Car Emergency Kit upgrades

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The list author says: "What you need in your emergency kit depends on what kinds of emergencies you're preparing for. Your car could break down, you could get in an accident, or you could be trapped by bad weather such as flash floods or blizzards. Or you could come upon someone else who needs help. You'll have to decide for your self which scenarios you consider "reasonable" to prepare for.

Imagine yourself in each scenario, and then think about your current emergency kit -- does having it make you feel better? If you've got some small off the shelf kit the answer is probably "not really". Consider adding the items below. A few are expensive, but many can be found for a only a few dollars if you check clearance bins. You also don't need to go out and buy everything at once. Adding things gradually as your budget allows will still leave you better prepared than you were.

You may want to get a backpack to keep it all in so that if you're forced to leave your car you can bring your emergency supplies with you. You should also have a first aid kit but that's a whole topic unto itself."
MSR Pocket Rocket Stove
1.  MSR Pocket Rocket Stove by MSR
The list author says:
  "This tiny stove would be a great way to boil water or cook food if you get stranded, without all the work of building a camp fire.  Test it out and make sure you know how to work it before sticking it in your kit."
$37.95   Used & New from: $37.12
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (197 customer reviews)

Gerber 45907 Sport Axe with Sheath (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
2.  Gerber 45907 Sport Axe with Sheath (Discontinued by Manufacturer) by Gerber Blades
The list author says:
  "If you get stranded somewhere and need to make a fire (or shelter) a hatchet will be very useful.  Also useful if a road is blocked by downed trees.  A hatchet isn't ideal for large trees, but at least with this along you'll have the option."
$36.47
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

Sony ICF-S10MK2 Pocket AM/FM Radio, Silver
3.  Sony ICF-S10MK2 Pocket AM/FM Radio, Silver by Sony
The list author says:
  "Your car probably has a radio, but if your car breaks down during a storm it may not work.  This cheap radio will let you get current weather info.  Runs for over 40 hours on 2 AA batteries."
$12.49   Used & New from: $5.25
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2,550 customer reviews)

Fenix LD20 180 Lumen LED Flashlight
4.  Fenix LD20 180 Lumen LED Flashlight by Fenix Flashlights
The list author says:
  "There are many cheaper flashlights, but few give you the choice between up to two hours of extremely bright light (useful during car repair or first aid) or dim but usable light lasting up to 71 hours.  Takes 2 AA batteries"
$59.95   Used & New from: $47.99
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (422 customer reviews)

Adventure Medical Kits SOL Emergency Bivvy, 84" X 36"
5.  Adventure Medical Kits SOL Emergency Bivvy, 84" X 36" by Adventure Medical Kits
The list author says:
  "This sleeping bag design will retain heat a lot better than the cheap space blankets -- mainly by keeping out the wind.  These are a little tougher than the cheapest ones though you'll still have to be careful with it."
$14.20   Used & New from: $8.97
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (129 customer reviews)

5 in 1 Survival Whistle, Emergency Zone® Brand
6.  5 in 1 Survival Whistle, Emergency Zone® Brand by Emergency Zone
The list author says:
  "Fill with strike-anywhere matches and this is a cheap way to cover several important bases at once.  If you want to get separate items to fill these roles, that's even better."
$4.99   Used & New from: $0.49
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)

Magnesium Fire Starter
7.  Magnesium Fire Starter by SE
The list author says:
  "Always have more than one way to start a fire.  Matches can get wet, and the fuel in lighters can evaporate.  Even if this gets soaking wet it will still create sparks."
$4.89   Used & New from: $0.01
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,952 customer reviews)

G.I. Type Stainless Steel Canteen Cup
8.  G.I. Type Stainless Steel Canteen Cup by Rothco
The list author says:
  "For use with the pocket stove to boil water or possible cook food.  Any metal container with a handle will do.  (Make sure it can balance ok on the stove)"
$10.49   Used & New from: $5.85
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (158 customer reviews)

Camping  50' Green Rope
9.  Camping 50' Green Rope by Emergency Zone
$9.99   Used & New from: $5.00
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)

Black Gorilla Tape 1.88 In. x 35 Yd., One Roll
10.  Black Gorilla Tape 1.88 In. x 35 Yd., One Roll by Gorilla Tape
The list author says:
  "re-roll as much of this as you can take around a credit card or similar sized item to save space.  Much tougher than regular duct tape."
$8.59
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (178 customer reviews)

Buck Vantage Select Large Knife
11.  Buck Vantage Select Large Knife by Sportsman Supply Inc.
$27.42   Used & New from: $24.99
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

Stanley 55-114 10-Inch Claw Bar
12.  Stanley 55-114 10-Inch Claw Bar by Stanley
The list author says:
  "Maybe useful for roadside car repair.  If you have a minor accident maybe you can use this to bend things back into place enough to make the car drivable.  Or perhaps someone is stuck in their vehicle after an accident and you can use this to pry their door open.  If your day really goes bad perhaps this could be a defensive weapon."
$10.99   Used & New from: $10.88
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

