I was chatting with my mother the other day and mentioned that I was having a hard time coming up with subjects to write about. Having just driven my car to the service station, she immediately suggested that I make a list of everything that could be found in the back seat of my car. This is probably a pretty lengthy list. Keeping in mind that I spend two hours a day in the car during the week, and have two children, I really don’t think it’s unreasonably messy. In fact, I am sure that there are many things which would help out in an emergency.
Most people have the foresight to include a flashlight, perhaps an emergency kit, and usually jumper cables in their car. This is very sensible and I have all of these, plus a blanket and extra sweater in the trunk just in case. However, there are other things you might need if you broke down, or just had to endure a very long car trip with squabbling kids in the back. Up until two weeks ago I had a few board games. Not those handy little travel games either. I had the full size versions of them. Imagine you are stuck in the middle of the pine barrens, naturally you want to keep your kids and yourself entertained until the tow truck comes. What’s better than settling down to a game of Clue while you wait. Nothing takes kid’s minds off of their troubles like a board game. As long as it isn’t too long or they may start using the game pieces as baseballs. Also it is always good to have a few odd socks in the backseat. Not only would they be handy in cases of extremely cold feet, but as gloves in a pinch. Extra shoes are also useful, even if they are a bit tight, they come in handy. Another thing to include in your car survival kit are books, some paper, and crayons, also markers. Although be sure to use washable markers, unless your car is in need of some decoration. It’s a good idea to have food, in case someone gets hungry along the journey. Those half empty water bottles on the floor look really good after an hour with no air conditioning. Any amount of crumbs and squashed packets of Goldfish can be found by an enterprising child. Unfortunately for the extra hungry passenger in my car, I did throw away the stale crusts of peanut butter toast that my youngest flung on the floor one mad tempered morning. Last but certainly not least, it’s a good idea to have a quantity of hair bands in the car for those fashion emergencies. After all nothing says fashion faux pas like wind-blown hair.
After rereading the list of back seat treasures. I am more convinced than ever that my car is a heaven for any seasoned traveller.