Essential Items to Keep in Your Car

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If you’ve got limited space in the back, or you just want to be prepared for an emergency, it’s a smart move to figure out exactly what you need to pack in the trunk.

Don’t worry – we’ll help you figure it out!

The essentials on our list will come in handy no matter where you’re headed, including your next off-roading trip, camping holiday, or weekend drive to the cottage.

Trust us – you don’t want to leave home without them.

Just, you know, in case.



You don’t want to break down at the side of the road… with a flat spare in your trunk.

Keep these items in your trunk to save your money, good mood, and ultimately.. your holiday:

  • A good spare tire, tire jack, tire iron, and your special wheel security key (if you need one)
  • Jumper cables
  • Tow straps, tie-downs and bungee cords
  • Shovel– to help you if you’re stuck
  • Fire extinguisher and matches
  • A flashlight with fresh batteries
  • GPS and compass
  • A complete set of tools, including screwdrivers, pliers, a wrench set, a knife, and a hammer
  • Small scissors and tweezers



For obvious reasons, you should have the right medical supplies on hand.

Even if you’re not faced with a serious crisis, having some aspirin on hand can alleviate a painful headache and save the day.

A First Aid Kit is not complete without:

  • Bandages
  • Gauze pads
  • Sterile dressings
  • Adhesive tape
  • Medications, including any prescriptions
  • Sanitizer
  • Antibiotic ointment
  • Aspirin (with and without ibuprofen)

You should also pack a warm blanket and some extra clothes in case you get stranded in your car overnight.

Un-perishable food items like power bars will supply you with additional calories for energy while you’re waiting for the rescue party.

And the most important item?

It’s water. Never leave without water... especially in hot summer days.



After covering the basics, you can start thinking about items that are not essential to your survival on the road, yet are essential to your comfort and convenience.

These items include:

  • Paper towels
  • A roll of toilet paper
  • A pen and paper
  • Umbrella
  • Some small change
  • A few plastic bags
  • USB phone charger

Items in your trunk will change depending on the season. In the winter, you should be packing tire chains and a flash light. In the summer, you’ll be glad to find insect repellent and a flashlight.

Just keep in mind that our list isn’t exhaustive. The items you pack in your trunk will depend on your needs.

So... what junk do you keep in your trunk?

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