What to Keep in Your Car Emergency Kit

What to Keep in Your Car Emergency Kit

Imagine that you blew a tire on the side of the road or your engine started to pour out steam. If you were to open your trunk in an attempt to remedy the problem, what would you find? Would you have access to the right tools? Would you have access to any tools at all?

If you aren’t sure what’s in your trunk, or you are sure what you know that it isn’t going to help you in the event of an emergency, below is a great basic list of items to get you started.


The first item on the list is a flashlight. However, your regular flashlight isn’t going to cut it. Especially when you are trying to hold up the hood of your car and poke around your engine at the same time. Instead, look for a high-powered, LED flashlight which includes straps, clips, or even magnetic places where you can attach it to your car or your surroundings to help light an area in an emergency.


You won’t need to weigh your car down with tools to make sure that you have what you need, just stick the tools below:

  • Flat blade screwdriver
  • Philips Head Screwdriver
  • Pliers
  • Adjustable Wrench
  • Wire Cutters
  • Sturdy knife
  • small hammer

With these items at your disposal, you can feel confident that you will be able to tackle any problem that comes up while you are out and about.

Tow Straps

The last thing that you want to think about is needing to have your car towed out of a sticky situation. However, it is better to be prepared for the event instead of being stuck without any way to getting out. An affordable set of tow cables will be a great benefit if you get stuck in a flash flood on dirt and mud.

Jumper Cables

Speaking of getting stuck, a drained battery is one of the most common causes for the event. However, if you can include a pair of jumper cables in your trunk then all you need to do it flag down a fellow driver and ask to use their battery power to get your vehicle started again.

External Battery

Of course, if you don’t like the idea of asking a stranger for help, consider a small portable jump-starter battery device which holds just enough power to get your car going in an emergency. These are affordable and very portable.

Safety Triangle

If you are lucky, your car problem will occur with enough time for you to make your way to a comfortable space on the side of the road and pullover safely. Of course, this isn’t’ always possible, with instances where you aren’t able to completely move your car from the road.  A neon reflective safety triangle is a great step to alerting oncoming drivers of your position.

First Aid Kit

Last, but certainly not least, is a first aid kit. All you need are some bandages, plasters, medical tape, small scissors, antiseptic.alcohol wipes, splinter removal tool.

Of course, not all emergencies are vehicle related. Be sure to include travel bottles of your favorite fragrances or cleaners from the Groupon Coupons page for Kohl’s in the event that your emergency is more social related.

As you can see from this list, all of the items can easily be placed in a small box and stores in your trunk to help you get out of a troublesome situation.

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