Mission Organization: Week 24 - Road Trip Tote

Summertime usually brings more road trips for most everyone. Kids have time off from school, and whether your trip is to the beach or to grandma's house, it oftentimes involves some driving time. Since I have been retired, my road trips are not just limited to summer any more. Families seem to be scattered all over the country now, so just getting together to visit or for holiday time can mean a long drive too. My son lives five hours away from me, one daughter lives three hours away, and my favorite sister lives eight hours away. I spend a lot of time on the road, and that's what brought about my mission this week.

There are certain items that I have found I need when I travel. Number one, I always need hand wipes. I usually carry a container of wipes like this in my car.

This seems like it would be an adequate solution, but the problem for me was that I could never find them. They were always rolling around somewhere in the car, and I couldn't reach them when I needed one. I decided to make it my mission to organize a tote for keeping up with my hand wipes and other items that I need when I travel.

I chose a lidded tote with a handle for the car. The first items that I thought of for traveling were of course my hand wipes, along with paper towels and small garbage bags. These seem to be the items I really need the most on a road trip, but after thinking about previous trips, I came up with a couple more that I wanted to include.

One of those is extra drinking straws. Maybe I'm just unlucky or something, but it seems like every time after I stop in at a fast food drive through, then pull back into traffic there are no straws included in the bag of food that I just purchased. Having extra straws in my tote will come in handy, I'm sure. Another item that I added to my tote that others may or may not need is eye drops. Along with my prescription eye drops, I use over the counter eye drops all throughout the day because of a problem I have with limited tear production. I need eye drops with me where ever I go, and when I'm driving my eyes seem to be extra sensitive.

This is how I filled my road trip tote, and I think it will be very helpful to me on the front seat beside me, especially when I'm traveling alone.

And with the lid to the tote securely latched there will be no more hand wipes rolling around in the car floor! If you want to make a road trip tote you may have other items that are helpful to you when traveling. I'd love to hear any ideas you have for making travel easier.


  1. This is such a fabulous idea! Thanks for sharing it :)

  2. I did something similar but my problem was I left it in the car and the heat in the summer dried up everything and made the plastic brittle. I even had a jug of window washer detergent break in the car due to the same thing. But that was because when I first moved here I couldn't park in the garage but now I can so that evidently is the difference. So, I'm sure if you have a garage everything will be fine! Whew! Glad I got that off my chest! And since my stuff got all wrecked I guess I need to go do this again. Thanks for the reminder! LOL!

  3. What a great idea. You are so right about things rolling around in the car and then I can't find them when I need them. Wipes are essential on a long trip!