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6 Survival Items To Have In Your Car Emergency Kit

Last Updated: July 31, 2022

This is Part 2 of a 3-part series on building a Car Survival Kit

You can actually buy car emergency kits, some of which are actually pretty good.

But I doubt you’ll find one which has everything in this list.

So, if you’re going to buy one, do so with the idea that you’ll add to it, as you need.

Related Article: Top 50 Bug-Out Bag List Essentials

Car Emergency Kit

1. Shovel

If you really get stuck, you might just have to dig your car out. A small shovel, like a camp shovel or entrenching tool can make a world of difference here.

Here’s the one I carry in my vehicle.

Blog Post: The Ultimate Survival Shovel

2. Chains or Traction Straps

If you live somewhere which allows you to use chains, I’d keep some in the car.

I don’t personally like the cable ones, as they break very easily if you hit a dry patch of road. I’d go for the real chain ones. Better yet, the strap on plastic ones, which are like big wire ties with bumps on them.

if you hit a dry spot and they break, it’s no big loss and it won’t damage your car.

3. Sand

I used to always keep a couple of bags of sand in my trunk or the bed of my truck, both to improve traction and to help me on the ice.

While sand in the trunk won’t help a front-wheel-drive car have more traction, it’s still useful for giving you some grip on the ice.

4. Basic Tools

Even if you don’t know how to use them, you should have a tool kit in your car.

Someone might come along who can help you out, who doesn’t have tools, but has the knowledge.

A socket set, wrenches, screwdrivers and pliers will allow for most simple repairs.

5. Tow Strap

Some people prefer tow chains, but I prefer straps; they’re more forgiving.

This is probably one of the most important items on this list, as it can be used by someone else, trying to pull you out if you are stuck.

Spare battery

The new lithium-ion battery jumpstarters are ideal for keeping in your car in the wintertime. They provide you with a means of getting your car going, if your battery goes dead.

The alternator will provide power once you get the engine running, even if your battery is bad.

We’re not talking a lot of money here, to put these items together, or even a lot of space in your trunk. But this kit will take care of a lot of problems your car might encounter.

Your biggest need isn’t the kit I just mentioned, to take care of your car, but rather a winter survival kit to take care of yourself.

Read the next post: Winter Car Survival Kit

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