Car ER Kit

Car ER Kit

Put together your own car emergency kit. Here is a list, compiled from several different websites, of items that would be useful to include. Some items you may already carry with you, others I never even thought of but now realize that they would be useful.

Cellular phone

First-aid kit

Fire extinguisher

Auto escape tool

Warning light, hazard triangle, or flares

Tire gauge

Jack and lug wrench

Foam tire sealant or a portable compressor and plug kit

Spare fuses

Jumper cables or a portable battery booster

Flashlight and extra batteries

Gloves, hand cleaner, and clean rags

Auto-club card or roadside-assistance number

$20 in small bills and change

Pen and pad of paper

Coolant hose repair kit and tape

Basic tools

Extra clothes and small tarp

Water and nonperishable emergency food, water purification tablets/drops.

Gallon of antifreeze

a quart of oil

Roll of duct tape

1-2 day supply of necessary medications (heart medications, ext.)

Space blanket/ Emergency blanket

Signal Whistle


Winter: Special consecrations need to be taken for winter her are a few extras you need to throw into your kit.

Windshield scraper

Blanket and winter hat

Chemical hand warmers

Small folding shovel

Bag of cat litter



Emergency and non-emergency phone numbers

Emergency family contacts: phone numbers, addresses, and emails

(Home, work, school, ext.)

Local maps with marked evacuation routes, family meeting place

Currant copies of family photos/ ids

Personal medical information: blood type, allergies and sensitivities, vaccinations, medical conditions, medications, and health insurance information.

Got something you want to add to the list? Is there one thing you would hate to be stranded in you car with out? Comment and tells us about it.

2 thoughts on “Car ER Kit”

  1. Great post! I have a question though. What type of duffel bag should I use to put all this in? I want something that if someone looks in my windows they will not instantly want to take. I have an SUV and they can look in the back and see what is in there. Normally, I don’t have anything visible if I can. What could I put all the items in that wouldn’t make a would be thief anxious to break a window and take?

  2. Thanks Jeremy! My suggestion would be use a diaper box (if you don’t have children ask someone who does I am sure they would be happy to help) or other large box from an everyday item. Store some small items such as extra fuses in your glove box. You might also want to break up some of the items and keep them under the seats such as the tools or extra oil.

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