Moving Cross Country: How to Create Your Own Roadside Emergency Kit

There could be nothing worse than getting into a car situation on the side of the road of a two lane highway at 11:00 at night with no one in sight for help. Hopefully this would never happen to anyone, but unfortunately the ways of the world state that it must, and in fact does quite often. The next worst thing to breaking down on the side of the road is not having an emergency roadside kit to get you out of a bind. Its key to be prepared for such an event to happen at any time.

Assuming that your cell phone is out of reach to your AAA, or roadside emergency assistance that is more often than not included in your insurance policy, you need to have a number of items that you can pull out on a dime to help yourself out of a sticky (or oily) situation.

Roadside Emergency Kit

  • 12-foot jumper cables
  • Four 15-minute roadside flares
  • Jack
  • Tire Iron
  • Spare Tire
  • Two quarts of oil
  • Gallon of antifreeze
  • First aid kit (including an assortment of bandages, gauze, adhesive tape, antiseptic cream, instant ice and heat compresses, scissors and aspirin)
  • Blanket
  • Extra fuses
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • Flat head and Phillips head screwdrivers
  • Pliers
  • Vise Grips
  • Adjustable wrench
  • Tire inflator (such as a Fix-A-Flat)
  • Tire pressure gauge
  • Rags
  • Roll of paper towels
  • Roll of duct tape
  • Spray bottle with washer fluid
  • Pocketknife
  • Ice scraper
  • Pen and paper
  • Help sign
  • Granola or energy bars
  • Bottled water
  • Heavy-duty nylon bag to carry it all in.

You are all set—now you can drive with ease and with the knowledge that you have set yourself up for a clean and safe journey—no matter what the bumps in the road cause.