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Car Emergency Survival Kit & Checklist

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Below find our recommendations for a compact, emergency kit to be stored in the car. At the end of the list, there's a link for printing out a more compact, checklist-style version.

A note about FEMA
The Federal Emergency Management Agency has its own list, but we found it to be deficient. You can read more about that here.

Food & Water

  • Dried non-perishable foods in sealed mouse-proof container
  • Extra case of bottled water available

Safety Supplies

  • First aid supplies
  • Rain gear and jacket for summer; watch cap, coat, gloves and boots for winter
  • Fleece sleeping bag liner and/or sleeping bag


  • Flares
  • Jumper cables
  • Crescent wrench
  • Multi-bit screwdriver
  • Long-nosed pliers
  • Socket Set
  • Degreaser
  • Shop towels
  • Duct tape
  • Epoxy plumbing tape
  • Hose clamps
  • Portable air compressor
  • Emergency rescue knife — Try the Boker Reality Rescue Tool with glass breaker and rounded blade tip, so slicing a seat belt won't accidentally draw blood.

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