I’m in my car a lot and I have plenty of road trips planned for this summer. At the end of spring, I always make sure to get my tires serviced, my oil changed, the inside of my car detailed, and I load up the car with things I’ll need for trips to keep me safe. I decided to put together a list of things I keep in my car and things I need to put in my car.
1. Cell Phone Charger
I hate driving without a cell phone, not because I’m going to miss a text, but because I don’t want to be stranded on a dirt road alone at night. I don’t want to stick my thumb out like a hitchhiker so that I can use a stranger’s cell phone to call roadside assistance. I also feel safer with a phone in the car, just incase I’m being chased by a serial killer and I need to call the police.
2. Self Defense Mechanism.
This applies for guys and girls. I watch way too many scary movies to know that you definitely need some form of self defense in your car that you can use while strapped in by a seatbelt. If someone comes to your window while you’re at a drive-thru and demads money, what would you do? I know that I would take out my pepperspray and use it on them. What if you forgot to lock your doors and someone jumped in the backseat while you were in the store. You forget to check the backseat before getting in and the person grabs you from behind. Notice I said ”you” because I’d never get in a car without checking the backseats first. If it did happen, I’d use my stun gun on them and hurry up and make a run for it. Always have some form of self defense device in your car. You may need it if you stall in the wrong part of town or if someone is harassing you. Rather be safe than sorry.
3. Spare Tire
I’ve changed enough spare tires in my lifetime that I could probably do it with my eyes closed, though, I’d probably lose all the bolts. Last Valentines day Nick and I blew a tire while we were heading home from dinner. We would have been stranded on a back road with hardly any reception if he didn’t have the spare tire in the back of the car. Always keep a spare in the car! Also, make sure you have the jack and wrench too!
This goes with the spare tire situation. We didn’t have a flashlight to fix the tire, I had to use the light of my cell phone. It would have been so much easier if Nick kept a flashlight in his car. Luckily, I kill two birds with one stone because my stun gun is a flashlight.
5. Jumper Cables
Only around 70% of people carry jumper cables in their cars. Speaking of, I should probably get on that soon! I’ve had to use them, my friends have had to use them, and therefore it may be a smart idea to have them. It’s an easy mistake to leave a light on or door open on the car, so instead of getting stranded with a dead battery, just make sure you keep jumper cables in the back! Plus having jumper cables in your car could make you a hero of the day for someone else.
6. Ice Scraper
I live in the South and the thought of putting an ice scraper in my car made me laugh until reality hit me this past winter. I woke up early from a friends house and my car was completely iced over. The only thing I could do was use a credit card to scrape down the snow. I then had to wait until my defrosters kicked in to take care of the rest of the ice. An ice scraper would have saved me about 20 minutes.
7. First Aid Kit
I’ve had a first aid kit in every car I’ve had for the past eight years, but I have yet to use it. That doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be in there though. If you get in an accident in the middle of nowhere and it takes a while to get an ambulance, you may be able to use something in there to help you or someone else. If you get hurt fixing your car, you may need the first aid kit. You can buy a first aid kit or you can make your own. Fill it with bandaids, wraps, an epipen, antibacterial solution, provide, and tylenol!
8. Change Of Clothes
This is my favorite on the list because I’m really good at spilling things on my clothes. Last weekend, I had chocolate all over my lace white top from accidentally rubbing against the cake I made for Nick’s dad’s birthday. We were already on the way to the restaurant and so I just grabbed a spare shirt from the back. I use my spare clothes once a week. You never know when you’re going to need them. I also keep flip flops and tennis shoes in my car.
9. Non-Parishable Snacks & Water
You man need something to live off of if you’re stranded in a snow storm, or broken down somewhere in the middle of nowhere. Also, if you’re on a long road trip and you need some quick energy food to keep you from falling asleep while driving. I also like to keep packages of almonds or trail mix just incase I get really hungry; it keeps me from stopping at fast food places and controls what I buy at grocery stores. When you keep water in your car, make sure it’s in a bottle that is heat-safe. (Consider your pets too)
10. A pen
This one seems small, but it’s one of the things I’m always looking for in my car! I was depositing a check at the bank’s ATM yesterday and couldn’t find a pen to sign it. I had to go out in my car and search the entire car for a pen. I didn’t even have one in my purse. I grabbed three pens off my desk and stuck them in my car’s center compartment this morning.
11. Cell Phone Mount
Cell phone mounts are important for me when I’m on road trips. I use my cell phone for GPS and I use it to make calls. It takes less than two seconds of looking down at your phone to get in an accident. Whenever I’m driving, I hook the phone up on the mount for GPS and if someone calls, I hit the green button and the speaker button. It’s much safer since I don’t have to look down at my lap. It’s safer than flipping radio stations. The cell phone mount in the photo above is a two in one mount that either hooks on to your air vents or your windshield.
12. Freshen’ Up Kit
This really isn’t THAT important, but I find that the freshen’ up kit comes in handy. I keep a little container in my trunk that has baby wipes, face wash wipes, a comb, hair ties, lip gloss, mascara, hand sanitizer, perfume, deodorant, and mouth wash!
13. Fix a flat
If you’re driving and notice your car starts to drive a little choppy or keeps going left or right, your tire may need air! Sometimes it takes about 30-50 miles to get to a gas station to fill it up. If you have fix a flat in your car, you’ll be good to go!
14. List of Emergency Contacts, License, & Registration
You can’t always rely on your cell phone for a contact list. I’ve been dating my boyfriend for almost a year now and I still don’t know his number by heart. I don’t even know my dad’s number. I rely on my cell phone way too much! If your phone is lost or broke and you need to contact someone, have a list of contacts available.
Make sure to have your License and & Registration. Getting pulled over without those can get you in a lot of trouble!
15. Your Glasses/Sunglasses
I can do most things without my glasses, but when I get behind a wheel at night, I need glasses! Lights look like fireworks without my glasses and I can barely see. I don’t wear them usually unless I’m a the movies or driving. You should also have sunglasses in the car. It can be so sunny sometimes that you can barely see the lights change without sunglasses! Sunglasses are also better for your eyes and prevents wrinkles with all the scrunching of the face!
What is something that you ALWAYS keep in your car?