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In this article, we will discuss the items which you should include in your car emergency kit. You can also download a car emergency kit checklist pdf. You can print it and use it for your reference.
The latest model cars are quite dependable, yet there is no absurdity that they will not break down. And if you are on a long drive and there is a breakdown, you will undoubtedly face difficulties. If you do not receive any help, then you sure can be in deep trouble.
There can be different problems that can cause a breakdown or get you stranded on the road. It can be low fuel, any mechanical issue, or even a punctured or flat tire. If you are traveling in winters, then the weather can be a primary hazard too. Thus, keeping an emergency kit along with you during a drive is very important, mainly if it is a long drive or a place where lesser people or vehicles pass by.
A car emergency kit can make you feel its importance when you are stranded on the road for hours. Instead, a car emergency kit can get you back on the road in a few minutes. Usually, car emergency kits are stored in the trunk of the car. These car emergency kits should be replenished and checked every six months or almost a year. Ensure that expired items are discarded and are replaced by new items.
As there are different issues that you can get stranded, car emergency kits usually are diverse and preferably custom built. We have also provided a detailed car emergency checklist pdf at the end. You can also download this car emergency kit checklist pdf and print it too. The essential items of the car emergency kit checklist are discussed below:
It is always better to keep your family and friends’ phone numbers along with the phone numbers of your car insurance provider, a mobile car repair service provider, and a towing company in your phone.
Essential Items from Car Emergency Kit Checklist Pdf
Inflated spare tire, wrench (wheel), and Tripod Jack
- Stabilizes and Levels your RV: Designed to get secure and level RV positioning and stability
- Superior Strength: Each jack supports up to 6000 pound
- Durable Construction: Made of cast aluminum
- Adjustable: Extends from 11 inch to 17 inch
- Includes: Comes with a set of (4) stack jacks
Most drivers get stranded due to flat tires. If you know how to replace a tire, you will require an inflated spare tire and tripod jack. The wheel wrench comes in handy too. As these items are a bit bulky, many tend to avoid them. Trust me! You will regret the decision of not having them with you if your tire gets punctured/flattened. You would then surely wish that they were in your car emergency kit.
Flashlight and Extra Batteries
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Many do not include them in their car emergency kits. They are convenient as you cannot always rely on the torch of your mobile phone. Torches in mobile phones drain the battery, and it is better to save it when you are stranded. Flashlights are handy when you are signaling for help (at night) or when you are changing a tire.
Extra batteries are always recommended. Having them in your car emergency kit will give you a safe and secure feeling. Many experts recommend that extra batteries should be stored inside the glovebox, rather than in the trunk. It is recommended that you not lose them in a large pile of car emergency kit items and, of course, your luggage (only if you are carrying).
Reflective Triangles or any Bright Colored Cloth
- 【High Reflectivity】 XOOL warning triangle is of high reflectivity. Made of highly reflective material and with uncountable hexagons on its surface. XOOL warning triangle provides a high visibility for other drivers and motorists at night. The red reflective triangle is supplemented with an orange triangle. This supplemented orange triangle is made of oxford cloth for greater visibility in the day. Our reflective triangle is ideal for extreme weather such as fog, rain, dust and windy day.
- 【Stability】 XOOL reflective triangle is more sturdy and stable for its better design and find workmanship. The premium rivets will never be easy to loosen, which ensures its stability. The metal base ensures maximum stability, thus it can stand on the flat ground without being blown away by wind easily. Our heavy duty metal accessories has got the CE certification and met RoHS standard. High quality is guaranteed. Anti-skid rubbers on each feet make it hold up on smooth and icy ground.
- 【360° Visibility】 XOOL reflective vest is highly reflective and 360° visible. This reflective vest is of fluorescent yellow, a bright color that can be seen by other drivers easily. It can reduce the risks of accident and keep you safe. Horizontal reflective material on front and back of vest ensures maximum visibility in all weather and light conditions. This 360°protection makes you stand out from dark. XOOL premium reflective material is covered with countless glass microspheres.
