Car Emergency Kit

Have you been wondering what to put in your Car Emergency Kit? It could be you already have one ready to go in the back of your car or truck. Today I am going to share a list of starter items for those who are just getting started with a Car Emergency Kit. We all hope it never happens to us, but it sure seems like I have been hearing a lot of newscasts lately telling us about people trapped in their cars, and sometimes it is in places you would least expect it to be.

Car, truck accidents, snowstorms, ice storms, etc. and traffic is at a standstill, literally. I put this list together quite some time ago, but I think we all need a nudge to remind us to put a few things in a car should an unexpected emergency happen. I am putting together a “food-water” container as well. This one is just a Car Emergency Kit. Please tell me any ideas/items you would add to this list. We are here to help each other to be prepared for the unexpected. Food Storage Moms Car Emergency Kit list. (printable)

Emergencies or disasters/events can strike at anytime, so having certain items in your vehicle can be lifesaving. Place items in a backpack, gym bag, or other container. Be careful about storing items that may be damaged or compromised in extreme heat situations. Items to consider adding:

  • Names and phone numbers of who to contact in an emergency
  • Battery/crank powered portable radio/extra batteries
  • Flashlight/preferably one with solar/crank/LED –  I prefer the Goal Zero solar flashlight/crank 
  • Compass and maps; not everyone has GPS in their car and on phones
  • Can of motor oil
  • Fire  Extinguisher (5 pound ABC type)
  • Flares and/or orange cones
  • Jumper cables
  • Rags/paper towels
  • Shovel
  • Pocketknife
  • Tire gauge
  • Tool box
  • Window scraper for ice
  • Tow rope
  • Duct Tape
  • Bungee cords
  • Waterproof matches

Necessities for survival:

  • Water – snacks
  • Blankets
  • Jackets /sweaters
  • Emergency cash: approximately $50.00 in small bills
  • First Aid Kit
  • Baby Wipes
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Scissors/pens/pencils (not crayons-they melt)
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