Essentials to keep in the boot of your car

You never know when you might get into trouble on the road. Ensure you keep these essentials in the boot of your car so you can handle emergencies with confidence.


Even before your toolkit, paperwork is the most important thing to keep in the boot of your car. In emergencies, you must be able to prove that you have a driving license and that the car is registered in your name. It’s also vital to carry a copy of your insurance policy in case an accident occurs. 

Other essential paperwork includes your owner’s manual which has detailed safety instructions, and the name and number of your breakdown cover provider. You should also include a physical address book so you can contact friends and family from any phone. 

Car repair items

Those savvy enough to perform basic car repairs should carry the essentials to fix common problems. Even if you don’t have this knowledge, it’s worth keeping the equipment with you in case you come across someone who does have the know-how. 

A puncture is fairly easily mended with the right gear. Make sure to invest in some spare tyres as well as a tyre pressure checker, pump and tyre jack. Remember that spare tyres are intended as a stop-gap solution, not long-term use. 

Put together a kit with basic tools such as pliers, screwdrivers and zip ties too. Something as simple as duct tape can make all the difference when you’re stranded without a power source! Jump leads are a good idea as well in case you need to give your battery a boost.

Breakdown materials

In all situations involving driving, it’s safety first. With this in mind, make sure to store materials that will provide personal protection in the event of a breakdown.

Visibility is key as you are at risk of stopping in an unlit area or coming to a halt in a dangerous position on or close to the road. Use a reflective triangle and, if possible, your hazard lights to alert passersby to your presence. You should carry a hi-vis vest too in case you need to get out of the car. 

Prepare for adverse weather conditions too. A shovel will help you to dig your way out if you become stuck in mud or snow. De-icer and a scraper are a must for keeping windscreens clear, as are thick blankets to ensure warmth should you have to sleep in your car. 

Personal essentials

Finally, create a set of personal essentials to have in the car at all times. Most importantly, this should include a well-stocked first-aid kit so you and any passengers have access to immediate basic medical assistance if necessary.

Other key items include a torch for nighttime visibility and a power bank and phone charger to keep you connected to friends and family and the emergency services. Don’t forget to pack spare clothes as well with an emphasis on staying cosy and dry.

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