You never know what is going to happen when you drive your vehicle. Unfortunate situations occur all the time, and before you know it, you could be suffering the consequences of a dead car battery, a flat tire, or you could get stuck in a relentless storm leaving you stranded. Besides the obvious essentials like your vehicle’s registration and insurance, here are a few things you should always keep inside of your vehicle in case of an emergency:

First Aid Supplies

You can either compose your own first aid kit or purchase an already assembled kit; nevertheless, it is important to always keep a few medical supplies on board to ensure that you or your passengers are protected in case anyone is physically harmed. Bottles of generic pain killers (Advil or Tylenol), cotton balls, gauze, and hydrogen peroxide are also just some of the items to have on board.

Case(s) Of Water Bottles

Keeping a couple of cases of water bottles in your trunk or backseat, always, could prove beneficial during times of car troubles. Keeping water bottles in your car will also ensure you have clean drinking water readily available in case of a vehicle breakdown or if you get lost. Other reasons to keep a case or two on board is by using the water by pouring it into the radiator to cool off your car if by any chance it overheats. If you spill oil on your clothes, you can also use the bottled water to soak the stain and then proceed to wash it with detergent when you arrive at home.

Warm Clothes/Blankets

Ensure that you store blankets, quilts, hoodies, hats & mitts in your vehicle, especially in the Winter. Cold weather tends to cause trouble for cars batteries, and subzero temperatures can sometimes render your battery useless. Waiting for a tow truck to jump your vehicle could take some time; ensure that you are bundled and warm in case of emergencies.

Jumper Cables

When and if your car battery dies, you may need to jump it to supply it with enough power necessary to get home before you can bring it into the mechanics. Keep a set of jumper cables in your car so that you can recruit the help of a fellow driver to help get your car back and working.

Flashlight

When driving at night, it is always wise to keep an industrial flashlight in your glove box. Although most cell phones have a flashlight, which is powerful, you don’t want to risk your phone’s battery dying. You can use your flashlight to inspect any issues occurring underneath the body of your car or under the hood.

A Supply of Munchies

You never want to experience your car breaking down, and you never want your car to break down while you have an empty stomach. Keep little snacks inside your car that you know will not spoil such as granola bars, sunflower seeds, dried cereal or chocolate bars and chips.