Health & Wellness

How to Make a Roadside Emergency Kit

Whether you’re planning a summer road trip across the U.S. or you’re heading out for a night of stargazing just outside the city limits, a roadside emergency kit is peace of mind. Have you ever found yourself on the side of a road with a flat tire and no spare? A roadside emergency kit can make the difference between getting you home versus waiting for someone to come to your rescue. Here are some must-haves for a roadside emergency kit, much of which can be stored in plastic containers in the trunk of your car:


  • Adjustable wrench
  • Antifreeze (one gallon)
  • Blanket
  • Bottled water
  • Brake fluid
  • Duct tape
  • Energy bars
  • First-aid kit
  • Flares
  • Flashlight with batteries
  • Funnel and rags
  • Fuses (extra)
  • Ice scraper
  • Jumper cables
  • Oil (two quarts)
  • Paper towels
  • Pliers
  • Reflectors (triangle)
  • Roadside emergency card
  • Screwdrivers (flat head and Phillips head)
  • Shovel (folding)
  • Swiss Army knife
  • Tire inflator
  • Tire pressure gauge
  • Toilet paper
  • Vice grips
  • Window washer fluid in a spray bottle
  • Work gloves
  • Wrench (adjustable)


Not familiar with some of these items and how to use them? Understandable. Not everyone in life knows how to use an adjustable wrench. But you should familiarize yourself with each of these items and learn how to use them before you find yourself in a predicament that may require their use.