What to put in the emergency kit?

The items you should carry permanently in your vehicle in case of a breakdown depend on your driving habits and the situations that may arise. It is therefore important that you personalize  your list. That said, here’s ours!

  • Flashlight (preferably crank-type, because batteries don’t last long in extreme cold)
  • Reflecting safety triangles or flares
  • Small first-aid kit 
  • Snow brush and scraper
  • Traction aids
  • Small shovel with long handle
  • Bag of abrasive material: sand, kitty litter (avoid road salt, which can cause your vehicle to rust)
  • Plenty of windshield washer fluid
  • Booster cables 
  • Gas-line antifreeze 
  • Lock de-icer (in extreme cold, keep it with you, rather than in your vehicle!)
  • Paper towels 
  • Small tool kit (screwdriver, pliers, etc.)
  • Extra fuses (for the vehicle’s electrical system)
  • Power bank rechargeable
  • Dual USB Car Charger
  • Warm blanket
  • Extra socks, boots and gloves 
  • Hand and foot warmers 
  • Bottles of water 
  • Granola bars

It also makes sense to store most of these items in a waterproof container, such as a travel bag. If your vehicle has no separate trunk area (station wagon, minivan or hatchback), make sure that your kit, as well as the shovel, traction aids and bag of abrasive material, are well secured. Remember that any loose object can become a dangerous projectile in a collision.

A final important detail: don’t forget to regularly check the pressure in your spare tire in case you have a flat.


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