Emergency Roadside Kit Checklist

Oct 25, 2013 | Add to Cozi, Blog

In the age of GPS and cars with built in communication systems, it can be easy to overlook the need for a roadside emergency kit.

If your family is planning long trip in the near future however, it is still a good idea to pack one. Inclement weather, or a breakdown in a location with poor mobile reception, can really put a damper on the fun. Being prepared for the unexpected can mean the difference between getting back on road in an hour or several. Even if you do have a access to roadside assistance, it can still take several hours for help to arrive. Having the right supplies will also make your family safer, and reduce your stress level in the event that you do experience a roadside emergency. You can create your own, or purchase a basic kit (available at most hardware and auto supply stores or online) and then supplement using the checklist below.


Emergency Roadside Kit Checklist

  • Emergency Roadside Supplies Checklist
  • Auto club or roadside assistance card
  • 12-foot jumper cables
  • Roadside flares, or emergency triangles
  • Two quarts of oil
  • Gallon of antifreeze
  • First aid kit
  • Compact fire extinguisher
  • Blanket
  • Spare fuses
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • Flat head screwdrivers
  • Phillips head screwdrivers
  • Pliers
  • Vise Grips
  • Gloves
  • Adjustable wrench
  • Tire inflator (such as a Fix-A-Flat)
  • Coolant hose repair kit
  • Tire pressure gauge
  • Clean rags
  • Roll of paper towels
  • Roll of duct tape
  • Windshield wipes
  • Pocketknife
  • Pen and paper
  • Help sign
  • Non-perishable emergency food
  • Bottled water
  • Toilet paper
  • Winter Driving Supplies
  • Ice scraper
  • Folding snow shovel
  • Bag of kitty litter
  • Tow strap
  • Tire chains
  • Chemical hand warming packets
  • Heavy-duty bin or nylon bag to carry everything

See more shopping lists and checklists in the Cozi List Library.

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