Vehicle Emergency Kits

Emergencies or disasters/events can strike at any time, so having certain items in your vehicle can be lifesaving. Place items in a backpack, gym bag, or another 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
  • Compass and maps; not everyone has GPS in 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
  • Bungee cords
  • Duct tape
  • Waterproof matches

Necessities for survival:

  • Water
  • 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)
  • Emergency snack food and/or MRE meals (items may need to be replaced more frequently if stored in extreme heat conditions)
  • Whistles
  • Umbrella
  • Hand warmers
  • Extra blankets
  • Printable: FSM Vehicle Emergency Kit


4 thoughts on “Vehicle Emergency Kits

  • October 6, 2016 at 8:59 am

    Good list! I would add a plastic tarp in case of needing to change a tire in the rain/mud. I also keep a quart of transmission fluid in my car.

    • October 7, 2016 at 6:35 pm

      Hi JoEllen, oh I have got to add that to my list, thank you! Great tips! Linda


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