Are you heading off to the snow this Winter or venturing to the beach in the Summer? Even if your next great commute is to the grocery store, we have got you covered!
Read below to see the top 5 things you need in your car next time you hit the road.
1. First Aid Kits & Car kits
First aid and Car kits should be mandatory for every road trip, long or short!
When travelling, safety is the number one priority. Most people know that your first aid kit should be packed with band-aids, burn-aids and other healthcare staples, but it is rare for people to consider packing an escape tool or two in their emergency kit.
Although it may seem like an unlikely situation, the 2021–2022 Queensland floods highlighted the importance of preparedness. It was reported that nearly one-third of all drowning deaths were related to people being stuck in their cars during the natural disaster.
Escape tools can be easily attached to your keys or left in your glove box, right next to the owner’s manual!. Tools can be found on Amazon for as little as $15, however, the peace of mind of having them may be priceless.
Have you ever tried to dry yourself off with a paper towel or sit under the hand dryer in the bathroom? Spoiler! It does not work very well.
One of our top tips, especially with Australia’s unpredictable weather, is to pack an umbrella into your vehicle. The peace of mind that comes with having an umbrella packed when it starts to drizzle is unparalleled. Let’s be frank, singing in the rain is not like the movies!
Umbrellas come in all shapes and sizes, so they can be easily stored in your glove compartment or conveniently tucked under your back seat.
3. A Change of Clothes
It might seem strange, but you never know when a wardrobe malfunction could arise. Whether it’s a spill of coffee on your shirt, your water bottle tipping over on you, or even a rip in the pants, keeping a spare change of clothes is the backup plan you’ll never know you need until such a situation calls!
Leave two outfits in your car, one formal and one casual. This means that whether it is a business meeting, a hangout with friends, or a date night, you are ready to go!
4. Tool Kit
Tools, Tools, Tools! Now, we don’t expect you to be Bob the Builder, but we do think it is a great idea to have a small set of tools set up in your car.
We aren’t just talking about jumper cables for your car battery (Even though please have these because a dead battery is a pain!) But we’re talking about a good old multi-tool, lug wrench, and tire inflator. You never know when you are going to have a flat tire!
Next time you are pulled over on the side of the road or your friends need a jump start, you’re going to thank us for this one.
5. Phone Charger
If you are anything like us, you spend a lot of time on your cell phone, and the last thing you need in 2023 is for it to go flat. While some people’s cars have built-in wireless chargers, other people purchase cables and USB chargers from stores online – we can’t all live like The Jetsons.
The handy USB charger has saved us many times and is the Unofficial hero of long road trips, earning itself a place at number 5 on our list!