There’s an old saying that goes “hope for the best, plan for the worst”. So while we hope you enjoy mile after mile of uninterrupted driving fun, we’ve put together a list of things you should think about keeping in the boot, just in case.

Water – keep a 2-litre bottle of water handy and you’ll be able to top up your engine or windscreen washer if the levels get low.

Blanket – if you get stranded in the cold, you can stay toasty while help comes.

Hi-vis vests – these are mandatory in Europe, but not over here yet. Still, they’re not expensive and keep you visible so we think you should stock up and keep them handy.

Spare pair of boots – now there’s no need to ruin your good shoes if you get stuck.

Shovel – if the forecast predicts snow, a plastic snow shovel can get you out of a chilly situation.

Jumper cables – handy for helping out a friend who has a flat battery, or getting a jump start if you need a boost.

First aid kit – you never know when a plaster or a couple of paracetamol will come in handy.

Tyre pump – electric ones are much easier to use, but footpumps are fine. It’s good to be able to keep your tyres at the right pressure.

Torch – a must if you want to be able to see in the dark.

We asked our Facebook followers for their tips too. Here’s what they said:

“Fully charged phone (obvious) walking boots, blanket, windscreen scratch kit”
Samantha on Facebook
“Paracetamol, water, hand wipes, biscuits, boots, cagoule, torch”
Claire on Facebook

If there’s something you think we’ve missed, let us know on Twitter or Facebook. We’d love to hear your suggestions.