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Do you have an emergency kit in your car?

Photo courtesy of Wisconsin Emergency Management

In a recent article from they listed everything you should have in your car for emergencies. We are listing some of the essentials that the article recommends. To read the whole article click here.

A good driver is always prepared. Breakdowns can happen anytime, anywhere. In addition to having the necessary equipment handy to change a flat tire, there are some other items you should always have on hand. Here we'll teach you how to pack a roadside emergency kit to keep you safe.

What to Pack in Your Emergency Kit

Here are the emergency kit essentials we recommend along with some optional items you can leave out it they're not appropriate for your area.

First Aid kit. Some of the items to include are:

  • Band-Aids
  • Hand sanitizer.
  • Antiseptic.
  • Antibiotic ointment.
  • Bug spray.
  • Aspirin (or similar).
  • Cotton balls.
  • Gauze pads.
  • Tweezers.
  • Bandana.
  • Ace bandage.
  • Fire extinguisher.
  • Choose a small one that is easy to store.
  • Road flares (if not already in your tire-changing tools).
  • Jumper cables.
  • Rain ponchos.
  • Tarp.
  • Flashlight and extra batteries.
  • Rags.
  • Duct tape
  • Scent-free baby wipes.
  • Drinking water and non-perishable snacks.
  • Multipurpose tool.

Some optional items for your roadside kit include:

  • Collapsible shuttle.
  • Ice scraper.
  • Cat litter for slick roads.
  • Small battery-powered fan.
  • Blankets and/or warm clothing.

Some recommend keeping fluids like oil, antifreeze, and brake fluid in your vehicle as well. If you have an older car, add these to your kit—but if you regularly check your fluids, you shouldn't need these.

Remember, this list is in addition to what you already have on hand for changing a tire. Store all of your roadside emergency items in one complete package.

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