1. First aid kit:
Every car should have a first aid kit containing the basics such as band-aids, sterile gauze and tape, antiseptic wipes, adhesive strips, tweezers, gloves, and scissors. It should also have burn ointment, insect sting relief wipes or spray, aspirin or ibuprofen, and an antacid.
2. Jumper cables:
Jumper cables are a must-have to jump start your car if the battery dies or you need help from another vehicle. Make sure that they are long enough to reach other cars in an emergency situation.
3. Tow strap and chains:
If your car is stuck in snow, mud, sand, or ice, tow straps and chains can help you get out of a jam quickly. Investing in high-quality materials is essential so that it doesn’t break during use.
4. Tire-changing tools:
Make sure to keep all the necessary tire changing items like a jack, lug wrench and wheel chocks in the car. This will make it easier to change a tire if you find yourself with a flat on the side of the road.
5. Flashlight with extra batteries:
It is important to have a flashlight or headlamp with extra batteries, as well as spare bulbs, in case your headlights malfunction or you need to light up an area for any reason.
6. Emergency flares or warning triangles:
Flares and warning triangles can be used to alert other drivers about an accident, breakdown, or other roadside emergency. They should be kept in waterproof containers so they stay dry and work when needed.
7. Fire extinguisher:
A small fire extinguisher may save your car from going up in flames. Make sure to check that it is still in date and functioning properly.
A blanket can be used for warmth or as a makeshift tent if you need to stay in your car overnight. Stash a couple of warm blankets in the trunk just in case.
9. Waterproof matches and/or lighter:
These are vital items for starting a fire to keep warm or signal for help, so make sure to have at least one on hand even if you won’t be camping any time soon.
10. Non-perishable snacks:
Pack some non-perishable snack items such as protein bars, dried fruit, and nuts for quick energy if you are stuck in the car for an extended period of time.
11. Road atlas:
If you’re stranded without a GPS, having a road atlas will help you get back on track and find your way back home.
12. Multi-tool or pocket knife:
These tools can be used for various purposes like cutting bandages or wires, opening cans, tightening screws, etc.
13. Tire pressure gauge:
A tire pressure gauge allows you to check the air pressure in your tires and make sure they are safe before you hit the road. Keeping it handy in your car can save a lot of trouble down the line.
14. Basic tool kit:
Having a basic toolkit in the car can help you with minor repairs, like tightening screws or replacing fuses. Be sure to include screwdrivers, pliers, and adjustable wrenches as well.
15. Extra fuses:
Keep a few extra fuses in your emergency kit since they are small, easy to store and will save time if one of your car’s systems stops working due to a blown fuse.