Five Things You Should Always Keep in the Car

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1. Around $20 in Cash

Did you know that only about 8% of the world’s money is actually printed? If your wallet gets stolen or your credit cards break, it never hurts to have emergency cash stored in the vehicle, especially if you’re a long way from home. Make sure it’s hidden from the outside world!

2. A Microfiber Towel

These towels are great for minor dusting and cleaning glass. I recommend a high quality one, but in a pinch, a cheap one will do. My personal favorite is Meguiar’s X2020 Supreme Shine towels.

3. Closed Toe Shoes

I know what you’re thinking. “Why do I need shoes for the car?” Simply put, it’s so you have something you can work with in the event of a flat. Often times, owners manuals instruct you to step on your lug wrench to break nuts off and to torque them back on when installing the spare tire. You don’t want to do this in sandals, or nice dress shoes. Trust me on this.

4. Emergency Contact List

While you probably have friends and family saved into your phone, writing down the non-emergency number of the local Police Department, AAA (if you have it), and relatives is still a good idea. This way, if your phone dies, anyone with you can still call the right people.

5. Phone Charger

I recommend one that is portable, so it is independent of your vehicle. This way, if your car dies, you can still charge your phone. Some can be less than $15!

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