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What's in Your Trunk?

You've seen what's in our trunk. Tell us what you like to have in your car. We'd love to hear what's important to you.

Tom and Ray

Click and Clack, the Tappet Brothers


  • edited January 2009

    I carry an electric tire inflator, a good-quality tire pressure gauge, duct tape, a few screwdrivers, a flashlight, exam gloves, paper towels, a wedge to block a wheel when jacking the car up, and a square of plywoood to place underneath the jack if I am on soft ground. All of that stuff fits underneath the floor of the cargo area in my Outback, leaving the cargo area uncluttered, for my dog to ride in.

  • edited January 2009
    I'm not half as prepared as you uys are, but here goes:

    1. Set of HD jumper cables
    2. Can of tire inflater
    3. Roll of duct tape
    4. Heavy rawhide gloves
    5. Old bedspread; to use for changing tires, douse possible fire
    6. Small fire extinguisher
    7. LED crankup flashlight
    8. Old floor mats to be used for emergency traction
    9. Vise grip, set of screwdrivers, adjustible pliers, sharp knife, electrical tape
    10. Set of bungie cords
    11. Safety goggles
    12. Small first aid kit
    13. Shovel
    14. High Candlepower spot light (plugs in cigarette lighter)
    15. When I travel in extremely cold weather (-40F), I cary a winter survival clothing set (parka, windpants, mitts, boots) good for -55F.
    16. Matches, coffee can full of old candles.
  • edited January 2009
    Roadside emergency kit, jumper cables, a blanket, a spare tire, some old yet presumably still edible snacks from neighborhood cookouts of years past, a flashlight/latern with one of those 6 pound squarish batteries, 4 dozen or so back issues of Sports Illustrated, a solar powered calculator, a few various "Greatest Hits" CDs, an external 300 baud Hayes modem, a copy of IBM DOS on 5.25 inch floppy, and two or three bungee cords.
  • edited January 2009
    We don't have a trunk...only SUV's; and I can't put anything in there that doesn't meet with my wife's approval. No dirt and must match the interior. I sneak the jump battery and emergency HW under the suitcases when we travel.
  • edited February 2009
    Car is a 1998 Civic.

    For everyday commuting:
      a full-size spare
      stock car jack
      lug nut wrench
      jumper cables
      first aid kit
      brake fluid
      power steering fluid
      paper towels
      glass cleaner
      spare gas cap

    For long trips I add:
      compact stock spare
      a small floor jack
      a jug of water
      a tool box with basic tools
      jack stands
      work gloves

    I also carry a flashlight, a tire gauge, and a motor carrier's road atlas, but not in the trunk.

  • edited January 2009
    a doughnut...soon to be replaced by a full service...spare
    tire changing tools including a beam type torque wrench with proper deep socket
    an SAE socket set
    a metric socket set
    screwdrivers - common and phillips
    a socket driver with a full set of "ends" including torx, different size phillips, even furniture screw ends...I can drive any screw
    duck tape
    a bourdon tube type pressure gage
    winter gloves
    bottle of window wash
    small plastic shovel
    small bottle of dry sand
    throw (small blanket)
    ice scrapers (various types)
    road atlas
    SAE open/box end wrenches
    metric open/box end wrenches
    a camera
    a wind-up flashlight........needs no batteries

    The winter items come out in the summer.
  • edited January 2009
    spare tire, gloves, oil, funnel, towels, jumper cables, fix a flat, jack, lug nut wrench(had a tire go flat last week, could not be repaired- put spare on) gallon of coolant, gallon of water, screwdriver, pliers, and most of the time golf clubs and bag, with golf cart & shoes--- car is 1987 lincoln town
  • edited January 2009
    A shovel, Garbage bag, some latex gloves, DVD of CSI Miami and one coffie mug for the all nighter drive to the country.
  • edited January 2009
    What every came with it when new plus a Letherman tool an nice old bath towel a pair of gloves, a couple of large plastic bags and a hat (I need to keep the sun off my face and head due to cancer risk) That old towel has come in handy many times, It can even get you out when you are stuck in the snow.
  • edited January 2009
    1997 Acura CL, 84K miles:

    The jack, lug wrench, and temporary spare tire that came with the car.
    A few rags.
    A sleeping bag.
    A couple of bungee cords.
    Small 12V plug-in work light.

    1996 Subaru Legacy AWD wagon, 121K miles:

    The jack, lug wrench, and temporary spare tire that came with the car.
    A few rags/old towels.
    A sleeping bag.
    A couple of bungee cords.
    Small 12V plug-in work light.
    One quart 5W30 oil.
    A tow strap.

    I have a multi-tool that I switch from car to car. I take it with me on weekend trips, but don't worry about it in normal local driving. This tool has never been used.

    In winter I will carry extra clothing (coat, hat, gloves, boots). If there's snow in the forecast I will carry a small shovel.

    That's what's in the trunk, or the rear of the wagon. Each car also has a small flashlight in the glove box, along with at least one road map, an ice scraper on the floor behind the driver's seat, and a collapsible umbrella in the door pocket.
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