Useful items to Have In Your Car This COVID-19 Season

Published by on . Updated on 18 Feb 2022

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Given the severity of the COVID-19 virus, it is crucial to take necessary precautions to protect you and your loved ones. This goes beyond wearing face masks while driving.

Earlier, we talked about the various places in your car that can lead to germ build-up and therefore, the increased risk of falling prone to viruses.

In today’s article, we’ll take at look at some of the essential items that you should have in your car to safeguard your well-being. These items are cheap investments that can save you time and money in the long run too.

Without further ado, let’s dive into it shall we?

1) Face Mask

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It is without a doubt that there have been shortages of face masks across the country. People are simply panic buying to help ease their anxiety.

If you are fortunate enough to have extra masks, do consider placing a few of them in a tightly sealed Ziploc Bag inside the glove compartment of your car.

This gives you an extra layer of protection while you are outside your house.

2) Portable Trash Can

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Purchasing a small bin for your car is a worthy investment. These bins provide a proper place to dispose unwanted face masks or tissues, ensuring proper hygiene.

However, do make sure that the bin has a proper lid to prevent spills when you make sharp turns or drive on bumpy roads!

Most importantly, remember to routinely clear out the bin. You don’t want any unpleasant odor or germs to reside in your car.

Alternatively, you can always be creative and use makeshift items like a big plastic bag to replace a portable trash can.

3) Disinfectant Wet Wipes

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Another essential item to have in your car would be wet wipes. The alcohol content helps to disinfect your vehicle and ensure a cleaner driving environment for you.

It is advisable to utilize wet wipes every time something major happens in your car. For instance, cleaning any stains in the event of spills. This helps to prevent attracting unwanted pests, which can carry unwanted viruses!

Moreover, these wet wipes also give your car a pleasant smell as well!

However, due to the recent shortage of wet wipes, you should use these wipes sparingly and only when necessary.

4) Tissue Boxes

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If you don't already have a tissue box in your car, you should seriously consider getting one.

Besides being a lifesaver for coughs and sneezes, it is also useful for trivial things like wiping food crumbs or stains on your face. This helps to prevent any contact with your face, which is something recommended by health experts.

If you don’t have any tissue boxes for whatever reasons, you can always keep a small packet in your bag or pocket. They will come in handy even outside your car!

5) Hand Sanitizers

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Unfortunately, our vehicles aren’t fitted with sinks. We also do not have the luxury to wash our hands with soap in our cars. Therefore, using hand sanitizers is the next best alternative.

Did you know hand sanitizers kill most types of germs, bacteria and viruses? The transmission of certain flu-like diseases can be prevented by using hand sanitizers.

While there isn’t more information of the transmission of the virus, using hand sanitizers is definitely a good measure to safeguard ourselves.

6) Silicone Cup Holder Liners

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Did you know that cup holders are one of the filthiest places in your car? They’re subject to liquids, crumbs and dust, which makes them an excellent breeding ground for germs, in turn making you fall sick.

Investing in silicone cup holder liners – or more accurately, cupcake liners – you can reduce the gross stuff from pooling in the bottom of your cup holders. Also, since we’re trying to save the earth, silicone liners are a better choice than paper liners as they’re reusable and durable.

7) Hand Vacuum

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Keeping your car as clean and presentable as possible takes effort. Besides avoiding consuming food or drinking sweet and flavored drinks in your car, routinely cleaning your vehicle is also crucial.

Using a hand vacuum does exactly that. It is both effective and efficient as it helps to clean hard-to-reach places.

Vacuuming your vehicle can also help to get rid of dust accumulating on your floor mats or dashboards, which is a good measure for people who have sensitive noses.

8) Personal Medication

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Last but not least, always have medication on standby in your vehicle. Although it is always not recommended to drive when you are unwell, having medication might bode well for you or your passengers during times of emergencies.

Always remember to check the expiration dates of these medications and make sure that they are non-drowsy if you intend to consume them while driving.

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Overall, maintaining good personal hygiene is the best hope of fighting and preventing the spread of the virus. With the movement control order recently implemented, we should also reduce our signature and movement, and only go out when it is absolutely necessary.

Share this article with your fellow motorists and remember to stay safe!

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