Faithful readers (of which I assume there are none) will remember that I had mice in the car last year. Followed by at least one dead mouse in the car which stunk. I never found the carcass.
And yet! I have NOT learned my lesson. I am in the car a minimum of an hour per day on weekdays, and often that much on the weekend. Many weekdays I also drive another hour or more during work. Lots of car time. I end up eating in there and since I don't live in a town, I shop when I am in a town. That is often in the middle of a work day or during a full day of errands. Food will be in the car for extended periods.
When I had the mouse/mice last year, I eventually found a stash of almonds in the spare tire compartment. I didn't remember having almonds in the car! Cripes. I later found part of a bag that must have fallen out of a grocery bad or off the seat when I was snacking.
My hope is that with the tiny car pantry I can at least keep full track of the food and keep it mouse proof. If the little bastards MUST come in the car, and I'm sure they must, at least they will have to leave to find sustenance.
I should have taken a picture but I didn't.
At a thrift store (obviously) I came across a lovely BIG metal tin with a tight fitting an hinged (hence can't pop off and roam away to parts unknown) lid. It is about 8"x12"x5" with a domed lid. When I do a shop, I put the shelf stable car lunch ingredients in there. Right now there are 3 small boxes of Lara Bars (cashew and some lemon), a tin of sardines, some high-end onion crackers that come in a box that will fit in the tiny car pantry, fig bars, a package of dried figs, a plastic spoon and fork and for no apparent reason, a hotel size hand lotion. All the food was on a SUPER sale. Normally it would be a jar of nuts. Sometimes there is a bit of fresh fruit, apples or oranges, in there but with the current freeze/thaw weather that's a bad idea.
I think it also saves me a bit of cash because I can eat before I go into the grocery store. I had been going in too hungry and indeed, one ends up buying too much when shopping hungry. It's prevented me from stopping at cafes and coffee huts too. When I get hungry, I can have a Lara bar and make it until I'm back that the office or home.
It's also winter so never a bad idea to have food in the car in case one gets stuck.
The tiny car pantry now lives in the back of the car now. It used to live in the passenger seat but I ended up just eating what was in there because it was there. That does not save money or make sense. It's been a life saver on driving trips too! The snacks are already in the car.