Essential Cargo - What to Always Have on Hand in Your Vehicle

Essential Cargo - What to Always Have on Hand in Your Vehicle

You never know when you will need something, especially on the road. Whether you're embarking on a cross-country road trip or heading less than a mile down the road to the grocery store, anything can happen. To be prepared for any situation, it’s important to make sure the trunk, backseat, or storage areas of your vehicle are full of items that will help you out in a pinch. Let’s take a look at a few of these items that all vehicle owners should have on hand.

Repair Tools
There are a few things you can do before calling a tow truck if you find yourself on the side of the road. Having some of these repair essentials with you can save you some time, money, and stress.

  • An inflated spare tire, jack, and tire iron for flat tires.
  • Jumper cables for dead batteries
  • Tire pressure gauge for checking the air levels in your tires.
  • Your vehicle's manual, which can provide information about repairs and general maintenance.

Emergency Items
If your car is broken down far from civilization, or you’re trapped in your car during a snowstorm, you’ll want to have some items on hand for survival.

  • A flashlight
  • First aid kit. Even if you aren’t in a dire situation, it’s good to have one with you just in case.
  • Matches
  • Bottled water
  • Ice scraper. Not always for an emergency situation, but handy in the winter time.
  • Energy bars
  • Maps. With smartphones and advanced GPS systems, paper maps are becoming a thing of the past. However, in cases where phones are dead or you cannot get reception in an unfamiliar place, they could save you from a great deal of stress.
  • Flares and reflective triangles
  • Blankets

Convenience Items
Essential items that are stored in your car don’t always have to be for repairs or emergencies. Some convenient life essentials and comfort items can come in handy on the road.

  • Writing utensils and a notepad
  • Tissues and paper towels
  • Car phone charger
  • Umbrella
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Change for toll roads
  • Plastic or reusable shopping bags

Having these items in your vehicle is important, but they can’t help you in every situation, especially if you don’t have an extended warranty or vehicle service contract. If you’re looking into a VSC, be sure to talk to your dealership about how to finance your VSC. Omnisure offers 0% interest, no credit checks, no large down payment, and flexible payment plans up to 24 months. Get in touch with your dealership for more information.