Emergency Car Travel Kit

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Having an emergency roadside vehicle kit is an important part of being prepared for anything.  Having the right kit can mean the difference between getting back on the road in one piece, or being stuck in a situation that could quickly turn ugly..

Here are some of the top items that any good emergency vehicle kit should contain.

  • Cellphone with Backup Cell Charger
  • Quality Car Jack
  • Tire Chains (great for extra traction in  snow, mud & sand)
  • Traction Matt (Great for getting unstuck in snow, mud & sand)
  • Extra set of Warm Clothing (pants, socks, gloves, hat & rain gear)
  • Couple Gallons of water (for drinking & for radiator)
  • Tire Pump, Patches & a can of Fix a Flat
  • Spare Tire (preferably full size)
  • Flares & other Signaling devices
  • Flashlights
  • First Aid Kit
  • Dried or Canned food (remember the can opener)
  • Jumper Cables
  • Zip Ties
  • Spare Hoses & Fan Belts
  • Shovel (to dig your way our if you get stuck)
  • Oil
  • Gas Can (if you can safely carry it on your vehicle)
  • Fire Extinguisher
  • Antifreeze
  • Good Set of tools (wrenches, Vice Grips, screwdrivers, wire cutters, multitool, etc…)
  • Duct tape
  • Electrical Tape
  • Extra Fuses
  • Blanket
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Solar Charger
  • Brightly Colored Flag or Reflective Cloth for signaling
  • Personal Survival Kit
  • Emergency Candles
  • Lighter
  • Water Bottles & Bucket
  • Windshield Scrapper & Brush
  • Tow Ropes
  • Rags

What’s in your car/truck kit?

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  1. Dustin says:

    Got many, many years of off-roading, rock-crawling, and trailriding – the above was a good list, but for trail-side repairs or in the event of needing to fix your overland vehicle or cannibalize off of other abandoned vehicles in a SHTF scenario… I was able to pack most of my kits into 1 or 2 heavy-duty gear bags. The kind that keep their shape when opened helps a lot, especially when you need to rummage around it looking for something.

    Add:

    Baling wire: Wrap a bunch of it around a piece of wood or tool handle.
    Funnel: Amazing how many people leave this out of the list
    Tarp: (I am a fan of vinyl shower curtains – fold up small, good to use as a drop cloth or overhead cover)
    Assortment of nuts & bolts
    Hose Clamps
    Break free: PBlaster is great – quite flammable too
    Flashlight category should include some sort of head-mounted light so you can work under a car or in an engine compartment with both hands free – LED kind is ideal.
    KNOWLEDGE: Bring what you think you may need, but if you don’t have some basic automotive maintenance repair skills or even understanding, you’re just dragging around a lot of extra weight.

  2. Amie says:

    I love this- I would just add something that i recently learned about. For those traveling with children, make sure you have their information taped on the back of their car seat. Vital information that can save their life in the event they are transfered to the hospital. They dont take the children out of the car seats, its like their own back board so they leave them in. You might not be able to verbally tell anyone your childs name, age, blood type or allergies.

  3. Barry Pina says:

    The funnel idea is a excellent one, make it a long skinny one that can be used in the small fuel filler hole all cars have today. It is really hard to put fuel in a car with out one. Tire plug kit is very usefull.. you don’t even have to remove the tire from the vechicle.

  4. Audio 911 says:

    I have a battery powered jumpstarter/air compressor/ radio/ flashlight/ 12V outlet and AC inverter unit. It’s a WAGAN Powerdome 400, about $110 on Amazon.

  5. Diter says:

    Don’t forget a good road map. And pair of walking shoes is nice to have.

  6. Shadwolf says:

    this is a great idea, i’ve never thought of a car travel kit, the only thing i can think of right now to add is extra light bulbs for the car incase a bulb goes u dont want to have a crash because u cant see anything

  7. Doods says:

    I would add an emergency windshield (clear plastic material sold in car shops), an extra fuel cap, and radiator cap. Yes those tire plug kit with some rubber plug and glue works in tandem with the mini compressor. An extended light that can be attached to the batteries or the cig lighter can help one work around the vehicle better. I also carry a cig lighter plugged hand held search light. Dont forget the EWD, any kind. MFCW. thanks.

