Having a vehicle to take care of is a normal part of life that most people get the chance to experience. Unless you live in an area that doesn’t make owning a vehicle practical, the average American has the privilege of being able to afford and take care of their own vehicle. Cars serve a variety of purposes in the life of the average person. Everything from picking up your first date to driving your spouse to deliver your first child at the hospital, to the mundane duties of daily commuting to work, or the exceptional adventures of road trips. Cars play a huge role in everything from the average aspects all the way to extraordinary aspects of life.
Having a car comes with a certain amount of responsibility that is important to take seriously. Yes, there is the daily aspect of responsibility like making sure the maintenance of your car is in order. Things like filling it with gas, changing the oil, taking it in for inspection and routine maintenance checks are all part of not only owning a car but being able to enjoy the car for as long as possible. However, there are other items that can really help improve your quality of life if you remember to take them with you on the go.
Whether you are preparing for a long road trip with good friends, or you are simply driving to work Monday through Friday, here are 6 items you should keep in your car!
- Stash an Umbrella
One of the first things that should be in your car, is all the prep you need for inclement weather. Now, most of the time it can be fairly easy to stay on top of the weather and have a good grasp on what to expect. For example, it’s not uncommon for people to check their weather app or channel of choice and glance over the forecast before leaving the house. This helps them know if they might need a rain jacket or in some cases even a coat and some gloves.
However, the one thing you can guarantee happening in life, is that it will get busy and you will have those days that you forget to check the weather as you head out. While it may not be practical to keep gear for every weather possibility in your car, like a heavy winter coat as well as a rain poncho, etc., a compact umbrella is one easy item that you can stash and forget.
Having an umbrella in your car means you don’t have to worry about that unexpected rainfall or the fact that you were rushing out of the house too fast to check the weather. The good thing about a compact umbrella, particularly, is that you can put it in your glove compartment, or go bag, and just forget about it until you need it!
- Keep a Blanket For the Winter
This one might not be an item you would immediately think of – but when the months grow colder, make sure you have a blanket stashed in your car. This doesn’t have to be a huge blanket, and you shouldn’t make it an inconvenience especially if you have a more compact and smaller vehicle. However, in the winter months, the last thing you want to happen is that you experience some kind of unfortunate car trouble, and you are stuck in the cold waiting for help. In these cases, having an emergency blanket can be a huge help to keeping you warm, insulated, and safe in the case that your car breaks down and you need to wait for a tow truck or a friend to come get you.
- Jumper Cables
This is another necessity that you need to make sure is in your car. Unfortunately, when it comes to owning and operating a vehicle, the question is never ‘if’ something goes wrong but ‘when’ something goes wrong. Jumper cables are not just an item that you may use in your experience with owning a car, but they are something you will use.
Whether that is for your own car that needs a jump or using it to help out a friend or even a stranger who is in need. Jumper cables are a necessary and responsible item that you should double-check are in good working order, and present in your car at all times.
The good news is that as you get more and more experience under your belt you begin to understand what items are important to have in your car at all points in time. For some people, that could look like only having a few key, useful items while for others it may look like an entire litany of items that they deem as useful and necessary. The thing to remember is that you need to carry the essentials that you think are important and can help you if you ever find yourself in a pinch while on the road!