Jan 1, 2014

Emergency Car Kit Essentials

How to make an emergency 72-hour car kit

If you’ve ever taken a winter road trip, you know how quickly the road 
conditions can change. 
The winds can kick up, and suddenly the snow is blowing across the pavement, 
making the lanes difficult to see, and the potential for black ice to increase. 
The key to driving in the winter is to be prepared, and the best way to do that 
is by creating an emergency kit for your car. Here are some things to include:

1. Shovel

 A shovel comes in handy if your vehicle becomes stuck.

Credit: Tim Lenz

2. Spare tire, lug wrench and jack, 

The last thing you want to deal with when you’re stranded in your vehicle is a flat tire, 
and the jack or lug wrench is nowhere to be found. Make sure the tire is full and in 
good condition, and the jack is well lubed.

3. Rope, bungee cords and tie downs

 Make sure there are no knots, and the cords are in good condition.

Credit: turbo.beagle

4. Portable radio

 A portable radio comes in handy when severe weather strikes. 

Find one that is battery operated or uses a crank.


5. Flashlight

 Spend a few extra bucks to get a decent flashlight that can illuminate 

a good distance.


6. Extra batteries

 Have an assortment of extra batteries on hand, including AAA, AA and 9v.

Credit: Sh4rp_i

7. Road flares

 You can buy road flares at any auto parts store or department store.

Credit: Dvortygirl

8. Ice scraper     

An ice scraper with a brush on the end can help you clear snow from 

your car during a blizzard.                      

  Credit: Highways Agency 

9. Jumper cables

 You never know when you’ll need jumper cables, or when you drive 

by someone else who does!


10. Portable power source

You can find a portable power supply like this one on Amazon.

11. Orange/Yellow safety vest

 When whiteout conditions exist, you need to make every effort to be seen.


12. Notebook and pen

 If you need to leave your car during a storm, you can write down 

your personal information.


13. Cash

 If severe weather strikes and phone or internet lines go down, paying cash 

for gasoline might be your only option.


14. Lighter or matches

 Pair these with an emergency candle.


15. Microfiber towels

Microfiber is super absorbent, and can handle spills (or wet hands) 

before they turn to ice.


16. First aid kit

 A well-stocked first aid kit is a must for any winter driving.



17. Toilet paper or tissues

 If you have kids, you’ll be glad you included these.

18. Emergency contact information

 If you get stranded in a snowstorm, write your family and friends’ 

contact information down for first responders.


19. Warm clothing

 Include fleece jackets, outer shells, thermal underwear, wool socks 

and extra gloves.


20. Thermal blanket

 You can pick up a reflective blanket at any department or outdoor 

equipment store.


21. Water bottle

 A good, sturdy water bottle like a Nalgene container will store water 

without leaking.


22. Water purifier

 If you need to fill your water bottle from a nearby river or lake, 

a water purifier or filtration system should remove a majority of the contaminates.


23. Snacks

 Include granola bars and other non-perishable items for food.

Credit: SweetOnVeg

24. Small fire extinguisher

 A small fire extinguisher can help you avoid an even bigger disaster, 

if your engine overheats.

Credit: miningold

25. Extra medication

 Along with your regular prescriptions, include medicine for headaches 

and other minor ailments.


Featured image credit: akzidenzsetzer