Commuter Survival Guide: Car Essentials

I am graduating this May and over the past four years I have accumulated many tips and tricks to enjoying life as a college commuter. I am sharing these tips with you all over a series of posts. This one is about all the necessities you need in your vehicle as you commute to college.

As a commuter, your car becomes your second home. You spend so much time in it, you might as well convert the backseat into a bed. Take advantage of having a car with you all the time. It’s a transportable closet!

These are the general things to have in your car:


  • Ice scraper (preferably extendable)
  • Tissues
  • Wipes
  • Umbrellas
  • Garbage bag
  • Car emergency tool bag (wheel pump, car jack, jumper cables…)
  • Sunglasses
  • Lint roller
  • Car freshener
  • Snacks & Water
  • Flashlight

I also have an emergency duffel bag filled with stuff I would need if I had to stay over at someone’s house. In it I have:571692819359c279487c9e5c3e6eb0b4

  • Blanket
  • Pillow
  • Extra clothes
  • Toothbrush & toothpaste
  • Old sneakers



It’s important to be prepared. It’s such a relief to know that you have an umbrella in your car when it starts to rain. Or to have extra clothes when you need to stay the night at a friend’s place.

Do you commute to campus? What is your number one car essential? Let’s chat in the comments!

-Thxoxoxoxo, H


3 thoughts on “Commuter Survival Guide: Car Essentials

  1. Kim says:

    Great job at identifying those important car essentials! In addition to tissues and napkins I always make sure I’ve got at least one pen in the glove box. Thanks for sharing this post, it was quite useful.

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  2. Blue Settia says:

    Yassss. I agree with this 100%. I am always prepared! I read your list and didn’t see flashlight at first, so I was about to comment and say “don’t forget a flashlight! 😉” but i double checked your list–thank god. Haha. Can’t ever go wrong having a duffle bag full of necessities in the trunk.

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