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Things You Should Always Have in Your Car


When it comes to cars, your primary concern might be making sure it runs or even that you’re insured.

While that’s definitely a priority, making sure you keep the right items in your car is just as important.

Off the top of your head, can you say for sure that these items are in your car?

If not, you might want to consider stocking up on these supplies:

  • Jumper Cables— You wouldn’t want to be stranded with no way to restart your car’s battery.
  • First Aid Kit— Always be prepared for minor and major injuries.
  • Cat Litter— This helps with traction for your car if you’re ever stuck.
  • Spare Tire— You’ll always want a spare tire around in case one blows out.
  • Jack/Lug Wrench— You’ll have a hard time changing your spare tire without a jack and lug wrench.
  • Flares— This will let people see and know that they need to proceed with caution when driving past you.
  • Blanket— You never know when you might need to stay warm.
  • Fire Extinguisher— Vehicles can catch fire quickly. This’ll help put the fire out.
  • Flashlight— It’s hard to work and see in the dark.
  • Tire Pressure Gauge— Some vehicles aren’t equipped with a feature that tells you your tire pressure is low.
  • Duct Tape— This is good for quick repairs.
  • Multi Tool— One good tool that can do multiple things will come in handy.
  • Car Manual— If there’s an issue, your car manual can help.
  • Water— You never want to be stranded without one of life’s basic necessities.
  • Ice Scraper/Brush— There’s no way you’re getting ice and snow off your car with your bare hands.
  • Non-Perishable Food— You never know when you might need emergency food.
  • Paper Towel/Tissue— This is great for messes and cleaning.
  • Car Charger— You’ll need your phone to make emergency calls.
  • Spare Change— You don’t want to be out of money during an emergency or if you have an unexpected minor expense.
  • Weather Radio— If your car battery is dead, you’ll need another way of listening to the radio for news and alerts.
  • Warning Triangles— Flares won’t last very long. Warning triangles have reflectors that will help people see you and your vehicle on side of the road.
  • Plastic Bags— This is good for holding trash.
  • Seat Belt Cutter/Glass Breaker— In an emergency, you may need to quickly cut your seat belt and break the window to get out of your car. A seat belt cutter and glass breaker will do the trick.

While these are not all the items you should have in your car, these are the top supplies that can help you while you’re out and about.

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