Social Work Essentials 2: A Social Worker’s Car

As noted Part 1 of a Social Worker’s Essentials: Go-Bag, we touched on all the items a social worker would benefit from carrying in his or her bag. Below, we expand on these essentials in terms of a social worker’s car. Enjoy, and feel free to leave further helpful suggestions in the comments!

Plastic totes or bins. Especially in the foster care world, it is better to carry a child’s items in boxes rather than garbage bags. Tote and bins are incredibly useful in the social worker’s vehicle, whether it is used for carrying a child’s belongings, bringing supplies into the office, or organizing your trunk, the possibilities are endless.

Reusable grocery bags. Reusable grocery bags are beneficial to have not simply for grocery shopping, but for item transportation and organization. They’re also wonderful gift. Your agency may or may not have reusable cloth bags as a part of the free PR items, so you might be able to have a few without paying for them! An added bonus is helping the environment when shopping – When they bags are in your car, you have no excuse for forgetting them or not using them while out.

First Aid Kit.

Pepper Spray.

Extra set of casual and professional attire. Clothing stores that have a great mix of both casual and professional, all while remaining fashion-forward, include the following:  H&M, JCPenney, and TJ Maxx.

Gym Shoes and Rain Boots.


Board games and card games.

Extra hygiene products, perhaps even Dignity Bags you could give to those in need.

Umbrella or rain coat.

Air Freshener and Clorox Disinfectant Wipes.

Bug spray.

Hair ties

Car charger and phone mount.

Pens and an extra notebook or clipboard with paper.

Bottles of water.


Extra Can of Gas.

E-Z Pass.

Thirty-One Bag – I prefer the Deluxe Utility Tote

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