Emergency Kit for Car

What Should You Keep in the Car?

Vehicle emergency preparedness kits are not intended for everyday use. They’re only needed during times of emergencies. Much like insurance, an emergency preparedness kit is something you should have, but hope you’ll never need to use. Your kit should be checked every six months, and expired items should be replaced. 

A vehicle emergency supply kits should include

  • No-spill gas can (2-5 gal.)
  • Jumper cables (12-20’, be sure to get the right gauge for your vehicle)
  • Roadside flares/glow sticks
  • Flat tire inflation canister (non-explosive)
  • Spare tire and jack
  • Spare car fuses
  • First aid supplies 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  (incl. seat-belt cutter and window breaker)
  • Road maps
  • Blankets
  • Work gloves
  • Car fire extinguisher (ABC type) 
  • Roll of duct tape
  • Paper towels / rags
  • Pen and paper
  • Seasonal supplies (rain gear, umbrella etc.)

It’s also a good idea to keep family and emergency phone numbers, including your auto insurance provider and a towing company, in your phone.