I’ll never forget the day the cowboy leaned down to the window of my Korean sedan to kiss me goodbye after a wonderful weekend at the ranch, and caught a glimpse of my low-tire light, lit up on the dash.
“Need air?” he asked.
“Nah,” I said, doing my best to channel adorably disorganized Penny from The Big Bang Theory. “It always does that.”
The cowboy pushed his sunglasses lower on his nose, the better to give me the death stare. “Stop in town and fill that tire,” he directed, “and get a can of Fix-a-Flat before you head back to the city.”
I rolled my eyes. His death stare grew more intense.
“Don’t worry,” I said.
But the cowboy, it turns out, isn’t a worrier. Rather, he is prepared, because that’s how cowboys and boy scouts are. I soon realized the wisdom in his approach. I got the Fix-a-Flat, and also decided to go all out and stock my car with everything a girl might need for the apocalypse, and, barring that, car trouble. Because I’m so nice, I’m going to share the list with alls y’all.
1. Jumper Cables.
2. Bottled water, and nonperishable food.
3. Fix-a-Flat and a working knowledge of how to change a flat tire.
4. A flashlight.
5. A fire extinguisher.
6. Tire guage.
7. Oil and funnel.
8. Cell phone charger.
9. GPS and a map.
10. First-aid kit.
I’ve also got toilet paper, a sleeping bag and mascara, just because you never know.