As you may have seen on my Instagram stories, I recently talked about how I write a monthly “advitorial” piece for Roger Beasley Mazda in Austin Woman Magazine! The articles I’ve been writing have a lot of good info on car related issues, and tons of people comment how helpful they are. So I thought it would be beneficial to share them on my blog as well!
This is the first one I wrote back for the February issue: “21 Things Every Austin Woman Should Keep in Her Car,” but really most of these apply to any woman, any where!
21 Things Every Austin Woman Should Keep in Her Car
1. Proof of insurance: We all know this one, but legally, you must always have proof of insurance in your car.
2. Tire-changing kit. Even though many people use a roadside-assistance program, it’s still smart to have all the supplies you need to change a flat: a spare tire, a jack and a lug wrench. You should have these in your vehicle already, but if not, see below.
Some manufacturers, like Mazda and Hyundai, offer roadside assistance with every vehicle purchase. Check the manufacturer’s website or inquire with your local dealership for details on each program.
3. Jumper cables. They’re a must-have if your car battery ever dies.
4. Owner’s manual. Let’s be honest: Most of us never even open it, but it’s good to have just in case you need it. Plus, where else are you going to keep it?
5. Reusable bags. If I had a reusable bag for every time I forgot a reusable bag… it wouldn’t matter because I’d still probably forget to bring them to the grocery store.
6. Duct tape. Is there anything duct tape can’t fix?
7. Stain stick. For those inevitable times when you have a breakfast-taco blowout or coffee splashes on your way to work.
8. Umbrella. We all know Texas weather has a mind of its own, so keeping an umbrella in your car can come in handy for when it’s sunny in the morning and pouring rain in the afternoon.
10. Seatbelt cutter/window breaker and multi-purpose tool. Hopefully, you never have to use these, but it’s better to be safe than sorry. You can get a pack of two for less than $10.
11. Water bottles. They’re good to have in case of emergencies… and for those unfortunate times when you forget to bring a water bottle to yoga class.
12. Dental floss. It’s a necessity for when you can’t get that pesky piece of Franklin Barbecue brisket out of your teeth.
13. Cellphone charger. Get one with multiple charge ports to earn bonus points with your passengers.
14. Emergency-contact sheet. Keep a list of your emergency contacts in your glove box.
15. Blanket or towel. I especially recommend this one for dog owners. I don’t know how many times my pup has decided to take an unauthorized dip in the lake while at the dog park. Having a towel has saved my car seats more times than I can count.
16. First-aid kit and over-the-counter pain medication. You never know when you’ll bite the dust in the parking lot and need both a bandage and a couple of aspirin (not that I’m speaking from personal experience or anything).
17. Period backup. I always keep a tampon in my glove box, just in case. It’ll save you the dread of having to ask a colleague or stranger for one.
18. Flashlight. It’s another essential to keep in your car.
19. Travel-size perfume. We all know how hot cars get during Texas summers and the inevitable back and leg sweat that comes with it. Keep a small perfume bottle in your glove box for times when the heat is especially bad.
20. Gum. Besides fixing bad breath, apparently chewing mint gum helps reduce road rage, which anyone who has to brave I-35 on their morning commute needs.
21. Charged cellphone. I’m stating the obvious here, but always have a charged cell- phone. Not to use while driving (Texas is hands-free now.), but to use if you have an emergency and need to call for roadside assistance.
So there you have it, my list of all the necessities to keep in your car! I’ll be sharing more helpful auto related articles in the future, so stay tuned!