Do you have everything you will need in your car and at a reachable place before you hit the road? Use our checklist here to make sure you do.
MULTIPURPOSE UTILITY TOOL
An all-in-one utility tool to cut, slice, snip, rip, and grip, plus some other things is a must carry in the car dashboard.
FIRST AID KIT
A off the rack First Aid kit is compact and car-friendly. If you prefer to build your own first aid kit, make sure it includes the following:
- Hand sanitizer
- Gauze pads
- Ace bandage
- Aspirin (or something similar)
- Cotton balls
NAVIGATION AND COMMUNICATION TOOLS
- A paper map of your city and surrounding areas: never know when your GPS might stop working or you lose power and are unable to power it back on to use it.
- Cell phone holder: Not only will this phone holder free up your hands, but make sure you aren’t tempted/distracted to grab your phone for any reason while driving.
- Cell phone charger: Keeping a cell phone powered up is crucial.
MAKE AN ESCAPE
What if you ever needed to make an emergency exit, you need a seat belt cutter and window breaker. This two-in-one tool could save a life!
MAKING SURE OTHERS SEE YOU
Tell other cars to watch out or flag down roadside assistance with these helpful tools.
- Whistle: Not to whistle at someone attractive but to get the attention of others that you are needing help.
- Reflective warning triangles: These warning triangles will tell other cars to give you some space while stranded.
- Flashlight: You never know when you might be stranded, and if at night, you are going to need this for sure.
PROTECTING YOURSELF FROM STORMS
If you need to exit your car for any reason, these items will help shelter you from a rain storm or winter blizzard.
- Battery-powered fan: A folding, portable fan, in case the A/C gives out.
- Tarp: Multi-purpose and waterproof, this tarp just might save the day.
- Rain poncho: Keep you dry with a rain poncho for unusually rainy situations.
- Sunscreen: Sunscreen will keep your face safe from sun damage.
- Lip balm: Chapped lips make any bad situation worse. Lip balm is an easy addition to any emergency kit.
- Pepper spray: Pepper spray is good to feel you have something to protect you.
- Bug spray: Protect you from awful bug bites.
- Backpack: Finally, put all these items in a small, lightweight backpack to put in your trunk.
You again never know when/where you will be stranded, if ever….so you must have food/water. Non-perishable snacks: Foods like granola bars, beef jerky, or dried fruit are great back-up to have in case. Carry water bottles; in case of an emergency, you can never have enough water.
You need to show your car some love, just like you show yourself love every day.
- Refillable gas jug: If you run out of gas, you will be walking to the nearest gas station with this in your hand.
- A gallon of coolant: In the event of extreme temperatures, coolant keeps water from freezing and boiling.
- Jumper cables: You will definitely need these at least once in your driving life time, maybe not even for your vehicle but a friends.
- Tire sealant: If a tire needs minor patching up, a sealant like Fix-a-Flat can do the job.
- Tire inflator: Got a flat? Fix it with an inflator like this one.
- Washer fluid: Having extra washer fluid on hand will help with visibility.
- Fire extinguisher: Keeping a fire extinguisher in your car could make all the difference.
- Tire pressure gauge: Checking tire pressure is easy with a tire pressure gauge.
- Important information: Be sure to keep the numbers for nearby auto repair shops and AAA, and your teens car insurance cards handy.
Many of us in the Midwest definitely need to make sure we have all of these items in our cars. You could consider taking out of your trunk to free up space for the summer season, but don’t forget to put back in for winter.
- Warm blanket: Having one good-quality blanket for each person riding in the car will keep everyone warm in those especially harsh winters.
- Kitty litter: An alternative to sand, kitty litter is great to spread underneath tires in icy temperatures.
- Windshield ice scraper: If your teen needs to remove ice from their windshields, an ice scraper is the way to go.
Shovel: So you can get out of a ditch or huge winter storm.
Keep it clean and sanitary with these helpful items.
- Toilet paper
- Toothbrush and toothpaste
- Feminine supplies and personal hygiene items
- Heavy-duty trash bags
- Baby wipes
- Change of clothes
Once you’ve compiled everything you need on this emergency kit checklist, it’s a good idea to store the items in an easily accessible, tightly closed plastic or metal container somewhere in your car. Then also check once in a while, especially on the expiration dates of items that contain them, especially on the food items and switch out accordingly.