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25 Car Emergency Kit “Must Haves” to Rule Any Road

While the weatherman is already promising inclement weather and record snow and ice storms, we at Bug Out Bag Academy have been reviewing our car emergency kit for whatever is still to come…

Now you may be thinking, “isn’t that what bug out bags are for – in case of emergencies?” And you would be absolutely right! But roadside emergency preparedness is special in that it goes far beyond your basic bug out bag needed for survival. (If you have yet to do so, you can download your free bug out bag list here.)

 

A car emergency kit can mean the difference between getting back on the road quickly, and being stranded for hours.

 

I’ll never forget my latest run-in with a broken down vehicle. It was evening time and I’d just driven home from working downtown in one of the worst snowstorms in recent memory. I’d just finished thawing out and was sitting down to dinner with my wife when I got a call. It was a good buddy of mine.

 

Car Emergency Kit Escape Tool

 

He was stranded on the side of the highway with a flat after he’d spun out on some ice and popped a tire on the curb. And if that wasn’t bad enough, his spare was flat too! Fortunately I was able to come to his rescue that night, and I’m sure you have similar stories you could share as well.

But… if he’d had a few of these items listed below, that night could have turned out quite differently for him – and me.

If you or someone you know travels a lengthy distance or commutes on a daily basis, like our friend here, a emergency car kit can mean the difference between getting back on the road quickly, and being stranded for hours while you wait for help, oftentimes in dangerous conditions.

So keep reading, because today, we’re going to be covering how to build the Ultimate Car Emergency Kit to help get you out of all sorts of jams.

Keep in mind, if you take the time and attention to gather these items, they’ll be a great supplement to any bug out bag in your vehicle. Perfect for those instances when you’re out and about and you or someone you happen upon needs some roadside assistance.

So without further ado, here it is:

 

Car Emergency Kit “Must Haves”

(Edit: Some of these are pretty self explanatory, but after fielding a number of great questions about specific recommendations, we’ve included links below so you can easily look through them on Amazon to get a better idea of what we specifically look for. Of course, quite a few are dependent on the type of vehicle you own and the climate you are in etc., so always use discretion.)

Additional Items:

  • Hand-held GPS unit
  • Towing strap or chain
  • Sanitation (hand sanitizer, towelettes, small trash bags)
  • Emergency car battery charger
  • Solar battery charger
  • Extra pair of shoes, gloves etc.
  • Toiletries, soap, etc.
  • Cell phone charger (left in car at all times)
  • Battery powered and/or Hand crank radio
  • Sleeping bag(s)

 

Now, sure there are a few companies that provide pre-assembled roadside emergency kits, and chances are they’ll help in a pinch. They’re certainly better than nothing at all… but like a bug out bag, nothing beats a custom-built kit, personalized for your specific needs.

And to help you get started, below we’ve compiled these items mentioned into a free Car Emergency Kit Checklist for you to use and share with those close to you. With a little bit of time and preparation, we can all be safer this winter. So grab your list and start creating your own today! Don’t be like my friend and get caught unprepared. Be safe out there!

Car-Emergency-Kit-Checklist

Click here to get your FREE Emergency Car Kit PDF

 

Did we forget anything? Do you already have a car emergency kit? Let us know what you include in yours!

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12 Comments

  • Adam Mollette says:

    A small bottle of bleach and flower food. Like the powder king that you might get with a bouquet of flowers. Its an easy way to start a fire.

  • Wayne Pearson says:

    I’ve discovered a great item for emergencies to include in a vehicle. It’s a hand-held STROBE LIGHT powered by only one “D” size battery. This strobe light can be seen two miles away. It is well worth the price of $20.00 and it can be purchased from the internet. This item can save a car battery from going dead when the emergency vehicle flashers are left on for an extended period of time. There are lower priced strobes on the market, but the quality is not the same. This strobe is also good for joggers, campers, hikers, hunters, fishermen, and boaters to name a few.

  • Angelica says:

    Great post–thanks for putting this out there so that others don’t find themselves in a bad situation! I also keep some paracord in my car since it can double as tow rope, amongst other things.

  • Gene Aiken says:

    Any Prescription Medicines you need. To be updated regularly. Extra prescription glasses/sunglasses. Deck of cards.

  • Mel says:

    I know having water is always a great idea and that it should be left in your car an rotate every couple of months but leaving plastics bottles is bad. either in the cold or hot. Also lets say I was to need my water out of my car today it’s about -22F / -30C so can’t really drink it and melting it would use precious heat that you actually need. so what do you suggest to “fix” this?

  • Tracy M Perez says:

    Not only does having bug out bag give a person the tools to survive, it also provides piece of mind. Get/make a bug out bag and familiarize yourself with everything that’s in it and you you don’t know how to use something or what the something is for, ASK. A bug out bag will be of much better use if you know how to use it correctly.

  • Sarah says:

    Excellent list, thank you. Cash is a good thing to add to the list.

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