11 essential items to have in a roadside safety kit

April 3, 2020 | Aafia Syed

Have you ever seen someone stuck on the side of the road and thought “I’m glad that’s not me – I wouldn’t know what to do”?  For one reason or another, it is a good idea to have the proper supplies in your car in case of an emergency situation.

Whether you purchase a kit or create your own, it should include some essential items that you may need to keep you and your family safe. So, with that in mind, here are the top 11 items to have on hand in emergency situations.

First aid kit

1. First Aid Kit

A comprehensive first aid kit is a must. Your kit should include bandages, instant ice and heat packs, scissors, gauze, adhesive tape, pain relievers, and a topical antiseptic cream.

2. Warm clothing

Keeping a sweatshirt, hat, gloves, and other warm clothing in your trunk can be a lifesaver when the temperature drops and you’re stuck in your car without a working heater.

3. Flashlight with back up batteries

A flashlight is one of the most important things to have in case of an emergency! If you need to change a tire, or flag someone down in the evening a flashlight is your best friend. Make sure to pack extra batteries, in case the ones inside have been drained.


jumper cables


4. Jumper cables

This may be one of the tools you use most often. We may leave a light on, or park our car with the door ajar – a dead battery is easy to fix with a pair of jumper cables.

5. Emergency blankets

If you live in a colder part of the country, consider a fleece blanket or thermal sleeping bag in your car. If needed, you can use a blanket as a makeshift tarp, towel, or window shade.



6. Ice scraper, snow brush, and collapsible shovel

This is essential in removing unwanted ice and snow from windshields, headlights, taillights, and car doors.

7. Basic tool kit

A kit that includes flat head screwdriver, pliers, vise grips, adjustable wrench, plastic zip ties, and duct tape can be very helpful in multiple situations.

8. Spare tire

Though most cars come with a spare tire, it's important to know where you're is located in case of emergency. 


9. CAA Membership card or App

Most importantly, make sure you have your CAA Membership card handy - whether that's in your wallet or on your phone. Having your Membership information handy will make it easier to contact CAA roadside assistance and track the status of your call.

It's always a great idea to have our Emergency Roadside Assistance number handy, 1-800-263-3616. Members can also download the CAA App for Android or iOS.

10. Rags, wipes, and towels

If repairs are required, rags, wipes, and towels can come in handy to protect the interior of your car, clean hands, and so much more. 

11. Bottled water and energy bars

Pack some non-perishable high-energy snacks. Nuts or dried fruits can provide you with that boost of energy you need if you’re stranded on the side of the road. Bottled water will do more than quench your thirst - you can also use water to clean oil off your clothes or pour into your radiator if your car overheats.

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