Top Must-Haves for Your Roadside Emergency Kit

young woman standing near the broken car. The girl opened the hood and look at the engine.
young woman in a white jacket standing near the broken car. The girl opened the hood and look at the engine.

I am someone who likes to be prepared for emergencies. Earthquakes, severe weather, power outages… you name it. Emergencies can happen anywhere. While you are at home, at work, or guess what…even in your car. Having a roadside emergency kit will keep you prepared for emergencies that can happen on the road. It might save someone’s life or even your own.

If you read my 1st emergency prep article, then you already know about essential emergency supplies for your home. This 2nd article in the 3-part series will focus on your roadside emergency kit. Stay tuned for the 3rd article in the series where we’ll discuss contents for a bug-out bag.

Making sure you have emergency supplies in your car is a necessity. Whether you are planning a long road trip or want to be ready for anything that comes your way, having some emergency essentials in the trunk will certainly make life easier for you and safer too.

It’s not fun to imagine yourself stuck in an emergency on the side of the road, but being unprepared can make your experience much worse. With a little planning and the right items, your roadside emergency kit can help you through some dangerous situations. Whether you’re a survivalist, a worry wort, or simply want to be prepared, these fantastic items will get you started.

Emergency Water Pouch

Emergency Water Pouch

First and foremost, have a supply of water in your vehicle. Being stranded without water is detrimental to your health and can quickly become an emergency in itself. You certainly don’t want to worry about dehydration during an emergency.

When it comes to stocking water in your car for emergencies, it can be a little tricky. Jugs or bottles of water can take up a lot of space, roll around in your trunk or on the floor, and they won’t fit very well into a kit.

The solution? Emergency Water Pouches. These convenient and handy pouches are easy to store in your car or kit without taking up too much space. With BPA-free packaging and long shelf life, you know this water will be safe to drink. These pouches can freeze, thaw, and refreeze without springing a leak. It’s the perfect solution to the water dilemma. Click here to stock your vehicle with one of the most essential items you’ll need in an emergency.

Coghlan’s 5 Gallon Collapsible Water Container – Refillable

Water ContainerAnother great resource to have in your vehicle is this Collapsible Water Container. It takes up very little space when empty, but should you be in a position to walk somewhere to collect water in an emergency, you’ll have this handy container to use. Collapsible and easy to transport and store in your car, you’ll appreciate the convenience of this fantastic product. Click here to order yours today.

StarFlare L.E.D Road Flares



One of the necessities of any useful roadside emergency kit is a set of road flares. In the event of an accident or breakdown, you’ll want to safely alert others to your disabled car. In the dark, it may be hard for oncoming traffic to see you, putting you at risk for an even worse emergency – getting hit by another vehicle.

The StarFlare LED Road Flares are the perfect addition to your emergency kit. Complete with a storage bag, these flares can run up to thirty-six hours. These flares feature nine different modes. S.O.S. mode allows you to signal for help and the super bright lights aid visibility.

Click here to check out this emergency staple.

Emergency Weather Radio 4000mAh


4 ways to powerIf you are ever stuck in your car during a weather emergency, having a weather radio will prove useful. Many times the car radio won’t have the reports you’ll need, and there is a possibility your car battery won’t last long. This Emergency Weather Radio is ideal for traveling with and storing in your vehicle for emergencies.

LED Flashlight

This radio boasts the largest capacity rechargeable lithium-ion batteries, making it a dependable addition to your roadside emergency kit. In addition to your regular A.M. or F.M. stations, you’ll have access to seven NOAA weather stations with 24/7 coverage.

Click here to order your radio today.

S.O.S Food Labs Emergency Energy Bars


Tips for SurvivalAside from water, running out of food is one of the biggest concerns in an emergency. While waiting out inclement weather, waiting for help, or even lost, you’ll want to have access to food.

These S.O.S. Food Labs Energy Bars are a fantastic way to easily store a food source in your car. Compact yet full of calories to keep you going, these bars will give you the energy you need and will sustain you for a long period of time if necessary.

With six flavors you’ll have delicious options if you’re ever stranded in your car for an extended period of time, you can rest easy knowing you have these nutrition bars in your roadside emergency kit.

Click here to stock up today.

Emergency Mylar Thermal Blankets (Pack of 6)


Mother and son

Depending on the climate, staying warm may be essential when in a roadside emergency. Storing large blankets in your car can be cumbersome and impractical. With these Emergency Mylar Thermal Blankets, you’ll have something to keep your body heat in. They are easy to store and highly effective. You’ll appreciate having these in your car if you get stuck in the cold.


Broken Car
warning triangle with winter car breakdown in background

These blankets can help prevent hypothermia and also keep you dry if necessary.

Click here to order your six pack of emergency blankets.  

First Secure 90-Piece Roadside Emergency Kit

First Secure

If you are looking for a complete emergency roadside kit to keep in your car, this economical set is ideal. The First Secure 90-Piece Emergency Kit includes almost everything you need in a car emergency. Jumper cables, headlamp, seat belt cutter, and an air compressor are some of the handy tools this kit includes.

Keep in mind that if you crash or roll your car and need to cut the seatbelt off, the cutter won’t help you if it’s tucked away in the bottom of the car kit safely stored in your trunk. Make a point of mounting it somewhere you can reach it if necessary, like under the dash or in a ceiling compartment if you have one.

Car crash roll over upside down.
Car crash roll over upside down.

A nice little bonus of the seat belt cutter is a window breaking point on the end. It may allow you to get out if you can’t use the door.

Click here to order your own emergency car kit and ensure you are ready for any situation.

Plan and Prepare for Anything

With these useful tools and supplies, you’ll be well on your way to having the perfect emergency set-up in your car. With a little planning and preparation, you’ll be ready for whatever comes your way. Whether you’re caught in an accident or inclement weather, these items will help keep you safe.

By CJ Bentley

"Don't let anyone rob you of your imagination, your creativity, or your curiosity. It's your place in the world; it's your life.” ~ Dr. Mae Jemison, Engineer, Physician, and NASA Astronaut

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