20 Essentials Every Car Should Have

grey car driving in the rain

Whether you get a flat tire in the middle of a seven hour drive or you’re caught in a downpour on the way to an important meeting, life is full of unexpected events! Luckily, you can ensure that  you’re protected from– or at least prepared for– most of what life has to throw at you with some careful planning ahead of time. Here are some car essentials every car owner should have in their vehicle so that they’re ready for anything:


While we have countless documents saved on our phones, we want to make sure you have these documents as back up in case you left your phone at home or it’s running low on juice.

  • Owner’s manual
  • Driver’s license
  • Vehicle registration
  • Proof of insurance
  • Emergency contact information
  • Car repair and AAA information

Car Maintenance

While we never like to think of the worst case scenario, it’s always a good idea to be prepared.

  • Spare tire and tire changing equipment (lug wrench, tire jack, etc.) 
  • Emergency tire patch kit
  • Jumper cables
  • Tire pressure gauge
  • Duct tape


We always need some basic supplies in our car because we just never know when we might need some of these essentials.

  • First aid kit
  • Heavy-duty flashlight
  • Swiss Army knife/multipurpose tool
  • Water bottles
  • Nonperishable food


It’s always good to keep these things in your car, as you may not use the all the time but when you need them, you know they’re in your back seat or glove compartment.

  • Umbrella
  • Pens and a notebook
  • Change of clothes/shoes
  • Glasses/sunglasses

Now that you and your car are ready for anything, we can give you a squeaky clean look to match! Visit a Super Sudz near you to give your car some TLC.