Vehicle Emergency Must-Haves | Park Place BMW in Rochester, MN


Emergencies happen more often than we’d like. Many drivers have, at some point or another, been on the road, usually away from home, when they really needed something they didn’t have. For some, it may have been as simple as needing to get a stain out of shirt before the big meeting. Other times, it could be something as serious as needing food, water, or First Aid supplies for yourself or a passenger.


That’s why the safest way to drive is with an emergency kit stashed somewhere in your vehicle. It can be very small and barely take up space in your trunk, but if and when you need it, it’s sure to be a big relief.


Everyone is different and has different needs and situations to prepare for, so we’ve prepared a basic list of items that can get you started on building your car emergency kit.


  1. First Aid kit - This doesn’t have to be the size of a tackle box, but it should include basic supplies like Band-Aids, sterile gauze pads, adhesive tape, antibiotic ointment, acetaminophen or ibuprofen, alcohol wipes and tweezers. If you or your family members have specific medical needs, alter this list accordingly.

  2. Blanket - Having a blanket doesn’t necessarily come in handy just for emergencies. It can also be useful if you’re driving around with friends or family and want to stop and watch the stars at night. Or if someone doesn’t enjoy the A/C being on full blast.

  3. Ice scraper and deicer solution - If you’ve lived in or even been to Minnesota during the winter, you know why. You may even want to have more than one ice scraper in case you’re out with a friend and want things to move even faster.

  4. Jumper Cables - Whether you are the one who needs a jump or someone else needs a jump from you, these are invaluable to drivers. They should be at least 10 feet in length.

  5. Jack & Tire Iron (and the ability to change a tire) - If you vehicle has a spare tire, be sure you know how to change it if you get a flat. It is much easier and safer than trying to find someone to pull over and help you.

  6. Rain poncho - Situations that force you out of your car and onto the side of the road (such as a flat tire or a wreck) are already stressful enough. If it’s also raining, you will prefer to keep as dry as possible.

  7. Flashlight and extra batteries - Although many cell phones have flashlights on them now, using the flashlight can drain the battery very quickly.

  8. Drinking water and snacks - Having a couple bottles of water and some protein bars handy is a good practice for drivers. If you are ever stuck for an extended period of time, they can keep your energy up and keep you from getting dehydrated.

  9. Tire gauge - It is recommended that you check your tire pressure regularly, especially if you drive in big cities or around construction due to nails and other sharp objects easily finding their way into the roadways. Try to make it a habit to check the psi at the beginning of every month.

  10. Multi-purpose utility tool - Something like a Swiss army knife can be useful in a wide variety of situations.


There are many more items that are highly recommended for car emergency kits. You should gauge your and your family’s needs and the conditions in which you often drive to determine which items you should include.


While there is no way to be completely prepared for every situation, having some of these items on hand when a situation arises can be the difference between a short delay and a completely ruined day.
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