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Jun 12, 2023

Summer Fun Essentials to Keep in Your Car

It’s almost summer! With all the possibilities summer lends for social events and the opportunity to get out and about - 
poolside hangouts by day and bonfires by night - you’ll want to be prepared for any and all events at a moment’s notice.

To stay prepared for summer fun, we’ve put together a list of essential items you’ll want to keep in your car all season long:


The ultimate summer must-have! Keeping sunscreen in your car is an effective way to help ensure you never forget to wear it during your summer adventures. Whether it be a day at the lake or a sunny summer hike, you’ll want to make sure you have SPF handy to protect yourself from the sun’s rays.

A Beach Bag

If you live by a body of water or have pool-owning friends, then you never know when you may be in need of a suit, towel and a pair of flip-flops. Keep a pre-packed bag in your car so you’re always ready to hit the water. 

Bug Spray 

Nothing can ruin a hike, camping trip or night around the campfire faster than being chewed up by mosquitos. Keep a can of bug spray in your car to ward off unwanted flying friends whenever the need arises.

An Umbrella

Don’t let the rain get you down! Keeping an umbrella in your car is a smart move year-round but can be especially useful in the spring and summer when rain showers are more common.

Jumper Cables

This is something you should always have stored away in your car for safety purposes. During the summer months, these cables might also come in handy should you decide to attend a drive-in movie and need to give your car a little jump after the film. Need a reminder on how to safely jump start a vehicle? Click here.  

A Jacket or Sweatshirt

If a fun day with friends turns into a night around the campfire, then you’re probably going to want something warm to throw on over your short sleeve shirt - here in New York, we know even those summer nights can get chilly! Aside from a sweatshirt, it’s also a good idea to keep a raincoat stored in your vehicle alongside that umbrella. 


If possible, keep two pairs in your vehicle. One to walk around in and one to keep in your storage compartment. Sunglasses have a way of disappearing!

A First Aid Kit

You never know when you’ll need it and it’s always better to be over prepared. Pack up items such as bandages, antiseptic cream, scissors, painkillers (acetaminophen or ibuprofen) and antihistamine tablets, and make sure the kit is always stocked.

A Flashlight

Not only are flashlights essential camping tools, they are also a great addition to your car safety kit. A flashlight can prove invaluable should you break down at night.


With all of the different activities you’ll be busy doing this summer, make sure you always have snacks on hand to keep your blood sugar stable. Granola bars and dried fruit will keep in your car and can be healthy energy refuelers when you’re on the go.

With a car full of summer essentials, there’s no telling what kind of adventures this summer season has in store for you! Stay safe during your travels by building an additional car safety kit. Learn more about what to include in your safety kit by clicking the link below: