|Everything out of the Prius! May 2018
When I took the glove box out, I found insulation had been torn up for a nest. And, there were mouse droppings, too ... BINGO, I found the mice's entry/exit point! Behind the glove box is the cabin filter that was ready to be changed.
|The old cabin filter with evidence of mouse chews. A ball of the mice's tore-up
insulation. The back of the glove box with insulation pulled off by the mice.
(Inside of the glove box is the new cabin filter that I installed.) May 2018
Unfortunately, behind the glove box is full of wires, the filter, and other parts. There is no way to get behind it all to find the mice's entry/exit point.
|Wires, filter and parts behind the glove box. The mice's foyer. May 2018
So, I researched and discovered that mint and original Simple Green deter mice. So, Simple Green got sprayed in the engine compartment against the back wall by the glove box. And cotton balls with peppermint oil were placed inside. I also have mouse traps if/when another one joins me inside.
In addition to finding the mouse door, I thought you all would be interested in seeing all the stuff that came out of, and went back into the Prius.
|10'x10' tarp with all of the stuff emptied from the Prius, including
a couple of chairs at the bottom left. May 2018
It's even hard for me to believe that all of that stuff came out of my car. For more detail, here's a one-minute video of everything.
I have 3 main storage areas in the Prius: 1) Under back hatch, 2) On front passenger seat and floor, and 3) Behind front passenger seat. But, first the bed gets made up.
|I use a REI 3.5" Self-Inflating Sleeping Pad (25"x72")
and many layers of bedding to cover me if cold,
or peel off when warm. May 2018
Under the bed and above the donut spare tire is a storage area where I keep rarely used items (oil, antifreeze, compressor, extra sleeping bag, etc.).
|With some covers turned down on the bed on the right, the left-side is
packed and strapped down, ready for travel.
To the left of the bed and under the hatch I store camp furniture (chairs, table), tent, tarp, cooking utensils, stove, bags of bags (zip lock, grocery, nylon duffles), water storage bladders, office supplies, small fan, window cover, broom (without handle).
|What's left on the tarp after packing most of the areas under the hatch. May 2018
Also, under the hatch, I store cleaning supplies (Simple Green, liquid soap, vinegar, baking soda, rubbing alcohol, hand sanitizer, corn starch) in a cubby to the right back of the bed.
|Containers of cleaning supplies are in a cubby at the foot of the bed. May 2018
Next I packed the front passenger seat area. My goal is to keep everything below window height. Here is where I keep my food, toiletries, out-of-season clothes, step stool, front window covers, mouse traps, mosquito repellent, and electronics.
|Front passenger seat all packed. May 2018
After packing the cleaning supplies in the back, and the loading up the front passenger seat, the tarp is looking almost empty now.
|After loading the Prius with the cleaning supplies, food, toiletries, electronics,
etc., most of the tarp is visible. In the right front are tools, adhesives, and
car items that need to be organized. May 2018
After re-organizing the containers that hold my tools and car maintenance items, they were packed behind the front passenger seat, along with butane, propane, fire extinguisher, an umbrella, and bathroom and laundry supplies.
|Behind front seat all packed. May 2018
Every space is used in the Prius. Under the driver's seat is a fanny pack and my shoes.
|The shoes I'm wearing are also stored here while sleeping. May 2018
The tarp is almost empty.
|Clothing, an insulated lunch box. What's that in the far left corner? May 2018
MSR Dromeday Bags (water bladders) are great for small areas because they take up very little space when empty.
|Three of my 4 water bladders. Two are full, one almost empty. May 2018
The items that remain on the tarp are stored in different places depending on if I'm in camping mode or travel mode.
|Camping Mode: Bags of clothing are in the
driver's seat. Insulated lunch box of food
on the floor where it's coolest. May 2018
|Travel Mode: Bags of clothing on passenger seat,
and insulated lunch box of food on the
floor where it's coolest. May 2018
If the Dromedary Bags have water in them, I carry them at the foot of my bed in travel mode.
To the casual observer, the packed Prius doesn't look very organized. But, in fact, it's extremely organized. Likes are with likes; a place for everything, and everything in its place. I know what color bag contains which items. Things I rarely use are at the bottom, and things I use frequently are toward the top. When in camping mode, I can reach everything from the driver's-side passenger seat.