How To Make An Emergency Kit For Your Car

By Nidhi Nangia. Updated: January 16, 2017
How To Make An Emergency Kit For Your Car

Being stranded on a roadside is one of the worst nightmares for anyone, but if you have a well-equipped car emergency kit in your trunk, handling the situation can become much more bearable. But unfortunately, most people don’t think about an emergency car kit until it’s too late. This article will tell you how to make an emergency kit for your car, enlisting the basics and some essentials.

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A first aid kit

In an unfortunate event, you or someone in your car may get injured, and you can’t leave that person bleeding all the way. In such a situation, a first aid kit comes to your rescue. In addition to an assortment of band-aids, your first aid kit should include:

  • Gauze pads
  • Adhesive tape
  • Antiseptic wipes
  • Aspirin
  • Antiseptic ointment or cream
  • Pain killers, or any medicines you and your family members require often

This kit will keep you alive until you get help from the outside.

How To Make An Emergency Kit For Your Car - A first aid kit

An extra cell phone

A cell phone is a blessing these days, as it is a great way to stay in contact wherever you are. Unless you are not stuck in the midst of a forest or desert, you will receive a signal from your cell phone. But the worst thing that can happen is your cell phone’s battery drained out. You are stuck, you are helpless, and now you are out of contact too. So, it is wise to keep an extra cell phone in your car, and ensure that it is fully charged, especially when going on a long drive.

How To Make An Emergency Kit For Your Car - An extra cell phone

Breakdown kit

During your trip it's possible you may have a small mishap or accident. Your car may suddenly stop or a tire may break. This is why there are certain pieces of equipment you should never forget when you make an emergency kit for your car.


If you're going to be touching a car's greasy parts, or even some electric or sharp components in your car, it's absolutely necessary to take some preventive measures so you don't harm yourself.

Jumper cables

Jumper cables can come in handy if your car has run out of battery and you need to jump start your car. Take into account that they should be at least 10 feet (3 meters) long.

Spare tire & jack

One of the most common fault when on the road is a punctured tire. In this case, you should always have a spare tire, though you should take into consideration that spare tires will wear after about 60 miles (100 kilometers), so this will give you the chance to get to the nearest garage. Make sure you also have a wrench and a jack to change your car tire safely.

Fire extinguisher

Has your car started smoking? If this is the case or you think there is a component that may start a fire, always have a small fire extinguisher in the trunk to prevent further disaster.

Reflective warning triangles

When you drag your car to the side of a street, especially during the night, make sure to surround your car with warning triangles. These will keep you safe from the ongoing traffic coming on the road. Other car drivers will see these triangles and stay away from you. If you are parked in darkness, some car may come running into your car, making the situation worse.

How To Make An Emergency Kit For Your Car - Breakdown kit

Sanitary needs

To keep the germs away, keep some toilet paper, hand sanitizer, toothpaste, toothbrush, trash bags, sanitary towels or tampons, baby wipes, soap bar, disinfecting wipes, tissue papers and feminine protection in your emergency car kit.

How To Make An Emergency Kit For Your Car - Sanitary needs

Some food

Sometimes, you may get stuck in your car for several hours at a stretch, especially if you are stranded in a lonely place. So, to sustain, keep some energy bars in your kit, along with some almonds, juices, peanuts, sport drinks, dry fruits, hard candies, crackers, tuna packs, jelly cups, dry cereal etc. Choose high-calorie food options, as they are light in weight and provide lots of calories to keep you going. Do not forget to keep water bottles in this kit. Once the water runs out, you may at least refill them with any source of water around.

How To Make An Emergency Kit For Your Car - Some food

Other things for survival

Some real essentials that most people forget about include LED flashlights, an emergency radio, fleece blanket, duct tape, multi-purpose knife, binoculars, lighter, bug repellent, whistle and a pepper spray. To stay occupied and be in your senses, pack some books, CDs, pen, pencil and a small journal, and a deck of cards.

If you are travelling in an area that is very cold, it's worth you take a look at our article on how to make a winter survival kit for your car.

How To Make An Emergency Kit For Your Car - Other things for survival

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