Automobile Storage Solutions

by Hettie Woehler
(last updated November 17, 2014)

Are you planning a holiday and panicking about whether you have enough space in the car for everything that the family will want to take with? Are you looking for storage solutions? Taking the kids too? What about their toys and CD's? If so, then you should use the available space wisely! You can use the following methods for creating some additional storage solutions to your vehicle, and make the trip a whole lot more enjoyable, in addition to being able to make the cleanup from that trip easier as well.

  • Side door pockets. Side door pockets should not be used as waste holders. This space in the front door at the driver's side should be filled with the most recent road maps, a flash light or torch, flat water bottle and other small items he will need on the trip. The passenger door pocket should have tissues, (taken out of the box and placed in an easy-to-handle container). A wet cloth in a plastic bag, or wet wipes sold in many stores, to clean hands, paper towels and trash bags.
  • The ash tray. Always keep small change in the ash/coin tray for tolls and tips at garage/gas stations. Get rid of those coppers by putting them in a special tin to be exchanged for silver at the bank.
  • Glove compartment. Take everything that should not be in the glove department, such as chocolate papers, old receipts, out to make room for the things you need to be at hand. The latest, updated road maps, insurance, registration and inspection information are some of the things that should be kept in here. Other examples of items that can be kept in the glove compartment are things like a car manual, accident forms, emergency phone numbers, cell phone charger and other items that should be at hand in a jiffy. Store CDs and audio books in a neat leather or plastic case where you can reach them easily during the trip.
  • The back window The window at the back is for the driver to look through. In case of a sudden stop or other impact, items at the back window become flying "weapons" that may lead to seriously injured passengers!

Now that you know that, while you are on the road, your vehicle is also a storage sucker, let's recap. Side door pockets are not a waste bag, place items you need during the trip there. The ash tray serves as storage for cash to pay toll and tips where necessary. The glove compartment is the place to store all necessary documentation useful on route. Most importantly, remember that the back window is for the driver to look out, not a shelf for storing things.

Author Bio

Hettie Woehler

Hettie lives in Mokopane, South Africa. She writes articles for a country-wide monthly newspaper, The Vessel. She self-published a devotional book in 1993 and writes a regular column, Hettie's Chatterbox, for the S.A. Neuromuscular Foundation. ...


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