Are you the type of person who has a car filled with clutter? Maybe you have items scattered all over your car in different areas. Or maybe you have a trunk filled with items it would take you a week to organize. In the event of an emergency, there are a number of essential items you will want to have stored in your car. What are they?

You can buy various emergency kits that contain different items. Here’s what we recommend in terms of what you should keep in your car in case something unexpected happens that leaves you stranded.

  • Spare tire
  • Tire inflater & sealer
  • Jumper cables
  • Your car’s owner’s manual
  • A tire pressure gauge
  • Repair contact information

Not everyone is going to face the same challenges when it comes to their car. If you are the type of person that spends a considerable amount of time in your car, your needs may be slightly different from others. If you think you fall into this category, consider keeping the following items in your car just in case disaster strikes.

Safety Supplies: First-Aid Kit, Flashlight, Matches (or another tool you can use to start a fire)

Energy bars or MREs – energy bars are great to give you a quick boost if you have been stranded for a while. We understand you most likely are not going to find yourself in a military situation, but MREs (meals ready to eat) only need hot water to be ready for your consumption. If you are facing dire straits, these are an option for you.

Water bottles – It is recommended that men drink about15.5 cups of water every day (3.7 liters). It is recommended that women drink about 11.5 cups of water per day (2.7 liters). When it comes to storing water in your car, be careful not to store water in plastic bottles in hot temperatures as the chemicals in the plastic may seep into the water leaving it unsafe to drink. Glass bottles or gallon jugs are a better option.

For Winter Emergencies

  • Ice scraper
  • Blanket

In addition to the items mentioned above, you may consider keeping these other items handy:

  • Paper towels
  • Tissues
  • Pen and notepad
  • Umbrella
  • Emergency cash
  • A change of clothes
  • Masks
  • Hand sanitizer
  • A portable phone charger

Emergencies can occur at a moment’s notice and it is important to be prepared.