When we’re preparing for a road trip it’s good practice to run a checklist to ensure you have enough back-up items in the unfortunate event of a break down or other emergency or set back. But here at The Vintage Highway, I recommend the following items to be in your car everyday – whether you’re driving down the block, or to the town 4 hours down the road.
1. First Aid Kit
A simple first aid kit should be one of the first things that you pack into your glove box or boot compartment. Include items such as Band-Aid’s, arm slings, stingose, burn cream, hand sanitiser, eye wash, bandages, etc.
There are some very affordable First Aid Kits available online, such as this one from Amazon.com.au
2. Tyre Changing Equipment
Along with a spare tyre, check that you have everything you need for a roadside tyre change. Have a practice run at home to ensure the tyre jack is in working order, and the tyre iron is the correct size, etc.
Most of us probably have a few dollars rattling around the centre console but is it enough to make a phone call from a payphone, or buy a bottle of water if you find yourself broken down and waiting on a mechanics in a small town?
These tools are little life savers and are handy to have – from opening the bottle of wine on your spontaneous roadside picnic, to carrying out minor repairs like tightening screws, a multi-tool can get you out of a few sticky situations.
Multi-Tools are also great gift ideas, such as this funky bus shaped one from Peggy the Kombi.
Not only handy for spontaneous picnics, but also in the unfortunate event that you break down on a cooler day, a blanket should be high up on the list of things to have in the car at all times. To save space in the car we love picnic blankets that roll up, such as this one from Amazon.com.au
6. Fire Extinguisher
Always prepare for the unexpected! As much as we don’t like to think of this scenario, an engine fire is a very real possibility so having an extinguisher on board can save your car in the event of a fire. Smaller sized extinguishers are very affordable and we love the below package that comes with a fire blanket for less than $50.
We’d all like to think that if we ever break down it will be in the middle of the day, or underneath a street light, or even better right next to a mechanics workshop… Having a torch in the car will make life that much easier for the unexpected breakdown on a dark country road.
You don’t need to pack for a few time meal, but having some non-perishable food items in the car can keep the hunger pangs at bay if you ever find yourself waiting roadside for a tow truck or help.
As a kid we always had a bottle of water rolling around the back floor for times when the car would overheat.
10. Reusable Shopping Bags
With the plastic bag ban now in place for the majority of the country, it’s always a great idea to keep a few reusable shopping bags in the boot. There are some great designs around now too, including this stunning set of 4 from LOQI on Amazon.com.au