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Roadside 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.

Roadside Emergency Kit Checklist

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 (2- and 3-inch)
  • 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
  • Antacid
  • Laxative
  • Eye wash
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Antiseptic or hydrogen peroxide
  • Anti-diarrhea medication
  • Emetic (to induce vomiting)
  • 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
  • Coolant hose repair kit and tape
  • Extra clothing
  • Water and nonperishable emergency food (enough for at least 3 days)
  • Help sign
  • Items for Winter Driving:
      • Windshield scraper
      • Tire chains and tow strap
      • Blanket and winter hat
      • Chemical hand warmers
      • Small folding shovel
      • Bag of cat litter (This can help provide some traction on an especially slick road surface)