1. Car manual
Obviously, you need to have your car manual inside your car, so that you can check with it when something goes wrong, or you’re unsure. All the information you need is inside, so your car manual is an essential.
2. Spare tyre
Self-explanatory – when you get a flat, you need a spare. And to go with it, you also need a tyre iron and a tyre jack so you can make the switch quickly and easily. Don’t go anywhere without them. In addition, you can also have a tyre repair kit.
3. First-aid kit
This goes without saying; you need to have access to a first-aid kit at all times, in case of an emergency. Whether it’s for you or a passenger a first-aid kit will contain all the necessary equipment to get you through until the ambulance gets there.
4. Water bottles
You never know when you get stranded somewhere without water to drink, clean the windshield or maybe even a wound of some sort. You absolutely need to have clean, drinkable water with you at all times.
5. Jumper cables
If your battery has ever died, you know what these are for. If you have never experienced that, you’re lucky, but you still need to have them, in case it does happen to you. This way, you can jump-start your battery.
Since your car can take you places you’ve never been to, that means you can also get lost around those unfamiliar parts. Everyone has GPS and Google Maps now, but when your phone dies, there’s no internet or no cell phone signal, you’ll need to rely on the good old paper map.
You never know what weather conditions you are going to encounter on the road or if you will need to spend the night in your car, at any given point. A blanket will keep you or your passengers warm.
8. Rags & tissues
Checking under the hood can get really messy, really fast, so you need to have access to something, to clean yourself up before you get behind the wheel again. Greasy hands are not recommended. Also, you may also need them in case there is blood or you have some other kind of emergency.
You’re sheltered from the elements while you’re inside the car, but what about when you need to go outside? Weather can be unpredictable, and you don’t want to be the miserable person changing their tyre in the rain, getting completely soaked through.
Another essential, a flashlight will come in handy in a variety of different situations, emergencies or not. You don’t want to be caught at night without one, especially if your battery is dead and you can’t use your headlights.