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Organizing Your Car's Trunk

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It's important to carry emergency supplies in your car. However, if you have too much it can get disorganized and even reduce your gas mileage. This is a page about organizing your car's trunk.


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May 14, 2009

Frugal and Green! Purchase one of those heavy duty insulated shopping bags and keep it in your car for when you're grocery shopping. I find it especially helpful here in the South, during the summer. Now you won't have to worry about your food getting warm or defrosting on the drive home. They are very inexpensive. They fold flat and take up little storage space in your car when not in use. Yet they open to a generous sized bag. I bought mine at Sam's Club, but they are available elsewhere.

By Sandy from Elon, NC

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September 30, 20056 found this helpful

In my car trunk, I leave a square laundry basket. When I grocery shop, I toss all the bags into it. When I get home, I lift out the basket by the handles and take in the groceries in one trip. The basket also comes in handy when I buy a lot of flowers to plant, I transport them home in it, no dumped soil mess!

By Linda J.

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December 2, 20001 found this helpful

A really sturdy cardboard box kept in the trunk of your car makes a great catch-all and keeps stuff from rolling around. Make sure you choose a heavy corrugated box, such as the kind that copy paper comes in, or the kind that some fruits and vegetables are packed in.


I keep items such as a snow brush and extra gloves in the box when it's winter, windshield washer fluid at all times, and also extra empty plastic bags and a flashlight in my cardboard box.

This also works well for me because every Sunday we have to empty the trunk so my son can put his Sunday papers in there, and it's easy just move the box to the back seat of the car.

By Ness

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May 3, 20130 found this helpful
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I use an old rectangle clothes basket to help contain the items in the trunk of the car. The handles are broke from laundry use but, the basket still had some life in it.) It helps me contain my re-usable grocery bags, windshield sun screen, etc.

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May 28, 20130 found this helpful
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I use a large size plastic basket with handles. It's easy to pick up and move. I keep extra windsheild washer solvent, roll of duct tape, roll of paper towels, tissue box stuffed with plastic grocery bags, a couple old towels, and other things I'm sure I'm forgetting!


I drive a mini van and having these things confined works out much better.

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November 29, 20075 found this helpful

I keep a spare plastic laundry basket in the trunk of my car. It's great for toting home breakables (eggs, fruit or other groceries) or yard sale finds. Once I get home, I sort through the items and then put the empty basket back in the hallway near the front door, ready to put back in the car for my next trip.

By Claire from Phoenix, AZ

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January 4, 20051 found this helpful

When shopping, take an 18 gallon plastic box with you in your vehicle. You can place your shopping bags in it and thus avoid the bags tipping over and things falling out.

By Jo Ann

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January 7, 20051 found this helpful

Ladies, be sure to carry a pair of boots or sneakers in your trunk in case you should breakdown. Dress shoes are not good for walking in an emergency situation.


An old warm coat and gloves left in the trunk is also handy to have.

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March 6, 20050 found this helpful

Keep an extra phone book in the trunk of your car, so that you'll have any number you need in case of emergency. Locksmith, directions to hard to find stores, anything & anyone you might need to contact from the road will be at your fingertips. By Doggy

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