; and tent, sleeping bag, mat and boots in case the fishing is really good. The rainbow and brookies are really biting now.

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                                            maxie Apr 13, 2010 03:32 PM

                                            Water, gum, and earthquake supplies (including protein bars).

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                                              anonymouse1935 Apr 13, 2010 03:39 PM

                                              Right now, Warheads. Man, are they bad.

                                              Usually, nothing.

                                            2. Veggo Apr 13, 2010 03:29 PM

                                              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
                                              soy sauce
                                              spear gun
                                              filet knife
                                              small manual juicer
                                              electric coffee bean grinder, I have no idea why it is still there.

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                                                boyzoma Apr 15, 2010 12:46 PM

                                                Ummm --- where are you going to plug the electric coffee bean grinder in? ;-)

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                                                  Veggo Apr 15, 2010 01:54 PM

                                                  I haven't had much need for it. What idiot would keep an electric coffee maker in their car?
                                                  There is a crockpot in the trunk, too, still in the unopened box. Same reasoning, what idiot travels around with pork shoulders and lamb shanks in their golf bag?

                                              2. nofunlatte Apr 13, 2010 02:59 PM

                                                Water and mints. If there is a forecast for considerable snow and I'm driving somewhere away from home, I might take a couple of PowerBars, just in case. But I don't generally keep food in the car.

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