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Vehicle Emergency Kit

A roadside emergency can happen at any time. In case you are stranded, keep a kit of emergency supplies in your car. This kit should contain food, water, first aid supplies, flares, jumper cables and seasonal supplies. A complete checklist of emergency supply items for your vehicle is below.

Vehicle Emergency Kit Checklist

Items for Winter Driving:

  • Ice scraper and snow brush
  • Warm clothes (coat, scarf, hat, and gloves) and blankets
  • Hand warmers
  • Small folding shovel
  • Bag of cat litter/sand (to help provide some traction on an especially slick road surface)

Learn more about winter emergency kits for your vehicle.

General Items:

Cellular phone and charger. (Emergency tip: If you have to dial 911, remember that your location and phone number aren't always available to an emergency operator when calling from a cell phone. Be sure to provide the operator with your number and any information you have about your location.)

First aid kit:

  • Sterile adhesive bandages (assorted sizes)
  • Gauze pads
  • Triangular bandages
  • Hypoallergenic adhesive tape
  • Sterile roller bandages (2- and 3- inch)
  • Scissors
  • Tweezers
  • Needle
  • Safety razor blade
  • Safety pins (assorted sizes)
  • Snake bite kit
  • Cold pack
  • Bar of soap
  • Moist towelettes
  • Non-breakable thermometer
  • Antiseptic spray
  • Latex gloves
  • Petroleum jelly or other lubricant
  • Tongue blades and wooden applicator sticks
  • Aspirin and non-aspirin pain reliever
  • Eye wash
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Antiseptic or hydrogen peroxide

Fire extinguisher

Warning light, hazard triangle or flares

Tire gauge

Jack and lug wrench

Foam tire sealant or a portable compressor and plug kit

Spare fuses

Jumper cables or a portable battery booster

Weather-proof flashlight

Gloves, hand cleaner and clean rags

Auto-club card or roadside-assistance number (if you belong to an auto club or roadside-assistance program)

$20 in small bills and change

Pen and pad of paper

Basic tools:

    • Set of socket and open-end wrench
    • Multi-tip screwdriver
    • Wire cutter
    • Knife
    • Bottle opener
    • Pliers

Extra clothing

Water and nonperishable emergency food

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