- First aid kit
You can buy a basic first aid kit at your local drug store, or you can make one of your own. Pack in all the things you could possibly need if you were to hurt yourself: bandages, ointments, gauze, pain relievers, peroxide/rubbing alcohol, cotton swabs, heating pad, and allergy medicine for example. Also, if you take different medications, be sure to keep some in your first aid kit, along with a copy of your current prescription.
Write down the date everything was put into the kit, and when they expire, so that you know when to change them out over time.
- Tool kit
Your basic car tool kit should have brake fluid, car engine oil, antifreeze, windshield wiper fluid, duct tape, a screwdriver, tire sealant, and a tire gauge in it. It’s better to have more than what your needs require, than to not have what you need at all.
- Spare tire, and supplies to change it
This is the most common thing that will cause you to be on the side of the road. If you ran over a nail, or your tire has a miscellaneous hole in it, you will need to change it, and put the spare on. You will need the spare, a jack, a tire iron, lug wrench, and a wheel lock key (if applicable).
- Flash light, with extra batteries
In the event that you are stranded in the dark a flashlight will come in handy, until help comes, or you get the situation resolved yourself. You are probably thinking the flashlight on your phone is enough, but what if your phone dies, and your car battery is dead also? The flashlight is essential and so is keeping backup batteries for it handy too.
- Road flares
Bright orange or red road flares will alert other drivers and emergency personnel that are passing by know that your vehicle is stalled, and you need assistance. Road flares are necessary when your battery completely dies, and if you are in a high-traffic area at night the flares will make you visible to incoming traffic.
- Fire extinguisher
In the unfortunate event that your vehicle ever catches fire, you will wish that you had an extinguisher to put it out as quickly as possible, to limit the damage. They do make small portable ones that will fit inside the trunk of your vehicle.
- Jumper cables
These cables can get you back on the road in no time, if your battery has died. All you’d need to do is attach the cables between your vehicle and another vehicle. Make sure to follow the directions.
- Warm clothing, and blankets
Keeping a warm coat, sweater, and blankets in your trunk can really come in handy if you are stranded in the cold, and your car’s battery is dead. Hopefully, you won’t have to wait too long until your rescue from the cold comes.
There is nothing like an unexpected downpour to ruin your day, be prepared for the weather by keeping an umbrella inside your vehicle at all times.
- Mobile device charger
You will need to have your phone charged, so that you can call for help if you ever get stranded on the side of the road.
- Life hammer
This invention will aid you after an accident, if you find yourself stuck in a car and you can’t get out. The life hammer was designed for emergency purposes only. It can shatter glass in a matter of seconds, even under water. This is a great device to keep handy, inside of your vehicle: on the dashboard, in the door, glove box, or cup holder.
Water is essential to the human survival. If you are ever stuck somewhere for an extended period of time, you will definitely need to drink some. Whether in bottles, or in big gallon jugs, it’ll come in handy. In the event your car overheats, you can pour a bit into your radiator, and keep on going.
- Emergency food
Just like water, food is also essential to human survival. If you are waiting on a tow truck or on someone to come help you out, you just might get hungry. Or, if kids are begging for snacks after a long day at school and can’t wait to get home to eat, keeping snacks in your car is a good idea. This emergency food should be things like granola bars, crackers, dried fruits, or even jerky.
- Hidden money
It is always good to have some emergency money hidden somewhere in your vehicle. If you need to pay for a tow truck, you’re out to eat and realize that you left your wallet at home, or you just ran out of gas, you’ll have the means to pay for either. Save yourself the frustration, and keep at least $25 in your emergency stash.
- Gym shoes, and winter/work boots
You don’t want to ruin your good shoes outside trying to change a flat-tire, or ruin them having to walk a mile to the nearest gas station because you ran out of gas. Keeping some old shoes in the trunk of your car can prevent that.
There are some more things that you could keep in your vehicle, in case of an emergency situation. Prep your car in a way that makes sense for you.