13 Things You Should Always Keep In Your Car

Whether you’re driving solo on your commute to work, or you’re a busy parent acting as your kids’ taxi, most of us spend as much time in our cars as we do at home. There are a few essential things you should always keep in your car for every eventuality – from a breakdown to a toddler meltdown!

We’ve put together some suggestions for the top 13 things you should always keep in your car to make your life a little easier - every day, but especially when those mishaps happen. You can also download our free eBook, The Ultimate Car Owners Guide’ for even more advice on buying and maintaining your car, what to do in an emergency, and more ideas on what to keep in your car.

A portable organizer

Busy professionals and parents are often rushing to get from A to B, so a handy portable car organiser is a great way to keep the essentials nearby. We love this roll-up glove box essentials caddy, that you can pop in your glove compartment and fill with things like important documents (car manual etc), sewing kit, hand sanitiser, spare change etc!

A backseat organizer

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First aid kit

You never know when you might need a plaster or a sterilizing wipe, so keeping a first aid kit in your car is a wise move. Keep it topped up with things like painkillers and child-safe paracetamol and motion-sickness medicine too.

An emergency kit

Breakdowns and accidents do happen, so are you prepared? Check out this printable car emergency kit from Home Storage Solutions, with things you can’t be without in the event of a road emergency. You can also download our free eBook, The Ultimate Car Owners Guide’ which gives simple and practical tips on what to do if you breakdown.

Mobile phone charger

A portable USB in-car charger is an easy way to keep your smart phone charged up and avoid the inconvenience of a flat battery.

DVD Headrest Player

Keep the kids entertained, especially on those long car journeys, with a built-in DVD headrest system (Peppa Pig and Spongebob Squarepants will keep them entertained for hours!)

Blankets, Hats and gloves

You never know when you’ll need to wrap up warm, especially if you breakdown over night or need to walk somewhere to get assistance. Keep a couple of fleece blankets, a couple of hats and two pairs of gloves in the boot for when you need them most.


Seriously, can you ever find your shades when you need them?! Us neither. Buy a spare pair and keep them just for the car so you know you’ll never have to remember to bring them with you. Most modern cars have an overhead storage compartment for glasses too.

Spray de-icer

It’s 07:36am. You start work at 08:00am. Your usual commute takes around 15 minutes so you’re already cutting it fine – then you see that your windscreen is frozen over and you’ve got no ice-scraper! Avoid a situation like this and save time with a can of spray de-icer. It’ll melt that ice in seconds without delaying your journey!

Car boot organizer

Keep your car boot tidy and organized with a car boot organizer to store your essentials all in one place – from spare clothes, to your emergency kit and extra blankets.

Loose change

If you’re like most of us, you probably rely too much on plastic to get by. But there are many occasions where cold hard money helps – especially the loose change variety! For example, paying for car parking meters, or making a pit stop in a country pub to break up a long car journey. Many places still don’t accept cards, so keep around £40 in notes and £10 in loose change in a secure place in your car.

Freshen up kit

It’s always handy so have a little travel-sized ‘freshen up’ kit with things like perfume/aftershave, deodorant, wipes, hair spray/dry shampoo, lip balm and moisturizer, so you can freshen up on the go.

That’s it – our top 13 car essentials. We’d love to hear yours too, so why not tweet us @xtrons_ug? If you enjoyed reading this post then you’ll love our free eBook: The Ultimate Car Owners Guide which includes some handy tips and advice about buying and maintaining a car, what to do if you break down and things you should keep in your car.

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