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Packing: The List of Items to Keep In Your Car for Day-to-Day and Emergency Use

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In this post we share the items we keep in our car that have proven helpful on a day-to-day and emergency basis.

Whether you’re taking a road trip or are going about your day-to-day plans, think through the items you may need to get through an immediate need or emergency situation.

We recommend keeping the following in your car:

Car items

  • Water
  • Contact information for emergency roadside assistance
  • Paper maps
  • Seatbelt cutter + glass hammer (keep in center console)
  • Roll of quarters & petty cash
  • (Clore) jump starter + paper print out of how to jump a car


  • Flashlight or lantern
  • Emergency crank hand radio
  • External battery pack

Toiletry + Dopp Kit

  • First aid kit
  • Toilet paper
  • Baby wipes
  • Nitrile gloves (disposable; avoid latex as many are allergic to it)
  • Pain relief (Ibuprofen or similar)
  • Electrolyte powder + snacks (rotate every six months)


  • Walking shoes (boots or sneakers)
  • Sweater
  • Extra change of clothes, including underwear and socks


  • Blanket
  • Construction garbage bags
  • Scissors
  • Umbrella

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