Does Your Vehicle Emergency Kit Include These Items?

With summer in full swing, it will be at least four months before we have to concern ourselves with the possibility of getting stuck in a snow-covered ditch or finding ourselves in a gridlock of vehicles due to wintry weather. 

And that means you don’t need an emergency kit in the car, right? Wrong. There are many factors other than blizzards that could cause you to get stuck or stranded somewhere while you’re driving this summer.

Whether you drive a car, van, or truck, you could experience a number of roadside issues that could leave you waiting hours for help. 

Violent storms can cause accidents. Accidents can cause major delays on roadways with the nearest exit miles away. Then of course there are mechanical issues, flat tires, and so on.

So wherever you are, wherever you’re headed, it’s important to always have an emergency roadside assistance kit on hand. 

Keeping an emergency kit in your car is a no-brainer no matter what month of the year it is. Today I want to share what I feel are the 18 most important items to include in that kit. Of course, always keep your gas tank as full as possible and your cellphone charged up.

  • Water. If your car stops running, it’s going to get very hot this summer when you’re stuck somewhere. Staying hydrated until help arrives is essential. Keep your water in pouches that can withstand the heat.
  • Non-perishable food. Granola bars and trail mix come to mind immediately, but you also want to make sure you have food bars that can handle high temperatures.
  • First-aid kit. The more comprehensive this kit is, the better. Make sure it includes bandages of different sizes, alcohol pads, scissors, pain relievers, hygiene items, and a lot more.
  • Blankets. If you’re stuck for a long time, you’ll need some sleep, and it could get chilly in your car overnight.  
  • Ponchos. Fixing a flat or walking to the nearest shelter in the rain won’t be fun. But at least with a poncho most of your clothes can stay dry. 
  • Tools. Including screwdrivers, wrenches, cordless drill & bit set, and socket & ratchet set.
  • Fix-a-flat sealant and air compressor
  • Road flares
  • Flashlight. Tactical is best because of its many features. If all you have is a standard flashlight, make sure to include extra batteries.
  • Jumper cables
  • Glow sticks
  • Work gloves
  • Duct tape 
  • Copies of important documents including insurance papers and health information
  • Emergency radio 
  • Reflective vest
  • Windshield washer fluid
  • Crossword puzzles

What’s the best thing about having an emergency car kit? Peace of mind. You know that no matter what happens, you’ll be prepared.

A vehicle emergency kit is an absolute must if you’re planning to leave your driveway this summer. And the more useful items you can include in it, the better your chances of dealing effectively with any problem you encounter.


  • Marybeth Cillo - July 17, 2023

    It is a very dangerous state , to “rely on the kindnesses of strangers”.

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