What You MUST Carry in Your Car

Updated on March 10, 2017

Check Your Kit

A cracked tube leaked, destroying bandages. These need to be replaced.
A cracked tube leaked, destroying bandages. These need to be replaced. | Source

1. Safety Items for Immediate Aid

Your car is equipped with a safety kit — you need to locate it. Not sure where the manufacturer tucked it away? It's usually in the trunk area. Reference your owner's manual.

Found the kit?

  • Check that everything is actually there. Review the kit's list of items and replace anything that's missing.
  • Review expiration dates — bandages will age and creams expire. Replace any that are questionable.

Do you not have a kit?

  • Pre-assembled kits are available in the outdoor section of your retail store. You can look for a car set or pickup a standard set. There should be several models near the camping supplies.
  • There is an option of buying individual parts yourself, though it may be costly. This way you can buy your favorite brands.

Review your kit:

  • Allergens. Gloves are sometimes latex. You'll want to remove them and add a latex-free pair if it's an issue. Review the cleansers and medications if you are your family are sensitive to any of these. Replace with the appropriate alternative.
  • Make a note in your maintenance log (or planner) to review these items in 6 months. You may note any items that are close to expiration.

Practice!

  • Practice quickly getting to your kit. In an emergency or rush you don't want to fumble.
  • Is yours in the trunk? Remember that a trunk loaded for a road trip or groceries may block access to the emergency kit. Consider moving the kit to under a seat.

Easily Accessible

First aid kit, stored just under the window where it isn't blocked by groceries or cargo
First aid kit, stored just under the window where it isn't blocked by groceries or cargo | Source

Know before you go

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Your owner's manual contains important information that should be reviewed. My Santa Fe's first aid kit includes instructions and a list of supplies card.
Your owner's manual contains important information that should be reviewed. My Santa Fe's first aid kit includes instructions and a list of supplies card.
Your owner's manual contains important information that should be reviewed. My Santa Fe's first aid kit includes instructions and a list of supplies card. | Source

2. Your Car's Needs

If you have it with you, odds are you won't need it

  • Jumper cables. You can't get a jump (or jump a friend) without them. Choose a quality, heavy pair. You'll only buy these once and a nicer pair will work better.
  • Extra motor oil. Running low or dry can destroy a car. Keep at least a quart of the motor oil that your car takes.
  • Anti-freeze. DO NOT OPEN THE RADIATOR WHEN HOT — BURN HAZARD.
  • Tool kit. The car should have one. Learn where it is stored and review any specialty tools specific to the car.
  • Check the spare. Is it in the trunk? Under the car? Remember to check the spare tire's condition. If it is dry rotted or damaged it can't be used.
  • Water. Water is always good to carry. It can temporarily refill a windshield washer reservoir or rinse your hands.

Supplies for the car

Check for storage solutions. Tool kit, motor oil, and other items stow neatly in built-in spaces.
Check for storage solutions. Tool kit, motor oil, and other items stow neatly in built-in spaces. | Source

3. Personal Emergencies

It happens - you spill something on your shirt before a meeting, a visit becomes a sleepover. Be ready.

1. Slip a little cash somewhere. You never know - maybe one day your credit card is damaged, or card readers are down. Maybe we need some emergency gas funds.

2. Build a "bug out" or overnight bag. Why?

  • maybe we spilled lunch
  • surprise illness or hospital stay
  • late night, staying with a friend when were too tired to drive (or partied a little too hard)

Pretend you're going on an overnight trip. What do you need?

  • an extra t-shirt, or a shirt you can pass off as office casual, or a dress (if applicable)
  • nice pants or jeans
  • extra set of undies, socks, other undergarments
  • emergency sweater for chilly offices
  • light toiletries: toothbrush, hair brush, face wash, extra deodorant
  • shoes. Recommend sneakers in case of emergency like a tire change. Since I usually wear sneakers I carry fashionable boots in case I need to look more formal.

Are you ready?

How confident do you feel handling an emergency?

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