What Should I Pack in an Emergency Kit?

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When it comes to safe driving, being prepared for any circumstance is crucial. You don’t want to imagine you’ll ever be in a dangerous situation, but it’s better to know that you’re prepared if such a situation occurs. That’s why, especially as the winter months are coming up, you should have an emergency kit in your car at all times. 

But, what should be in this kit? What are the essentials? If you’re looking for some help on packing, we’ve put together a helpful list of what you should have inside your car so you’re always prepared in case the worst should happen. 

Things to Pack in an Emergency Kit 

  • Cellphone charger 
  • First-aid kit 
  • Fire extinguisher 
  • Jumper cables 
  • Flashlight and extra batteries 
  • Gloves, mittens, and blankets 
  • Duct tape 
  • Rags 
  • Road flares 
  • Tow Rope 
  • Water 
  • Nonperishable snacks (nuts, protein bars) 
  • Snow shovel 
  • Windshield scraper 
  • Cat litter or sand 
  • Any necessary medication you can’t go without for more than a few hours 


Many of these things are obvious, and some you may already have in your car or come with your spare-tire tools, but it’s important to not forget about the little things that you might take for granted. If your car is unmovable, and you may be stuck for hours, you want to be prepared for having to possibly wait hours for help. 

This is especially important during winter, where being trapped in your car for hours on end in the freezing cold can be seriously dangerous. Note that the cat litter or sand is for traction if your car is stuck in ice or snow.  

It’s also important that your car is at peak functionality so you can best avoid accidents or collisions. If it’s been awhile, bring your car into our service center today for a tune-up. Or, if your car is on its last legs, contact our staff to talk about purchasing a new or used car. 

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Drive safe out there!