Building an Emergency Kit for Your Vehicle


Traveling on the roadways during winter weather can be dangerous. Unexpected weather changes or other hazards can delay or prevent you from reaching your destination. Here are a few tips to make sure you always emergency supplies before setting off for a long drive.

To assemble your kit, store items in airtight plastic bags and put your entire disaster supplies kit in one or two easy-to-carry containers such as plastic bins or a duffel bag.


Car Emergency Kit Supplies

A basic emergency supply kit could include the following recommended items:

  • Water (one gallon per person per day for several days, for drinking and sanitation)
  • Food (at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food)
  • Cell phone with chargers and a backup battery
  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio
  • Basic first aid kit
  • Flashlight
  • Extra batteries, including for a key fob
  • Extra key fob or hidden key on your vehicle
  • Whistle (to signal for help)
  • Plastic sheeting and duct tape (to shelter in place)
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties (for personal sanitation)
  • Local maps


Additional Emergency Supplies

Consider adding the following items to your emergency supply kit based on your individual needs:

  • Personal hygiene items, soap, toothpaste, deodorant
  • Dust mask, soap, hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes to disinfect surfaces
  • Prescription and non-prescription medications
  • Prescription eyeglasses and contact lens solution
  • Infant formula, bottles, diapers, wipes and diaper rash cream
  • Pet food and extra water for your pet
  • Cash or traveler’s checks
  • Important family documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account records saved electronically or in a waterproof, portable container
  • Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person
  • Complete change of clothing appropriate for your climate and sturdy shoes
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Matches in a waterproof container
  • Feminine supplies
  • Paper cups, plates, paper towels and plastic utensils
  • Paper and pencil
  • Books, games, puzzles or other activities for children


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