What to Keep in Your Car in Case of Emergencies

Our cars are basically our homes away from home and because of this, we should stock our cars with items that can assist us in times of need or emergency situations while we are on the road. We recommend taking advantage of the extra space in your vehicle to keep these suggested items in your car to make the unexpected less nerve-racking when driving.

Spare Tire

While some will say that toting around a spare tire is cumbersome and impacts your car’s aerodynamics in a negative way, it’s important to have a backup tire option in case you get a flat. Trying to drive home on the rims a big no-no. If you don’t want to carry around an actual spare tire that matches your current ones, you can opt for a donut spare tire in case of emergencies. Remember to replace the donut after you have used it as well. 

Jump Starter

A jump starter can instantaneously give a car battery power. They provide up to 15 minutes of power which is generally gives enough to get to a nearby auto repair center. If you have an older car, you might want to consider a portable battery charger which can also renew your battery.

First Aid Kit

Whether you create it yourself or buy it pre-made, a first aid kit can be an absolute lifesaver. A comprehensive kit includes bandaids, gauze, over-the-counter allergy medication, and pain relievers. You’ll also want to make sure you have hand sanitizer and additional medications that are specific to you and your family’s needs.

Emergency Signal Device Kit

An emergency signal device kit helps give you visibility in case something happens and you have to pull over to the side of the road. Standard emergency signal device kits include roadside markers, or flares along with a safety vest.


A basic toolkit for your car will help you be prepared for common repairs while you’re on the road. Your car toolkit will complement your roadside emergency items like your spare tire, jumper cables, battery charger, etc. A screwdriver, flashlight, and tire gauge are among the helpful items to keep in your car toolkit.

Small Gas Container

In case you run out gas, it can help to keep a small empty gas container in your car. This will help you get just enough gas from a nearby gas station and get back on the road. 

Blanket and Warm Clothing Items

Keeping warm clothing items and blankets in your car is essential if you live in a colder climate especially if you get stuck without the proper heat. Having a blanket can also be helpful when it comes to medical emergencies as well. 

Dry Snacks

Having dry snacks in your car can make even some of the most horrible experiences slightly more manageable. Items like cereal, granola bars, crackers, and dried fruit are easy to keep in your backseat pockets or glove compartment just in case. 

Cleaning Supplies

If something goes awry with your snacking or there’s an unfortunate spill, keeping car cleaning items stowed in your car can prevent interior damage.