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]