We harp on this stuff - but this is the latest "List" of must-have items for your car. 


Kids going off to school, mom and dad taking off for the weekend, late season vacation, good friends road trip. Newer cars have a lot of the latest gizmos for comfort, safety and navigation. But no matter the age of your car or where you are going, you should make sure to have these items, and having them in good working order.

1. A good flashlight. It used to be that a big aluminum Maglite was the favored item. Now smaller compact LED flashlights take up less space and are really bright. Some of them are so small you can hold one between your teeth, and many outdoor stores sell holders that wrap around anything for hands free working on trouble. They can even be found as small headlights.
2. A tire pressure gauge in your glove box will remind you to check the air once a month. Low pressure can cause blowouts, and even reduce mileage. The specified pressure in posted on a sticker in the driver’s side door frame.
3. A first aid kit with bandages, gauze, tape, disinfectant, tweezers, scissors, OTC pain relievers. You might also want to add motion sickness medication and a syringe for washing out a minor wound.
4. The owner’s manual for your vehicle. If you have purchased a used car you can probably order one online or from a dealer who sells your car. Especially helpful to have in the car of a new driver!
5. Tire changing tools if you are the new owner of a used car. And the spare tire! Make sure everything is in-cluded, and once again, if this car is being driven by a new driver, make sure they know how to change a tire.
6. Warning triangles have replaced the old flares. A set comes in a box that takes up very little space in your trunk, and they don’t burn out.
7. A good multi-tool is a must have. It should have a knife, pliers, screwdriver tips and scissors that can cut wire or slice a broken hose, tighten a clamp or pull out tiny fuses. Add a roll of duct tape and a little imagination and you can probably get enough fixed to make it to a repair shop!
8. Do you know what kind of fuses your car uses? Do you have spares? Your dealer or mechanic can tell you and you should have a set in your tool kit.
9. Jumper cables. When the day happens that your battery is dead, it will be a lot easier to dig those cables out of the trunk and ask a friendly driver for help instead of sitting in a parking lot or on the side of the road waiting for a tow or AAA. Your owner’s manual will show you how to use them safely.
10. A roll of duct tape can mend a lot of things. And a roll of self-fusing silicone Rescue Tape is another item you should carry in your tool kit.
11. Yes, a GPS is a fine tool and in most cases is a safe director for your journey. But always remember that a pa-per map or atlas will not lose a signal, get you lost, blow a fuse or go nuts from sunspots. And don’t forget that if need be, you can use a paper map for shade in the window or to start a fire. And it’s a great way to start little kids learning how to navigate an adventure.
12. Paper towels or a box of tissues can be stores under a seat and have a number of uses of course. If you stop at fast food establishments, get extra napkins for those spillage events, or wiping bugs off the windshield.
13. A spare key is a must. Even a keyless entry car may need that spare at some time. Get a magnetic key case at your local hardware store and place it behind the bumper.
14. A small plastic pail or bucket can be used to tote all those little kid treasures that accumulate on a car trip, it will carry the water to refill the radiator if need be, it can be a barf bucket for the traveler who gets car sick.
15. Large heavy duty garbage bags can be used to lay on muddy ground if you need to change a flat in the rain, an improvised poncho if you have to be out in the rain, a seat cover for a wet dog or a soiled child. Use with duct tape to cover a broken window.
16. A carpet square to place behind a rear tire for traction in case of snow or ice. A small bag of kitty litter can also help in case of being stuck. Carpet can also protect knees if changing a tire.
17. A pair of leather work gloves. There is nothing worse than trying to grab something hot or freezing cold under the hood with your bare hands. And its easier to change a tire with covered hands than without.

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