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There's a million things that can happen to you while out on on the road.

You spend lots of time in your car, heading from place to place. Maybe not this past year, as you suddenly think to whether or not your car still has gas in it or a running battery, but most years you'll be in your vehicle every day. Last thing you want is for it to breka down and not a clue what to do or how to survive until help arrives.

Reddit user, u/spornkuller, wanted to hear what you should always carry when they asked:

What's something you should ALWAYS keep in your car?

When The Weather Is Against You

Sometimes you can't stop the outside world from getting in your way. Weather or a nail on the road can throw you off your trail. A small addition to your car's inventory can make a huge difference.

Keep It Clean

Kleenex and paper towels.


And a pack of wet wipes or baby wipes! They come in so handy.


Need A Little Nap?



Surprised I had to scroll so far for this. Blankets are important if you break down in a cold rural location, but also if you get too lit at the party you can sleep it off before driving home.

Update: looks like folks are saying you can get arrested for sleeping in your car. Please avoid getting a DUI by using your car blanket to make a blanket fort. If the cops don't know the secret password you have no legal obligation to let them into your blanket fort (probably).

P.S. be aware of your local statutes


Cut The Chord

Something you can cut a seatbelt with. They sell combo seatbelt cutters with window breakers and sometimes other things along with them.

A blanket is also good to keep in the car especially if you live in a place that has potentially bad winters.


Never Assume You Have Enough Juice In The Phone

Phone charger


I learned this lesson when I was traveling to visit my sister, missed my exit, got lost, and had to stop to get a charger in an area I was unfamiliar with at night.

Google maps was not a big thing at that time, so the GPS map on the phone was really delayed. And I did not have a physical map either.

Now I always have a charger in my car just in case I end up out longer than anticipated and need to charge my phone.


Things You Never See Coming

The open road can lead to various perils, least of which are the ones you can't predict, could never predict, and in no way could even pretend to predict as of reading. Be ready.

So You Always Look Fly

Roll-on deodorant (doesn't melt), a change of clothes, a pen, cash, gum, jacket, car blanket, Tylenol, extra pair of sunglasses, a small bag/backpack. I also just always have a lot in my car.

Since I have to dress nice for work I also keep a spare old dress and flats in case i really have an emergency at the office.


For The Unknown...And Bats



I carry a bat that has a flashlight in the end.

It also has a pulsing light feature to blind attackers

And then the bat part to whack attackers


Need To Worry About Your Tumtum



This is excellent advice, it's even better if you combine it with a water bottle.

Also blankets and non perishable snacks will make a breakdown much more bearable


Never Trust Anyone's Stomachs

Airsick bags. (Fortunately got some stock from before the pandemic, have not flown for more than a year now...) Not for me, but my family driving with me. (Perhaps should add that we live in a mountain area with lots of winding roads.)


Three Months Or Less

Lots of people saying "gas"; they might mean in the tank, but do not keep it in your trunk (or boot, whatever). It degrades and evaporates in 3-6 months.

Keep a gas canister with a little money inside: enough to fill it.


I like the idea, but I'd just keep the gas in the trunk and put it in my tank at the 3month mark, and then refill it with new gas. If you run out of gas miles from a gas station, its gonna be a pretty big pain waiting for someone to give you a lift to the store.


Basics To Get Going No Matter Where They Are

Then there's those things you should probably start having with you, no matter what, and no matter the situation.

To The Negative And The Positive

Jumper cables


You can buy a battery bank now for $30 that will jump start your car. Much more convenient.


You Know. For Fires.

A fire extinguisher. About 2 years ago I was in the car with my parents when all of a sudden the gears stopped responding and smoke starting coming out of the front and back. We parked on the side of the road, opened the front and a piece (I think it was the battery) was burning. It was only put out because a man who was passing by riding a motorcycle quickly stopped, took off his jacket, soaked it in water from a bottle that he had with him, and covered the fire with it. Turns out he was an ex-fireman. You probably shouldn't always count on being that lucky.


Seriously. FIRE.

There have been incidents where a fuel leak or overheating of the engine due to lack of coolant liquid in the radiator has resulted in the car catching fire while on the drive or even while parked in the sun.

"Fire Extinguisher" can help you prevent your car from any such unfortunate scenario.