Four Seasons Survival Tinder-Quik Fire Tab
13.  Four Seasons Survival Tinder-Quik Fire Tab by Four Seasons Survival
The list author says:
  "Will make starting a camp fire a lot easier, especially in wet weather."
$3.20   Used & New from: $2.49
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (233 customer reviews)

Stanley 20-807 10-Inch Mini-Hack Light-Duty Utility Saw
14.  Stanley 20-807 10-Inch Mini-Hack Light-Duty Utility Saw by Stanley
The list author says:
  "Could be useful for roadside car 'repair'."
$7.33   Used & New from: $4.13
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)

Allway Tools SD41 4-in-1 Composite Shockproof Screwdriver
15.  Allway Tools SD41 4-in-1 Composite Shockproof Screwdriver by AllwayTools
$6.98   Used & New from: $2.64
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)

Stanley 66-344 4-in-1 Pocket Screwdriver
16.  Stanley 66-344 4-in-1 Pocket Screwdriver by Stanley
$2.79   Used & New from: $2.05
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (580 customer reviews)

TEKTON 6235 Assorted Cable Ties, 200-Piece
17.  TEKTON 6235 Assorted Cable Ties, 200-Piece by TEKTON
The list author says:
  "Zip ties could be used for making splints, car repair, building shelter or lots of other things, and they weigh nothing and take up very little space."
$7.68   Used & New from: $5.00
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (210 customer reviews)

Dry Top 12163 12-by-16-Foot 5-Mil Tarp, Blue
18.  Dry Top 12163 12-by-16-Foot 5-Mil Tarp, Blue by DRY TOP
The list author says:
  "combined with some rope this could be turned into a basic shelter pretty quickly"
$14.49   Used & New from: $9.60
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

Leatherman 830668 Charge AL with Leather Sheath and Gift Box
19.  Leatherman 830668 Charge AL with Leather Sheath and Gift Box by Leatherman
The list author says:
  "If you can handle the price it'll be a great thing to have in an emergency"
$119.85   Used & New from: $118.40
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

Emergency Poncho, Emergency Rain Gear, Weather Protection, Emergency Zone® Brand
20.  Emergency Poncho, Emergency Rain Gear, Weather Protection, Emergency Zone® Brand by Emergency Zone
The list author says:
  "These tear easily, but if you end up stuck in the rain it'll be very nice not to be soaking wet"
$3.99   Used & New from: $0.95
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)

Mechanix Wear MFF-05-009 Fast-Fit Gloves, Black, Medium
21.  Mechanix Wear MFF-05-009 Fast-Fit Gloves, Black, Medium by Mechanix Wear
The list author says:
  "Get some work gloves to protected your hands during car repair, rescue work or other activities.  These are good gloves but the particular brand isn't too important here"
$12.74   Used & New from: $9.95
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (301 customer reviews)

Mountain House Standard Pouch, Rice and Chicken
22.  Mountain House Standard Pouch, Rice and Chicken by Mountain House
The list author says:
  "You can last a long time without food, but a bad situation can seem a lot better if you have something to eat"
$6.97   Used & New from: $5.54
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)

Seattle Sports Survival Snow Shovel, Black/Red
23.  Seattle Sports Survival Snow Shovel, Black/Red by Seattle Sports
The list author says:
  "Can be used to dig your car out if it gets stuck in deep snow, or to build a snow shelter"
Out of stock

Trail Blazer SSW-18 18-Inch Sawvivor Collapsible Saw (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
24.  Trail Blazer SSW-18 18-Inch Sawvivor Collapsible Saw (Discontinued by Manufacturer) by Trail Blazer
The list author says:
  "Another option for fire/shelter building and debris clearing"
Out of stock
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

 
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Aquamira Frontier Emergency Water Filter System
31.  Aquamira Frontier Emergency Water Filter System by McNett
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  "In case you can't make a fire to boil water, this makes an nice backup.  Cheap, lightweight and compact."
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32.  Datrex 3600 Emergency Food Bar - 3 Day/72 Hour Bar - Single Pack by Datrex
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33.  Fenix LD15 High Performance LED Flashlight by Fenix Flashlights
The list author says:
  "flashlights are important enough to bring a backup.  One may get broken, or you may have other people with you.  Uses 1 AA."
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34.  Energizer AA Lithium Batteries 4 count, Lasts 9 Times Longer by Energizer
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  "Pack extra batteries for all electronic devices.  Try to get devices that all use the same battery type if possible so you can share batteries as needed.  Lithium batteries have the longest shelf life so they're more likely to work if you need them, even if you don't remember to replace them as often as you should."
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