It’s time to plan your next road trip, but you’re not sure what to bring? Fear not! We have the perfect list of 11 car emergency essentials for you. These are all items that can be used in case of a car emergency or if you find yourself stranded on the side of the road. Before we get into each item, let’s talk about why it is important to pack these items when driving cross-country.
First off, it is always good idea to travel with some kind of food and water – just in case there are delays or traffic issues that make it difficult for someone to stop quickly for us. It may also be wise to pack an extra set of clothes as well as blankets or pillows in case we have to wait for a tow truck or are stranded overnight.
In addition, here are 11 must-have items for your car emergency kit:
First Aid Kit – This is essential for any type of emergency situation. A first aid kit can help you treat minor injuries until you reach a hospital or other medical professionals.
Jumper Cables – After the battery dies, this is your next best option. Always keep them in your car and make sure they work before you need to use them.
Spare Tire with a Car Jack – If you have ever needed one of these, then you know how important it is that you always bring one along on any trip.
Battery Powered Flashlight – The power could go out or you may run into a situation where your vehicle stops in the dark. Make sure to keep extra batteries for this flashlight as well.
Windshield Wiper Fluid – This is very important when it rains because if there’s even one drop of water on your windshield, then you can’t see anything at all.
Blankets – If you run into a situation where your vehicle breaks down, these can be used for warmth or as padding to sit on. Also make sure that the blankets are not soaking wet in case of rain and will keep you dry.
Rain Poncho – Just like with the emergency blanket, this too is important because it helps protect from rain and cold.
Spare Tire – A lot of people forget about this one, but it is essential for any road trip!
Extra Car Keys – You never know when you may need a spare set of keys to get back into your car if the locks do not work or something breaks down inside.
Road Atlas and/or GPS Device – These tools are helpful when you are traveling a long distance and need to plan your route as well.
Tool Kit – This is very helpful in case of an emergency with various tools for changing the tire, tightening bolts, etc.
The last thing that we want to do on our road trip is worry about what will happen if something goes wrong. But rather than worrying, we can focus on having a great time and enjoying our trip!