What to Include in an Emergency Roadside Kit

This post was sponsored by State Farm. All opinions are my own.

Our family has been in planning mode for our next vacation. Because of the size of our family, transportation costs like airfare or gas and tolls can get expensive. This year we’ve decided to try to save a few dollars and take a road trip.

Road tripping includes just a tiny bit more planning, but it’s not a horrible task. There’s always the normal “what do we pack” list… but when taking a road trip you should also plan for the “what if’s” that might happen while on the road.

Preparing an emergency roadside kit is fairly simple and you can easily secured it in open cargo areas with a bag or box with a lid.

Some of the main items to consider including are:

  • Jumper cables
  • Flashlight
  • Emergency flat-tire repair
  • Hazard triangle, road flares, brightly colored distress sign, or “Help” or “Call Police” flag
  • Disposable rain coat
  • Screwdrivers and wrenches
  • First-aid kit
  • Cell phone and charger
  • Cell phone back up battery
  • Cat litter or road salt for tire traction in snow, ice or mud
  • Duct tape for temporary fixes
  • Water and non-perishable snacks
  • Blanket

Having these items on hand can help make or break the outcome of a roadside emergency.

State Farm is committed to keeping drivers safe on the road, so they’ve teamed up with state transportation agencies to promote highway safety through the Assist Patrol program. Each fleet of Assist Patrol vehicles patrols the highway looking for crashes, dangerous debris, and stranded motorists, to provide assistance and help drivers get safely on their way. When the unexpected happens, these State Farm-sponsored patrols help keep our roads safer.

The roadside assistance they provide is limited, completely complementary, and here to help all drivers on sponsored public highways. The program runs in 15 states with 20 sponsored patrols. Click here to learn more about State Farm Assist Patrol!

This post was sponsored by State Farm. All opinions are my own.


  1. Tamra Phelps says

    This is a good list of things to keep in an emergency kit. I would only add one tip: if you’re traveling in very cold areas, keep the kit in the car, not in the trunk! You might not be able to get into your trunk. It has happened to me, lol. The lock can freeze up. (Also, if you’re in an accident, the trunk could be too damaged to open.) You might have to search a little to find a container in the right shape, but you can find one that will fit under the front seats.)

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