Emergency Car Care Kit – What You Need

Having an emergency car kit on hand when you need it can mean the difference between getting on the road quickly or being stranded for hours, often in a dangerous situation. An emergency car kit makes good sense for any driver, especially those with long commutes. If worse comes to worst and you break down and don’t have a car service like AAA to come to your rescue, or are unable to reach them due to a bad cell signal or dead cell battery, a proper emergency car kit can save the day.

Here is a checklist of items to store in a bin or duffle bag in the back of your vehicle to keep you prepared in case of a roadside emergency:

  • Jumper cables
  • Roadside flares/glowsticks
  • Flat tire inflation and sealant canister
  • Spare tire and jack
  • Spare car fuses
  • First aid kit
  • Bottled water (2-3 gal.)
  • Granola/energy bars
  • Small tool kit (screwdrivers, pliers, vise grips, adjustable wrench, tire pressure gauge, etc.)
  • Flashlight and extra batteries or flashlight that doesn’t need batteries
  • Small, foldable shovel
  • Car escape tool that includes seatbelt cutter and window breaker
  • Road maps
  • Blankets
  • Extra gloves, boots, wool socks, stocking cap (for colder climates)
  • Fire extinguisher small (ABC type)
  • Antifreeze (1 gal.)
  • Two quarts of motor oil
  • Roll of duct tape
  • Paper towels/rags
  • Washer fluid
  • Pen and paper
  • Multipurpose tool
  • Seasonal supplies (rain gear, umbrella, ice scraper etc.)
  • Hand-held GPS unit
  • Tow strap or chain
  • Sanitation supplies (hand sanitizer, towelettes, small trash bags)
  • Emergency car battery charger
  • Solar battery charger
  • Toiletries, soap, toilet paper, etc.
  • Cell phone charger (left in car at all times)
  • Battery powered and/or hand crank radio
  • Sleeping bag(s)

This complete list of emergency car kit items can help you out of any jam you find yourself in on the road and keep you safe if you become stranded while waiting for help