Winter weather puts drivers at an increased risk of being in an accident or becoming stranded. Emergencies can happen to anyone. Whether you slip off a snowy road or fall victim to a dead battery, a car emergency kit can get you back on route quickly and safely.
Car Emergency Kit List
You can create a DIY Emergency kit or simply purchase a pre-packaged kit. Either way, we recommend storing this kit in a waterproof bag inside your trunk.
- Jumper cables
- Flashlight with extra batteries, or a hand-crank flashlight
- First-Aid kit including band-aids, adhesive tape, gauze, antiseptic gel, medical wrap, etc.
- Multi-tool (Swiss Army Knife or Leatherman Tool)
- Road Flares or reflective warning triangles
- Cell phone charger
- Bottled Water
- Blankets, gloves and hats
- Ice scraper
- Folding/collapsible snow shovel
- A bag of sand or kitty litter to help your vehicle gain traction in snow
- Hand warmers
- Winter boots
- Sleeping bag
- Small fire extinguisher (5-lb., Class B or Class C type) in case of a car fire
- Tire gauge
- Jack and lug wrench for a flat tire
- Gloves, rags and hand cleaners
- Fix-A-Flat for minor tire punctures
- Battery operated radio
- Lighter and box of matches
- Rain poncho
- Nonperishable foods
We strongly advise traveling with a cell phone through inclement weather in case of an emergency - only use your device when the vehicle is stopped and it is safe to do so!