Your car is more than just a mode of transportation. Most of us spend a lot of time in our cars, whether it’s making the long commute to work in traffic or hiding out from the elements in a random parking lot. In some ways, you should treat your car like a home away from home. To do so, make sure your car has these nine key items:
I have yet to meet someone who regrets bringing a water bottle with them somewhere. I also have yet to meet someone more popular than that kid who has enough water bottles to share. Plus, if you find yourself stuck on the side of the road somewhere on a hot day, you’ll be happy you have some bottles stashed in your trunk.
Freak rain happens all the time. You definitely don’t want to be caught unprepared, especially if you’re all dressed up with somewhere important to go to. Plus, wet clothes are just plain uncomfortable.
If your debit card stops working or you accidentally find yourself on a toll road or your wallet gets stolen, you’ll be pretty pumped when you remember you have a $20 and a roll of quarters in the glove compartment.
Cell Phone Charger
If you don’t have a cell phone charger in your car already, you’re doing life wrong. Phones die all the time and considering this is the most common/convenient mode of communication, you never want to be without access to all your phone’s capabilities. What if there’s an emergency and you can’t call 911 because your phone is dead? What if you get lost and desperately need a GPS? Exactly.
Change of Clothes
Maybe you decided to have a last-minute sleepover at your friend’s house, or maybe you got caught in that freak rain we were talking about before. Whatever the reason, it’s smart to keep a spare change of clothes in the back. Pro tip: During the summer, you can stash a bathing suit for a spontaneous trip to the beach (or you can just skinny dip, whatever works).
Car battery goes dead during the winter? Headed to a baseball game and the ground is still muddy? Just grab the blanket out of your car!
First Aid Kit
You never, ever know when there will be an emergency and you need to prepare yourself for that. Of course, a first aid kid won’t help you against anything too major but you can prevent a small problem from turning into a big problem with a first aid kit.
One of these days, hunger will strike and you will be without. Luckily, it doesn’t have to be like that! Just make sure to keep your (packaged, non-perishable) food somewhere cool and away from the sun, or else it’ll get gross.