Emergency Supplies Road Trip List

Emergency supplies for a road trip. Young family packing for car travel.

You’ll want to have emergency supplies for your road trip, whether you’re driving “over the river and through the woods” to grandmother’s house, or just an hour or two from home. See the suggestions below. You probably don’t need all of these things. (If you live in Hawaii you don’t need an ice scraper!) But check for necessities. You might also want to keep a magnetic spare key case under the car. If I missed something, let me know in “Comments.”

Emergency supplies for the glove compartment or console

Tip: Remove your address on glove compartment copies of documents

  • instructions, what to do after an accident
  • proof of insurance (copy)
  • registration card (copy)
  • critical medical info
  • emergency contact info
  • roadside assistance contact info
  • cell phone car charger
  • pen & notebook
  • pepper spray
  • road map
  • small flashlight
  • wet wipes
  • compass
  • window breaker & seat belt cutter

Emergency supplies to keep in the trunk

Tip: Check items that expire, like food and batteries, every 6 months to a year

  • spare tire, jack & lug wrench
  • instructions, how to change a tire
  • battery jumper cable
  • instructions, how to use a jumper cable
  • emergency flares
  • reflective triangles
  • reflective vest
  • “HELP” banner
  • heavy duty flashlight and extra batteries
  • paper towels
  • water bottles
  • cat litter for traction
  • ice scraper
  • rain poncho, plastic
  • fire extinguisher
  • food, nonperishable
  • gloves, disposable
  • gloves, heavy duty
  • first aid kit
  • N95 face mask
  • collapsible shovel
  • radio, crank or battery operated
  • blanket
  • sleeping bag
  • glass cleaner and towels
  • headlamp

Just for fun, here’s “Over the River and Through the Woods…”

Like me, I bet you don’t know more than the first line of this classic holiday tune. I got curious and did a little research. Originally published as a poem in 1844 written by Lydia Maria Child, there are many versions, some up to twelve verses long. Here’s one that’s short and sweet. How about having a little “sing along” on your next holiday road trip? Depending on how well your family sings, it may make the drive seem a little faster…or not.

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  1. Lin Coonan says:

    This is very helpful!
    Thank you for the tips!

    1. Jackie says:

      You’re welcome! I wanted to include a link to jumper cable instructions, but couldn’t find one that didn’t have more ads than information. Hopefully most of us don’t need jumper cables very often, if at all. But if you buy new ones it’s a good idea to keep the instructions with them.

  2. Sarah Sutro says:

    I am going to send this to my daughter who is now living in the rural community of Grass Valley. It is a great list.

    1. Jackie says:

      I’m glad you like it! Researching this post reminded me that I need a new jumper cable. Somebody broke into my car. It must have been a thirsty thief with a dead battery. All they took was my bottled water and the jumper cable!