Vehicle Emergency Kit

How To Create a Vehicle Emergency Kit


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I have already written about creating an emergency kit for your home, and creating 72 Hour Bags in case you need to leave your home for a few days in an emergency.

Now it’s time to talk about creating a vehicle emergency kit for your car.

If you live in or travel to any place with snow, or you do a lot of driving anywhere, you need to stock an emergency kit and keep it in your car.   When planning your car’s emergency preparedness kit, you need to think about:  warmth, communication, safety, and sustenance.

A key item to have in your car is a cell phone and charger.  Chances are that you will have your cell phone already with you, but you may want to have an extra charger stashed in the glove compartment of your car to make sure that you can recharge the phone if needed.

Along with the emergency kits you can get most places (flares, jumper cables, etc.) you should also have other items on hand, in case you’re stranded somewhere and need to wait awhile for help to arrive.

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If you don’t have a kit with emergency road kit already, you can get one here:

AAA 42 Piece Emergency Road Assistance Kit
One of the most important items to have is a good first aid kit.  You can buy them prepackaged and add a few items, or make you own from scratch.  Here’s are some ideas for a well-stocked first aid kit, especially if you have kids:

  • Bandages
  • Antiseptic ointment
  • Alcohol wipes
  • Instant ice packs
  • Elastic bandage
  • Emetrol
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Ibuprofin
  • Acetaminophen
  • Tums



Other items you may need in your vehicle emergency kit:

  • Bottles of water
  • Food – granola bars, protein bars, beef jerky, etc.
  • Blanket or sleeping bag
  • Tarp
  • Road flares
  • Bungee cords or rope
  • Playing cards, book(s), coloring book and crayons

Most of these items can be found at the Dollar Store, but if you need emergency blankets you can find them here:

Kangaroo Emergency Thermal Blankets (Pack of 10)
All these items can be stored in a plastic tote in your vehicle.  You can divide up the items in to categories and put each category into a separate zippered bag or box, then put them all into a plastic tote to keep everything together and protected.

If you already have a vehicle emergency kit for your car, what are some of the essentials that you have?

Share them in the comments below – there may be things I have forgotten to put on the list!  🙂