Recently I have been all about my car. Since moving in with Joe’s family my car is my space that’s really mine. It is also my ticket to freedom when lockdown lifts, my ability to finally see my family and friends & not spend everyday in the house. Considering, like most people, I haven’t been driving much or very far in the past year I haven’t kept much in my car. However now I think I can begin to see a light at the end of the tunnel so it might be time to add some budget friendly essentials to my car.
Hopefully in the coming months I will be able to make much longer trips around Ireland. College is one hour away when it opens up again (date currently set at March 8th), Parents are two hours away, friends pretty much an hour and half away on average & my brother & sister both about four hours away. You can probably now see why I have been thinking about my little car recently.
As you might already know this year I am doing a no/low spend year and officailly beginning my debt free journey. Things for my car is on the to-buy list because safety should never be a money issue.
However it doesn’t mean I want to just spend, spend, spend. These items I am talking about today are not “Emergency, incase of crash” items like jump leads or a jack, but these items will help out for minor emergenies orsave you money if you forget things.
Most of these things I already had at home so cost me €0 and others I picked up at a very low cost in Dealz or Mr Price here in Ireland. All of these either help me incase I forget something and would normally have to buy it again or if I breakdown and need to get assitance or I am stuck waiting for a while for help to arrive.
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Budget friendly essentials to keep in your car
- Wet Wipes
- Hand sanitzer
- Handcream (Due to all the hand sanitzer we are using, our hands really dry out)
- Disposable gloves
- Deodorant / Perfume
- Hair brush
- Hair ties
- Hair slides
- Band aids / First aid kit
- Lint roller
- Feminine Hygiene Products
- Shopping bags
- Notebook & Pen (Write all important numbers in this book incase you breakdown without your phone)
- Outfit (Hoodie, Leggings, t-shirt or tank top & socks)
- Hat, gloves & scarf (in winter)
- Phone charger cables
- External charging battery
- flip flops or extra runners (or both)
- Rubbish bags
- Paracetamol or Ibuprofen
- Wet bag
- Granola bars (or other bars that won’t melt)
- Bottles of water (glass)
- Picnic basket (Optional)
- Torch / flashlight
- Pet kit
- Bug spray
- Bee sting stuff
- Change purse for parking fees
- Loyalty cards so they don’t bulk up your everyday purse
Of course there may be more you want to add or some you might want to take away depending on your lifestyle but this is pretty much what I will be keeping in my car.
Don’t worry. It might seem like a lot but it all fits really neatly and compactly into my car because I don’t like to have a cluttered or messy looking car. I have a whole video coming up soon on YouTube showing you all my car and they way I organise all this stuff.
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Do you have other essentials in your car that I have forgotten? Please let me know! I would love to hear them! I love finding out new tips to be more prepared.