“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
- 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
- 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
Winter Emergency Car Kit Checklist
- Snow Brush & Ice Scraper
- 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.