  8. church says:

    good list … got it covered all but the gas can I’ve spilled to to many gals. of fuel trying to carry extra… you need to add a axe or saw to your list cutting chunks of wood to place in the ruts is a main stay for redneck car removal

  9. Zeroth McDowell says:

    And don’t forget the extra ammunition and mags.

  10. Incindio says:

    I would also include some JB Weld, I have used that to repair a damaged radiator before. Maybe some silicone gasket maker and a siphon pump.

  11. a siphon hose is good; an extra few gallons of gasoline or diesel fuel (small amounts of diesel are good for liquid fuel candles); a tire plugging kit for quick-fixing a tubeless tire ($5 or less at any auto parts store); water purification tablets and/or chlorox; large garbage sacks (not for refuse, but for raincoats, tarps and draped over a large hole in the ground to recover distilled water for drinking); a very good quality shovel to dig this hole, as well as to bury human waste and valuables–including canned food (you can bet that the chances of burglary/robbery are going to be dramatically increased); several hundred feet of light cordage (1/8 in diameter/plastic coated because it ties easily and securely)*; an full sized axe**; a couple of good chef knives; a whetstone; a CB radio; an am radio with several changes of AA batteries; a number of cigarette lighters/candles; the SAS survival handbook–because you don’t practice this every day. Consider the value of a bicycle! * ** essential for building a shelter to provide shade in hot environments as well as a haven in cold ones–to break up dried wood for fires (green wood WON’T burn!); a simple leaf rake has great value for collecting tinder–BUT THINK OF YOUR WATER SUPPLY FIRST***–saving a few dozen milk jugs full or even bringing along a pitcher pump might be useful ***you can go without food for days

  12. Jay says:

    I wonder about the water. Among other things. I live in an area that gets below freezing for months out of the year. What do you do about extreme cold temperatures, and how do you protect your gear?
    I do most of the work on my own vehicles, so I carry an insane amount of tools with me. I’m constantly in my car, so I carry a ton of my emergency supplies there. That way, if I’m home, or at work, I’m covered.

    One thing I’ve seen, in living in upstate NY for 33 years, is people forget some basic car care skills or tips, and no one thinks of them until SHTF.

    1. Don’t put things like a fire extinguisher in the trunk. You need to get at it ASAP. Bolt it under the driver seat if possible.
    2. Spray all your locks and hinges with graphite. Keeps moisture out, and keeps locks from sticking in cold weather.
    3. Spray all rubber seals, as well as tires (to prevent dry rot) with a silicone based spray (Black Magic Tire Wet). This keeps moisture from sticking your doors shut. (Don’t forget the trunk seals as well!)
    4. If you have a car with a trunk, and a back seat that does not fold down, keep important items inside the car when possible. If you crash, get stuck, or whatever, and you need to get to those items, a trunk that is stuck shut will be your biggest obstacle. Keeping the seals clean, all the drains and hinges clean will reduce the chance your trunk gets stuck shut. I can’t count how many times I’ve had to help pry open someone’s trunk that was frozen shut to get a spare tire, or jack out.
    5. Snatch strap. Not a traditional tow rope, but a flexible strap. The bungee like effect will help small cars pull out ones much heavier than a usual tow rope. I’ve pulled out 18 wheelers with my old car using this. Even if you don’t need it, someone else you come across might!

  13. Iliya Peyson says:

    Lots of good ideas here. Some stuff I missed in my own car kit.

    Siphon pump with hose might be a good idea.

  14. Mike says:

    I like the food idea. But what I do is throw a box of granola bars from costco (96 pieces). Its not that big and it will last you forever and it wont spoil for a while.

    I also bring 600′ of pink streamer (basically pink 1″ rope) which is great for identifying your location and using as rope. Can be bought at Home Depot.

    Extra hose clamps
    Fishing wire
    Emergency Strobe light (can be seen much further than other lights)
    Multi-tool with auto-glass breaker/seatbelt (keep it next to the driver)

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