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While there are many car emergency kits available for purchase, they typically have only a few basic necessities. For added comfort and safety, it is recommended that you supplement them with a few additional items.
Whether you choose to build an emergency kit or purchase a pre-made one, you can break down the items you want to carry into "must haves" and "nice to haves."
Determining what you want to carry with you depends on the length of your trip, how much space you have for the items, and just how comfortable you want to be in an emergency situation. Read on to learn what items you need to make an emergency car kit, with a little help from
There are a few items that should always be in your car emergency kit, including:
Food and water. According to the Department of Homeland Security, it is recommended to have at least one gallon of water per person per day, for at least three days. As for food, bring at least one to two days' worth of non-perishables such as canned items (don’t forget a can opener), granola bars, and nuts.
Clothing. Bring at least one full spare change of clothes, including additional items for colder weather such as warm socks, gloves, beanies, and a sweater or jacket.
Blankets. Have at least one large, warm blanket to stay warm. It is also recommended to have at least one emergency
is perfect for your car emergency kit. Or you can create your own. If you are on any medications, don’t forget to pack them as well. Be sure to refill and replace any missing or expired items before a long trip.
are devices that can be used to cut through a seatbelt and break a window if needed.
Fire extinguisher. A fire extinguisher can help stop small fires that may occur after an accident. If you do choose to use a fire extinguisher, it is recommended that you get away from the fire first and only use it from a safe distance away.
Spare batteries. These spares can power any of your electronic devices.