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What to keep in your trunk

What to keep in your trunk


A major part of the human condition is living with the uncertainty of events. However, with a little bit or preparation we, as drivers, can boldly face most of the unexpected situations life throws at us.

Part of that preparation is making sure that your vehicle is well maintained, but vehicle breakdowns can strike any of us at any time. With this in mind, it is wise to take certain precautions such as keeping your trunk stocked with items that can make a world of difference should the worst happen and you find yourself stranded at the side of the road.

We have put together a list of the 15 essential things to keep in your trunk.


  1. Jumper cables. Dead vehicle batteries are almost an unavoidable fact of driving life, a lot of us will experience this at some point. It could be caused by an aging battery or forgetting to switch off your headlights but however, your battery dies you will be glad to have jumper cables in your trunk. Even if you never need them, you may be able to help out a fellow motorist;
  2. First aid kit. Keeping a first aid kit stocked with scissors, antiseptic, gloves, bandages, and plasters just makes sense. Hopefully, you will never need to use it, but accidents happen and you will be happy to have it should you need it;
  3. Kitty litter. This one seems a bit odd, but hear us out. Kitty litter is incredibly useful if you get stuck, or need additional traction, on slippery surfaces. It can also be used to soak up fluid leaks such as oil and gasoline;
  4. Spare tire. Carrying a spare tire and knowing how to change a flat tire (see our guide on how to change a tire) can save you from having to wait for roadside assistance if you have a flat tire;
  5. Jack and lug wrench. Just like the spare tire, these tools are essential should you ever need to change a tire on your vehicle;
  6. A good multi-tool. This is a must own item even if you don’t drive. A good multi-tool is one of the most useful items you will ever own, as an added bonus you get to have a MacGyver moment should you ever need to use the multi-tool;
  7. Hazard signals (triangles/road flares). If you are unlucky enough to breakdown at night, it is imperative that you and your vehicle are visible. This is for your safety and that of other road users, it will also help roadside assistance find you. It is recommended to keep two reflective warning triangles, road flares, or both in your trunk to ensure that your vehicle is clearly marked;
  8. Safety Vest. Following the same logic as above, a reflective safety vest is a must for when you breakdown at night. Regardless of whether you are waiting for assistance or making repairs on your own, these shiny vests will make sure you are visible to other road users;
  9. Blanket. Blankets are always useful. You can use them to stay warm if you break down during winter, keep your clothes clean if you need to change a tire or perform other vehicle repairs, if the weather is nice you can sit on them while waiting for assistance, use them as seat covers, or just use them to build a fort. Blankets make everything better;
  10. Fire extinguisher. There is a very good chance that you will never need to use a fire extinguisher on your vehicle, and we hope that you never have to, but if you do you’ll be glad to have one;
  11. Tow Strap. Sometimes your vehicle cannot be repaired at the roadside and will need to be taken to a nearby auto repair shop if you have a tow strap a kindly stranger may be able to help save you from waiting for roadside assistance. On the flip side, you may be able to help another motorist;
  12. Duct tape. Is there anything duct tape cannot fix, even temporarily? We doubt it. This could be the quick fix you need to get your vehicle to an auto repair shop;
  13. Flashlight. A flashlight will be useful whenever you need to take a look at, or repair, your engine. You will also be able to easily find whatever you need at night instead of fumbling around in the dark;
  14. Bottled water and snacks. Keeping bottled water in your trunk serves a couple of purposes, first, it will keep you hydrated and second, you can refill the radiator should it overheat;
  15. Gas can. Running out of fuel can happen to the best of us, but with a gas can in your trunk, you should be able to make it to the nearest gas station or town.


So there we have it, our list of recommended items to keep in your trunk Did we miss anything? Do you have any tips or advice on what to keep in your trunk? Let us know, we are always happy to hear from you!

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