For many of us, our cars are like our second homes. Whether you just enjoy driving around town or you have a long commute to and from work every day, we spend a lot of time in them, and that means that they end up collecting many of our personal effects and items. While you might not actually need to have your copy of Game of Thrones in the car, there are lots of other things that you might want to keep in your Kia to make sure you have the tools on hand, just in case you ever need to make a quick repair or have to deal with a minor emergency.
1. Jumper cables
Kia vehicles are known for their durability and reliability, but you never know when you might leave your lights on and run down your battery throughout the day. Having jumper cables also enables you to help someone else out if their battery dies unexpectedly.
2. Spare tire and tire changing supplies
Your Kia probably already came with these things, but some people take these out of their trunk to make room for other things and then forget to put them back in. If you don’t have your spare and the tools you need to change your tire (that’s a jack and a tire iron) get them back in your trunk. Flat tires happen to everyone and usually at the least opportune moment.
3. The Kia Owner’s Manual
The manual itself varies from vehicle to vehicle, but it has just about everything you need to know about your car, from what that warning light means to the ideal pressure for your tires. It probably even has handy numbers inside for people you can contact if you and your car are in a jam.
4. A tire pressure gauge
Another essential that many people neglect to buy. Many Kia vehicles, especially the newer models, will let you know if you have a tire that’s low on air, but how can you know which one? And how can you know when you’ve got it back up to the right level? That’s where a tire pressure gauge comes in.
5. Duct tape
If you ask my mother to tell you what she used to hold her brake pads in place when she was a teenager, she will tell you it was duct tape. While we don’t advocate using duct tape to make any kind of repairs to your car (seriously though, don’t), duct tape has a number of uses, from preventing blisters if you have to walk back into town to get gas for your car to helping you open a particularly stubborn bottle of water.
Remember how we said that your tire will go flat at the most inopportune moment? This is another situation in which a flashlight will come in handy. If you ever drive in the dark (and who doesn’t?), make sure you have a flashlight handy at all times.
7. Two bottles of water
Most people don’t keep any kind of water or food in their vehicles. If you’ve ever been stranded on the highway, stuck behind an accident for a few hours while the police, highway patrol, and EMTs arrive and then clean up the scene, you know how important having at least a bottle of water is.
8. Granola or energy bar
Again, if you’re ever stranded for a few hours, you want to make sure you have some sort of food to eat. Granola and energy bars will keep for a long time in the trunk of your car.
For when your smartphone lets you down. If you ever go on a roadtrip or drive through an area where you lose cellphone coverage, a map that details roads can be extremely useful, even if it just gets you to the next town where there might be better cellphone coverage.
10. Ice scraper
You might not realize you need one until the first frost of the year. If you have a car, you should have an ice scraper in it. During this time of year, it’s an essential and that’s something you might forget if you bought your Kia during the spring, summer, or fall.
11. Spare change
Even if you don’t eat fast food that often, you never know when a few extra cents might come in handy when you want to make exact change. Having a little bit of money in your car means you can always buy a little bit of gas, something to drink, or something to eat.
This is one of those essentials that you think you’ll only use during an emergency but might end up using throughout the winter or if you often drive around someone who gets cold, even with the heater on full blast.
13. Phone charger
Again, if you spend lots of time in your car, this is something you cannot do without. Your cellphone is a great tool during an emergency, but only if you can charge it.
14. First aid kit
You’re at soccer practice and someone kicks a ball straight at your face. The coach gets the nosebleed to stop, but it starts again on your way home. What do you do? You pull out your reliable first aid kit and you use a little bit of gauze or tissue to stop the bleeding.
15. A change of clothes
Whether it’s snow or rain, sitting in wet clothes is no fun. While the heater or air conditioner might help you dry off, if you really need to get out of those wet things, a change of clothes in your trunk is the best option.