Here's Your List:

Fire extinguisher, shovel, water, multiple blankets, multiple flashlights with spare batteries, battery charging cables. If you're Canadian or live in Northern states that sees consistent below freezing conditions and your car hasn't been on long enough to thaw out the water bottles, put the bottle against your body, while covering with blankets. Your body heat is what keeps you warm under blankets. It'll thaw that bottle faster than you think.

That hidden compartment in your trunk is there for a reason. I find that car dealerships give you tire repair kits more often than giving you an actual spare tire. Even if you have a tire in that compartment, make room in your trunk for the above items.


Yeah. Yep. Yeah.



Front and back dash cam.


Safety on the road is a top priority. That means keeping your eyes on the road, enacting defensive driving techniques, and keep a small safety kit with you at all times.

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Schools aren’t always so lucky to have the cool kinds of weird kids though. The spectrum of weird extends even further than that, and can sometimes end up very disasterous.

U/Imaginary_East5786 asked: What was the weirdest thing the weird kid did at school?

​Let’s start with the grossest of the gross. Because why not.

Was it worth it?

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He heard that you'd automatically get suspended if you peed your pants at school. He wanted to find out if it was true, peed his pants, got suspended.


Scientific method:

> Observation: 'I've heard that by peeing your pants you will be suspended'

> Hypothesis: If I pee my pants I will be suspended

> Experiment: I peed my pants and I got suspended

> Conclusion: If I pee my pants I get suspended


Uhhh what was the intention here?

He got mad that he didn't understand how to play a game at lunchtime so he started hitting and punching the nearest person to him, who happened to be me. When I shoved him away and asked him what the hell was he doing, he whipped his unit.out, charged at me and when I shoved him away from me again he started crying and ran away with his member still sticking out.


​Next ones up are the lowkey (or even highkey) disturbing stories. These weird kids can get a little scary.

Boom theret.

At my middle school, someone decided to get a little attention with a good old fashioned bomb threat. Except they thought that a bomb threat meant literally writing "bomb threat" somewhere. Worse yet, they misspelled the f*ck out of it, and wrote "boom theret."

So we had to go on a brief, very awkward lockdown while the police checked the perimeter for booms.


I hope there was no overlap in the columns.

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She wrote a list of all the girls and boys she wanted to kiss and murder and then casually passed it out on the playground.


2 separate lists or just the 1?


Same list 2 columns lol.


Holy crap.

Had the weird kid in high school ask the teacher to use the bathroom. She said no and this dude legit stabbed his hand with a pencil. Went all the way through then asked if he could*t was wild.

This was Pearl High School in Mississippi. This was the school Luke Woodham shot and killed his girlfriend and her friend at the school. This kid stabbed himself with the pencil about 2 months after that happened. This was late 1997.


​Most of the time, however, the weird kids are pretty d*mn funny.

Ok, but this takes a lot of skill.

Had a kid nicknamed "cheeseburger" in the grade ahead of me in high school. He got his nickname because when it was time for his class to go to lunch, he snuck into the roof and crawled his way into the cafeteria, dropped down and proceeded to steal all the cheeseburger put out for lunch. Unfortunately they caught him in the act and sent him to the principal's office.

A year later he was caught stealing a teacher's computer, and in the process of being arrested he bit the officers hand, getting him sent to juvi never to be heard of again.


Every school had the cat girl.

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The weird kid at my highschool tied a string around his pencil case and pulled out around the halls pretending it was a dog. He still lives in my hometown. I think unemployed.

Oh also weird girl in middle school acted like a cat. She would meow and hiss at people, lick the water fountain and rub her body on the teacher's legs. In 8th grade. I have no idea where she ended up.



Weird kid in elementary was a self proclaimed alien. Once, while waiting for the bus, she told me "On my planet we eat people like you" and proceeded to bite me. We later became friends in high school and she used to give me massages during lunch break in the quad. Just realized now she was likely tenderizing me.


I was exactly this kind of weird.

He didn't say much, but if asked, he would go to the front of the class and perform Tip-Toe Through the Tulips with all of the emotion and volume of Tiny Tim, holding nothing back.

The last I heard, he became an energy trader, made a ton of money and married well.


I can definitely relate to that last one. In middle school, my English teacher would let me go to the front of the class and perform monologues or songs from Broadway musicals. Weird, but that’s what happens when schools cut funding for the arts and the theatre kids have no outlet.

As long as you’re not hurting anyone, I say let your freak flag fly, man

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