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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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Have you ever been reading a book, watching a movie, or even sitting down for a fantastical cartoon and began to salivate when the characters dig into some doozy of a made up food?

You're not alone.

Food is apparently fertile ground for creativity. Authors, movie directors, and animators all can't help but put a little extra time and effort into the process of making characters' tasty delights mouthwatering even for audiences on the other side of the screen.

Read on for a perfect mixture of nostalgia and hunger.

AllWhammyNoMorals asked, "What's a fictional food you've always wanted to try?"

Some people were all about the magical foods eaten in the magical places. They couldn't help but wish they could bite into something with fantastical properties and unearthly deliciousness.


"Enchanted golden apple" -- DabbingIsSo2015

"The Minecraft eating sounds make me hungry" -- FishingHobo

"Gotta love that health regeneration" -- r2celjazz

"Pretty sure those are based off the golden apples that grant immortality. Norse mythology I think?" -- Raven_of_Blades

Take Your Pick

"Nearly any food from Charlie and the Chocolate factory" -- CrimsonFox100

"Came here to say snozzberries!" -- Utah_Writer

"Everlasting Gobstoppers #1, but also when they're free to roam near the chocolate river and the entire environment is edible." -- devo9er

Peak Efficiency

"Lembas" -- Roxwords

"The one that fills you with just a bite? My fat a** would be making sandwiches with two lembas breads and putting bacon, avocado and cheese inside. Then probably go for some dessert afterwards. No wonder why those elves are all skinny, eating just one measly bite of this stuff." -- sushister

Some people got stuck on the foods they saw in the cartoons they watched growing up. The vibrant colors, the artistic sounds, and the exaggerated movements all come together to form some good-looking fake grub.

The One and Only

"Krabby patty 🍔" -- Cat_xox

"And a kelp shake" -- titsclitsntennerbits

"As a kid I always pretended burgers from McDonalds were Krabby Patties, heck from time to time I still do for the nostalgia of it all. Many of my friends did the same thing." -- Thisissuchadragtodo


"The pizza from an extremely goofy movie. The stringy cheese just looked magical lol" -- ES_Verified

"The pizza in the old TMNT cartoon as well." -- gate_of_steiner85

"Only bested by the pizza from All Dogs Go to Heaven." -- Purdaddy

Get a Big Old Chunk

"Those giant turkey drumsticks in old cartoons that characters would tear huge chunks out of. Those things looked amazing, turkey drumsticks in real life suck and are annoying to eat."

-- Ozwaldo

Slurp, Slurp, Slurp

"Every bowl of ramen on any anime, ever." -- Cat_xox

"Studio Ghibli eggs and bacon" -- DrManhattan_DDM

"Honestly, any food in anime. I swear to god half the budget no matter what the studio goes into making the food look absolutely delicious." -- Viridun

Finally, some highlighted the things that aren't quite so far-fetched, but still far enough away that it's nothing we'll be eating anytime soon.

That tease can be enough to make your mouth water.

What's In It??

"Butter beer" -- Damn_Dog_Inappropes

"came here to say this. i was pretty disappointed with the universal studio version which was over the top sweet. it was more of a butterscotch root beer. i imagine butter beer to be something more like butter and beer, which wouldn't be crazy sweet, but would have a very deep rich flavor" -- crazyskiingsloth

Slice of the Future

"The microwave pizzas in back to the future two" -- biggiemick91

"I've been fascinated with those for years! They just look so good!" -- skoros

As Sweet As They Had

"The Turkish Delight from Lion Witch & Wardrobe. The real ones I had weren't bad but nothing special." -- spoon_shaped_spoon

"Came here to say this. I know it's a real thing, but I always imagined that it must have been amazing to betray your siblings over." -- la_yes

"You're used to freely available too sweet sweets. For a WW2 era schoolkid, it would have represented all the sweets for an entire year." -- ResponsibleLimeade

Here's hoping you made it through the list without going into kitchen for some snack you didn't actually need.

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