What to Pack in a Road Safety Kit


What to pack in a road safety kit

It’s cold in Atlanta again. Like in the teens, windchill even lower and we are feeling it! The saving grace this time is that there is no precipitation and none in the forecast.

Thank goodness because last year was brutal. People were stranded for hours and even days. Mr. Serious didn’t come home for two days because he couldn’t get here. Friends were trapped on the freeway. Moms had babies stuck in the car with them with only one diaper and no snacks. It was really, really bad.

Stranded car

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I’m hoping and praying it doesn’t happen again. I’m paying attention to the weather and making sure I don’t have to stop to get gas when it’s super cold outside. I’ve also checked to make sure I have all of the necessary road safety items in my car. I used to just have a blanket and jumper cables, but I’m doing better.

There are things that we should have in our road safety kits year round and then a couple additional items that make it more of a winter road safety kit.

What to pack in a road safety kit

Should you find yourself in a roadside emergency, you will be happy to have some important items on hand until help arrives.

  • Hazard triangle (with reflectors) or road flares
  • First aid kit
  • Jumper cables
  • Windshield scraper (can double as a shovel) and brush
  • Spare tire
  • Blankets and extra warm clothing
  • Cell phone and charger
  • High-calorie, non-perishable food (almonds or granola bars are good choices)
  • Water
  • Road salt, cat litter or sand to help with tire traction
  • Brightly colored distress sign or “Help” or “Call Police” flag
  • Candle/matches, lighter, and/or flashlight
  • Tarp for sitting or kneeling in the snow for exterior work like a tire change

While nobody wants to have to use any of the items in an emergency roadside kit, you will be happy you have them on hand if you need them.

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  1. I am on the road a lot and have some of these items on hand, but definitely need to add more off this list. Given that I travel often with my kids, I don’t want to be shorthanded when it comes to something they need if we encounter a problem.

    1. Yes, I feel like I could go without a lot longer than I could get the kids to do.

      I’m thinking a bag of granola and some water is priority number one…and lots of blankets!

  2. The craziest thing in my trunk..would just have to be when I kept a lot of clothes in there for “just in case” I needed them for any situation.

  3. melissa sly says:

    I don’t technically have a trunk but behind the seat of my truck there are two bags of books hiding from the thrift store because my boyfriend thinks I have too many books already. Shhhh!

  4. Tabathia B says:

    I usually carry paper cups in case I want to stop and get something to drink while I am out.

  5. Terra Heck says:

    I store stinky roller derby gear and roller skates in my trunk. Trust me, it’s a funk when you open the trunk!

  6. I’m drawing a blank…I usually just have reusable bags for shopping and a pair of jumper cables in mine!

  7. I store extra coats and gloves in the trunk.

  8. jeremy mclaughlin says:

    just have reusable bags in the trunk.

  9. We have some fixtures for our bathroom that we have had for over 6 months that we have not put up in our trunk

  10. The weirdest thing I ever stored in my care was Christmas decorations.

  11. Margaret Smith says:

    Two giant teddy bears that we stuffed into our trunk. (They were gifts)

  12. I guess I would have to say our geocache bag, we keep it in the trunk incase we get the urge to go search for geocaches.

  13. Shannon Baas says:

    Christmas gifts.

  14. I think the craziest thing was a bunch of kitty litter b/c I had an old car that needed extra weight to gain traction. There 4 huge bags that just had to sit in trunk for months.

  15. Jessica Massaway says:

    Gosh, I don’t keep much in the “trunk” of our van…I think we have an mini air compressor and that’s it. After a trip in the ditch a few weeks ago we were just talking about needing something like this for my van.

  16. Estelle S says:

    I carry a gallon size Ziploc baggie full of change in one of the storage compartments in the back of my minivan. We don’t like to spend change so we usually throw it in a jar, and every so often I’ll take a handful and throw it in the Ziploc baggie in my car. Last count I had about sixty something dollars back there. My husband thinks it’s weird, but I told him it comes in handy to have a bunch of quarters and change back there whenever you need it.


  18. Deb Jackson says:

    I moved a calf to the vet once.

  19. My husband is a vol fire fighter,so he stores his gear with him at all times.I know this isn’t weird,but he has done this for fifteen years.thanks

  20. I don;t store much in there but I always have four camping type chairs in there

  21. Katherine says:

    I hide some of my fabric in my trunk

  22. I don’t think what I have in my trunk is weird but I always told it is. I keep a chess set in my trunk. My friends and I love playing it so I always have one with me.

  23. Tiffany Steele says:

    I store a wine bottle opener and fishing gear in my trunk..never know when you’ll get the urge to go fishing and drink wine at the same time!

  24. shelly peterson says:

    I have never really stored any thing strange in my car, I usually have portable chairs in their all year long but I did once have 19 helium filled balloons in my trunk

  25. Some old cds, an old towel, a baseball…

  26. I have a 24 pack of water bottles in my trunk!

  27. I cannot think of anything too crazy I’ve carried in my trunk. I have a blow up mattress and sheets in my trunk all the time!

  28. Brandy Monday says:

    Its always great to have a plan in place!!

