How to build the perfect roadside kit

How to build the perfect roadside kit

Ever wonder what you should have in your car in the event you get stuck or into an accident? Here's how we built our own roadside kits that come with us everywhere we go.


  • Jumper Cables
    Alternatively you can use a small, portable, lithium-ion battery with jumper cables (these battery packs will also recharge your phones, too!). Prices for these batteries range from $60-$120, and If you go the battery route, though, make sure to keep it charged.

  • Flares or triangle reflectors.

  • First-aid kit

  • Blanket or space blanket

  • Flashlight and extra batteries

  • Tool kit with screwdrivers, pliers, adjustable wrench, pocket knife

  • A can of tire inflator and sealant

  • Tire pressure gauge

  • Spray bottle with washer fluid

  • Ice scraper or brush
    While you probably should have this already, you never know how quickly snow could build up while you're waiting for the police or a tow truck to arrive.

optional items:

  • Granola or energy bars

  • Bottled Water
    This is essential in any incident or emergency. Be careful, these may freeze in the winter and the packaging could break. If you store these in your car, make sure they're inside a waterproof container or bag.

  • Pen and paper

    While you could list a million uses for this, it's extra handy to have when exchanging insurance information or contact information with other people involved.

  • Paper towels

  • A quart or more of motor oil

  • Coolant