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How To Survive The British Summer – What To Pack In Your Car

Summer is closing in.

In every season of the year, there are certain things that you need in your car so in winter you need items that will help you cope with the drop in temperature and the hazardous conditions on the roads. Summer is no different. There are several essential items that you need in your car this summer.


With the sun constantly in the sky and in view for the summer, it is highly recommended that you have a pair of sunglasses in your car at all times. They are so very useful when that low sun is rising in the morning or setting in the evening, when the glare is almost blinding you. Also if you need prescription glasses then a pair of sunglasses work wonders at reducing the amount of glare you suffer from.

Sunscreen & Hat

Most people love the sun. They love the heat and the fact that they can lie down get a tan. But without the real precautions, this can lead to burning instead of tanning and no one wants that painful experience. It is best the keep sunscreen in the car so that it is always close to hand to ensure you can protect your skin while getting a brilliant tan. Hats are also a brilliant way of keeping your head cool to ensure you can continue to focus.

Reusable drink containers

For obvious reasons in summer, you need a lot of fluid to keep hydrated. Having a reusable drinks container in your car means that you can always fill up while on the move. This helps keep you hydrated and focused when driving to ensure you are safe on the road. It also means you can decide what you want to drink so you can have water or cordial or something fizzy and you will save money because you won’t need to buy drinks while on the move.

Insulated bags & boxes

These are essential in the summer because even for a short trip to the shops to buy cold and frozen food can end in disaster. Cold food can become very warm and risk food poisoning and frozen food can melt, so having insulated bags and boxes in your car an easily protect you.

They are also great for day trips out where you can pack them full of food and drink and the food inside will still be chilled by the time of your arrival at the destination. Ensures that chocolate hasn’t melted.


Let’s be honest, you should have a towel in your car all year round, especially in the UK. With the unpredictable nature of British weather, a towel is great for drying off after a spontaneous rain shower. However, in the summer a towel is a great idea when visiting the beach or an outdoor swimming pool, or if you simply want to cover a sun lounger to keep it cool rather than burning yourself on the plastic.

Added extras

There are some items that you need in the car all year around, including:

  • jump leads
  • first-aid kit
  • sleeping bag
  • spare coat
  • torch
  • maps
  • sat-nav
  • blanket
  • in-car phone charger.

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