Have you ever found yourself travelling somewhere and wishing that you had something in your car with you to make the journey easier? Us too. There’s probably been times where you have been driving along and wished that you prepared more for your journey.
There is a way of preventing yourself from wishing these things would happen – and that’s by having an set list of essentials in your car at all times, so that if the need ever arises you’re prepared and not without.
First aid kit
Having a first aid kit is first on the list because, well, why wouldn’t you keep a first aid kit handy at all times? If you’re travelling far for business or even vacation, the occasion may arise where you need to grab a quick plaster or even a strap for your wrist as you’ve been driving for so long. Think about how lost you’d be without a first aid kit at home, so why be without one in your car too? Put it on your list and get one in your car as soon as possible!
Unfortunately we cannot predict when we are going to break down, and when this happens it’s usually in the middle of nowhere and you’re expected to wait for hours until recovery shows up to help you. Having a bottle of water in your car ready for occasions like these will allow you to be able to keep yourself hydrated if you’re ever stuck waiting in your car. Also, keeping hydrated helps to keep you awake and alert while driving, so having water handy is definitely something you should have in your car!
Jump starter kit
There’s nothing worse than waking up in the morning and finding that your car battery is flat, especially if you’re away on vacation or on a business trip. Luckily, you can get your hands on a portable jump starter kit which would allow you to start your car and get going nice and swiftly. Read more here to find out the best brands to buy and also where you can get them from. Keep one in your car so that you don’t miss out on important parts of life waiting around for recovery!
While sleeping in your car is less than desirable, the time may come where you’re unable to do anything but sleep in your car. This could be because of a breakdown, or even because hotels have been overbooked and you’re unable to find anywhere else to stay. Keeping a blanket in your car will allow you to keep warm overnight without having to keep your heating on and risk waking with a flat battery!
Keeping a blanket in your car can also prove useful for times where you’re going out adventuring and might get a little muddy on your trek. You can sit on the blanket in your car to prevent any dirt from getting onto your car seats.
Another bonus of keeping a blanket in the car is for the impromptu times that you decide to have a picnic! Throw the blanket on the floor to save you getting grass stains on your clothes!
While you can’t easily or practically have a mini fridge in your car to keep perishables fresh, you can have some dry or tinned food stored in your car. This will prove useful for times when you’ve broken down, or even travelling a fair distance by car. Remember that keeping energy levels up will mean that you’re more alert on the road; therefore driving as safe as possible.
Keeping phone and gps charging cables and adapters in your car will allow you to ensure that no batteries run flat on the devices you need during your travels. While you can’t use your phone when you’re driving, you never know when you might need to contact someone in an emergency. Also, if you don’t have a gps your phone can now turn into one and get you to your destination. Just make sure you’re using it hands free!
A small tank of gas
Keeping some spare fuel in the trunk of your car will allow you to rest assured that even if you’ve miscalculated the distance between fuel stations, that you will have a spare tank of gas in the trunk ready to keep you topped up.
Making sure that you’ve always got a working flashlight in your car will come in handy more often than you might think. It can prove useful if you’re needing to find something late at night in the dark, or even if you’re looking under the hood of your car and need a little extra light to see. Also, if the time ever comes where you’re stuck in your car you can save your car battery and use the flashlight for some light.
It’s always important to keep a small bag of toiletries in your car. If you’ve got a small family you will know only too well that children have small bladders and often need to use the toilet when you’re in the middle of nowhere. Keeping toilet roll, baby wipes, and also hand sanitiser will allow you to be able to relieve yourself cleanly and with a bit more dignity. Keeping everything together with your first aid kit is often something people choose to do so that you’re not searching your car in desperation to find the right bag.
Make sure that you add these nine essential things to your set car list so that you can rest assured that you will always have everything you need with you when you’re going on a long journey, or even just a trip away for the weekend! Is there anything else that should be on this list? Let us know below!