It’s a well-known fact that carting around too much junk in our car can contribute to higher running costs. The lighter our car, the less fuel is needed to keep it moving. There are, however, some exceptions to this rule. There are some items that are useful to carry with us on our travels, and some that are unquestionably essential.
Let’s start with those essentials:
Image courtesy of pixabay.com
1. First-aid Kit – We hope that we’ll never have the need to use one of these, but how would you feel if you came across an incident where the application of basic first aid could make a difference in someone’s life, and you were unable to help? Pretty rotten, I imagine. A basic kit costs less than fifty dollars and takes up no more space than your average lunchbox. Why not suggest one the next time someone asks you what you’d like as a gift?
2. Fire Extinguisher – These cost as little as thirty-five dollars and mount easily inside your car.
Image courtesy of ebay.com
3. Water – This is a no-brainer. Water is necessary for radiator emergencies, cleaning windows, unexpected spills and a myriad of other uses. I keep a large container in the boot and a smaller one in the door-pocket. This simple addition can save us money and inconvenience in the long-run.
4. Cloths/Rags – Again, essential for cleaning windows, checking the oil dipstick, wiping up spills and so on.
5. Blanket – Tuck a blanket inside a cushion cover to keep it neat and clean and to serve a dual-purpose. Useful for keeping passengers warm, protecting the seat from spills or stains, for a spontaneous picnic or providing comfort in an emergency.
Image courtesy of wikimedia commons
You might also like to consider including:
6. Wet-wipes – For sticky fingers. Home-brand ones are just fine for this purpose.
7. Plastic bags / Shopping Bags – For shopping (obviously) or collecting up rubbish, cleaning up after your dog or protecting your valuables from rain or other moisture.
Image courtesy of raa.com.au
8. Street Directory – Just in case the GPS lets us down.
9. Pen / Pencil and Notepaper – Not just for those last minute reminders but also for jotting down addresses, landmarks of interest, contact details and other information in case of an accident or incident that needs to be followed up.
Image courtesy of flickr.com
10. Book, Puzzle Book or Similar – If we find ourselves stranded or waiting with time to kill we can’t always risk amusing ourselves with the mobile phone. We need to preserve our battery power or phone credit for more important needs. Having something to read or to occupy our hands can help pass the time and costs nothing.
All of these things can fit easily into a small space in our car and weigh very little. By following the well-known boy-scout mantra, ‘Be Prepared,’ we can save time, money inconvenience and maybe even a life.