Car Emergency Preparedness Kit List | Vehicle Survival Gear


Emergency preparedness should be a top priority no matter where you go.
We spend a lot of time in our cars, so it only makes sense to have a car emergency preparedness kit at all times.
Use this list and make sure you have everything in your vehicle that you could need for automotive repairs, survival gear, car-specific items, and odds and ends for comfort and convenience.
Read on and never be caught without the necessities!

Automotive Repairs:

Keep these items around in case you need to make a quick fix to your vehicle.

  • Spare tire
  • Tire jack
  • Tire iron
  • How to change a tire
  • Tire inflater
  • Tire sealer
  • Jumper cables
  • Emergency battery booster
  • Your car's manual
  • Tire pressure gauge
  • Duct tape
  • WD-40
  • Car insurance claim forms


Survival Gear:

This basic survival gear should be in your car at all times.

  • Bug out bag or emergency kit of your choosing
  • First aid kit
  • Flashlight
  • Multi-tool
  • Matches or other fire starter
  • Energy bars or MREs
  • Water bottles
  • Weather radio


Car-specific Items:

These are vehicle-specific items that you need to keep around.

  • Seat belt cutter
  • Window breaker
  • Flares
  • Reflective triangle
  • Maps
  • Ice scraper


Comfort and Convenience:

These odds and ends will come in handy in a pinch.

  • Mylar space blanket
  • Cardboard or carpet remnant you can place under tires for traction in the snow
  • Paper towels or a hand towel
  • Tissues or a roll of toilet paper
  • Pencil and paper
  • Umbrella
  • Spare change/emergency money
  • Recycled shopping bags
  • Blanket
  • Change of clothes
  • USB mobile device charger

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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on May 15, 2014, and has been updated for quality and relevancy.

17 Responses to :
Car Emergency Preparedness Kit List | Vehicle Survival Gear

  1. Lynda says:

    Part of the problem of stuff stored in my car is it going bad. The heat of summer wreaks havoc with adhesives in the first aid box, so maybe that would be the case with the duct tape in the bug out bag. I wonder about all those chemicals drying up or possibly exploding. I keep a bug out bag in my car, but figure the dehydrated food is going bad as it is better to store it cool.

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  3. Gonzalez Kenneth says:

    When you are planning to go outside by your car it is must necessary to put car emergency kit in it to avoid any unpleasant situation on the way. Putting a spare tire and also keep knowledge about changing of tire will help you on the road if any breakdown occur due to tire. Car emergency kit is convenient and reliable to assist you on the road when there is any mishap occur.

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