Car Emergency Kit List

Be Prepared On The Road

The Ultimate Car Emergency Kit List

Top 20 essential items to keep in your vehicle to help you stay prepared & safe on the road

  • Flashlight or Headlamp
  • Batteries For Flashlight
  • Reflective Triangle
  • Road Flares
  • Heavy-Duty Jumper Cables
  • Jump Starter - Portable Power Bank For Car Battery, Phones, & Computers
  • Emergency Whistle
  • Duct Tape
  • Tire Pressure Gauge
  • Fix-A-Flat Can or Air Compressor
  • Bungee Cords
  • Flat Head and Phillips Screwdrivers
  • Multi-tool
  • Heavy-Duty Gloves
  • Poncho
  • Cable Ties
  • Basic or Advanced First Aid Kit
  • Emergency Survival Blanket
  • Non-Perishable Food
  • Water
  • Winter Weather Items:
    • Ice Scraper, Shovel, Blanket, Gloves, Beanie, Hand Warmers



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Always Be Prepared For An Emergency On The Road

When you find yourself in an emergency situation it is always important to remain calm and to not panic. It is a good idea if possible to contact someone and let them know your situation.If you cannot reach someone you know contact your roadside emergency service if you have one or call 911 if you do not.

Next, it is very important to ensure that your vehicle is in a safe place and to make yourself and your vehicle highly visible.

This is a good time to put on your hi-visibility safety vest, lift the hood of your car and put on your emergency flashers.

Set up your reflective triangles or warning signals to warn oncoming traffic.

Vehicles can be very dangerous so if you are not mechanically inclined and not familiar with auto care it is always best to wait for a professional to assist you.

Do not attempt to jump your car or open the radiator of a vehicle if you do not know exactly what you are doing!

Check out our article on How To Safely Jump Start a Car Battery for step by step details if you need a jump start. Our Lion Cub JC Portable Jump-Starter and Power Bank can easily and quickly get you back on the road.

Our Best-Selling Car Emergency Kits

Now that you know the essential items to have in your car emergency kit, you can jumpstart your preparedness by investing in one our approved kits. Have peace of mind on the road knowing that you have a great kit in your car in case of unexpected breakdowns, emergencies, or accidents.

Our Pick for Best Basic Kit

The AAA Destination kit is great Basic or Starter kit. It includes really great essential items such as: jumper cables incase your battery dies, reflective safety triangle to warn other motorists you are on the side of the road, headlamp to help you see at night hands-free, a first aid kit for minor injuries, and an air inflator to help fill flat tires. This is an ideal kit if want to the essential covered.

AAA Winter Roadside Emergency Kit
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Kit Includes:

1   AAA Hard-Shell Foam Case
1   First Aid Guide
1   Pair Nitrile Gloves
1   Sting Relief Pad
6   Antiseptic Towelette
15   3/8” X 1-1/2” Bandage
20   3/4” X 3” Bandage
1   2” X 2” Sterile Gauze Pad
1   1/2” Adhesive Tape Roll
3   AAA Batteries
1   Emergency Whistle

1   Roll Duct Tape 1 1/2" X 12'
1   Utility Knife
1   10 LED Headlamp
1   Accident Forms & Guidelines
1   AAA Membership Brochure
1   Window-Mount Emergency Triangle
1   Pen Style Tire Gauge
1   Bungee Cord
1   10' 8G Booster Cables
1   Air Inflator

1   Emergency Poncho
6   Cable Tie


Our Pick for Every Day Driving & Commuting

The Road Warrior Urban kit is filled with very useful and versatile car emergency items making it the perfect kit to have in your car if you drive almost everyday of the week and take the occassional road trip. Some of the highlighted items include: a fire exntiguisher which is always good to have in your vehicle, tow ropes, first aid kit, jumper cables, reflective triangle, and emergency water packs in case you find yourself stuck on the side of the road for an extended period of time.

AAA Winter Roadside Emergency Kit
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Kit Includes:

1 Backpack
1 30 Minute 6" High Intensity Light Stick
1 Tow Rope
1 Auto Spot Light
1 Jumper Cables
1 37 piece First Aid Kit
1 Flashlight
2 D Batteries
1 Fire Extinguisher
1 Solar Blanket
1 Waterproof Poncho

1 Swiss Style Army Knife
1 Flat Tire Fixer
3 Drinking Water Pouches
1 Pair Leather Gloves
1 Whistle
1 Duct Tape
1 Utility Knife
1 Emergency Instructions
1 Help Sign
3 Wet Naps
1 Reflecting Triangle
1 Self-Adhesive Distress Banner

Our Pick for Winter Conditions

Harsh winter road conditions can be extremely dangerous and lead to more accidents. Be prepared for the slick road and the potential for being stuck in the elements with the AAA Winter Roadside Kit. It comes complete with a foldable shovel in case you need to dig your vehicle out of the snow, an ice scraper for clearing your windshields, extra clothing and hand warmers to help keep you warm, and an LED safety strobe to help warn other motorists you are on the side of the road.

