Travel Safe: How to Make an Emergency Kit for Your Car

The cold days of winter are finally behind us.  Yay!  With sunshine on your face and warm wind in your hair, the beach is beckoning.  Time for a road trip!  Before you leave, it’s important to make sure your travels are safe.  At any time or place an emergency can arise so it’s always best to be prepared.

Make yourself an emergency kit to keep in your car’s trunk all year round.  In case you get lost, your car breaks down on the side of a road, or you stop to help someone else in distress, you’ll be prepared.  It’s easy to make yourself and can be invaluable.  We have compiled a list below of essential items that should be in every emergency kit.  To get started, make sure you have a container large enough to hold all the items you’ll need.


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Here’s what you should have in your emergency car kit.

  • Water

This is a resource you should never leave home without. It is a non-perishable item that has multiple uses and something you literally need to survive. Make it a priority to have water with you at all times.

  • Non-Perishable Food

Non-perishable food items should also be on your emergency kit list. If your car breaks down on the side of the road, you never know how long you will be stuck there.  You want to make sure you don’t get hungry so always pack a few granola bars for energy.

  • Blanket

More useful in the winters but still should have a permanent space in your car. Also makes a great picnic accessory.

  • First Aid Kit

Keep this complete with bandages, small scissors, antiseptic towelettes, gauze, adhesive tape, and hand sanitizer.  You can purchase small first aid kits at your corner drugstore and automotive stores.

  • Sanitary Wipes

To clean up messy situations, allowing you to conserve your water for drinking.

  • Candles and Matches

For light or heat, you can’t go wrong with having this pair around.  A candle placed in a deep empty can is preferred, so you don’t burn yourself or your car with hot dripping wax.

  • Maps

GPS and cell phones may not always work in some areas, so make sure you have a map handy in case you get lost.

  • Jumper Cables

Sometimes a little boost is all you need.  Be sure to follow instructions on how to use these correctly when boosting your car’s battery.

  •  Small Shovel/Ice Scraper/Snow Brush

It’s summer and your windshield is free of ice, but your emergency kit should be ready for any situation and season so keep it in your kit at all times.

  • Flashlight and Extra Batteries

It’s always helpful to have a little extra light when you’re peaking under the hood or outside after dark.  Getting a wind-up flashlight is an option that allows you to self-charge vs having additional batteries.

  • Extra Wiper Fluid

Whether its bugs in the summer or mud in the winter, you want to make sure you can clearly see out your windshield at all times. 

  • Small Tool Kit

Always keep a small screwdriver set, a pair of pliers, adjustable wrench, a small utility or pocket knife, and duct tape.   Even if you don’t know how to use these tools, someone else may able to help you, so keep them on board.

  • Road Flares / Glow Sticks / Reflecting Cones / Reflective Vest

You want to make sure that other vehicles passing can see you if you’ve broken down on a dark roadway.  Always make sure your surroundings are safe before you get out of your vehicle. 

  • Fire Extinguisher

Consider keeping a small auto fire extinguisher in your care at all times.  You never know when it could save your live or the life of someone else.  You can purchase these at your local automotive stores.

  • Towing Rope

Stuck in a ditch? A tow rope can get you out safely if another car is willing to help you out. Make sure that rope is able to pull at least 6000 pounds.

  • Pen and paper 

Even in the age of technology, some things never become extinct and these two prove that. Whether it’s for storing important details like phone numbers or locations, or for leaving a note in your window, it’s always good to some paper around.

Some optional items to consider for your summer road trip are: sunglasses, sunscreen, a hat, a bathing suit, a towel, flip-flops, some tasty snacks, and a beach chair. Safe summer travels!

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By Michelle-Ann Vernal, neatfreak intern.