From 100 drivers having to sleep in their cars overnight in Colorado to spending a few hours waiting for the tow truck to arrive, getting stranded on the side of the road is never fun. That’s why it’s important to keep an emergency kit in your vehicle at all times. Below we go over the essentials you need in your car emergency kit, as well as specific items you’ll need in the warm and cold weather.

Emergency Kit Essentials

Below is what you need to be prepared on the road — no matter the season, weather, or location. While no one expects to get stranded on the road, you’ll want to be prepared. This is especially important if you’re going on a long drive or road trip.

  • Spare tire and tire jack
  • Jumper cables
  • Road flares/reflectors
  • Tire pressure gauge
  • Fire aid kit
  • Tool kit
  • Duct tape
  • Flashlight
  • Rags
  • Batteries
  • Extra cell phone charger
  • Bottled water
  • Snacks


If you have room, you should also bring extra fluids, including motor oil, gasoline, and coolant.

Warm Weather Car Kit

Summer means heat, which can be even more dangerous if you’re sitting in (or outside) your vehicle for an extended period of time. Protect your skin from the sun and stay hydrated by packing the following items:

  • Sunscreen
  • Sun-shielding hat
  • Battery operated fan
  • Extra water

Cold Weather Car Kit

Low temperatures make it dangerous to be outside for long periods of time. Bring along these items to ensure you and your passengers remain warm and safe on the winter roads:

  • Small snow shovel
  • Snowbrush
  • Ice scraper
  • Tire chains
  • Gloves
  • Plenty of blankets
  • Extra winter jackets
  • Sleeping bags

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