I learned the hard way that keeping anything valuable in a soft-top convertible Jeep was just asking to be burglarized. So, the face of my 90’s era stereo pops off for safe keeping, the blanket carried for warmth on cold mornings is rattier than desirable, and the tiny tool pack wedged under the seat is nothing you couldn’t pick up for a couple bucks at any hardware store. (The only item free-floating around the vehicle is a junior sized University of Oregon football as I feel a woman should be prepared to play catch at a moment’s notice.) It all feels simple, compact, and utilitarian. But lurking in the back of my mind is the knowledge that I should be carrying a whole lot more, even if that means investing in a locking storage box and using up the already miniscule amount of space behind the back seat.
Come winter (when the hard-top’s on) I do carry an emergency road kit designed for cold-weather travel. To get started building your own click here for a good starter list. For additional guidance we turned to lifehacker.com which has assembled an even more comprehensive menu covering everything from safety and maintenance to shopping preparedness and comfort. Click here for a look.
And don’t forget the football.