Don't store stuff in your car. Instead, make a clear plastic bin with everything you’ll need for road trips, and only put it in the car when you go on an adventure. (
The best part is having a bunch of useful things with you, but there are other side benefits:
- You can easily decide to take a different car and still have all the basics with you.
- Your car will be less likely to be broken into.
- Things like snacks and medicines won’t bake in your hot car for months.
Also, before pulling out, spend 1-2 minutes sitting in the car thinking about anything you forgot (e.g. a wine bottle opener or leaving a spare key for the person feeding the cat).