Essential Items to Keep in Your Car

February 7th, 2014 by

Creating an emergency kit for your vehicle is one of the first things you should do when you become a licensed driver. Whether your commute is just a couple of blocks or over an hour, you never know when a circumstance beyond your control will leave you stranded. This list of emergency kit items to keep in your car will give you a good head start because it isn’t just about emergencies; it’s also about those day to day, unexpected happenings that are a hassle.

Water and Non-Perishable Snacks

A gallon of distilled or filtered water provides hydration for you and your car. If you are trapped inside your vehicle for more than a couple of hours or your vehicle overheats, you’ll be prepared. Pour water into your radiator to keep the motor running until you arrive at your destination. Also, having a few non-perishable snacks can make all the difference in your energy level and attitude during an impossibly long traffic jam. Beef jerky, nuts, granola bars, hard candy, and dried fruit provide a quick snack if you are stuck in your car.


It is impossible to change a tire, check under the hood, or assist another stranded motorist in the dark. Pack a small, high-quality water-proof flashlight or headlamp in your vehicle’s emergency kit as well as extra batteries.

First Aid Kit

Whether you need to assist another motorist who needs medical attention or you suffer a minor injury while changing a tire, consider including these items in your kit: bandages, alcohol pads, medical tape, a roll of gauze, antibiotic ointment, and basic medicines such as ibuprofen and antacids.


Probably the single most important item you should keep in your car is a map. A map of the area could save you from hours of meaningless driving if you get lost.

Multi-Functional Tool

These handy little gadgets hold pint-sized versions of the tools you’ll need in everyday life and they are so compact that there’s no reason not to have one in your glove box. From screwdrivers to tweezers, you’ll always have a tool suited for the job at hand.


Having a blanket in your car can serve many purposes for the stranded motorist, such as warmth in cold weather, something to lay on when changing a tire, wrap an injured or sick individual, and apply pressure to a wound sustained in an accident.

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