1 – Important documentation
It’s easy to put together a folder of all your vehicle’s necessary documentation and keep it in the glove compartment. This can come in handy if you get into a minor accident, if the police pull you over for any reason, or if you need emergency repairs at a garage.
Include your license, insurance, and registration data, details of your insurance, and a list of repairs that have been completed on your vehicle. Pair these with your owner’s manual, emergency contact information, and a small notepad.
2 – Emergency kit
Your emergency kit includes everything you’d need if you were to get stuck in your vehicle for an extended period.
Tools useful for on-the-road repairs include a wheel wrench, car jack, tire pressure gauge, jumper cables, and a multipurpose tool. A can of WD-40 and a refillable gas container can help you in a pinch, too.
We also recommend carrying a first-aid kit, blanket, flashlight, reflective flares, and a small fire extinguisher. These are all items that come in particularly handy when things go wrong on the road.
3 – Items for braving the weather
Keep some additional items in a compartment in your trunk for dealing with seasonal weather extremes. If you expect snow from time to time, include a snow brush, ice scraper, and even a small shovel.
An umbrella is a valuable ally for stormy days, and a windshield sunshade can keep your vehicle cool in hot weather.
4 – Family-focused items
If you ever have children or pets as passengers in your vehicle, you need some extra items to keep them safe and sound. Children need a booster seat or child seat, and pets need a safety harness or a crate.
Remember to pack some extra water and snacks. You’ll need to replace the water periodically if it’s been stored in your vehicle during extreme weather.
With pets and children in the mix, remember to include a cleaning kit with towels, cleaning solution, and plastic bags, so any mess is easy to clean up.
5 – Miscellaneous goodies
An additional small bag of valuable items can round out your vehicle and make trips all the better. Pack hand sanitizer, masks, face tissues, and any medication you might need.
Store a travel makeup kit, some lip balm, and some gum. A foam cooler, napkins, and plastic utensils can be helpful if you end up eating in your car.
These little items come in very handy when you need them in a pinch.