We never really know what to expect with the weather on a day to day basis, or even one hour to the next when you think about it! That is why it is a good idea to be prepared for every eventuality, especially when you’re out and about. There are a number of items that you could keep in your car for these occasions so you don’t get caught out by a sudden change of forecast. Here are just a few of the things you might want to consider:
A cosy blanket
There are so many times you could benefit from having a blanket in the back of the car. It’s a summertime friend and an ally in the winter. Think about the times you go for a picnic or pop down to the beach and there’s nothing to sit on – a blanket would be perfect. And what if your car broke down on a cold day and you wanted something so you didn’t start to freeze? It’s practical in every sense, and is a must have for many motorists around the world.
Rubbish bin sacks
This sounds a bit strange but you never know when a bin bag might come in handy. You could be at a campsite when a rain shower comes along and soaks the ground; a bag can be used as a makeshift seat, or at least something to put your wet stuff in. It can also be helpful for keeping your clothes dry when you’re changing a tyre on wet ground, or could be a makeshift poncho at a music festival.
First aid kit
Keep your family well protected against infections when they hurt themselves. It’s likely that you’ll park your car next to the beach or in a forest car park, so you’ll always have some plasters, bandages and antiseptic cream close at hand. It’s a good idea to put other commonly used products in your kit including hand wipes, bug repellent and sun cream.
You could get caught out by a storm at any time, especially during the winter months. That’s why it’s advisable to leave some spare mens knitwear items, jackets and socks in the boot or your car. You may also find these useful during the spring when you go for a hike – you might leave the house to drive in a simple tee shirt, but realise it is quite cool when you arrive at the walk location.
Car breakdown kit
Depending on where you live and what you drive, your breakdown kit might be made up of different components. However there are a number of items that you can include to keep you safe next to the roadside; these include a light source such as a flashlight, a reflective jacket and a triangle to put behind your vehicle. You’ll also want to have ice scrapers and windscreen fluid handy as these are commonly needed in the winter.