- 【High Quality】 Made of lightweight and comfortable material XOOL roadside vest is more comfortable to wear even in hot day. Draw texturing yarn makes this vest wear-resistant, soft and easy to clean. The For the easy-to-use Velcro design, you can put on and put off the vest with less time. The thicker wrapping makes our products more durable. It is also ideal for walking dog, night walking, running, jogging, bike riding, surveyors, traffic crossing guards and construction worker.
- 【Practical & Portable】 XOOL visibility kit includes 2 warning triangles, 2 reflective vests as well as a pair of bonus glove. It is a necessary and practical kit kept in your car in case of emergency on the road. All goods are packed in a durable and portable bag. With this portable bag, you can place this emergency visibility kit in your trunk or the room under the seat in your car. It is convenient for you to organize and store them.
They are instrumental when you are stranded at night. Accidents can be the worst possibility when you are stranded on the road. When you are stranded on highways, these items will warn other drivers as they are easily visible. Place the reflector a few yards near your vehicle.
First Aid Kit
- 【Essential Preparedness Kit】: Contains 85 essential first aid supplies for treating common cuts, scrapes, minor aches and injuries, will prepare you for any potential emergency at home, in the office or on the go
- 【Safety Medical Kit】: Safety approved, 85 pieces of comprehensive first aid treatment products are manufactured in modern safety approved facilities, exceeding safety standards for adults and kids in all kinds of emergencies
- 【Organization Survival Pouch】: Clear mesh lining and two-way full open zippers in water-resistant EVA pouch,this 1st aid kit provides you an organization and quick access to first aid supplies in an emergency
- 【Portable Safety Kit】: Size 6" x 4.3"x 2.4", weighing only 0.56 pounds, small and lightweight,this safety kit is in proper size for fitting nicely into your pocket, backpack, boat, vehicle compartment or desk drawer
- 【General Purpose Medkit】: Each medkit comes with an aluminum carabiner, which allows you to hang the kit in various places for immediate retrieval in outdoor activities like camping, hiking, backpacking, boating, cycling, fishing, hunting and sports
The essential items are bandages, antibiotic ointment, allergy, and other personal medicines (if you have a medical history), gauze, aspirin, pain-relieving sprays, thermometer, cotton, etc.
A First-aid kit is mandatory in any car emergency kit. They are handy for treating wounds and minor injuries if you are stranded due to an accident. First-aid kits can also help others if anyone has injured themselves and is not carrying one.
Car Fire Extinguisher (ABC Type)
- Quick Access Should The Moment Arise: Not only is it annoying to have your extinguisher rolling under the seats, but if you do need to use it at some point, finding it could be a problem; Our fire extinguisher holder provides easy access should an emergency situation presents itself when you're on the trail
- Lighting Fast, No Tool Installation: This fire extinguisher mount lets you install your extinguisher onto a Wrangler roll cage in just 60 seconds with no special tools needed or holes to drill; It's made from a top of the line polyester oxford fabric that's weather and UV resistant; The stainless steel buckles and (3) adjustable straps ensure your extinguisher stays secured
- Looks Cool & Is Very Easy To Install: You can put this mount wherever you want on your Jeep Wrangler roll bar or roll cage; It will hold a standard 2.5 pound or similar sized fire extinguisher (compatible with Kiddie FA110); Important: A fire extinguisher is not included with your order
- Ready For Your Jeep Wrangler: Compatible with 1986-2022 padded or unpadded roll bars for TJ, JK, JKU, JL Rubicon, Sport, Gladiator, and more; Note: these are sized specifically to be compatible with Jeeps or automotive sized roll bars, but they're not compatible with RZR or other UTV roll cages
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Most people carry extra gasoline, and when you talk about combustibles, a fire extinguisher is a must! Fires in a car can occur due to multiple reasons. And if the fire is put off before it becomes fierce, it can save you from potential burns and, of course, your car too!
High-Energy and Non-Perishable Foods and Drinking Water
You can be stranded for hours or even a few days, so it is always better to carry food and water to keep yourself energized and hydrated.
You can have unsalted (preferably) or salted nuts, dried fruits, dates, dark chocolates, honey, energy bars, and candies (do check expiry date).
Towing Strap or Chain
- HEAVY-DUTY TOWING STRAP: Our strong tow strap is an excellent tool for towing cars, trucks, trailers, and boats. It can pull up to 10,000 lbs. and is bright yellow for easy visibility.
