Lots of people like to take trips by car. It’s a great way to see the country or maybe just your local region. While you are expecting to have a fun time, the reality is that you never know what might happen. Even the best and newest cars break down sometimes. You just never know when it’s going to happen.
In most cases when it does happen it’s not in a good area. It can be a deserted back road or somewhere that is truly in the middle of nowhere. A person needs to be prepared for those situations because it can quickly turn into a life or death situation if you aren’t prepared.
Nobody thinks it can happen to them and some people can go an entire lifetime without ever facing this sort of dire situation. Those people are lucky but they still have to be prepared. Even if it doesn’t happen to them it’s good to have these items in their vehicle so maybe they can help someone else they come across that needs help.
The following things are items that should be in every car that’s on the road. Everything can be easily stored in a backpack under a back seat or in the trunk. Don’t find excuses not to have them. Even if you never have to use them it’s good to be prepared for the worst.When your car breaks down it never happens in a convenient spot. The backpack can hold everything you need and store it away easily. It's the best way to condense everything you should have in there.
Always have a full tank of gas.
Always have a full tank of gas. If you are going anywhere more than twenty minutes away it's a good rule to have. You just never know what you will encounter along the way. A full tank of gas will avoid those situations of running low in desolate areas.
Warm clothing is a must to have.
You should always have warm clothing stored in your vehicle. It doesn't matter where you live, sometimes night weather can be cold and/or rainy. Staying warm is key when your vehicle fails you.
Light sources are important as you may need them at night.
Flashlights with batteries along with candles and matches are good to store in the car. You never know how long you may be stranded in a broken down vehicle.
A first aid kit is something that should be a no brainer.
Just like at home, a first aid kit is a must have in any vehicle. Make sure that it's filled with all of the essentials. If you buy a new one they usually come with everything you may need.
Food and water should always be stored somewhere in your vehicle.
Depending on where you break down, you never know just how long you'll be stranded. Food and water are a must if you are going to survive in the worst of circumstances. Energy bars are a good source for food and they don't take up a lot of room.
Supplies and tools are something no vehicle should be without.
A shovel, jack, spare tire, hammer, wrench and screwdriver are basic things that should be in every single vehicle on the road. You never know when you will need them. Other helpful items might be jumper cables and a knife.
You also want a source for heat.
A night time break down can be devastating. Especially if the weather is not cooperating. A few things to store in your car are gloves, a hat, a blanket and maybe a spare set of clothes. You just never know what situation you might find yourself in.
Visibility and communication tools are something you might need for safety and help.
You'll want to make sure you are safe while on the side of the road. Not everyone is going to stop to offer help so you'll want to make sure they see you and don't crash into you. Flares are good to have and a bright neon vest is good to have in case you have to walk along side the road at night.
It's not a bad idea to have something that can help you relax.
Since you never really know just how long you'll be there it's good to have something to relax you and pass the time. Playing cards or a good book are good options to have. It will also keep your mind a bit less stressed until help arrives.