Trying to narrow down the things you should keep in your car to just 10 items is hard, but here, in no particular order, are the 10 things we've all suggested as a team that are essential. We should also give an honourable mention to an in-car mobile phone charger, but for most of us it goes without saying (especially if you're on a work trip) that you'd be bringing the charger without a second thought.
1. Telephone number for insurance company
2. Telephone number for leasing company
Numbers 1 and 2 go hand in hand - if you have an accident you need to inform both parties what has happened: your insurance company so they can get on and sort out getting your car fixed and work with the other party to organise payment, and the leasing company so they can make a note of what is happening with their vehicle. (They may be able to help out too as to where the nearest repair shop is)
3. Drivers license
You should always have your license with you when driving; in fact it can be handy for ID in all sorts of circumstances where you need proof of address. If you get stopped by the police they may ask to see your license and if you don't have it with you it means an extra trip to the police station with it. Save yourself the effort and keep it with you at all times. (But keep it in your wallet, not your glove box, to avoid identity theft)
While you may have a good torch on your mobile phone, this is a big battery drain and is not as good as a good old fashioned battery powered torch. There are numerous occasions when you might need one, from checking something in the engine or under the car, to walking down a dark road to the petrol station, to checking under the seat for something you've dropped.
5. Road map
While you may have a sat nav built into your car or on your phone, it can be difficult to pinpoint exactly where you are without the context of a printed map. Or, if your car has broken down and your phone battery has died, those tools are useless to you. A printed map, road atlas or A-Z are invaluable in these situations and take up hardly any room at all.
6. Ice scraper
During the winter months it is a comfort to know you can scrape the ice off your windows and get to your destination - or home - safely. Might as well leave it in the boot: again, it doesn't take up much room.
7. Water and energy bars
If you're on a long journey, stuck in a traffic jam or broken down at the side of the road it is great to know you have something to nibble on and drink, especially if you have children with you. Energy bars tend to last longer in the car and they will keep you going for longer too.
8. Warm waterproof clothing
This may seem obvious, especially in winter, but some people will go out without any outer clothing if they're not intending to walk about outside during their day. If you're stuck at the side of the road however, that warm coat or waterproof will definitely be something you're grateful for!
9. First aid kit
You never know when you're going to need it and what for, but a kit with the basics in it will probably be used more often that you expect!
10. Basic toolkit
Like the first aid kit, having basic tools in the car is always a good idea, whether it's to sort out something on your own car or to lend a hand to someone else.
What have you found to be essential in your car time and again?