20 Must-Haves In Your Car Emergency Kit [Infographic]

If you are travelling in a car, either for long or short distances, you cannot afford to travel without the right emergency kit. Though you could carry almost anything, we try and list out 20 things which you must have in your emergency kit.

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  • First Aid Kit

Your first aid kit is a must and it should consist of adhesive tape, band-aids, some pain killers, gauze pads, antiseptic ointments, and antiseptic wipes.

  • Cell Phone Fully Charged

When travelling long distances, you must be sure that your cell phone is full charged.

  • Fire Extinguisher

A quality fire extinguisher with capability to fight Class B and Class C fires is certainly a must. Class C can handle electrical fires and Class B is suited for fires caused by combustible liquids.

  • Warning Triangles

Not many understand the need for reflective warning triangles. This could be useful when it comes to warning oncoming traffic.

  • Tire Gauge

Regular air checking is a must and therefore you must not forget to have a tire gauge as a part of your emergency kit for your car. This will ensure that your car tire always has the right air pressure.

  • Foam Tire Sealant

This is could be useful for repairing flat tires without changing the same.

  • Jumper Cables

Jumper cables of 10 feet in length are also a need for your car.

  • Extra Batteries & Flashlight

Extra batteries can be extremely useful and along with flashlight they could work wonders.

  • Rags

Rags are needed for wiping off hands and also perhaps even for temporary plugging of leaks.

  • Gloves

Gloves help a lot in keeping your hand clean and neat at all points of time.

  • Duct Tape

Duct tape is a versatile emergency accessory and it can fix quite a few things. Carry at least 120 feet of it.

  • Tow Rope Or Strap

Tow rope could come in handy when your vehicle needs towing. It should be strong enough for towing 6,000 pounds.

  • Utility Tool

You also must always carry a multipurpose utility tool. It could be something on the lines of Swiss Army knife or Leatherman Tool.

  • Rain Poncho

Simple rain poncho will come in handy when you need to work on your car when the weather it pouring.

  • Non-Perishable Snacks

When moving out on long tours, you must rely on simple non-perishable snacks like protein bars or cookies just to name few.

  • Drinking Water

Adequate drinking water is a must and you could also carry some small containers to store water if needed.

  • Warm Blanket

When you are travelling in winter, a warm blanket is a must.

  • Snow Shovel

In snowy weather, a snow shovel could help clear the road for you and also remove accumulated snow when the car is at rest.

  • Cat Litter

Cat litter could be used beneath the tires as traction and also is quite light.

  • Ice Scraper

Windshield scraper is a must especially when you are travelling in winter and would like to keep the windshield neat and clean.

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