No one can predict when and where their car’s going to break down. It’s usually a very sudden malfunction that can leave you miles away from help. That said, here is a list of things you should keep in your car at all times—with no exceptions—that could quickly get you back on the road, and maybe even save your life.
It’s always a good idea to get your car in order.
Car Repair and Maintenance
There’s nothing like breaking down at the side of the road and realizing the spare tire in your trunk has a flat from the last time it happened. To keep you up and running, keep these in your trunk:
- Spare Tire (in good condition)
- Tire jack and tire iron
- Air Pump
- Tire Sealant
- Jumper cables
- Your car’s manual
- Tire pressure gauge
- Duct tape
- Petrol Can
- Basic Tool Kit
- A pair of work gloves
- Auto Repair shop contact details
- Car Insurance papers and contact details
Safety and Survival
You might already have an emergency go bag or kit set up. If you spend a lot of time in your car and it’s always nearby when you’re home, you could just keep that kit in your trunk—or create a second, perhaps lighter version.
In any case, your safety supplies should include:
- First aid kit
- Fire extinguisher
- Matches or other fire starter
- Energy bars or Instant Food
- Water bottles
- Flares or reflective triangle
- Weather radio
- Printed Maps. Yes, the paper kind.
- List of Emergency Contacts
- License, Insurance & Registration
Convenience and Comfort
In addition to the basics above, you might want to keep these things around also:
- Hand Towel
- Tissue Papers
- Pencil and paper
- Spare change/emergency money
- Recycled shopping bags for those impromptu shopping trips.
- Change of clothes
- USB mobile device charger
This isn’t an exhaustive list, and your needs might vary. While it might sound like a lot, all this stuff doesn’t take up too much space.
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