How to Make an Emergency Kit for Your Vehicle

by Michael A. Anderson
Emergency Kit for Your Vehicle

Things often go wrong when we least expect it, but making an emergency kit for your trunk is easy, and it will save you a lot of stress, just knowing it is in your reach, should you need it. There are some things everyone should carry in their emergency trunk kit.

It has all the things you need to survive until help arrives, including a way to charge a cell phone battery and pry open a door. This list will help you create your own emergency trunk kit. We can find many of these things at dollar stores at reduced prices for those tight budgets, including the recommended toolbox to put everything in.

They even sell jumper cables now. For a dollar. At that price, everyone can have an emergency trunk kit in their vehicle.

The most important things to put in your emergency trunk kit:

Emergency supply kit for personal vehicles

A first aid kit that is well stocked, a good set of jumper cables, a flashlight, water, a clothes hanger or lock picking device, anti-freeze, road flares, a screwdriver with both heads, (Phillips and flathead) a jack and spare tire, a crowbar, a fire extinguisher, a knife and a can of fix a flat.

These items will get you out of nearly any minor jam, like a flat, a dead battery, or a slight overheating problem. Store these items in a small case or bag in the trunk or back seat and always keep a spare key in a magnetic box under your vehicle’s frame.

Other items to include in your emergency trunk kit: blanket, non-perishable foods, like granola bars and twinkies, reflectors, duct tape, a knife, a hammer, gloves, a cell phone charger that runs on batteries, and batteries for both the charger and the flashlight.

Always pull to the side of the road if possible and put out flares or reflectors before starting to evaluate the needed repairs. Calling a tow service or mechanic is the logical thing to do if the items you have are not enough to fix the problem or you do not know what the issue is.

Tip: If you are unsure, it is best to leave it alone and let someone with the experience fix it, or you could do something wrong and end up paying a lot more to fix whatever damage your attempt at repair did. Most of us are not mechanics.

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