Let’s say there was a great promotion going on where you stuff a NAPA bucket with goodies and even save money. Sounds great, right? Luckily for you, this deal exists, and all you have to do is decide what goes in the bucket. Consumables are an easy pick — items that you use a lot and will eventually need more of — but why not also take the opportunity to stock up on some more foundational supplies you need on a regular basis? Let’s break it down by function.
Working Around the Shop
Whether you dabble in DIY or run an automotive shop, there are a few things you never want to be without. First, you’ll need cleaning supplies for messy projects, such as rags, paper towels, absorbent materials to soak up spills, gloves, brake cleaner, funnels and the like. Also, any products that make your job easier — think versatile, yet basic tools, like sockets or screwdrivers, a multi-tool, or even an adjustable wrench or two.
For everyday jobs, you’ll certainly need anti-seize or sprayable lubricant and rust inhibitor, fresh blades for your utility knife and Teflon tape. You might also want to stock up on sandpaper and cutoff discs for more involved projects. For spare parts, always carry fuses, wiper blades and a couple of headlight lamps, because it’s only a matter of time before you’ll need a replacement.
Every Day on the Road
If you own a car, chances are you’re using it at least twice a day. And depending on your commute and lifestyle, you might be spending hours at a time inside. So it’s important to have a few key items in the car for both comfort and utility, such as a spare USB adapter and charging cable, and even various cables in case a passenger forgets theirs. Earbuds for the kids come in handy for a little peace and quiet, and cell phone holders are great for staying hands-free while navigating unknown territory.
No matter where you are, it’s important to carry an emergency kit. Supplies will vary depending on the type of adventure planned and the season you’re traveling in, but there are some products that should be included. First aid kits are an obvious choice, but since breakdowns aren’t planned and can happen at any time, always carry a flashlight, extra batteries and jumper cables. To be even more prepared, make sure your spare fuses are stocked, and that you have a few MacGyver-type items like zip ties, duct tape, rope and another multi-tool that lives exclusively in the emergency kit. It’s better to be over-prepared than under.
If you’re taking advantage of the NAPA bucket promotion, there are a ton of supplies you can stock up on or round out a collection of things you should have anyway. The biggest question is, what will you choose?
Check out all the emergency kits available on NAPA Online or trust one of our 17,000 NAPA AutoCare locations for routine maintenance and repairs. For more information on emergency kits and toolsets, chat with a knowledgeable expert at your local NAPA AUTO PARTS store.
Photos courtesy of Blair Lampe.
Blair Lampe is a New York-based professional mechanic, blogger, theater technician, and speechwriter. In her downtime she enjoys backpacking wherever her boots will carry her, rock climbing, experimental theatre, a crisp rosé , and showering love on her 2001 Sierra truck.