- QUALITY STRAP FOR TOWING: Made of premium polyester, this towing strap has a reinforced weaving pattern that prevents fraying and adds durability. Unlike some tow chains and ropes, this soft strap prevents damage to vehicles.
- METAL TOW HOOKS: Each solid strap hook features a safety buckle and is made from drop-forged, heat-treated metal for reliability and extra security. Our pulling strap is a reliable piece of vehicle towing equipment.
- VERSATILE TOW STRAP: This tow strap will make a perfect addition to your emergency roadside kit. The weather-resistant yellow strap won’t shrink or stretch when used in rain, snow, or ice, giving you a long-lasting towing tool.
- EASY INSTALLATION: Our tow strap is easier to install on vehicles than other towing chains or ropes. Simply attach one hook strap to the underside of the vehicle you’re towing, and attach the other end to the towing truck.
There can be a condition where you are stranded because your car has been stuck in mud or ice. It will make the process of pulling much more comfortable. However, you would require the help of another vehicle to pull you out of it.
Other items are:
- Durable canvas bag to store supplies
- No-spill gas can (3-5 gallons)
- Jumper cables (12-20′, ensure you have the right gauge of your car), Flat tire inflation canister (non-explosive),
- Spare car fuses
- Reflective vest (useful at night time when you need to get out of the car to get some help)
- Car charger for your cell phone
- Duct tape
- Road maps
- Pen and paper
- Battery-powered radio
- Sleeping bag(s)
- Multipurpose tools like Swiss army knife etc.
- Small tool kit with screwdrivers, pliers, adjustable wrench, tire pressure gauge, etc.
Essential Car Emergency Gadgets
Stinger USB Emergency and Car Escape Tool
- LIFE-SAVING : The Ztylus emergency tool is a one of a kind, patented emergency escape tool that can be integrated into everyday life.
- RAZOR SHARP SEAT BELT CUTTER: The emergency escape tool comes with a razor sharp blade to help you cut your seatbelt if you find yourself unable to release it normally.
- BREAK AND ESCAPE: The newly designed 2 stage spring-loaded window punch has a more durable design with increased spring resistance that makes it safer to use and it prevents accidental use from children.
- ALWAYS WITHIN REACH: Our multifunctional design keeps the emergency tool within reasonable reach when needed. It serves an everyday function, so if there is a critical situation, it will always be easily accessible to you.
It includes a seatbelt cutter and window breaker. After accidents, seatbelts and windows may get jammed. Seatbelt cutter (blade) is handy when you need to cut the malfunctioned seatbelt while the window breaker comes handy to break open the window. Please ensure that you are a Stinger emergency escape tool that is placed such that you can easily access it. Another advantage is that it works as a USB charger too.
Portable Jump Starter
- 🚗 WATERPROOF JUMP STARTER: It has more longer battery life than general battery booster. It uses IP66 high level class waterproof protection and sturdy dustproof and impact resistant materials so that it can be used in rain or snowy days even more harsh weather.
- 🚗 Single Purchase equal to a 8600mAh Power Bank and Heavy Duty Jumper Cables. With the compact design that you can take this jump start battery pack anywhere to charge your smartphones, tablets, cameras and so on.
- 🚗 EMERGENCY LED FLASH LIGHT: Not only a portable power pack , it can be a emergency flashlight. With 3 modes of lighting/ Flash/ SOS, making it easier to jump start at night or other emergency situation happened.
- 🚗 INTELLIGENT PROTECTION TERMINALS: This auto battery booster jump starter pack with an intelligent protection systems such as over-voltage protection, short-circuit protection, overheating protection etc. The improved warning signals prevent the wrong use to protect you and your vehicle.
- 🚗 WHAT YOU’LL GET: A battery jump pack , Intelligent clamps, Jumper cable, USB charging cable, User manual(not include case) and friendly Customer Service. If you have questions or meet problems during the using process, welcome to contact us, our professional technical team will help you solve the problem within 24 hours.
