Anytime you’re away from home, you run the risk of needing something you don’t have on hand.
The item in question could range from something serious and important to less crucial items that are simply annoying not to have nearby.
When you own your own car and drive yourself to wherever you go, you can limit how much this affects you by keeping a few emergency items in your vehicle at all times. Here are a few ideas for you.
Roadside Emergency Items
Of course, the most important emergency items to keep on hand are those which will be needed in an actual emergency.
Typically, these will be things you might need if you have an issue with your car, such as a set of jump n carry booster cables, an emergency triangle, a spare tyre (which is a legal requirement!) and even a physical map, just in case. Because you never know whether your car is going to break down or if you will be the victim of someone who is drunk driving or otherwise not adhering to the rules of the road, it is a good idea to have the number of a legal firm, as well as a list of numbers that are easy to find in case you are unable to give these details to an emergency crew.
A Basic First Aid Kit
Another emergency item to have in your car is a first aid kit containing all the basics. This can come in handy if you happen to get hurt while you’re out in town, or even on the road, such as if you’re in a small accident.
Of course, you should be doing all you can to avoid car accidents, but if you happen to be involved in a prang, it’s always good to have a first aid kit handy.
Heading out to a meeting, an appointment, or a simple errand and suddenly feeling your stomach rumble can be a serious pain, which is why keeping some healthy snacks in your car is also a great idea.
Keep a stash of food that won’t easily go bad in your car for those hangry moments you never anticipate. A bag of nuts, a granola bar, dried fruit, or even a bag of candy, whatever tickles your fancy.
A USB Phone Charger
We’ve all been there – being on your way somewhere important when your battery health starts flashing red. This is especially stressful when you know you’ll be needing your GPS or to make contact with a friend or business partner when you arrive.
Keeping a spare USB phone charger in your car at all times can be a simple way to eliminate unnecessary stress.
You might also keep a few self-care items in your car that you might want to use. This can include items like a hand lotion for dry hands, a lip balm, an SPF cream and even a nail clipper.
If you’re a busy woman on the road, you might even keep a whole beauty kit in your car for pre-meeting emergency touch-ups.
Finally, keeping some spare cash stashed away somewhere safe and hidden in your car might come in handy in an emergency.
Perhaps you forget your wallet at home and need to pay for gas or the ATM swallows your card, and you need to buy something important. Having a little extra money with you wherever you go is never a bad idea.