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  • Writer's pictureBilly Hillmuth

Build the Best Car Emergency Kit

Updated: Aug 6, 2021

Driving is a multi-faceted and complicated activity that goes beyond simply operating the vehicle and following the rules of the road. There are often unexpected challenges that arise while you drive, and part of keeping everything moving is creating an emergency kit for your vehicle so that you’re never left out in the cold. Let’s take a look at some of the best components of a car emergency kit.

Create the Solution You Need

Though there are plenty of “bug out bags” for sale on the internet, they may not have all of the supplies or features you’ll need if something happens on a long drive. Creating your own car emergency kit is going to ensure that your specific needs are being addressed. To start, you will need several different groups of items: First aid, car repair and replacement items, survival items, and miscellaneous. It’s always good to have miscellaneous items no matter what you’re building or organizing. With these groups of items in mind, you can start putting together the best car emergency kit.

Start Smart and Stay Ready

Find a waterproof, durable bin or bag to keep everything in so that you can depend on those items without worrying about them falling prey to a little rain. Then, assemble the items you need from the aforementioned groups.

First Aid

  • Band-aids

  • Burn spray

  • Antiseptic

  • Ace bandages

  • Over-the-counter medications like aspirin and Benedryl

  • Any essential prescriptions and/or instructions regarding them

Car Repair and Replacement

  • Gas can

  • Jumper cables

  • Tire inflation kit

  • Extra fuses for vehicle components

  • Spare tire

  • Car jack

  • Washer fluid

  • Tool kit

  • Seat belt cutter

  • Window breaker

  • Fire extinguisher

Survival Items

  • Warm/winter clothes

  • Blankets

  • Non-perishable snacks and water

  • Extra shoes

  • Rain gear (poncho, umbrella, etc.)

  • Toiletries (soap, toilet paper, etc.)

  • Sleeping bag

  • Hand sanitizer

  • Trash bags

  • Extra cash

Miscellaneous Items

  • Duct tape

  • Rope

  • Paper towels

  • Pen and some paper

  • Extra battery and/or charger for your cell phone

Your Emergency Kit is an Ongoing Creation

After your emergency kit is all together, you should expect to continue building up your supplies as new thoughts and needs arise. Don’t worry if you forget to put one or two things in your kit at first, you can always go back and put it in. Check in with your kit regularly to make sure you still have everything and replenish what you need, especially before a big trip or after an emergency. While you’re at it, you should make sure your vehicle is just as prepared as you are.

We Can Help Keep You Rolling

Bring your car into our shop before your next trip and we’ll make sure everything is in order. From a simple tune up to major auto repair, Hillmuth is your best bet. To learn more about how we can address your vehicle’s needs, contact us today and we’ll get you started with an appointment.

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