1. A digital tire inflator complete with an LED light. If you need a little air in your tire, just plug it into your car outlet, set the PSI and turn it on.
  2. A roll of black, all-weather duct tape. Keep it in your glove compartment or trunk because you never know when a piece of your car will fall apart. Clearly just a temporary fix, but one that might be necessary, at times.
  3. A durable, three-pocket folding car trunk organizer. These are particularly useful for vehicles with a tailgate that don’t feature adequate storage space.
  4. A heated ice scraper. Just plug it into your cigarette lighter to help you save time in the morning getting the ice off of your windshield.
  5. A small trash can made for cars. Useful for keeping your car tidy, some are small enough to fit in a cupholder – for gum wrappers, tissues, etc.
  6. A two-sided steering wheel desk. If you eat in your car or need a stable place to write, these can be very handy.
  7. A front seat organizer. Perfect for commuters – for holding snacks, water, documents and other items you need at arm’s length.
  8. A car diagnostic scanner. These give you an idea of what might be wrong if your car is acting up. It could be something easily fixed, that could save you hundreds of dollars.
  9. Lightweight, durable escape tracks. If you’re stuck in the snow and can’t get traction, these can be very helpful.
  10. An all-purpose car cleaner. Removes dirt and grime from upholstery, fabric, canvas, leather, vinyl, plastic, rubber, wood trim, metals, and more.
  11. Purified emergency water pouches. With a shelf life of five years, you can keep them in your car in case of an emergency.
  12. A car windshield sunshade. Sunshades help keep warm temperatures at bay. They come in multiple sizes – depending on your make and model.
  13. A water-resistant LED flashlight. You never know when you might have to pull over on a dark and stormy night to figure out what’s wrong with your engine. They make it easier to wave down help – and for less than $20, you can get one that will illuminate whatever situation you’re in for five hours straight. Some have multiple modes, like high, medium, low, strobe and SOS emergency. You can also focus the light beam from a wide-angle to a narrow beam zoom.
  14. A keychain car escape tool. Complete with a seatbelt cutter and car window breaker, this is an essential item to add to your preparedness kit.
  15. A windshield cleaning tool. If you’re between squeegees at the local gas station and need to clean your windshield, washable cloth pads can come in handy.
  16. A large, super warm, super durable military wool blanket. A blanket like this can withstand harsh weather and keep you warm even if you’re wet.
  17. A can of Fix-A-Flat tire inflator. To use in a pinch when you’re almost to your destination and you run over a nail. A flat tire inflator can fill your tire and seal up to a 1/4-inch puncture. It’s a temporary fix, but hopefully it gives you time to get to a safer location to deal with your tire.
  18. A car jump starter. The latest models often include a car battery jump starter pack, heavy-duty battery clamps, a 12-volt car charger, a micro-USB charging cable, a microfiber storage bag, and a user guide.
  19. A pair of flex-grip work gloves. These work great if you need a proper grip on a car part.
  20. A portable solar panel charger. Helpful if you get caught in the middle of a dicey situation and find out your phone battery is dead.
  21. Waterproof notebooks. Perfect for leaving a note on your car, if you need to walk to a gas station or roadside stop to get supplies.
  22. A digital tire pressure gauge. You’ll be able to quickly assess whether you should add air to your tires. Some have lighted nozzles for visibility.
  23. Car headrest hooks. You can use these on the front or back of your seat, to hold items that you use often.
  24. An impact and water-resistant dynamo crank radio. These can be used to charge your phone and will help you stay informed if there aren’t any televisions or computers around.
  25. A 100-piece first aid kit. For scrapes, cuts, or bruises you or your passengers may get. It’s no substitute for a hospital, but if your wound or ailment only needs bandages, butterfly closures, gauze pads, ointments, examination gloves, or an instant cold compress – one of these kits should have you covered.
  26. A reusable, quick-drying waterproof rain poncho. Very useful if you have to pull over in the rain and forgot your jacket.
  27. LED road flares. Perfect for signaling for help, in the event you’re stranded on the side of the road.
  28. A Leatherman multi-tool for a 14-in-1 fix-it-all type of tool. This tiny wonder is a knife, pliers, screwdrivers, wire cutters, a wire stripper, scissors, a package opener, bottle and can openers, a file and a ruler all in one.
  29. A Zippo Typhoon matches kit. Complete with a floatable container that holds 15 matches that will still light in extreme weather.
  30. Windshield de-icer. Just spray this on your windshield, mirror, or door handle and the ice will start to dissolve.
  31. Energy bars. You should always have a snack for added energy throughout the day. They generally have a long shelf life, making them great for keeping in your emergency stash kit.
  32. A jar of cleaning gel. For those nooks and crannies in your car that never seem to get clean.
  33. A portable car vacuum cleaner. Plugs right into your car outlet.
  34. An adjustable and extendable cup holder adapter. This will let you use your cup holder for a water bottle, so it doesn’t roll under the seat when you stop.

Source: HuffPost

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