Back To School: Car Essentials Kit

August 7, 2015Kelly Baum
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Back To School: Car Essentials Kit
T-minus 3 weeks until school officially starts-and for some of us college kids, that means getting the car ready for the school year! I like to prep in the week or two before the semester starts because A. I know my time is going to be crunched once the semester starts and B. my parents like to make sure I’m all set before I’m off! This year I’m off to school in a brand new Cruze which is a serious upgrade over the 15 year-old Tahoe I was driving before-hard work pays off! But, just because a car is new doesn’t mean you don’t have to take care of it. So I’ve compiled a “car essentials kit” which is perfect for the college student driving a new car to school. It’ll keep yours and your parent’s minds at rest and the best part? It takes up no space at all in the trunk!

Back To School: Car Essentials Kit
 

Back To School: Car Essentials Kit
 

Back To School: Car Essentials Kit
So these are the essentials you need to keep in your car to keep you-and your brand new vehicle-safe and well-maintained!

1. PORTABLE AIR PUMP
These things are life-savers! If you ever spring a leak on a tire or start losing air, portable air pumps (about $15) plug into your car and can blow up your tire in 10 minutes. I’ve used mine quite a bit through college when I don’t have the time (or money!) to go use a pump at a car wash.

2. ARMOR ALL OUTLAST PROTECTANT
New cars might not be new forever, but you certainly can try to keep them looking new! The protect is to guard against UV rays fading that gorgeous glossy finish on your dashboard or trim and also against severe heat-we all know how hot cars can heat up!

3. ARMOR ALL OUTLAST TRIM & PLASTIC RESTORER
This protects over 100 car washes-insane! This also protects your car from heat & UV rays, but it guards the outside which is the most vulnerable.

4. MIX CD
This is definitely a car essential! Maybe not as essential as the other parts of this kit, but it’s always handy to keep a good mix cd on hand for those spur of the moment road trips!

5. LED FLASHLIGHT
Always, always keep a spare flashlight in the car. If you’re driving at night and something happens it’s handy to keep a spare light in case you break down or you need a friend to check something out.

6. TIRE PRESSURE GAUGE
It’s good to take note of where the pressure of your tires should be and always aim to keep them filled at the correct level. Not only will this save you on gas, but it will keep your tires healthy and working for longer.

I hope you picked up a few tips on what to stock your car with for the school year! And as always, keep a list of important numbers in your phone, like the campus police number and a local tow truck just in case you need it.

Back To School: Car Essentials Kit
I grabbed my Armor All products at Walmart where they have a coupon (we college kids love coupons!) where you can get $2.50 off any of the Armor All Outlast products, while supplies last.-click here to grab one! And also, here’s an awesome giveaway to enter (starts at 5pm on 8/7):

Armor All Outlast #1stImpressionsCount Sweepstakes
I’d love to know, how are you prepping your car for college this year-does it involve Armor All?
Thanks for reading,
Kelly xoxo

Comments (2)

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    Emily

    August 8, 2015 at 11:14 pm

    A portable air pump is such a great thing to have on hand! I’ve used mine several times over the years! My favorite Armor All product is the Tire Shine – it keeps my tires looking gorgeous for days! [client]

    1. Kelly Baum

      Kelly Baum

      August 11, 2015 at 11:19 pm

      I’m definitely going to have to try that one next, new cars need lots of love!

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