Most people in the Northern regions keep a “winter survival kit” in their cars with items like flashlights and granola bars, just in case they get stranded on the side of the road. But what about the other seasons?
Here are some items we’ve learned to keep in our trunk during spring, summer, and fall.
1. Lightweight Jacket or Fleece
After moving to Duluth, we discovered that it’s essential always to bring a jacket when leaving the house because the temperature can drop rapidly from the top of the hill to the lakefront.
2. Extra Change of Clothes
Whenever we’re near a river or lake, someone in the group always gets wet, whether slipping on mud or plunging into the water. So we keep spare clothes in the car just in case.
3. Swimsuits and Water Shoes
Even though the average temperature of Lake Superior is only 40 degrees, our kids love to swim in it during spring, even with their clothes on. So we keep their swimsuits in the car so they can jump in whenever they want.
To go along with #2 and #3 above, we also keep towels in the car.
5. Life Jackets
Since we have kids who love the water but aren’t strong swimmers, we always have life jackets in the car during the summer, just in case we swim in the local rivers or Lake Superior.
6. Sunscreen and Sun Hats
Getting the whole family ready for an outing can be challenging, so we always pack snacks, water, and a map. But we often forget the sunscreen, so we keep a bottle in the car along with sun hats.
7. Beach Toys
To go along with #6 above, we always pack shovels and buckets for the kids when we head to the beach.
8. Bug Spray Wipes
After being eaten alive by mosquitoes on a hike, we learned to always keep bug spray wipes in the car during the summer.
You never know when you’ll want to stop and read outside, so we keep some books in the car just in case.
10. Picnic Supplies
We love impromptu picnics, so we keep a small tote in the car with plates, cups, silverware, napkins, salt and pepper, and a blanket that doubles as a towel.
Being prepared for any situation is always a good idea, regardless of the season. By keeping a few essential items in your car, such as spare clothes, sunscreen, and bug spray wipes, you can be ready for whatever the day may bring.
Whether going for a hike or heading to the beach, having these supplies on hand can help ensure that your day goes smoothly and that you can fully enjoy your time outdoors. So next time you’re packing up for a day trip, check your trunk for these must-have items.