14 Things to Keep In Your Car

Cars have a way of accumulating a lot of stuff. The problem is most of the stuff is not useful. There are some things, however, that you should keep in your car. In our list, we have 14 things in total. Eight we have classified as essentials and six as helpful – helpful because you never know what might happen when out on the road.


  1. Spare tyre, car jack and tyre iron – unless, of course, you have run-flat tyres, a spare tyre is one of the most important things to carry. This applies even if you have breakdown cover and don’t intend to ever change a tyre yourself. It is also good to keep a car jack and tyre iron, though.
  2. Warning triangle – warning triangles help with safety if you break down or are in an accident
  3. Phone charger – to ensure your phone is charge whenever you need it, particularly in relation to issues on the road. You can even get chargers now that allow you to charge more than one device at the same time.
  4. Ice scraper – it is illegal and unsafe to drive with ice on your window. A scraper is small so can stay out of the way, but it is an essential piece of equipment. In the winter months, you should also keep a can of de-icer.
  5. Tissues – it is always handy to have tissues in the car for everything from dealing with a cold to mopping up a spilled drink. Paper towels can also come in handy, although they take up more space in the glovebox.
  6. Wet wipes – wet wipes are absolutely essential when you have children, but they can also be useful in a range of other situations, even if it is just to wipe your hands before handling food
  7. Umbrella – after all, we do live in Ireland
  8. Spare change – to pay all those parking metres around Sligo and other things that require change when out and about. A good example is motorway tolls.


  1. Jump leads – in case your battery runs flat, or to help other people who have a flat battery. Make sure you know how to use them safely, though.
  2. The car’s manual – it is also good to keep the manual for your car in the glovebox. You never know when you might need to look something up.
  3. First aid kit – some first aid essentials to do running repairs are always helpful. You can get kits specifically designed for carrying in your car.
  4. Torch – most people use the torch on their phone, but it is still a good idea to keep a battery operated torch in the car too
  5. Shopping bags – because it is too easy to forget to put them in the car, and for spontaneous stops at the shop
  6. Blanket – if you have children a blanket is really helpful, particularly if they are tired after a long day out on the road.

You might keep other things in your car depending on what you do for a living or the hobbies you are involved in. The 14 on this list, however, apply to just about everyone.

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