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Best Car Emergency Kit


Best Car Emergency Kit“Be Prepared” is the Boy Scout Motto that everyone should practice who owns a car. Imagine yourself getting stuck on a country road during a snow storm or having a flat tire late at night. Is your car equipped with everything that you need to survive? With a little planning and a few items in your trunk, you can turn a nightmare into a bump in the road. The best emergency car kit is one that you create yourself with a combination ready- made kits and things that are personal to you.

I like to be prepared and equipped my cars and my children’s cars with these homemade kits. I guess you could say, that I would rather be safe than sorry. Below you will find a list of tips that will help you prevent being stuck in an unpleasant situation. Hopefully, you will never need to use your emergency kit but once you have it pulled together it can travel with you – your entire life.

Best Car Emergency Kit Essentials

These items I like to keep in the glovebox or console because I use them on a regular basis. Here’s a list of things that I keep in my car, I am a female so my list may need to be adjusted for a family.

Even though you may not know how to use certain tools (i.e. jumper cables), carry a set with you because you usually can find someone else who can help you.

  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Tissues
  • Hand Crank Flashlight
  • Phone Charger
  • First Aid Kit – Bandages
  • Grooming Kit – Nail clippers, comb, safety pins
  • Hand Lotion
  • Music and Inspirational CD’s
  • Book or Magazine to Read
  • Spare Glasses and Sunglasses
  • Umbrella
  • Small Garbage Bags
  • Paper Grocery Bags
  • Small Cooler
  • Spare Change – For parking meters, vending machines and places that you don’t want to use a credit card.
  • Binoculars: I learned this trick from my cousin. They come in handy when you need to read house numbers from a distance.
  • Change of Clothes
  • Rain Poncho

I like to keep a spare jacket, hat, mittens, sweat pants, sweatshirt, walking shoes, and socks in my car. Not only are these items good for emergencies when you’re stuck out in the cold they also come in handy if you spill something on yourself need to change into a fresh outfit.

Emergency Car Kits List

  • Tool Kit – Duct Tape, Wire, Screwdriver, Pliers
  • Jumper Cables
  • Large Garbage Bags
  • Qt. of Oil
  • Cleaning Rags
  • Flares

Winter Emergency Car Kit Checklist

  • Snow Brush & Ice Scraper
  • Blanket
  • Old Plastic Coffee Can fill with Kitty Litter – Kitty Litter will help give you traction in the snow.
  •  The plastic coffee can be used as a small shovel.
  • If you are traveling in a blizzard be prepared with some food and extra warm clothes.

Add Emergency Contacts to Your Phone

If you carry a cell phone it is imperative that your phone contains the information that you need to call for roadside help. This involves entering your roadside assistant company’s name and phone number along with your membership number into your contacts.

The reason you need to do this is because you usually will have your phone with you but you might have your membership card. Enter this contact info into each household driver’s phone.

Keep a car phone charger and a hand cranked flashlight charger to use in an emergency in your car.

Setting up an emergency car kit is one of the best things that you can do for yourself and your family. This is especially true if you have a young person just learning how to drive.

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Farhan March 5, 2017, 11:02 pm

This is a really educational post. I mean, I’ve never even thought about preparing an emergency kit in the car. I guess this is something that many people do not give much thought into.

This list will definitely come in handy when I plan for my future road trips. Do you recommend learning to change our own tires? Or do you typically find others for help when you’re stuck on the road?

Thanks for the tips!

Sharon Meier March 5, 2017, 11:10 pm

If you take a little bit of time now to setup a kit you can have the emergency kit for years. They make nice gifts for those just learning to drive.

Personally, I don’t think I would change my own tires. Sometimes the bolts are put on very tightly and are hard to remove. I have a towing service that would change them for me. If I absolutely had to change my own tire, I think I might be able to watch a YouTube Video from my cell phone and learn while I am doing. Hopefully, that would never happen.

joshuadury March 5, 2017, 11:08 pm

Well, after reading your content I have learned something new, Hand Cranked Flashlights! I never even knew they existed, and now I want one some day.

Your content is put together very professionally, using relevant images to relate to, great use of lists, and short paragraphs for an easy but informative read.

I personally drive and live in Canada, So this information has proved very useful to me. I like the idea of using kitty litter for traction, never heard of that one before. I’m guessing I would use this if I was stuck in some kind of deep snow or ditch?

Thank you for the read! have a wonderful day.

Sharon Meier March 9, 2017, 11:10 pm

I live in Wisconsin and we have many days of driving in winter weather. It is very easy to slip into a ditch on an icy road. The kitty litter works well to give traction to your wheels.

You definitely should get a hand cranked flashlight. It will come in handy.

Thanks for stopping by.

John Rico June 1, 2017, 5:05 am

Hello! I really love going on road trips with my friends and this is a very helpful article. It is very important to bring emergency kits so that when in time of troubles, you have the things that you need. I didn’t realize that an emergency kit is something that I should bring whenever I go somewhere. Your article gave me the information that I needed. Thank you for sharing these ideas about best car emergency kit. It’s much safer to be prepared than being unprepared.

Sharon Meier September 29, 2017, 7:41 pm

Whether you
are going on a road trip or just back and forth to work daily, an emergency kit is
very valuable. When hearing the news lately of many people having to flee their homes
because of a hurricane or flood I hoped that they had a kit in their car and
were well prepared. I think a hand generated flashlight/phone charger is
something everyone should have for emergencies.

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