This is one of those things that I'm going to have to file under the category of: Think of That Sooner, Why Didn't I?
Allow me to explain.
My mom asked me if I needed a basket and I told her I didn't think so. But then she showed me the basket and told me how useful baskets could be and offered to keep it for me just IN CASE I ever felt like I needed it. So then I put Bowie in the basket and carried him around for awhile and attempted to scare my parents' cat with the cat/basket combination. And I decided that maybe I did need the basket.
I put the basket in the front region of my car, between the two seats, wedged in so it wouldn't fall over.
And then I put my CD cases in the basket. And a box of tissues. And my emergency-boredom book. And my two audiobooks from the library. And my phone charger. And my sunscreen.
Important Things Basket! Win.