Things To Keep In A Car
There’s nothing more appealing than a man that comes prepared and since men tend to spend as much time in their cars as they do at home, it’s always a good idea to equip a vehicle with a few essentials that come might come in handy. From safety and entertainment to pure convenience, keeping a few nifty bits and bobs in your ride will ensure you are ready for anything.
But let’s face it, our cars are not for hoarding every utensil that we might think will come in useful, we want to avoid clutter, not make more of it. So, we’ve done the “uhming and ahing” for you and we’ve narrowed down the list of go-to car accessories for the road ahead.
Here’s our recommendation for 12 things every man should keep in his car:
1. A Bottle of Water
Let’s start with the most important thing that we need to survive, good old H2O. I’m not sure if you’ve heard, but water is good for you! Staying hydrated throughout the day keeps you refreshed and energised and will cool you down when you find yourself waiting in a hot car.
A water bottle is a must-have accessory for those who are always on the move and it should be kept topped up with a good measure of water. Not only will this water come in handy when you’re feeling slightly parched, but sipping on the liquid keeps you awake and alert during long trips and while you are stuck in frustrating traffic jams. Oh, and let’s not forget, a bottle of water could be the saving grace when a car’s water reserve runs low and we’re stranded in the middle of nowhere and beyond!
2. Some Snacky Snacks
Please note: these snacks are for emergencies, not for moments of frustration where we feel like binging (wink wink)! But yes, it’s a good idea to have a reserve of super-food-like snacks in your vehicle, especially for those who are often short on time and just need something to fuel them through the day as they whizz from one meeting to the next.
Energy bars are the preferred option when it comes to a snack that will fill that hole in your belly while giving you an energy boost to help you through the day. Avoid chocolate bars though, since they’re likely to melt in the hot car. Also, check your snacks regularly to make sure the sell-by dates have not expired!
3. A Paper Map
Yup, we’re talking about an old-school folded paper map here. This will come in handy if technology lets you down. A basic map of your local area and surrounds should be sufficient unless you plan on traveling further. In this case, you might want to consider purchasing a more detailed Map Book.
While this might seem like an unnecessary waste of paper, having no phone signal while lost in strange surroundings is no ball of fun either. Do yourself a favour and get yourself a compact atlas that has recently been updated, slide it into your cubby hole or under your chair – you never know!
4. A Multi Tool
If your trade doesn’t require you to lug a hefty toolbox wherever you go then you might want to invest in a nifty multi tool. You never know when your trusted steed might let you down or when you’ll need to swoop in and be of assistance to someone else.
Make sure your multi tool includes a knife, a screwdriver with multiple bits, an adjustable wrench, and needle-nose pliers, at the very least. These basic tools should be enough to get you out of a few tricky situations.
5. A Power Bank
There’s nothing worse than having to travel with a phone that’s run out of battery or entering a meeting only to find that your iPad has lost all power. Stay in touch with your loved ones while traveling and be prepared for that strenuous meeting by ensuring that you have a fully-powered power bank at your disposal at all times.
Power banks are a genius invention which allows us to recharge our mobile devices no matter where we are. There’s no excuse for being left stranded on the side of the road or being late for dinner without notice when you have one of these life-saving gadgets on hand.
6. A First Aid Kit
It’s not just moms that need to carry plasters and a myriad of medical supplies around in their handbags. Men who are often on the go should be just as prepared for emergency situations where a First Aid kit could come to good use, or even save the day!
First Aid Kits should include the following essentials:
- Bandages and gauze pads
- Antiseptic spray/lotion
- Pain and nausea tablets
- Hand sanitizer
- A mouth resuscitation piece
- Rubber/disposable gloves
7. A Pen
While we find ourselves in a digital era where we use Smart Devices to make notes and record communications, a plain old pen has definitely not lost its worth. We are sure that you still often find yourself frantically searching for a quality and reliable pen, whether it be for at a meeting where you need to sign and seal the deal, or while on a road trip where you need to jot important details down along the way. The power of the pen has not lost its importance.
Luckily, a pen is on the smaller side and can easily be kept tucked away in one of your vehicle’s compartments, waiting for the day when it will rise again. Pens are always there to fall back on when technology decides to fail – they’re our old ye’ faithfuls!
8. A Blanket
Being stranded along a snowy road or in cold rainy weather is not an uncommon thing, especially when the weather turns and takes us by surprise. This is when having an emergency blanket comes in handy! This comforter has multiple uses and that’s why it is one of the “must-have” necessities that should always be kept in one’s car.
Perhaps you decide to pull over for an impromptu picnic, something that you could lay down on the grass at that moment would be ideal, right? Or maybe you are traveling along and see a shivering homeless person, if you’re in a giving mood you could bless them with something to warm up their bodies. Blankets are also convenient to have in emergency situations, they tend to bring comfort in times of need or offer some much-needed privacy.
9. A Flashlight
A small standard LED flashlight can easily fit into a glove compartment or in the side inserts of the car doors. They come in super handy when you would prefer not to run your phone’s battery flat or when you need to shine light into more compact areas.
Flashlights are the go-to-gadget for providing light at night time, especially when you have to pull over to change a spare tire, jump start someone’s car or exchange insurance information after a fender-bender.
10. Jumper Cables
This one pretty much speaks for itself and it’s an item that has been found in the trunks of cars for ages. It’s the number one item that most men make sure they bring along on every journey, and for good reason, of course!
The last thing you want is to be stranded in strange surroundings far from the help of reliable friends and family simply because you forgot to switch your headlights off. With a set of some quality jumper cables and the assistance of a kind passer-by, you’ll have your battery recharged and your car on the go in no time.
11. A Tape Measure
OK, this one might seem like it won’t be much help and could possibly be an unnecessary clutter. But, how many times have you been to the hardware store, garden centre or a shop where you wish you had something on you, or at least back in the car, that could help you measure the items you are currently shopping for?
While it might not be whipped out for use often, it’s small enough to pack away in a cubbyhole or in a small storage compartment in the boot of your car. You’ll be riddled with excitement come the day you need a tape measure and realise you do have one with you!
12. $20 In Cash
Many road-side stalls or smaller stores don’t have card facilities and in the odd occasion where you might want to stop for something to drink or nibble on, having some loose change could come in handy. Break the sum up into one-dollar bills and even a few quarters so that you have change to meet niche requirements if need be.
The next time you have to pay for parking, tip an attendant or perhaps share some of your earnings with someone less fortunate, all you need to do is head to the car to access your “save the day” cash.