Car Emergency Kit

I know I’ve posted a bunch of stuff of our household emergency kits, supplies and so forth but thought I’d throw up a quick post detailing the kits I keep in the cars. These kits were largely outfitted using stuff that had been tried and replaced in our main emergency kit, or that was duplicate or surplus altogether.

Car Emergency Kit

Each car is equipped with the following;

    Emergency Kit (Fanny Pack style)

  • 1x LED flashlight and batteries
  • 1x Multitool
  • 2x 12 hour chemical break lights
  • 2x emergency candles and 30x strike anywhere waterproof matches
  • 1x Emergency poncho (yellow)
  • 1x Space blanket
  • 2x N95 masks
  • 4x nitrile gloves
  • 1x whistle
  • 6x hand warmers
  • 1x Datex Emergency Ration Pack
  • 1x package ‘scotch mints’
  • 50′ paracord
  • 1x knife/sheath
  • 1x lifestraw and 15x water purification tabs
  • 1x road flare
  • 1x first aid kit
    1. 2x small antiseptic wipes
    2. 1x packet antibiotic ointment
    3. 2x claritan tablets
    4. 3x standard sized bandaids
    5. 1x large sized bandaid
  • 66″x90″ Wool Blanket
  • 2x 500ml bottles of water
  • The cars also have 12vdc air pumps, spare fuses etc that are separate from these kits.

    Any suggestions?


  1. Norman says:

    More a “rescue me” thing, but a local outfit that supplies sign shops has a “remainders” table with roll ends of sign material. I picked up some self sdhesive traffic yellow reflective sheeting, cut it into 8″ widths and stuck it to some thin plastic shelf liner. One strip is 8 ft X 8″, the other is four strips 3 1/2 ft long X 4″ wide. All strips have a reinforced 1/4″ hole 1″ from each end. Everything rolls up inside the 8 ft strip, ends up about 4″ in diameter with room inside for small stuff.

    If marooned, the big strip goes on the top of the truck cab and bed cap; it’s traffic yellow so it’s quite visible in daylight, and at night any aircraft with a light gets the yellow reflection. I’ve played with it and a long, wide yellow strip stands out quite well, and there aren’t any 8ft long straight yellow things in nature.

    The short strips can be tied to the side of the vehicle, or worn as a belt. Again, bright yellow, and reflective at night. With a bright flashlight it’s amazing how far away one can see the yellow reflective stuff.

    Speaking of flashlights, I’d suggest 1 more flashlight with batteries in each kit, and a headlamp (preferably using the same batteries) so you can work on something in the dark with both hands free.

    During winter I add an old insulated coat ($40 Walmart copy of a Carhartt) with wool hat and gloves in the pockets. A pair of mechanic’s gloves would be good – not much warmth, but some – and still flexible enough to allow tool usage. Two pair in case one pair gets wet – wet gloves will suck the heat right out of your hands.

    Depending on where you are, a Coast Guard flare pistol, available at boat stores, might be handy for signaling (If you live in an urban environment, not so much, but we’re out in the woods). I don’t see a folding saw on the list, but you may have that in the vehicle tool kit (FYI, Milwaukee makes a handle that accepts Sawzall blades, makes it easy to carry a couple long wood blades and metal baldes). Bungee cords in various lengths, but that may be in the vehicle kit. Small sharpening stone for the knife? Old rubber doormat in case you have to lie on something to fix the car. Maps and compass? (“we’re stuck 1 mile southeast of point X, on azimuth 125 degrees from point X”), a deck of playing cards, more water (Labware outfits have 2 qt rectangular nalgene bottles that pack well, buy several and rotate them through the dishwasher), a Bic lighter (butane won’t vaporize below 34F, so use body heat to warm it when needed), a small (12-18 watt) LED tractor or ATV light and 25-30 ft of zip cord (regular lamp electrical cord) with a connector for the LED light at one end and alligator clips for the battery at the other, I put a fuse on the hot side of mine just in case, Amazon has the lights, get a flood not a spot,

    An Israeli pressure bandage and a tourniquet, a couple 5 gallon paint stir sticks cut to fit inside your kit with a couple 3 or 4 inch wide Ace bandages (all for use as splints).

    A couple 13 gallon (kitchen size) trash bags as booties to keep shoes dry, and a couple 33 gallon leaf bags as emergency rain gear. Plastic bags roll up pretty tight so they don’t take much room.

    A personal spare kit that follows you from car to car: dry socks, spare eyeglasses, spare sunglasses, small travel size of ibuprofen, athletic head band (keeps sweat out of your eyes), some sort of water resistant hat, with a brim, a small pill container with 24 hours of whatever meds you take (include a photocopy of the prescription, which should have your doctor’s contact info), emergency contact list, an MRE or two. maybe a couple protein bars, pocket size am/fm/wx radio with an earphone (using the earphone saves battery over using the speaker, but news/wx/music can help to calm others down).

  2. Mugwug says:

    Thanks Norman, good suggestions there!

    I don’t often feel ‘less prepared’ than others, but I’m feeling a bit like it right now.

  3. Merle says:

    Will there ever be more than two people in the car? Might need to bump up some of the quantities if so.

  4. Merle says:

    Still thinking; additional source of heat for the winters?

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