What to Put in Your Roadside Emergency Kit

  • By Lea Naiz
  • 26 Jun, 2017
A roadside emergency kit can help get you out of a precarious position, or at least make you more comfortable until help arrives. While you should always carry a charged cell phone with the number or app for your preferred roadside rescue service, a basic emergency kit can come in handy during a long wait for assistance, or even get you back on the road without waiting at all. Exactly what to carry depends on what kind of vehicle you have, the routes you travel, and your own level of comfort with performing minor repairs. In general, though, all roadside emergency kits should contain certain basic items.
A set consisting of a wheel, fire extinguisher, first aid kit, warning triangle and jack


Safety items help to ensure that a roadside annoyance doesn’t turn into a tragedy. These items include, but are not limited to:

  • Flares or reflective triangles
  • Reflective tape (put it on your jacket or bag if you have to leave the vehicle at night)
  • Space blanket (critical in cold weather)
  • Flashlight with extra batteries
  • Map (the old-fashioned paper kind)
  • Compass
  • Ice scraper


These items are important if you are stranded for some time. If you have any medical conditions, be sure to add needed supplies to this list:

  • First aid kit
  • Protein bars or similar nonperishable snacks
  • Bottled water
  • Pain relievers
  • Essential prescription medications
  • Sunscreen


Some of these may become more necessary when traveling during the winter, but all can make you feel more comfortable when stranded for a long time or hiking a long distance for help:

  • Jackets
  • Rain ponchos
  • Gloves
  • Hats
  • Extra socks
  • Neck pillows


Depending on your comfort with making your own repairs, you might want to add or subtract items from this list:

  • Jumper cables or a portable battery jumper
  • Motor oil (at least one quart)
  • Engine coolant (at least one quart)
  • Small tool kit with a variety of hand tools
  • Pocket knife
  • Tire gauge
  • Spray tire sealant

General Supplies

Your general supplies will be as individual as you are. However, many people like to carry at least a few of the following items:

  • Duct tape
  • Bungee cords
  • Paper towels
  • Rags
  • Windshield washer fluid in a spray bottle
  • Pen and paper
  • Something to entertain yourself, such as cards or travel board games
  • Fun snacks such as cookies or candy

Getting stranded on the side of the road is never fun. However, a well-stocked roadside emergency kit can mean the difference between a minor annoyance and a crisis situation or even a tragedy. Learn to take care of minor problems yourself, keep the phone number or app for your favorite roadside rescue service on standby, and ensure that your emergency kit includes the things you need to stay safe, healthy, and comfortable during an extended delay. Following these simple tips can help you to remain calm and get back on the road as soon as possible.

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