10 Items for Your Car’s Emergency Kit

Regardless of the make and model of your car or how well you maintain it, you always run the risk of an unexpected problem. It’s been reported that one in three people with cars will experience a car failure of some sort while on the road. This could be due to anything from a flat tire to a dead battery.


One great way to protect yourself from any real danger is to become a member with a roadside service company such as AAA. They have 24/7 services for lock outs, tire changes, towing and many other services.

However, even being a member won’t always help. There will be times when having an emergency kit will come in handy, especially at times when your car breaks down in a less than desirable location or during any extreme weather.

If you don’t want to create your own car emergency kit, you can always purchase a pre-packaged kit. These packages are great, but they can be expensive and you may still find they don’t have everything you need. So if you’re looking to create your own emergency car kit, these are some of our suggested items:

  1. A first aid-kit. Your kit should contain a minimum of band-aids, adhesive tape, tweezers, gauze and antiseptic ointment and wipes.
  2. Charged phone and spare charger. You should always make sure your phone has enough charge to last you the week, or at least keep it on the charger while driving.
  3. Jumper cables. You should try to make sure your cables have a reach of at least 10 feet. The longer the better as you never know what kind of position you’ll wind up in.
  4.  Weatherproof flashlight (and extra batteries).
  5. Foaming tire sealant. This is a great item to have in case you catch a flattening tire before it’s to the point of no return. If you catch it in time, you can seal the tire without having to immediately change it.
  6. Reflective emergency triangles. Ideally, you would place these well away from the car in order to warn oncoming traffic that they should drive with caution. You should have at least three of these.
  7. Duct tape. You just never know when you’ll wind up needing this. It’s a classic must-have that has been proven helpful in the most unexpected situations.
  8. Tow strap. You should be certain it will be able to hold your car. Usually up to 6,000 pounds is safe.
  9. Swiss Army Knife.
  10. A rain poncho and/or warm blanket. If you find yourself in cold or rainy weather without any weatherproof gear, you could wind up pretty miserable. There are times when you’ll have no choice but to wait in the piercing cold for help. Or perhaps you have to change a tire in the rain. A simple poncho or blanket will make a huge difference.


On top of having this kit, you should also be sure to keep up with your car’s maintenance regularly. Another thing that frequently goes unchecked is the tire pressure in the spare. Many people don’t ever consider this until it’s too late. So checking a couple times a year would be wise.

You can create your own variations for a personalized emergency kit and add or subtract whatever you like. Just be sure you have one with the most important items. Always better safe than sorry.