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18 Essential Items to keep in your Vehicle

18 Essential Items to keep in your Vehicle
 
Suffering a flat tire, getting stuck in the rain, or finding yourself lost in the middle of nowhere are all unfortunate, but realistic scenarios that can arise when you step into a vehicle.
 
With that in mind, there are a number of items you should always keep in your vehicle to prepare yourself for any situation.
 
Here are 18 essential items that should never leave your car:
 
MAINTENANCE
 
Spare Tire: The only thing worse than getting a flat tire is not having a spare to replace it with. Make sure you have a tire jack and iron with you as well, otherwise, the spare is pretty much useless.
 
Jumper cables: We don’t often think about the chances of our battery dying, which is why it’s important to plan for the worst case scenario.
 
Gas can: If you run out of gas, you’re going to need some kind of device to help carry the fuel back to your car.
 
Duct tape: It’s certainly not a permanent solution, but it can temporarily fix a number of mechanical issues.
 
Gloves: If you’re going to be doing your own mechanical work, you’ll likely want to avoid touching hot engines parts with your bare hands.
 
HEALTHY + SAFETY
 
First Aid Kit: You never know when you’re going to need one, and it’s better to be safe than sorry.
 
Non-perishable food items: Whether you’re in the middle of a long road trip or stranded at the side of the road, having food around can make a tough situation a little better.
 
Flashlight: There’s no point in carrying a bunch of handy tools if you can’t see.
 
Maps/GPS: No matter how confident you are in where you’re going, it’s always smart to have a backup plan just in case.
 
Ice Scraper: It’s not the most useful item at this summery moment, but it will be when the temperature starts to dip below zero again.
 
CONVENIENCE
 
Phone charger: Not only can this come in handy for keeping up with work emails, but it can also save you in a tough situation if you’re stuck roadside. They’re not overly expensive – have an extra one that stays in the car.
 
Paper towel/napkins/tissues: Whether you’re a messy eater or just a sloppy person in general, it’s always good to have a supply available to clean up a spill.
 
Umbrella: There’s nothing worse than forgetting to check the weather, and then finding out it’s supposed to rain later that day. Amazon has a host of compact options to tuck away in your vehicle.
 
Blanket: The weather is hot now, but you’ll want to keep warm when it eventually cools back down.
 
Water bottles: Just make sure you keep them somewhere cool in the summer.
 
Spare clothes: If you’re stranded and soaked from the rain or snow, having a change of clothes available can be a life-saver.