You’ve got your phone and tunes, a travel mug full of coffee, and (probably) a spare tire in the trunk—but we’re here to talk about your roadside emergency kit. Oh, you don’t have one? Like thousands of other Americans and Kansas Citians, your lack of a car emergency or safety kit is fairly typical. Most drivers don’t even have jumper cables stored in their car, let alone a full emergency kit. You can imagine how problematic that can be, especially in the winter.
Let’s turn your unpreparedness into super-preparedness. Build your roadside kit for winter now using this checklist as a guide. (Printable PDF can be downloaded here.)
A long pair of jumper cables is essential for any emergency car kit. Try to have at least 15-feet of cable to work with—just in case.
You don’t need a fancy medic bag, but your first-aid kit should be well equipped. Include Band-Aids, antiseptic, tweezers, bandages, gauze, super glue, and aspirin. If you have severe allergies, your first-aid kit should also include epinephrine to treat allergic reactions. If you suffer from other common illnesses like diabetes, be sure you have an adequate amount of medications available.
You never know what life will bring you. That is why it’s better to be safe than sorry. Should you be prepared for a disaster? I say, “Absolutely YES!” I made a list of items you should always keep in your car while driving. Like always, if you can think of anything I left out, then don’t hesitate to comment below. First aid kit Flashlight Matches/ fire starter Water bottles Energy bars/ canned food Window breaker Flares Map Blanket Change of clothes Roll of toilet paper Jumper cables Car manual Duck tape Spare tire Tool kit Ice scraper USB mobile device charger
the Lauren Wants to Know fans on Facebook what they kept in their car emergency kit. One person said they keep “Duct tape, screwdriver, bobby pins,” another said “flashlight, first aid kit, blanket,” and another fan recommended a “Smith and Wesson 38 special.” That last one was my favorite! And there were a few who didn’t carry anything with them. I think it’s important to be prepared. Have the appropriate tools and necessities in your car. And always carry your cell phone! Here’s some of what the experts say you should have in your car:Here’s the truth: You spend a lot of time in your car. Driving to and from work every day, to and from soccer practice, school, the mall, the list goes on. And unfortunately there is always a chance of an emergency. So it’s better to be safe than sorry. I asked
- Pocket knife and small tool box
- Jumper cables
- A spare tire and a jack for tire
- Flashlight with spare batteries
- Bottled water
- First aid kit
- An extra set of clothing