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Essential Items for Your Vehicle’s Emergency Kit

Roadside emergencies happen, often with little warning. Whether you suffer from a flat tire, vehicle breakdown, or weather-related incident, you need to be prepared to handle whatever’s thrown your way. The best way to be prepared is to have an emergency kit always in your vehicle.

But what exactly do you need in your car emergency kit?

Here are some essential items for your vehicle’s emergency kit:

First Aid

A First Aid kit is the building block of a great car emergency kit. Not only will it help with any injuries that might happen during a roadside emergency, you’ll always have bandages for those cuts and scrapes that happen when you’re out and about with your family.

Some crucial items to include in your First Aid kit are:

  • Bandages
  • Gauze
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Antiseptic
  • Antibiotic ointment
  • Bug spray
  • Over-the-counter pain medications
  • Cotton balls
  • Tweezers
  • Ace bandage

All these items can be kept in a small box within your larger car emergency kit, so things are easy to find when you need them.

Car Maintenance Items

Some roadside emergencies are easy to manage on your own, and it’s important to keep things inside your kit that can handle these problems. Also, if you have a serious breakdown, some of the items on this list are essential to making sure you’re seen on the road.

Car maintenance items to pack include:

  • Tire iron
  • Car jack
  • Fire extinguisher (small)
  • Road flares
  • Jumper cables
  • Multi-purpose tool
  • Small containers of oil, antifreeze, & brake fluid, especially for older cars
  • Tire pressure gauge
  • Flashlight & extra batteries
  • Rags
  • Duct tape

Food & Water

Even if you’re only stuck for a short amount of time, having some food and water as part of your emergency kit is necessary, especially if you frequently travel with kids. Keep some bottled water and non-perishable snacks in your emergency kit. Check the snacks frequently for expiration dates and rotate them out as necessary. Nothing’s worse than getting stuck and realizing the granola bars you stashed to keep the kids occupied expired a year ago!

Weather-Related Items

Depending on your location, you’ll want to make sure your vehicle emergency kit to have items that can handle a variety of conditions. Hot or cold, rainy or dry, you need to be prepared.

Some weather-specific items you should have on hand include:

  • Small shovel
  • Tarp
  • Rain ponchos
  • Blankets
  • Hand warmer packs
  • Extra scarves, hats, and gloves
  • Portable fan
  • Ice scraper
  • Cat litter
  • Sunscreen

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