Staying prepared is essential for handling emergency situations. That why you should always carry a well-stocked roadside emergency kit. We’ve put together a list of some of the most important supplies to bring in case you get stranded on the side of the road.
According to Edmunds, the most basic roadside emergency kit should have the following items:
- Jumper cables are essential. These should be portable and high-quality cables, capable of reaching at least 25 feet. You never know when your battery is going to die.
- Flares or triangle reflectors are great for getting attention. You need to be able to alert drivers to your situation.
- A first aid kit is great for any medical emergency. Look for one stocked with bandages disinfectant, stitching materials, and more.
- Spare fluids will work in a pinch. This includes coolant (or a gallon of water that can double as drinking water), oil, and transmission fluid.
- A basic tool kit with duct tape is also great for emergencies. You may need a screwdriver (both flat and Phillips), a pair of pliers, and an adjustable wrench. Duct tape is great for slowing leaks in an emergency.
- Batteries and a flashlight are essentials for nighttime. Not only will a flashlight help you see, but it also keeps you calm in scary situations.
- Finally, always carry Fix-a-Flat or another tire-patching kit. This will work if your spare is missing or flat, though such kits are not meant for long-term repairs.
These are just the basics. Keep your kit well stocked, and be sure to replenish supplies every few months. Make sure batteries work, and always add or remove items depending on your specific situation and driving habits.