Seasonal preparedness while on the road

Tricia Nelson Finely Functional Home Organizing

By virtue of living in the suburbs, and as a professional organizer traveling from one client’s home to another, I spend a whole lot of time in my vehicle.  I suspect I’m not alone.

With the recent and much awaited start of spring, it is finally safe to initiate the seasonal turnover of the items in our road salt-stained New England vehicles. This got me thinking about how many items in our cars need to be organized and contained to support our busy and mobile lives!

These items include a certain number of essentials that remain in the car indefinitely as well as more situational items, for example, items that rotate in and out for road trips, sporting events, shopping trips, carpools, commuting to work, etc.

Here are a few suggestions for keeping your car organized to handle whatever the seasons throw at you!

First, let’s talk about car safety

You may feel that having many of these items is unnecessary, but I highly recommend carving out an area for them (at least for long road trips), just in case you need to depend on yourself while waiting for the roadside assistance folks. If you find this list too overwhelming to compile yourself, there are many self contained kits that you can purchase.

  • road flares and triangle reflector
  • jumper cables
  • air compressor and tire inflator spray
  • flashlight with extra batteries
  • first aid kit
  • extra headlight/taillight bulbs
  • phone charger
  • reflector vest
  • extra wiper fluid
  • spare tire and tools needed to change tire. Never changed a tire before? It’s a very good thing to know how to do!
  • fire extinguisher
  • window breaker/seatbelt cutter tool

Additional items to consider for winter include:

  • a small shovel to dig out around your wheels
  • snowbrush and scraper
  • blankets and hand warmers
  • extra hat and gloves
  • windshield wiper fluid
  • spray de-icer
  • water and non-perishable snacks, such as protein bars or nuts

Okay, that’s enough talk about the colder months…..back to Spring! Now is the time to switch your car over and store those winter-specific items that have been taking up valuable real estate….and to replace them with more seasonally appropriate items.

Spring/Summer items

Some handy warm weather items to keep in your car include:

  • sunscreen and after sun care, such as aloe vera
  • bug spray
  • towels and picnic blanket
  • extra sandals
  • extra water and a couple of snacks (that won’t melt in the hot sun)
  • a dashboard sun visor
  • extra sunglasses and hats
  • water
  • umbrella/poncho
  • fold up chairs for those Saturdays on the sidelines

You can contain these items any way that makes good sense to you, such as a portable beach bag that stays in the car, a stackable bin that you can easily rotate out seasonally, or you could tuck them into a designated compartment of a larger trunk organizer.

My next blog will talk about how to be prepared for shopping and other family excursions.

About Tricia

Tricia has always had that “knack” for looking at a space and knowing how to make it function better.

After years of helping friends and family to define and refine their spaces in a way that makes sense for their lifestyles, she founded Finely Functional Home Organization to help others achieve serenity and good function within their homes.

She has always enjoyed helping people alleviate difficulties in their lives and feels truly honored to work with people in such a meaningful way. She approaches her work with kindness, compassion, a positive attitude, and a healthy sense of humor, all while gently guiding her clients toward their goals. She derives great joy from her clients’ organizational victories and prides herself in getting even the most reluctant organizer excited about the process.

She earned a Graduate certificate in Technical Communications from Northeastern University and a Bachelor of Arts in English (with a minor in Secondary Education) from Bridgewater State University.

She is a proud member of the Institute for Challenging Disorganization (ICD), National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO), and the NAPO – New England Chapter, where she proudly served on the Board of Directors as Director of Professional Development.

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