Ten Things I Keep In My Car At All Times
Updated: Oct 16, 2019
During my time as a college student, I was a commuter and spent a good chunk of my day traveling. My days consisted of car rides, to train stations, to more train stations, to cabs... you get the point. I'm not complaining, though. This trained me to be a more prepared human being. Over time, it became habit to always carry a few extra things with me in my purse or backpack.
Towards the end of my college career is when I began to explore the world of modeling. Ever hear of something called a model bag? One of the first and most knowledgable photographers I've ever worked with, Escalante (@EscalanteFoto), taught me this - to ALWAYS be prepared. No matter where you're going, or how your day is planned... you never know who you'll see or what you'll encounter. It's something that has stuck with me to this day, and now I always make sure my model bag is prepped and sitting in my car. And no, I'm not talking about jumper cables or a tire jack & lug wrench... (although, those should definitely be in your trunk somewhere) This is a separate bag - a cute, leather black one :) - that I keep in my backseat... Just. In. Case. Here's what's inside:
Don't roll your eyes! I always keep a pair of classic black heels and basic flats in this bag. Uncomfortable shoes at work? Swap them out for the flats during your lunch break. Unexpected dinner date or a night out? Good thing those black heels are back there, too. 😉 The heels are also great for surprise casting calls if you're in the industry!
I like to carry a classic, neutral pair of earrings in this bag. I hate the feeling when you've already left the house before realizing you forgot to put some earrings on. Or worse... one falls out during the middle of your day. I carry this pair of gold hoops just in case.
3. Makeup & Makeup Remover
A little lipstick goes a long way. I always think lipstick makes me look a little more pulled together. I keep this tube of lipstick in my bag as backup. I also always keep a sample-size tube of mascara, because it can definitely make you look more awake than you are. This small tube of concealer can be find alongside my lipstick and mascara, too. This trio is a lifesaver when you're running late in the morning! Not feeling that shade of lipstick after all? No worries - makeup remover to the rescue.
4. Hair Stuff
Hair ties, bobby-pins, comb, hairspray. A mini hairspray, that is. Hate to say it, but I think I have a bad hair day at least once a week. And boy, am I thankful for that hair tie and hairspray! Especially when you left the house with cute hair, only to be greeted by a surprise rain storm. Speaking of rain...
Need I say more?
6. Nail Stuff
I always carry a nail file and nail polish remover. Obviously in this scenario, you're on the go. There's no time to repaint those chipped nails, but you can just remove them! No polish is always better than chipped polish. And just incase your nail chips or breaks, that nail file is there to make it better.
Now, I don't keep bottles on top of bottles of medicine in my car, but I do keep a single dose of the ones that I feel are necessary every so often... 2 Ibuprofen tablets for those working so hard my head feels like it's going to explode days. Vitamin C (tablet or drink packet) for those days when you're feeling under the weather and could use the immune boost. Chewable pepto bismol tablets for that quick sushi lunch that isn't sitting so well anymore. And a more personal one: GlutenEase digestive pills for when someone in your office buys a delicious gluten-filled pizza for everyone. (Yes. Please.)
Okay, so I guess bandaids and medicine could have been categorized into "first-aid" but... I keep bandaids with me for 3 different reasons. The first reason is injury...duh. Nothing worse than a paper cut or a nasty hangnail. My second reason: blisters. 😩 Those cute shoes that you bought the other day still haven't quite broken in and your feet are definitely feeling it! My third reason: sticky bra gone bad. Ladies, if you haven't experienced this yet, then I praise you. It's not fun and it's definitely unexpected. But sticky bras don't typically have a long shelf life, so when that time comes... bandaids will get you home!
9. A Spare... Outfit
I don't consider this to be one of the most important items in my bag, but it's still there. There's nothing worse then spilling your coffee on your shirt, am I right? I always keep a plain, black blouse in my bag - one that's guaranteed to go with whatever I might be wearing that day. I also keep a pair of plain black pants in the bag. Why? Because the one thing that's worse than spilling your coffee on your shirt is staining your light colored pants. 😳
Lol... yes, napkins. Shout out to my dad for this one. It can be somewhat good for the environment, too. Instead of throwing away any unused napkins from restaurants or fast-food places, save them. Keep them in your car. I couldn't tell you how many times I pulled some napkins out for myself or for a friend in a panic! In fact, not even 2 weeks ago, I spilled half of a water bottle in my purse because the lid popped open... and it was my first day at a new job when I noticed. Literally - we just sat down to start training when I reached in my bag and felt a puddle of water at the bottom. But no worries. I just had to go "grab something from my car that I forgot" AKA my entire napkin stash! 😕 but hey... they saved the day. That's for sure.