There are two types of people when it comes to owning a car: those who’s car is packed with everything but the kitchen sink, and those who’s car is more empty than a desert in summer. Which category do you fit into? I always swing between the two depending on how much I travel but there are always the essentials that should always be on hand in your car to plan for those unexpected emergencies (as well as some optional extras).
The Glove Box
In your glove box, there should be the obvious things such as your car’s manual etc. however these are several things that I have found extremely useful in a pinch:
- Tissues: to spit out your chewing gum, blow your nose, stop your eyes from watering, wipe off the pesky bird poop or to clear the fingerprints and smears off of the glass.
- Pencil/ Pen and a pad of paper: You never know when you need to write something down, whether it’s your insurance details, a great idea or a list of things you need to do/ places to go.
- Umbrella: Even if you aren’t in the UK, the weather can be an unpredictable pain!
- Emergency money: Just enough change to pay for the car park if it doesn’t take change
- Phone Charger and Car Adapter: Battery life is just not a thing any more! Keep that charger handy!
- Seatbelt Cutter and Window Breaker: You never know when you might need something like this until it’s too late. This can save your life!
Most of these items have seriously saved my life in a pinch, I have a little convertible, and anyone who drives one will know that there isn’t any room for a spare tyre, or a lot of boot space for much else, so here is my list of essentials for limited boot space:
- First Aid Kit
- Torch: Even if you have one on your mobile phone, a spare in the boot is always a good idea!
- Multi-tool: Such as a Swiss Army Knife
- Lighter: I don’t smoke but I carry one anyway, mainly for incidents when I need to cook food or light something (candle, fire etc.)
- Energy Bar: The kind that don’t go out of date easily. If you get stranded, some quick energy to keep you going is always a bonus
- Water Bottle: Not for you, it’s always a good idea to keep a water bottle in the car for emergencies for example for your radiator. Keep a seperate water bottle for yourself in your bag, but remember to change the water daily.
- Reflective Triangle and High-Vis Jacket
- Maps: Yes the paper kind!
- Ice Scraper
- De-icer (optional)
- Cat Litter: If you ever get stuck in the snow/ mud or any other substance, then cat litter is really good for grip on the wheels, its much smaller to carry in your boot than bits of carpet and you can leave it on the ground when used so you aren’t carrying muddy carpet around in your boot! It’s a weird little trick my mum taught me!
- Blanket: For the beach, picnics or if you get cold when you’re stranded
- Change of clothes: You never know when you’re going to get stuck, soaked or dirty and need a spare!
- Shopping Bags: For those impromptu shopping trips we all love to take!
- Jump Cables: For the inevitable battery failure
- Car Repair information: For quick fix jobs instead of calling out the mechanic or recovery service
- Tyre Pressure Gauge: Tyre Pressure saves lives – not just yours. Always check before a long journey and at regular intervals to keep you and by-standers safe!
- Alternative Spare Tyre air filler: For those moments when you blow a flat and need some extra juice to get you to the repair shop! Oh the joys of not being able to fit a spare tyre in your car! This is also good to have even if you can fit a spare tyre in your car! You never know when some extra air will help you out!
So there you have it; my list of essential car items for a typical driver! Everything in the boot list I have managed to fit into a small show box, where I also keep motor oil and screen wash (I move around too much to keep it separate from my car). I hope you enjoyed this post, if you have any further ideas for essentials to keep in the car, then comment them down below! I’d love to hear what essentials you keep in your car!