Is your vehicle an oasis of order or is it drowning in clutter? If it is the later, let’s look at some ways to get your vehicle organized and ready for summer road trips.
Trunk Organizers work in all kinds of vehicles including minivans. There are many styles and sizes to choose from. These collapsible bins are the perfect way to organize everything from groceries, sports gear, beach toys and more. So convenient and they are able to store flat when not in use. I love the Picnic at Ascot Trunk Organizer and Cooler 2-Piece Set available at Bed Bath & Beyond. This ingenious trunk organizer has a removable Thermal Shield insulated cooler that is perfect for use when grocery shopping or traveling.
Do you have a deep console or glove box? You probably waste a lot of time searching for things you need. Try using zippered mesh pouches that let you see what is inside and yet keep it all contained and handy. They are great to hold important items like your insurance cards, passport, registration etc. Larger sizes are good for holding your owner’s manual, car maintenance records and other vehicle records. Use one to hold a couple of pens, notepad and extra checkbook. Keep one filled with essentials like tissues or napkins a small pack of wet wipes, hand sanitizers, breath mints and gum. You can find pouches at many stores, I like the set of 3 Travelon Mesh Pouches from Bed Bath & Beyond because they come in fun colors, but you can still see through them.
Be ready for emergencies with a well-stocked first aid kit and roadside emergency kit. You should also keep a smart charger to power your phone in an emergency situation. A solar powered smart charger is a great idea in case the worst happens and you are stranded.
Corral Your Cords
Do you have smartphone and tablet cables all over? Corral those cords with command hooks and keep them from slipping under your feet or the pedals when driving.
Freshen Your Car Naturally
Use an essential oil diffuser with essential oils to freshen your car and stimulate your senses. Forget chemical filled air fresheners and keep a few essential oils on hand, like this set of the Top 6 Essential Oils from Art Naturals along with a small bottle of water to fill your diffuser.
Tame The Kid Clutter
If you have kids, you know finding places for their stuff can be overwhelming. Try using a hard plastic shower caddy to hold their tablets, books, travel games, small toys and other things to keep them busy when traveling.
Hang seat organizers on the back of seats to hold anything from books and toys to a few diapers and wipes, snacks, headphones and more. I like the Munchkin Backseat and Stroller Organizer because it can easily be transferred to your stroller and back.
Another one I like, is the High Road Swing Away Car Seat Organizer. It has 8 protective pockets for iPads, tablets, notebooks, smartphones, tissues, water bottles, umbrellas and more. It also has a handle so you can swing it to the front of the seat or back easily to allow front or back seat passengers access. If you like either of these organizers, they are available at Target.
Keep It Clean
Pack a small bin with travel size cleaning products, wipes, paper towels or microfiber cloth for cleaning dirty headlights, windows, windshields or spills. Stay on top of messes to keep things from spiraling out of control.
Have an Escape Plan
Your map pocket on your door is a good place for a travel flashlight and this 4 in 1 Emergency Tool you can find at BrandsMart USA. This tool can cut seat belts quickly, power a dead cell phone, illuminate a dark room and let you escape your vehicle quickly with the single-tipped steel hammer. No vehicle should be without one of these tools.