Everything you could possibly fit into your car kit

Safety triangle

It’s no fun to think about danger while you’re driving, but statistically speaking accidents and breakdowns are a regular occurrence across Australia. Be it running out of petrol or a flat tyre, unexpected circumstances can be a real drag, and having a well-stocked emergency car kit can be a literal life saver.

Depending on your car, where you live, and your personal situation, the priorities of your emergency car kit will vary, and you can even just buy one if you feel like it! Below are a list of things to seriously consider permanently stowing in your car.

  • Jumper cables
  • Fire extinguisher
  • First aid kit (plasters, crepe rolled bandage, gauze dressing, safety pins, rubber gloves, sterile wipes, painkillers like Panadol, antihistamine tablets, antiseptic cream)
  • Rain poncho
  • Emergency warning triangle
  • Tow strap or tow rope
  • Drinking water
  • Non-perishable snacks (nuts and dried fruit, chips, protein bars, muesli bars, peanut butter, crackers etc)
  • Car jack (your car should come with one already)
  • Foam tyre sealant
  • Plastic tablecloth (for questionable surfaces when you need to sit down or change a nappy)
  • Baby wipes
  • Hand sanitiser
  • Pads/tampons
  • Duct tape
  • Torch (with batteries)
  • Scissors/knife
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug spray
  • Toilet paper

An article from the US called BankRates.com has a great tip when considering tools to include in your car kit:

“Although many prepackaged car emergency kits contain a few tools like pliers and a screwdriver, Crosby advises that these aren’t must-have items. ‘In the old days,’ he says, ‘you could do some roadside repairs yourself, but today’s cars are too complicated for that. The tools you do need to be concerned about are those that came with the car, along with the jack, to change a tire. Make sure those tools are there’.”

Obviously you may not need every single item on this list, but hopefully the above will allow you to consider your current situation and make an educated decision.