What Should Be In Your Vehicle Survival Kit?

Vehicle Survival Kit List

Due to the very nature of a breakdown, it is likely to occur when we are not suspecting it. Many breakdowns insidiously come out of nowhere, all too often catching motorists unsuspecting and in worst cases unprepared.

This does not need to happen. When it comes to a breakdown it is best to be prepared- even if your car is relatively new. Therefore it is well worth putting together a vehicle survival kit list so should you breakdown you are prepared.

By its very nature a vehicle survival kit should include everything that you will require to keep yourself and any other passengers not only safe but also warm, visible and well fed. Ideally, you want all of the additional equipment that will enable you to either get the vehicle going yourself, to get you to a point of help or to a safe place.

Due to the varying climatic and weather changes between seasons, you will require different things in different seasons as part of your vehicle survival kit. Therefore we have included two lists, the first is a general survival kit, the second a season specific winter survival it.

General Vehicle Survival Kit list:

  • Water
  • Energy Sweets for unplanned night driving or for driving late at night.
  • A number of high visibility vests, ideally one for each passenger that are stored in the respective doors.
  • A tire repair kit- this should include a 12v air compressor.
  • A First Aid Kit.
  • Painkillers, both paracetamol and Co-codamol- so you are prepared.
  • Life hammers- fitted on both sides of the car.
  • Oil
  • Windscreen wiper fluid.
  • Spare light bulbs for every light in the car.
  • Deodorant
  • A Swiss army knife.
  • A tow screw- you screw this onto the back of the vehicle in order to tow another vehicle.
  • A tow rope equipped with clip-on hooks.
  • Reflective warning triangles- to place behind the vehicle in the case of a breakdown.
  • Duct tape.
  • An umbrella.
  • A couple of pens.
  • A charger cable for your mobile phone.
  • Baby wipes and dry wipes.
  • Toilet paper.
  • Some money in small change.
  • Several clamping straps.

Winter Vehicle Survival Kit list:

In addition to the above:

  • 2 big blankets.
  • Water cleaning tablets.
  • Non-perishable food, such as biscuits or chocolate bars.
  • Matches and equipment to light a fire- to provide warmth if you find yourself stranded for an extended period of time, without being able to generate warmth with you care.
  • Jumper cables.

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