- One Hoodie for everyone: Winter - cold weather survival, Summer - chilly evening activities
- Plates, Cups, and plastic ware: Makes for a great "instant picnic" (you provide the food) any season.
- Blankets: Winter - important heat preservation, Summer - picnic blanket, star gazing
- Ponchos and emergency blankets: Staying dry and warm in any emergency is always critical!
- Snacks and water bottles: Winter - Extreme cold weather is dehydrating, Summer - Extreme hot weather is dehydrating. (Don't store snacks that melt in the summer.)
- Sunscreen: Hot or cold weather, the sun's rays can burn. Wear sunscreen when you're exposed.
- Bug repellent: Winter - OK, you won't need this in the north. Summer - This is critical nationwide for your comfort and safety.
- Flashlight and batteries: Dark is dark in any season. You need a flashlight and extra batteries in the car.
- Pocketknife: Or better yet a super tool! Winter - Cutting the ropes of the fir tree you brought home, Summer - Whittling a point on a weenie roasting stick.
- Paper towels and several trash bags: My daughter "got sick" on the way to grandpa's house. Thank God we had these in the car. Enough said.
- Portable Radio and Batteries: Whether your listening for weather reports or great tunes, you need a radio that won't wear down your car's battery, leaving you stranded.
- First Aid Kit: A scrape or a headache are promptly dealt with if your car contains a well stocked kit.
- Hats and Gloves: Winter - Stocking cap and knit gloves, Summer - Ball cap or bucket hat and gardening or work gloves fit the bill.
- A Little Cash: Winter - To pay the guy who pulled you out of the snow drift, Summer - To pay the guy who gave you enough gas to get to the next station.
The Emergency Twenty
101 Uses for a Hoodie