  29. Brandy Monday says:

    I dont really store anything to crazy, I keep rope, sunscreens, umbrellas, just essentials, ok well my sons sparklers maybe that is weird..

  30. erin Marie says:

    I keep my coupons in the trunk.
    Being in MN I cant keep to much or it will freeze.

  31. One time I took my dogs on a long road trip and one of my dogs threw up all over the blanket so the craziest thing I had in my trunk was a throw up covered blanket.

  32. Brittney House says:

    I had a CPR dummy in my truck from my class. It gave my mom a good scare.

  33. Amy Pratt says:

    I keep a homemade quilt in my trunk, but that’s not too weird.


    My son’s Christmas gifts were stored in my trunk for a bit, because he kept trying to get into them under the tree.

  35. I have a few old textbooks

  36. Paula Hafner says:

    One year we kept the kid’s Christmas presents locked in the trunk. Once we got a van, that didn’t work any more.

  37. Rajee Pandi says:

    2 pk of 24 water bottles

  38. I once had Christmas decorations in my trunk for almost 2 years! 🙂 Thank you.

  39. Jane Thomas says:

    I cant think of anything crazy in my trunk…I keep 2 towels in mine.

  40. Bridgett Wilbur says:

    This might sound crazy but my father always told me to carry kitty litter, duck tape, panty hose, and a magnifying lense…

  41. Tracy Davis says:

    The craziest thing I have ever stored in my trunk is my lunch.

  42. Well, it wasnt actually stored there…but on our wedding night, we got to the hotel, and he by accident locked our keys in the trunk! Yep…everything was still in there. Still laugh about it today!

  43. Nicole Millheim says:

    puppy pads..lol..they help with oil spills

  44. Desiree Dunbar says:

    The craziest thing I stored was a dog bed.

  45. Dawn Keenan says:

    I always hid Christmas presents in my trunk!

  46. a pistol! A 1992, wooden and steel cap gun from Pirates of the Caribbean ride at WDW. I still have it… I’m thinking about stowing it in there again 🙂

  47. alison james says:

    my sweet treats stash so my son wouldn’t eat them all

  48. the craziest thing in my trunk….my dogs food. (They figured out how to open a door and get at the previous bag. 3 dogs chowed on 40 pounds of food while I was at work.)

  49. David Balkin says:

    I stored metal detectors (plural) in my trunk.

  50. tina reynolds says:

    I have a habit of having lots of shoes in my trunk not sure why but I do

  51. I leave dyed Macaroni noodles in my trunk. You never know when you want to get your crafts on = )

  52. I had a Christmas tree in my trunk for longer than I want to admit….

  53. The strangest thing I have had in my trunk is my college diploma.

  54. Leslie Rathbun says:

    The thing i have in my trunk is toilet paper.

  55. Duck tape

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  56. Now, I wasn’t the one to store it there, but I went to get something out of the spare tire storage in my boyfriend’s car and found…a bag of ties. Like, neckties. I guess they got stuck in there when he was moving and he didn’t realize it? Or maybe he wanted to have them on hand in case of a fancy emergency?

  57. my friends motorcycle

  58. Lee McKeon says:

    I always keep toilet paper and wet wipes in my trunk. You never know when you might need them!

  59. Jennifer Reed says:

    The craziest thing I have ever stored in my trunk was Christmas presents so they would be hidden from kids all holiday season.

  60. Not crazy, but a fake christmas tree for almost half a yr

  61. amy rouse says:

    I’ve stored my knitting supplies in my trunk. To get ready for a long road trip.

  62. I’ve stored piles of paperwork in there once when I had an unexpected visitor and had to clean up quickly.

  63. A box of encyclopedias , it was there for years.
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  64. I guess with my boyfriend being a hunter, a deer would be my answer.

  65. Tanya White says:

    Craziest thing I stored in my trunk was juice boxes because my kids woul d drink them up ( all 50 of them) in a day!

  66. Allison S. says:

    I had a dishwasher in my trunk for about a week while I was moving. I had nowhere else to store it!

  67. I haven’t had that many crazy items but I always keep baby wipes, a deck of cards and powerade and snacks!

  68. Richard Hicks says:

    We stored a mounted deer head once in the trunk

  69. I keep rope in my car, I dont know why but I always imagine I’ll need it at some point

  70. My son and one of my students were helping me bring things into school; the boy asked my son if this box went in. My son realized it was his Christmas present, oops. Im sure I have had crazier but that was the one that came to mind. Thank you

  71. Gosh, I don’t actually think I have stored anything too odd in my hatch…not that I can recall at least. God bless!

  72. Jill Myrick says:

    Easter Baskets and candy is probably the craziest thing that I have ever stored in my car.


  73. matt lehman says:

    i would have to say that the craziest thing i ever had in my trunk was a keg of beer on ice, awesome party!

  74. Nothing really strange, a change of clothes.

  75. I carried a ton of rocks in my trunk for my garden.
    Thanks for the contest.

  76. Hubby hit a curb in DC making a sharp turn while following someone we knew to get to a place they knew and we didn’t. The whole plastic underbody of the car came off. That’s currently in our trunk. Def. the weirdest thing that’s been in there. 🙂

  77. mrs. hils says:

    After last year, I always keep an empty cup for, um, emergencies.

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