Seven seedless grapes, forty-two segments of a Spongebob Squarepants foam figurine, three Craps table rakes, a 1984 Donruss Darryl Strawberry Baseball Card, an extender cable for an Amiga tank mouse, a three ounce bottle of used (waste) Oce brand black toner, the spiral bound manual for the replacement of a John Deere Steering Wheel Spinner Knob, a vial with eight milligrams of epinephrine, two eyelashes from my middle school english teacher, and the civil section of the 2007 construction blueprints for the St. Ellis Walk The Path Church of Jesus Christ.
The 10 fits about 80% of the smaller bolts and nuts on toyotas - usually I lose it when I (dis/re)connect the battery to service something, and leave the socket sitting on the battery brace. I go through a lot of handles also. I found two of them when we had the driveway re-graded.
Box of reusable grocery & produce bags. Blanket for impromptu picnics or roadside sitting. First aid kit. Three empty beer growlers, 2-64 oz, 1-32 oz, because you never know when you’ll find your new favorite beer.
As an aside what if you don’t have a trunk? My popcorn is in my daily driver escape but beyond that I have a truck bed and technically the only thing in it right now is air and a fifth wheel hitch. Are we counting the truck bed as a trunk? Logistically there are lots of people with lots of junk in there.
@blaineg I love those things. I have 3 that fit perfectly, opened, in the back of my Crosstrek. Then they just fold up when I need them out of the way. I also have some of the Greenmade folding baskets and a folding cooler for food shopping.
@blaineg@rockblossom Some day it would be nice to have several of those. They’d be better than what I am using now. Those look really nice.
Right now in the minivan I have a couple of cracked milk crates and a large rubbermaid container where the lid is long gone (with things in it like a blanket - thank you meh irk, jumper cables, windshield washer fluid and oil, paper towels, used plastic bags, jacket, a cooler, umbrella…). Loose in the car there is stuff rattling around like the toy truck under the seat I haven’t picked up yet to toss in the milk crate and I keep forgetting to fish out the half eaten snack a kid stuffed in the cup holder (that is probably ossified by now).
I have a correct diameter, slightly thinner, spare and the tools needed (30% of new cars come without one and I have a fear of having a flat and being stuck-despite having the manufacturer’s roadside service and AAA), a tire pump, slime (I was advised not to use because of the pressure sensors), jump starter power pack, fuses, small hand tools, blanket for naps in the late night on long trips, folding shovel (not for bodies, but for snow), traction mat, reusable plastic bags, window scraper-brush, rubber kneeling mat (for photography and tire changing). I may have to add to this when I get back home and look in the trunk.
i’m usually pretty neurotic about the car (including the trunk) staying clean and necessities only, but the trunk is…well it’s not messy but it is full of extraneous crap.
preferably it should have a rubbermaid bin with windshield washer fluid, antifreeze, oil, bungee cords, a funnel, shop towels, armorall wipes, invisible glass spray, jumper cables, twine, extra headlight/taillight bulbs, a battery powered lantern/flashlight etc. additionally there will be a snowbrush, small snow shovel, and a couple empty spare ikea bags.
instead, the aforementioned bin is still in my old car that’s waiting to be sold, and the current trunk is stuffed with about six bags of hand-me-down clothes from my sister to my nieces, as well as a massive package of compressed dirt i bought last summer and never used, and a bag or two of christmas presents.
oh and a briefcase containing two bags of grass, seventy-five pellets of mescaline, five sheets of high powered blotter acid, a salt shaker half full of cocaine, and a whole galaxy of multi-colored uppers, downers, screamers, laughers…and also a quart of tequila, a quart of rum, a case of budweiser, a pint of raw ether and two dozen amyls.
@jerk_nugget What no matches in that briefcase? I presume the bottles are open but in a paper bag. But officer, all of that stuff is so someone doesn’t steal the stuff I really need that is stashed in my shedbasement car, rather they will just take the briefcase. Right?
Well - i have a minivan… but in the back is a tub with: replacement headlight bulbs, photo gloves (to protect bulb), screwdrivers, wrench set, blue tarp, towels, gloves (leather and nitrile), first aid kit, road flares, fire starter (magnesium block and flint/scraper), towels, blankets, paper towels, diaper wipes, flash lights, knife & multitool, and chains. Outside that i have driving gloves, a gallon of water, and my AAA card
Besides the usual stuff mentioned somewhere above, the best thing in there (minivan) recently was a brand new, with tags, winter coat made by Timberline (that was in one of the 2 bags of good stuff City Thrift had thrown out I hadn’t dropped off yet at Good Samaritan as they give things to people in need, I was going to sell the jacket). When that transmission whatever it is called thing fell off the flat bed truck and hit my car last month the guy helping me get the mess away from the wheel so I could drive the car said he was cold. I told him I could do this now that I had a crowbar, go inside (I had pulled over by his driveway). He said no he’d do it. I said well go get a warmer jacket on I’m in no hurry. He said he didn’t have a warmer one. That new jacket fit him perfectly.
And that is my justification for having my minivan often look like a road side gypsy mobile thrift shop in the back. Never know what will come in handy. Right?