Regardless of what time of the year it isfrom Spring to Fallor what type of weather it israin or shinethere are some items you should always have in your vehicle. Here are 10 for you to stock up on in your car.
Basic Emergency Kit
If you dont already have an emergency kit in your car, get one. This is one of the most important items you need. Stocked with essentials like a 72-hour kit, first aid kit, water, and a flashlight, this little kit has the potential to save your life many times over, so dont get caught without it.
A spare tire seems like an obvious item to keep stocked in your car, and yet there are still people who remove it, or take it out and then forget to put it back in. Then, when they get a flat tire, they dont have a spare to replace. Make sure your spare tire is in its place, and regularly check it to ensure that the tire pressure is correct. Also, make sure you have a jack and tire iron in your car too. Having a spare tire wont matter if you dont have a way to replace the flat with the spare.
Make sure you have the manual for your vehicle in your glove compartment. This manual gives you the specs and features of your car, providing you with an easy way to figure out whats wrong, should anything happen to your vehicle. Also, since some features in cars (like fuses and headlights) vary in size needed per car, the manual can tell you what your car needs.
Never go anywhere without a set of jumper cables. Even if youre meticulous about making sure all the lights are off and the doors and trunk are closed tightly, its still possible for your battery to die. Its easy enough to find someone to help you, but what if that person doesnt have a set of cables for you to use? By supplying your own set, you dont need to worry about that. All you need to worry about is finding someone with a car, whos willing to help you out.
Quick Repair Essentials
You can save yourself a lot of money in the long run by keeping a few quick repair items in your trunk. Duct tape is a good all-around repair item, useful for anything from reattaching your bumper to holding a side mirror in place. Having a tire sealer and an inflator are two other great tools, giving you a work-around in case something happens to your tires that simply having a spare cant fix. Its also smart to keep an engine sealant, like Steel Seal, in your car to bail you out of simpler engine problems.
These quick remedies arent meant to be lasting fixes, although some of them may last longer than others. Most of these items will make your car at least temporarily drivable, giving you a way to get to the mechanic without having to call a tow truck.
Emergency Escape Tool
An emergency escape tool gives you a way to cut through a seatbelt or break a window, in case you get stuck in your vehicle. Its a tool specifically built to save your life in those critical emergencies when you need to escape your car sooner than rescue workers can make it to youwhether your car is sinking in a body of water or all the doors are jammed.
Regardless of the situation, you need to make sure this tool is easy for you to get to. That means it goes in the front of the car. You could put it in the glove compartment, but if you dont have quick and easy access to the glove compartment with your seatbelt on (and tight), youll want it somewhere even closer. Rememberits your escape tool even if you get stuck in your seatbelt. You want it to be within reach no matter what.
Whether you want something to cuddle under on a long drive, when your car breaks down in the middle of winter, or you just want something comfortable to sit on while watching the fireworks in the park, a blanket is always a useful item to have in your car. The bigger, the better.
Change of Clothes
A change of clothes is another multi-use item (or set of items, rather). Maybe you fall into a lake while hanging out with friends, sleep over unexpectedly at a friends house, or you get soaked in the rain and snow while fixing your car on the side of the road. There could be any number of reasons why youd want to change your shirt (spill something on it), your pants (ripped seam), or throw a hoodie on. By having a change of clothes in your car, youll be prepared for any situation you need to change.
Mylar Space Blanket
A Mylar space blanket is better than a normal blanket, and these things can keep you warm if you get stuck in extreme weather conditions, like a blizzard. Even with a regular blanket, youll be glad to bundle up in some extra warmth.
Additionally, if for some reason, you get stranded in your car and cant stay inside for whatever reason, a Mylar space blanket can provide a partial shelter for you, using it in conjunction with some of the other items in your car (some of which are listed here).
If you arent in the habit of always carrying a pocketknife with you, you should get one for your car. A multi-tool pocketknife has a variety of uses, from basic convenience to survival, and if you have one ready for your use, you wont be caught wanting.
You may not always need things like snow tires or a rain poncho, but that doesnt mean there arent items you do need in your car all year-round. By stocking up on these, you can make sure youre prepared for anything.