What Should Be In My Vehicle Emergency Kit?
- by Bryan Veldboom
- updated on
Emergencies often happen without warning. Whether it's a traffic accident, a stalled engine or a sudden winter storm, you can increase your chances of making it through safely with a little preparation. That's why it's a good idea to always keep a stock of emergency supplies in your car or truck to help you stay prepared for the unexpected. Here are the items you should have in your emergency car kit.
- A Blanket or Warm Clothing - During the winter months, temperatures can drop to dangerous levels. Keeping a blanket or set of warm clothing in your vehicle will help you stay warm if your car stalls out.
- Spare Tire, Lug Wrench & Jack - Be sure to have a spare tire available in case one of your originals goes flat, as well as a lug wrench and jack to help you change it.
- First Aid Kit - Keep a box in your car with basic first items. You can assemble one on your own using these suggestions , or buy a pre-made kit from the American Red Cross
- Non-Perishable Food & Water - If you're going on a road trip or frequently drive through remote areas, it's a good idea to have extra food and water with you in case you get stranded. Pack shelf-stable items such as beef jerky, nuts or dried fruit, together with a bottle or canteen of water.
- Booster Cables or a Jump Starter - Keep a set of booster cables in your trunk in case your battery goes dead. A jump starter is an even better option, allowing you to jump-start your engine without the use of a second vehicle.
- Power Bank - A portable charger will allow you to keep your phone powered up, so that you can contact emergency services if your engine stalls on you.
- Flashlights & Extra Batteries - You should always carry a flashlight in your vehicle in case you encounter car troubles at night. A flashlight will enable you to change tires, work under your hood and locate emergency supplies you have stashed in your trunk. Be sure to have a supply of backup batteries available too.
- Windshield Washer Fluid - Visibility is key to driving safely. Be sure that you have spare washer fluid in your vehicle so that you can refill it if you suddenly run out.
- Snow Shovel & Windshield Brush - If you live in or are traveling to an area that experiences winter, be sure you pack a windshield brush to help keep your windows free of snow, salt and other debris. You should also store a shovel in your vehicle so that you can dig yourself out in case of heavy snowfall.
- Cat Litter - Cat litter is a great way to provide extra traction if your car gets stuck on ice or wet snow.
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