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10 Items you Need to Have in your Emergency Roadside Kit.

Updated: Oct 9, 2018

Summer is a busy time on the road and its important to get prepared for the long car rides ahead. Stay safe during the summer season by keeping an emergency kit in your car,

Cell Phone Charger

Leaving the house without a fully charged cell phone is a common reality, by storing an extra charger in your car you can ensure your phone stays fully charged in case of an emergency.

Jumper Cables

Jumper cables can save you the time and money from having to get your car towed. Keep a pair of jumper cables in your trunk in case you or another driver needs a jump start.

First Aid Kit

Easily stored under a seat or in your trunk, a first aid kit is good to have on hand incase of an emergency.

Bottled Water

A good rule of thumb when putting water in your Emergency Kit is one gallon per person in the car, water should be swapped out every 6 months for fresh bottles.

Non-Perishable Food

Store items like, nuts, jerky and granola bars in your car in case you become stranded. Look for food items that are non-perishable and have a high calorie count to provide the highest amount of energy for you and your passengers.

Waterproof Flashlight

Having a waterproof flashlight in your emergency kit can be useful in any weather condition.


Although sunglasses seem like such a small part of an emergency kit, keeping them on hand ensures that you will be able to see at all times, Protecting yourself on the road as well as your eyes.

Paper Map

In the event that you don't have access to your phone or GPS having a paper map stored in your car can prevent you from getting lost.


On the odd chance you become stranded it’s a good idea to have a blanket or two to stay warm while you wait for help to arrive.

Duct Tape

A quick fix for a broken hose, cracked glass or even be used to reattach a rear view mirror.

Taking the time to assemble and store an emergency kit in your car can prevent you from becoming lost or stranded and prepare you if you do become stuck. With all this in mind OIARG would like to remind you to drive safe and stay prepared this summer.

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