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Essential Items You Should Keep In Your Vehicle

Vehicle driving in rain

Whether it’s a long commute to work or you’re out and about all day going to different jobs. The unexpected is always possible, making it crucial to carry a particular set of essential items.

It could be suddenly running out of fuel, your satnav losing connection or shocking weather conditions. There’s nothing better than being prepared for any situation you may face when you’re out on the road.

It’s crucial for tradespeople whose vans are essentially their offices—transporting their tools and getting them to clients all over the area. With this in mind, we’ve put together a list of essential items you should keep in your vehicle to help you be prepared and stay safe on the road.

Jerry Can

Running out of fuel always seems to happen at the most inconvenient times. It’s a good idea to keep an empty fuel can in your vehicle so that you have a solution if you run out of fuel on the road. Just head to a petrol station, fill it up and fill up your vehicle. You can find jerry cans on sale in many places, so next time you head to Toolstation for some supplies, be sure to pick one up!

Jump Leads

Your battery can go flat at any time, so make sure you have a set of jump leads to hand. And hopefully, someone is around to help start your engine from their vehicle.

First Aid Kit

You never know when you’ll need a first aid kit, so it’s always a good idea to keep one in the back of your vehicle.

Mobile Phone

Though your phone should not distract you while driving, it’s good to have it on hand when necessary. Remember to pull over to a safe place and park up before reaching for your mobile. If you regularly drive long distances, keeping a spare phone with full charge in your van could also be a great idea.

Ice Scraper

The weather can be unpredictable, so you never know what the weather will be like from one day to the next. Ice scrapers are incredibly handy and save you the hassle of waiting for any ice to melt away.


If you break down on the side of the road, ensure other drivers can see you. This is especially true in darker conditions, so wearing a high-vis jacket will help you be seen.

Reflective Triangle

A reflective triangle might not be the first thing you think of when thinking of items you should keep in your vehicle, but it’s an important one. You must make your car’s presence known and your own if you ever break down.


Whilst satnavs are a more efficient way of getting directions to unfamiliar places; they can sometimes be unreliable. If the battery dies or takes you the wrong way, you’ll need another option, and that’s where a trusty old Atlas can help.

All data correct at time of publication.