Must Have Items for Your Car Emergency Kit (A Checklist)

M.D. Creekmore

I've been interested in self-reliance topics for over 25 years. I’m the author of four books that you can find here. Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about prepping, homesteading, and self-reliance topics through first-hand experience and now I want to share what I’ve learned with you.

10 Responses

  1. Gordon Rottman says:

    I think a spare pair of windshield whipper blades should be included, especially if ice and snow are expected. I once totally wore out wiper blades in about four hours of sleet and ice forming on the windshield.

  2. Gordon Rottman says:

    I have found the “jack board” to be priceless. A square of 5/8 or 3/4-inch thick plywood 12 to 16 inches square stowed in the bottom of the trunk or under a car seat. When the road shoulder is muddy, soft soil, sand, loose gravel, or snow and ice , it supports the jack rather than sinking into the ground. Paint it a bright color from your leftover paint to find it in the mud and even use as a daylight warning marker.

  3. Penrod says:

    Good list, M.D.

    I’d add winter clothes, especially mittens, insulated boots, and balaclava hat. Blankets or a sleeping bag, and candles and matches, because one can get thoroughly stuck in very cold weather. Sometimes one is driving in cold weather and not prepared with proper clothes because the drive doesn’t require them under normal circumstances. Or a passenger is short on proper clothes.

    Also, trying unsuccessfully to get unstuck can get one plenty wet or sweat soaked, so dry winter clothes can be a lifesaver even if one is dressed for the weather.

  4. NotMyAsphalt says:

    And a roll of paper towels.

  5. INPrepper says:

    Don’t forget a GHB of which some of the items listed can be placed in. So the things are all in one place. I am not saying hoofing it away from the vehicle should be done in every circumstance but it is better to have a GHB and not need it than need it and not have it. Just my 2 pennies worth.

  6. dennis ward says:

    Good list for the car, but you forgot one or two things I discovered are essential.
    1. I recommend a small hand towel/rags for multiple uses.
    2. A few paper towels/paper napkins folded up and stuffed into a handy compartment.
    3. Pen or pencil and note pad in case you need too hoof it and want to leave a note?
    4. Something I have always carried, a pair of light leather gloves.

    Thanks for all your good advice as I did find a couple of things I do not have in my car.
    Good advice make sure the jack works as it should. And maybe a few bungie cords too.

    Dennis Ward

  7. Gordon Rottman says:

    Besides paper towels, an important and useful items are disinfecting towelettes in an airtight container. About the nastiest things we do in modern society it pump gas at a public service station and squidgy our windshields with a squidgy in fouled water full of dead bugs. Its essential to clean one’s hands afterwards.

  8. GA Red says:

    Thanks for the list! Saving a copy for reference.

  9. Oren says:

    Catching up on my reading today. Good article and good thoughtful comments. Next step is to inventory items I already have, assemble them and put them in the truck.