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How to Create an Emergency Car Kit

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As a mother of three, I have a responsibility to ensure that my family is kept safe. This also means keeping myself safe if something were to happen if I am away from home. One of the easiest ways I can do this is by keeping an emergency kit in my car at all times. I typically keep the same things in there each time, but may add a few more blankets during winter weather. It’s not unreasonable to consider some day I may be stranded with my family in a snowstorm on our Iowa roads.

A family hanging out on the back of a Jeep for adventure hiking. Here's how to build an emergency car kit.

You’re going to learn how to create an emergency car kit!

Emergency Car Kit

  • Jumper cables
  • Tire gauge – you can usually find a guide on the inside of the passenger door as to what psi to inflate your tires
  • Jack & spare (Get the right size for your vehicle and know how to use it!)
  • Flashlight (I keep the extra batteries in my purse – I am not a fan of keeping batteries in a hot or cold car)
  • Gloves (usually a working pair and a winter pair)
  • Duct tape
  • Flint or striker
  • Matches (a backup lighter would be great, too)
  • Lifestraw
  • Three reflective warning triangles
  • Lifehammer
  • Tow straps
  • A small game to keep kids entertained while you wait
  • Multi Tool
  • Playing cards (in case you’re stuck somewhere for a while)
  • Shovel
  • Hand Warmers
  • Cat litter (helps provide traction when stuck)
  • Snacks (energy bars, nuts – make sure you rotate these)
  • First aid kit
  • Blankets (regular and emergency blankets)
  • Folding stove
  • AAA card
  • Drinking water (I usually keep at least a case in the car for emergencies)
  • Ice scraper
  • Paracord

One of my fave things to keep in the car is baby wipes. Not only are they great for wiping up messy kids…they’ve got so many more uses:

  • Wiping up messes the kids make
  • Washing off hands after pumping gas
  • Freshening up after a long road trip

I like to keep a tote in the car – it fits perfectly in the trunk and leaves plenty of room for other things when I need it!

Baby wipes have a ton of uses!

    • Toilet paper when camping (don’t flush ’em though)
    • Removing eye makeup
    • Wiping toddler and baby butts
    • Taking off dust on the dashboard while sitting in traffic
    • Use as a makeshift replacement when I run out of swiffer wipes for my mop
    • Removing crayon from our door
    • Dusting house plants
    • Wiping hair dye off my forehead while dying it
    • Cleaning off after playing in sand
    • Getting deodorant marks off my shirts after putting them on
    • Wiping off my dog’s feet when she comes in from outside
    • Taking grease off cabinets in the kitchen
    • Removing hairspray off cabinets in the bathroom
    • Cleaning my iPad screen
    • Cleaning blinds
    • Wiping off tanner when I put on too much
    • Taking off chalk from the chalkboard
    • Taking off marker from the dry erase board

Our emergency car kit came in handy recently when we were rounding a corner and the entire wheel came flying off of the Jeep! It’s the middle of winter and we had to wait a long time for AAA to come. 

What else would you add to this emergency kit? Comment below, and please share this on social media!

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