As the saying goes, hope for the best but prepare for the worst. Even when travelling for short distances, it is important that you keep these essentials in your van to help you better handle emergencies.
This is important even if your van runs perfectly well. More so if it is a new one that requires only a specific type of oil.
Cell Phone Charger
While there are some vehicles that have inbuilt phone charging capability, many don’t. If your van doesn’t have such features, carrying a charger will help keep your phone on in case of a breakdown.
This can be very handy especially when you get a van breakdown at night. Even during the day, looking under the vehicle can be difficult without enough light. A flashlight solves that.
Flat Tire Fixer
Some new vans lack space for spare tires. If you have such a van, carrying a sealant for tire sealing and inflation will help you to keep driving.
Food and Water
When travelling, keep some food and water so that if you get a breakdown in difficult circumstances where help might take a lot of time to arrive, you will have something to keep you going.
A basic first-aid kit will help you better handle injuries resulting from accidents. A good kit might include bandages, pain reliever and antibacterial ointment.
GPS and Map
Some vans have in-built navigation system. If your van doesn’t have one, have a map and portable GPS for emergency purposes.
This will help prevent getting hit on the road when you get a breakdown at night. A reflective triangle will enable other road users identify your van before they reach you.
These are important for jump-starting your van when the battery dies while on the road.
If it is in winter, having an ice scraper will help in clearing of the windows and windscreen.