Whether it’s a flat tire, harsh weather, or mechanical issues that derail your travels, always be prepared by packing your own car emergency kit before hitting the road. Get started with the basics:
For the car
Keeping jumper cables handy ensures you’ll be able to get a jumpstart without relying on someone else to be more prepared than you were.
Faulty fuses are a common cause of car troubles. Breathe easier knowing you’ve got backup.
Make sure your fire-extinguisher is rated for Class B (caused by flammable or combustible liquids) and Class C fires (caused by energized electrical systems) by the National Fire Protection Association.
To help you change a flat or find your way in the middle of the night.
Weird? A little. Useful? A lot. If you’re stuck in wet conditions, cat litter provides the traction to get you unstuck.
Flat tire inflator and sealant
Patching up a tire that’s low on air is less hassle than swapping it out for a spare. Keep in mind, you won’t get too far with this quick fix.
Spare tire and tools
For when the quick-fix mentioned above doesn’t work (it happens).
If you find your fluid levels are low, keep things running smoothly until you get to a mechanic.
Camping, household repairs, car maintenance, self-defense…there’s really no reason not to invest in a good multipurpose tool to keep on hand.
Because everyone has fixed something with duct tape at least once in their life. If you end up using it to “fix” a mirror or broken window, give us a call for proper replacement .
Always keep your phone plugged in and fully charged on the road. It’s much harder to call for help if it’s dead…
Blankets and/or towels
For chilly nights or changing a tire in muddy conditions.
Choose the weight of your coat based on the season and weather in your area.
Sneakers or boots
If you end up walking for help or stuck in muddy conditions, you won’t want to do it in flip-flops.
For rinsing, washing, or drinking.
You’ll thank yourself if you’re ever stranded in the middle of nowhere.
First aid kit
From minor bumps and scratches to more serious injuries, be ready for them.
Soap, prescription medications, wipes, etc. You know what you need to be comfortable and prepared.
Backup phone battery pack
For when you forget to plug your phone in and you car battery dies.
Paper towels and/or toilet paper
You will be so grateful you thought ahead on this one. Trust us.