How many times have you been asked, “Do you have jumper cables?” It’s nice if you can come to the aid of a stranded motorist. The hope is that if you ever get into trouble, then karma will pay you back. Beyond the cables, there are some other items you should carry around with you in your car. Consider adding these to the trunk:

  1. Tire Sealant

Have you ever had anyone roll up to you to let you know your tire looks flat? That’s a horrible feeling. Depending on where you are, it can also be a horrible experience if you need to change a tire. Thankfully, there are many easy to use tire sealants on the market today that can provide a quick fix strong enough to help you get to where you’re going.

  1. Flashlight

A flashlight is going to be helpful in all kinds of situations. A flashlight will aid Even a minor “I dropped my keys and can’t find them in the dark” scenario. Again, don’t always depend on your cell phone. It’s always good to have a back up that isn’t an app.

  1. First Aid Kit

If you spend a lot of time outdoors, then you might also spend a lot of time getting roughed up. After a tumble on the trail or bust up on the pitch, it will be nice to get patched up before you get back on the road. A basic first aid kit has you covered.

  1. Protein Bars

This is another one of those “just in case” items. You might find yourself stuck in traffic for hours with a grumbling stomach. Low blood sugar is not fun. Having a protein bar can help pick you up and keep you focused. They’re also great if you’re in a rush and have to skip lunch or breakfast.

  1. Weather Tools

Depending on where you live, weather could be a huge factor in your daily commute. In snow zones, you want to make sure you have an ice scraper and snow brush. Also, a small bag of kitty litter can help get a car unstuck in the snow. In the hot zones, having a jug of distilled water for your radiator wouldn’t hurt.

The best thing that could happen is that you stock your car up with all those essentials and never have to use them. On the other hand, you’ll be the smartest driver on the road when you’re able to say, “I got this” to any emergency.