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January 03, 2019

15 Essentials for your Emergency Car Kit

A few months ago, while stopped at a light, I saw two guys pushing a car off the road that had broken down. Once the car was off to the side and out of the way, the person who had stopped to help, walked back to his car and pulled something out of his trunk. The guy looked relieved.

I can’t count the number of times I have seen a broken down car on the side of the road, contemplated if I should stop and help, and then kept driving. It is not that I didn’t want to help, but that I didn’t think I would be of any help.

This story all to say that it prompted me to make my own emergency car kit. I don’t know exactly what that friendly passerby helped this guy with, but it didn’t matter. The fact that he had the resources in his car to help, showed me everyone should be that prepared. Like a boy scout.

I made mine, now it’s your turn. Here are 15 items you’ll want to be sure to have in your emergency kit:

Jumper cables
Flashlight (and extra batteries)
Roadside flares or reflective triangles
First aid kit
Car escape tool
Small tool kit or multi tool
Backup fluids (coolant, motor oil, etc.)
A can of tire inflator (or a fancy tire compressor)
Spare tire and jack
Small gas can
Solar battery charger for your phone
Small fire extinguisher or aerosol spray
Bottle of water
Blanket or poncho

(the links provided are only suggestions to explain the product, not necessarily a product recommendation.)

Other items will vary based on where you live. If you live in a place like Chicago, you might want some gloves, an ice scraper, a shovel or some hand warmers. Being stranded on the side of the road in negative degree weather would not be fun.

Pack your kit and keep yourself and others safe.