Jumper cables are usually recommended in the car emergency kits. But they require the assistance of other cars, provided the driver agrees to give a jolt to your broken car. So basically, you are stuck if you do not have any other vehicle around you. So, we recommend you go with a self-powered jumper cable kit. Ho for the models like DB Power’s jump starter can also charge devices like laptops, mobile phones, and other gadgets.
Exceptional ‘Weather’ Related Equipment
- Keep You Dry: Our Anyoo Unisex Adult Rain Poncho will keep you nice and dry, regardless of whether you are hillwalking or cycling. It is hooded with a cord adjuster to well protect your face, hook and loop fasteners along the sides ensures the perfect fit. Made of 210T ripstop polyester fabric + PVC coating, this rain poncho is PU3000MM waterproof. Each poncho is a piece of complete cloth which sewn together with the hood part. The overlock is well glued to prevent leaking.
- Breathable and Comfortable: Don't worry that it will make you very hot because the arm holes & bottom are loose enough to allow air circulation.The display size of this poncho is 86" X 55". The size is large enough to cover up a backpack as well. It offers excellent freedom of movement, which makes it very comfortable to wear. You can adjust the hood and the side fasteners to suit your needs.
- Lightweight and Packable: This unisex rain poncho from Anyoo gives you maximum coverage when you need it, plus easily folds into a compact size of 9 x 3 x 3 in. It can be stored away into the drawstring bag as a sort of emergency rain jacket and taken out and worn when needed. You can carry it around with you with ease saving you from carrying around a bulky raincoat. Weighs only approx. 9 oz in carry bag.
- Durable and Resuable: Made from rip resistant polyester material, with thickened eyelets, the rain poncho offers better weather protection and are permanently water repellent and extremely resistant to abrasion and tearing. Prepare yourself for those unexpected downpours with this emergency rain poncho. A must-have for camping trips, festivals or days out.
- Multi-use: A multi-function item has eyelets on the hem for use as a shelter or ground sheet, and hook & loop fasteners on the sides allowing you to use it as a sleeping bag cover. The fasteners allow "sleeves" to be formed so you can still handle equipment easily. Our Anyoo Unisex Adult Rain Poncho is perfect for the traveler, outdoor enthusiast, or for any outdoor activity with rain on the horizon.
When its pouring heavily, then a car breakdown is the last thing you would wish for! You may have to walk out of your car if the tire is stuck in mud or when a tire is flattened. In either case, it would be difficult to replace the tire or get your car out of mud under heavy pouring. A Rain Poncho will help you save yourself from the rain so that you could work your way out.
- NOTE: Item package indicates weight in both Kg and lb. 40 Lb is equal to 18.14 Kg. Fill clean, dry litter box with 3″ to 4″ of Dr. Elsey’s litter. Scoop waste twice daily and refill box as necessary. Replace entire box once a month. Dispose of used litter in trash. DO NOT FLUSH
- 99.9% dust free, hypo-allergenic natural litter to keep your surfaces clean and perfect for families who suffer from allergies
- Hard clumping, medium-grain clay makes it the perfect clumping litter that helps prevent moisture
- Multi-cat formula and superior odor control keeps your home smelling clean and fresh day in and day out
- Ideal for sifting and mechanical litter boxes so it's easier for you to dispose of your kitty's waste
This can be weird for many people (especially the ones who have cats! Do they exist?). Cat litter is the best traction source available. When driving on snow or, worst case, get stuck in it, apply cat litter on your tires. This will help you to get out of ice as cat litter improves the traction.
Additional items in winter include a snow brush, ice scraper, small (preferably foldable) shovel, windshield washer fluid, paper towels/rags, warm clothing and blankets, extra gloves, boots, socks and stocking cap, antifreeze (1 gallon) or salts and one-quart oil.
There are many companies such as 3M which provide basic car emergency kits, which are not custom built. You can surely buy them, but adding some items to them will surely not harm you! Different travel routes and climatic conditions require different items, and hence personalized, and custom-built car emergency kits are most preferred.
Now, here you can download the car emergency kit checklist pdf. This helps you to search and compile your list of car emergency kits. This checklist is convenient for custom-built car emergency kits. You can also share this pdf with your friends and family. Go ahead and download the car emergency kit checklist pdf!