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15 Emergency Items to Keep in Your Car

Preparing for an Emergency When on the Road


This is a list of items to keep in your car in case of an emergency. If possible, keep these items in water proof containers. Prepare for an emergency by having these items organized and easily accessible.
  1. Extra fuel (stored in approved gas cans); always keep your gas tank 1/2 full
  2. Water (bottled, boxed, or bagged)
  3. Food (if canned supply a can opener)
  4. Battery booster cables
  5. Tire chains
  6. Road maps
  7. First aid kit
  8. Tool kit (car tools, knife, and misc tools to turn off utilities)
  9. Sturdy rope or chain
  10. Shovel
  11. Emergency flashlight (requires no batteries)
  12. Warm blanket or sleeping bag
  13. Bright colored rain gear (poncho)
  14. Hand warmers
  15. Important documents (personal identification, insurance, emergency contacts, etc)
Also see Emergency Preparation: What to Take When You Escape
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