Don’t Drive Anywhere Without Stashing These Things In Your Car Trunk

When I bought a car from a family friend, I was delighted to open up the trunk and find a pair of gloves, tire-changing tools, and a can of Fix-A-Flat nestled on top of the spare tire. There were tissues in the center console, a stocked changepurse, maps, and even a disposable camera. Not everyone is so lucky…but what should you stock your car with when starting from scratch?

Lifehacker put together a list of basics, including items from the categories of “car emergencies and maintenance,” “survival items,” and “comfort items.”

  • Tire-changing tools.
  • Tire sealant/inflation tools. This can come in the form of products like Fix-A-Flat, or an electric pump. One commenter recommended a device that transfers air from your other tires to the soft one.
  • Your car’s owner’s manual, which should be in the glove box or center console anyway.
  • Duct Tape And WD-40. Between the two, you can fix anything.

Safety supplies include:

  • First aid kit
  • Bottled water and emergency food – even a box of granola bars will help in an emergency
  • A weather radio (no, don’t depend on your smartphone)
  • A flashlight: check it to make sure it works now and then

Lifehacker also offers advice for a winter/snow emergency kit, if you live in a wintery climate and might need one.

30 Essential Things You Should Keep in Your Car [Lifehacker]