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What 5 Items Every Woman Should Keep in the Trunk of Her Car

Updated on February 25, 2013

Emergency Kit For the Car

Being prepared is important when you're on the road alone. (it's important when you're with friends, too)
Being prepared is important when you're on the road alone. (it's important when you're with friends, too) | Source

Advice From a Father to His Daughter

When I was 19, a college student, and pretty much broke. I was travelling about 60 miles a day to and from classes in a car that was not the best.

That year for my birthday, Daddy bought me five items and told me to keep them in my trunk at all times in case of emergencies. He told me, "I may not always be there to help you if you break down, and while there are good people out there that will stop and help you, there are some who will only want to do you harm. You need to be able to take care of yourself in case of any car trouble.

Well, it's been a long time since I was 19, but I still keep my trunk stocked in case of roadside emergencies. To keep things tidy, I bought a plastic book crate just to keep everything in one place.

I want to share with you his father/daughter advice that I have never forgotten so you can be prepared while you're on the road.

How Do I Use Jumper Cables to Start a Car

1. Jumper Cables

This is an absolute must. If you've ever parked at a store, forgot to turn your lights off, and came back and your car was dead, you know what I'm talking about. There are many nice people who will see you in need and try to help, but oftentimes they don't have jumper cables of their own to help you out.

I can't count the number of times my old car refused to start and a stranger stopped to help me. More often or not after they checked my car out they would tell me, "well, if I had jumper cables I could jump start your car." When I tell them I have a pair in my trunk, they were always happy to use them. A lot of times they were even shocked I had a pair.

Even better would be to have a friend to show you a quick "jumper cable how to" so all you would need to do was ask the person in the car next to you if they wouldn't mind jumping you off.

2. Flashlight

A flashlight is a must in any car survival kit. If you travel a lot at night or early in the mornings you need to have one of these.

I've used this item a lot. I've been stuck on the side of the road with a flat tire at 10:00 at night. Having that flashlight made me able to see what was going on with my tire. No lie, I even hit a pig once coming home from class. I was able to see what damage the oinker did to my headlight.

Without a flashlight, you'd be reduced to using your cell phone to see what was wrong with your tire. Don't laugh, you know you've done it!

3. Fix-a-Flat (or other tire sealer)

This goes hand in hand with Number 2. When it's late at night, it's not really safe for a woman to be on the side of the road. We need to get the car going as quick as we can.

If you've run over a nail or a screw or you have a small hole in your tire, A tire sealant will plug up the hole until you're able to get home, someplace safe, or to a repair shop. Unfortunately, these sealers will not help if your tire is completely blown out.

Fix a Tire Quickly

4. Tow Strap

I know this sounds like a weird item to have, but it's really very useful.

When I was in college, I didn't have the best car and I didn't have AAA. On my way home from class one day, my car just quit and I called a friend for help. Well, my car needed more than
just a quick fix. I didn't have the money to have my car towed, they didn't have a tow strap, but I did!

I've had to use it a few times since. It has saved me several hundred dollars in towing bills.

5. Blanket

This item is a must have to wrap your cheating, low down ex-boyfriend in.

Got ya!!

Seriously, if you live in the north, this would be first on your list of car survival items. But I live in Florida, why do I need one?

Well, there are several reasons to keep a blanket in your car.

  • Even in southern states, it can actually get cold. If you're not prepared and you don't have a jacket during a breakdown, your blanket will come in handy.
  • You might have a sick child, friend, or relative who is cold in the car. They will appreciate having the blanket. (You will too if it's 85 degrees and they're freezing!
  • You might have to spend the night in the ER with a sick child, relative,
    or friend, and hospitals are always cold.

These situations have all happened to me and I was very glad I had my blanket!

What Else Should I Keep in the Car?

  • First aid kit
  • Insurance papers and registration
  • Oil
  • Funnel
  • Tools (if you're handy)
  • Extra cell phone battery
  • Tire pressue gauge

Take a Lesson From the Boy Scouts: Always Be Prepared!

My father gave me these items and his advice at a time when I wasn't driving a reliable car.

Even now, when I can afford a better car, I still have all of these items in a crate in my trunk. I don't have to use them as often as I did then, but they're still useful when I'm in a pinch.

So even if you think you don't need these items because you'll never use them, think again.

My motto is, "it is better to have something and not need it, than to need it and not have it."


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    • lex123 profile image

      lex123 4 years ago

      i will add 3 more items - water, paper towel and an umbrella

    • Abbyfitz profile image

      Abbyfitz 4 years ago from Florida

      Thank you!

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      Single Shot 4 years ago

      That's a good list, I'll remember t hat when I get a car. :) Thanks.

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      Abbyfitz 4 years ago from Florida

      Thanks! I have learned the hard way to be prepared no matter what!

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      visionandfocus 4 years ago from North York, Canada

      Excellent advice, and I love your motto! I've been on both ends of a jumper cable emergency more than once when I was younger and driving a second-hand car, so I know they come in real handy. Also ran over a nail and didn't have tire sealer but was lucky enough that I wasn't too far from home. Best not to count on luck, though.

      Great hub-thanks for sharing! Voted up and a bunch of other stuff and sharing as well.

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      Diana L Pierce 5 years ago from Potter County, Pa.

      Good information, I like to also carry a bottle of water and a roll of paper towels. I've had my washer jug go empty and actually have to use the water for my windshield. If you've ever drove into sunshine or on coming car lights you know it is almost impossible to see through a windshield smudged with bugs or other foreign material. Voted up.

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      Abbyfitz 5 years ago from Florida

      Wow, that was scary. It's always to have things even if you don't think you'd ever use them.

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      Abbyfitz 5 years ago from Florida

      Thank you! I guess I really need to put some snacks in my car. You are the second person to mention that lol

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      Kari 5 years ago from Alberta, Canada

      Lol. The picture made me think that you were going to talk about bringing a dog with you (hopefully not in the trunk).

      I agree that it is important to be prepared. I once drove into a ditch in the middle of winter with my friend and her baby. It was not a pleasant time, and ever since then I come prepared with (at the very least) blankets. Jumper cables are always in my car as well.

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      europewalker 5 years ago

      Good reminder of what to have handy in your car. I always have bottles of water and a few snacks, just in case. Voted up and useful.

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      Abbyfitz 5 years ago from Florida

      Thank you for taking the time to read my article, I appreciate it!

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      torrilynn 5 years ago

      I feel it very important to know what are must haves to have in your trunk at all times, in case something might happen to you or your care. thanks. votedup.

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      Abbyfitz 5 years ago from Florida

      Thanks for your vote!

      Those are good items to keep. I keep a bottle of water in my car, but I don't think that would go very far in an emergency lol

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      moonlake 5 years ago from America

      We always keep food and water in the car in the winter. Easy to get snowed in somewhere here.

      Good information voted up.

    • Abbyfitz profile image

      Abbyfitz 5 years ago from Florida

      Thank you! Yes, sometimes I forget there are just as many men who are auto impaired lol

      These are great useful items everyone should have in their car

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      There are a lot of men that don't know how to change a tire or use jumper cables and I think everyone that drives should know how to as well as carry all of these items.

      Voted up, and sharing.