AAA Winter Roadside Emergency Kit
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Kit Includes:

1   AAA Hard-Shell Foam Case
1   First Aid Guide
1   Sting Relief Pad
6   Antiseptic Towelette
15   3/8” X 1-1/2” Bandage
20   3/4” X 3” Bandage
1   2” X 2” Sterile Gauze Pad
1   1/2” Adhesive Tape Roll
3   AAA Batteries
1   Emergency Whistle
2   Hand Warmer
1   Survival Blanket

3   Emergency Candle
1   Quick-Spark Fire Starter
1   Accident Forms & Guidelines
1   AAA Membership Brochure
1   9 LED Aluminum Flashlight
3   Piece Fleece Set w/Cap, Gloves And Scarf
1   Folding Shovel w/Sheath
1   Ice Scraper
1   LED Safety Strobe

Our Pick for Most Comprehensive Road Kit for All Seasons

Be prepared on the road with the Road Warrior Standard Roadside Emergency Kit. It is filled with easy to use and reliable safety items such as: a reflective vest to help keep you visible and safe on the side of the road, refecltive safety triangle, flat tire infaltor, tow rope, jumper cables, and pocket tools. This kit is even ideal for those harsh winter conditions and comes with a shovel, ice scraper, and emergency blanket. Plus many more useful items. This is by far one of our most popular kits.

AAA Winter Roadside Emergency Kit
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Kit Includes:

1 Mayday Reflecting Triangle
1 Folding Snow Shovel - Chrome Plated, 37" three-piece shovel
1 12' Jumper Cables - heavy-duty 6 gauge
1 Flat Tire Fixer
1 Tow Rope - Tows up to 6500 lbs.

34 Piece First Aid Kit
10 Plastic Bandages 3/4'' x 3''
10 Plastic Bandages 3/8'' x 1 1/2''
2 Gauze Pads 2'' x 2''
3 Alcohol Wipes
1 Butterfly Bandage
10 Cotton Tips
1 Carry Case

1 Utility Knife

1 14 in 1 Pocket Tool
1 Work Gloves Leather Palm
10 yds of Duct Tape
1 Ice Scraper with Glove
1 Flashlight w/ 2 D Alkaline Batteries
1 Solar Blanket
1 Adult Poncho
1 Deluxe Sports Bag with Two End Pockets, One Front Pocket , Double Zipper Center Compartment & Shoulder Strap
1 12 Hour Light Stick
1 Pair of Hand Warmers

1 High Visibility Yellow Highway Blanket
1 Safety Vest - Neon mesh vest with reflective stripes.
1 Distress Banner 36" x 15" "Emergency Help"

AAA Winter Roadside Emergency Kit

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Perfect addition to any car emergency kit

Be seen up to 1 mile away at night with these powerful and easy to use LED safety road flares. Each flare has 15 LED lights with 9 flashing modes to alert motorist of your presence on the side of the road.

Why You Should Have A Car Emergency Kit In Your Vehicle

Having a well-stocked roadside emergency kit in your vehicle is crucial because you never know when you may experience a breakdown or even worse a car accident.

The essential supplies on our car emergency kit list will get you be prepared, help keep you safe, and can be potentially lifesaving.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there are over 6,000,000 reported vehicle accidents each year in the United States.

This does not account for unreported accidents and vehicle breakdowns that happen daily to unexpected drivers.

Imagine yourself in the middle of the night, on a dark isolated road, no one in sight with a flat tire, out of gas or with a dead battery.

Not a fun experience. But by having an emergency kit in your car can make all of the difference.

Whether you choose to build your own from our list or you make it easy and purchase one of our amazing kits, we want you to be prepared.

Making Your Own Car Emergency Kit

Making your own car emergency kit can be easy. It is as simple as purchasing all of the essential supplies and storing them in a durable bag in your vehicle.

But as simple as it may be, most people do not take the time to build their own kits. If you do not have the time or motivation to create your own car emergency kit, then there are plenty of tried and true kits that are readily available for purchase.

It is better to have a kit in your car, than to find yourself in an emergency situation and not have the essential tools or first aid supplies at your disposal.

So if you have been putting off making your own kit, just purchase one today for every vehicle you and your family own.

Consider Weather Condition

Mother nature has a way of reminding us of who is really in charge. Think about the geographic area in which you live when considering what you might need in your emergency kit.

Do you live in an area where there is severe weather such as heavy snows, floods, hurricanes, tornados, earthquakes, or wildfires? You may need specific tools to help keep you safe.

For example, if you live in an area that is prone to harsh winter conditions then you should definitely consider including items like blankets, extra warm clothing, hand warmers, a snow shovel, and an ice-scraper.

Check out our list of the best Winter Car Emergency Kits in 2021 here.

Personalize Your Kit

It’s important to keep in mind the personal needs of family members when creating your kit. You may want to have items specific to certain members of your family if they have individual needs.

Especially when considering having medications available in the kit. If you or a member of your family require specific medications, you may consider including them in your car kit.

Storing Your Emergency Items

Store your supplies in a durable and compact storage unit. Something simple as a sturdy cardboard box might work but heavy-duty duffle bags or backpacks will keep your supplies well organized.

The last thing you need is for your supplies to go flying when you hit a pothole or get into an accident. Make sure that you can easily access your car emergency kit.

Prepare Today For Safe Trip Tomorrow

Take the time on an annual basis to examine the supplies in your car emergency kit. This is a good time to replace any expired items or supplies that have been depleted.

Keeping emergency food and water with a 5 year shelf life in your kit is a great idea but alway make sure the items are not expired.

Be sure to inform other drivers of the vehicle that the kit is available if they need it.

It is best to always be prepared for the worst case scenarios. Do yourself and your family members a big favor and take the time to make your own car emergency kit today or at least purchase a stock kit that meets your needs.

Don't be fooled into thinking it will never happen to you, it can and most likely will at some point!

Prepare today and you will be safe tomorrow and you will be glad you did if you ever find yourself in a roadside emergency.