Having an emergency roadside vehicle kit is an important part of being prepared. Having the right equipment can mean the difference between getting back on the road in one piece, and being stuck in a situation that could quickly turn ugly.
List of Items that Should be in Your Roadside Emergency Kit
Food & Water
Food and water should be on the top of your list of considerations, here are some things to keep in mind.
- A Gallon of water per person, per day for every day you plan on being out on the road.
- High Energy, High-Calorie Foods like nuts, energy bars, and sardines.
- Sugar, Hard Candy, and foods that provide quick energy and morale boosts.
Shelter & Protection from the Weather
Protecting yourself from the elements, especially in the case of a breakdown, is an important consideration when selecting emergency gear for your vehicle.
- Sleeping bags rated for your climate and a couple of wool blankets for each person in the vehicle.
- A small tent, tarp and some paracord for stringing up an emergency shelter.
- Extra clothing for the environments you are traveling through.
- Hats, Gloves, socks and an extra pair of hiking shoes.
Having a way to communicate during an evacuation or disaster is essential to your survival. From contacting loved ones to staying on top of disaster-related news you need to have multiple ways to communicate and gather information during your time on the road.
- Cellphone with Backup Cell Charger.
- A good potable solar panel to charge your radios and your cell phones. Check out our list of the top portable solar chargers.
- CB Radio & or a multiband ham radio.
- Flares & other Signaling devices
- A Small EDC in your glove box
- A Get Home Bag
- Fire Extinguisher
- A First-Aid Kit
- Flashlights and 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. (don’t forget some extra batteries)
- Signal Flares & Brightly Colored Flag or Reflective Cloth for signaling
- Personal Survival Kit
- Emergency Candles
- Water Bottles & Bucket
Vehicle Specific Gear:
- A Good Quality Floor Car Jack
- Tire Chains or a set of Trac-Grabbers (perfect for extra traction in snow, mud & sand)
- Traction Matts (Great for getting unstuck in snow, mud & sand)
- Tire Pump, Patches & a can of Fix a Flat
- Spare Tire (preferably full size)
- Jumper Cables
- Zip Ties
- Spare Hoses, Fan Belts, and Hose Clamps
- Shovel (to dig your way our if you get stuck)
- Oil, Transmission Fluid, Antifreeze, Brake Fluid and Windshield Wiper Fluid. (Don’t forget the Funnel)
- Gas Can (if you can safely carry it on your vehicle)
- Good Set of tools (wrenches, Vice Grips, screwdrivers, wire cutters, multitool, etc…)
- Duct tape & Electrical Tape
- Extra Fuses
- Windshield Scrapper & Brush
- Tow chain or a Tow Strap.
What’s in your car/truck kit?