How to Get Organized in the Car – Organization Tips For Safety and Convenience

How to get organized in the car is a challenge facing all families who own one.  In order to have pleasant trips whether they are long or short, some planning and forethought is required. 

It is also necessary to set some priorities and pay attention first to those things that are the most important such as the safety of the people who are in the car.

The most important planning tasks then for how to get organized in your car requires paying attention to basic safety and that means using the proper restraints.

  • Make sure that you have child car seats that are age and weight appropriate for the child that uses it.
  • Child car seats should be fastened safely into the car following manufacturer’s directions.
  • Children should always be in their child car seats when traveling in the car – no exceptions.
  • Adult passengers should be safely buckled in for the trip no matter how short.

With everyone fastened in they will not become a human projectile in the event of a sudden stop or collision.

However, anything else in your car that is not fastened down will become a projectile if the car stops suddenly. Even a small object flying around in your car can be lethal if it hits someone in the head so make sure that there is nothing in your car that is not fastened down.

In other words store your junk in the trunk!  If you do not have a trunk, there are commercial car organizer products available that can be safely fastened into the back of the SUV or hatchback.  They will keep all the sports equipment, CD’s, diaper wipes, paper towels and other items safely contained in the back of the car.

Here are more car organization tips for your automobile safety and convenience:

  1. Make sure you have a first aid kit. It should contain the usual assortment of gauzes, tape and bandages. Getting organized for health and safety in the car also means including some medication such as over the counter pain relievers and antihistamines. If any one in the family is on regular medication a small supply of personal medication is also recommended but be sure to replace it often as medications can deteriorate in quality in the extreme temperature variations in a car.
  2. Keep a supply of pre-moistened hand wipes in the car. While antibacterial  hand wipes are not usually recommended for common use,  in this application they are the best. You just never know when you are going to be using a public washroom or roadside “facilities” and there is no sink or no soap. They also come in handy for making sure the kids get washed up before snacks in the car (or even washing up afterward!).
  3. Keep a roll of paper towels in the car.  You just know somebody is going to spill something at some time.  They come in handy if someone has a nosebleed or even if you or someone else has to change a tire.
  4. Keep your documents organized. You will want the auto club phone number, owner’s manual, registration, license and insurance information to be easily found when you are stressed. You just know that you are going to need them when you are not thinking straight such as when the police officer says “Vehicle and license registration please.”  Getting organized in the car means knowing where you put it so you can find it fast.
  5. Make sure you keep a flashlight in the car. It is also highly probable that you will get that flat tire or dead battery when it is dark so make sure you have a flashlight so you can actually read the phone number of the auto club!  A hand cranked model is best so you will never be frustrated by dead batteries.
  6. If you have a baby make sure you have extra diapers and diaper wipes. If you have ever had to wait for 3 hours in a traffic jam when a bridge was closed you will know that having extra diapers is essential!

Getting organized in the car doesn’t have to be mysterious.  Think first about safety.  Then when you think about how to get organized anticipate what might happen and plan as if those events were going to be a certainty.