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Emergency Car Survival Kit

Updated on February 9, 2011

Car Emergency Kit

I like knowing that I am prepared in case something happens.  This is especially true in the car.  Here is a list of things that everyone should keep in their cars.  Some of the items are seasonal and should be switched out.  


A blanket is a smart item to keep in your car year-round.  It's the go-to item if someone is showing symptoms of shock.  It can also help you to move an injured person if need be.  You can also use your blanket for non-emergencies like impromptu picnics.

First Aid Kit

Your first aid kit should contain plenty of bandaids, especially if you have children.  Other things that are useful are acetaminophen, antibacterial wipes, baby wipes, hand sanitizer, bug repellent, heartburn relief, and sunscreen.  Make sure to check your expiration dates periodically, such as when you have your oil changed.


This can be an invaluable tool to have.  It is useful on many different levels, such as if you break down and need to walk somewhere in the night, or if you need to look in the nooks and crannies of your car.


Water bottles can be nice if you get stranded somewhere, no matter what the season. They are especially nice to have in the summer if you have to get out and walk a long ways.  Also great if you need to take medicine in a pinch.

Other items

  • scissors - I never knew I needed them until I, well, needed them one day to cut a backpack off a child who had been hit by a car.  Now I have them in there and use them all the time.
  • HELP sign - just something that folds up in case you don't have a phone (or a signal) and you can pull it out in a pinch.
  • spare tire and tire jack - check the tire pressure on your spare each time you get your oil changed
  • jumper cables 


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    • htodd profile image

      htodd 5 years ago from United States

      That's really great Survival kit..Thanks for that

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      Bethany Culpepper 6 years ago

      Great reminder to stay prepared. I would have never thought of scissors.

    • cheapsk8chick profile image

      cheapsk8chick 6 years ago

      Thanks! I am always nervous that there will be some sort of accident but it does make me feel better knowing that I have some emergency supplies just in case!

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      rpalulis 6 years ago from NY

      Everyone should have an emergency car survival kit especially during this brutal winter we have been having. Great hub!