You never know what situation you’ll be in. Having a few emergency essentials in your car can be a big help. Prevent a tough situation from becoming tougher when you aren’t prepared. Stocking your trunk with a few of these can be a big help in the long run.

1. Water

Water is an extremely important thing to have in an emergency. It is a life-sustaining substance. Keeping a gallon of water in your trunk will give you a little peace of mind during an emergency.

2. First Aid Kit

If there is an emergency, there may also be an injury of some sort. Whether it’s a scraped knee, a burn, a sliver, or something else—you can easily benefit from a first aid kit. Maybe you’ve been in a car accident or maybe your kid got hurt on the playground—whatever it may be, you’ll surely find a use for it.

3. Portable Charger

When you’re in an accident or an emergency, your cell phone is invaluable. But what is it dies? Having a portable charger can be a real lifesaver. Whether you’re lost, you’re stuck, or you just need help—your phone can really help the situation.

4. Insurance Information

Legally, you should be keeping your insurance information in your car. If you are in a car accident, you’ll need to exchange insurance information with anyone else involved.

5. Toilet Paper

Hopefully, it never comes to this, but if you are broken down somewhere for an extended period of time—you’ll be grateful you have toilet paper.

6. Jumper Cables

At some point, you’ll find yourself in need of jumper cables. It may be for your own car or for some else’s car, but either way—jumper cables are a must have for any car. You should also learn how to use them. It’s very simple! Just a quick Google search can help you with this one.

7. Garbage Bags

Tucking away a few garbage bags in your glove box or somewhere else in your car can be very helpful. Accessible garbage bags will help to keep your car clean and they can certainly come in handy in the case of an emergency.

8. Food

Keeping some non-perishable food in stock in your car will help avoid some potentially dangerous situations. You could break down somewhere and not receive help for hours or longer. It’ll certainly be helpful to keep protein bars, granola bars, and other nonperishables in your car.

9. Blankets

If you are in a car accident or break down on a cold winter night, you’ll be grateful to have blankets. An extra jacket may also be a good idea.

10. Fans

It may also be helpful to have sunscreen or a fan in case your breakdown in the heat of the summer. Being stuck in a car with no AC in the hot summer months can be tough. Avoid that situation by being prepared.