15 essential items for your travel survival kit

Because vehicle breakdowns always happen when we least expect them.

woman with her head in the boot of her car looking for her travel survival kit

Most of us don’t plan on having a car emergency but vehicle breakdowns always happen when we least expect them. Even if you have roadside assistance, it pays to be prepared in case you find yourself stranded with a long wait before help arrives. This is where planning a car survival kit becomes vital. Here’s what to include:

Personal items:

1. Portable phone charger
In case your phone runs out of juice.

2. First aid kit
This one’s self-explanatory.

3. Food
Canned food keeps forever – just make sure to bring a can opener! Muesli can also go the distance in a tight spot.

4. A 10L drinking water tank
Important for drinking and washing.

5. Torch or headlamp
For working in the dark.

6. Maps
Yes, the paper kind.

7. Blanket and space blanket
In case you have to rough it in your car overnight.

broken down car with its boot open

Car maintenance:

8. Spare tyre and jack
Along with the knowledge of how to change a flat, of course.

9. Gloves and rags
For when things get messy.

10. Duct tape and WD-40
It’s amazing how many ways they can be used.

11. Multipurpose utility tool
A Leatherman tool or Swiss Army Knife are perfect.

12. Fire extinguisher
When you’re tinkering with a broken-down car you just never know!

13. Jumper cables
Dead batteries can happen to anyone.

14. Foam tyre sealant
A quick, temporary fix for a flat tire.

15. Three reflective triangles
In case you breakdown at night and need to be visible on the road.

What else would you include in your car survival kit?

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    jamesthepiper
    21st May 2019
    11:19am
    Jumper cables are no good if you don't have another car to connect them to. You're better off with a battery starter. They cost a bit more than a decent set of jumper cables, but can be used without any other vehicle. They also have a torch and phone charger built in.
    PlanB
    21st May 2019
    11:34am
    Personal items:

    1. Portable phone charger
    In case your phone runs out of juice. yes and also a book

    2. First aid kit
    This one’s self-explanatory. Yes

    3. Food
    Canned food keeps forever – just make sure to bring a can opener! Muesli can also go the distance in a tight spot. Yes

    4. A 10L drinking water tank
    Important for drinking and washing. Yes

    5. Torch or headlamp Yes
    For working in the dark.

    6. Maps Yes
    Yes, the paper kind.

    7. Blanket and space blanket
    In case you have to rough it in your car overnight. Blanket and a pillow

    broken down car with its boot open

    Car maintenance:

    8. Spare tyre and jack
    Along with the knowledge of how to change a flat, of course. Yes

    9. Gloves and rags
    For when things get messy. Yes and a rubbish bag to put it all in

    10. Duct tape and WD-40
    It’s amazing how many ways they can be used. Yes and some wire

    11. Multipurpose utility tool Yes
    A Leatherman tool or Swiss Army Knife are perfect.

    12. Fire extinguisher
    When you’re tinkering with a broken-down car you just never know! No

    13. Jumper cables
    Dead batteries can happen to anyone. Yes but I also have the NRMA Road Service
    David
    21st May 2019
    12:08pm
    I used to carry jumper leads, but they are useless if there's no other vehicle around to help jump you. This problem is fixed if you carry a portable lithium jump starter like the one I carry, a Noco GB70. Mine can jump start up to 40 vehicles (including up to 6 litre diesel engines and up to 8 litre petrol engines). With the GB70, you don't need to carry two extra items that are on the list (a torch or a portable phone charger) as the GB70 has an inbuilt 400 lumen LED flashlight and a USB port.
    https://no.co/gb70
    Sundays
    21st May 2019
    12:16pm
    And for everyday, some plastic bags in case you decide to pick up a few groceries when you’re out. Easy to forget unless you have some in the boot
    Chris B T
    21st May 2019
    12:38pm
    For inside of vehicle in easy Reach a Spew Bag/Container.
    Those of you who have Experienced This Common Event Especially with Children, would know the Cleaning Up has you throwing up as well.
    Note, every little speck needs to be Removed or suffer the Consequences on a Hot Day Returning To a Locked Car.
    Wipes are Essential as well as Antibacterial hand wash.
    Eddy
    21st May 2019
    2:46pm
    How about adding a trailer in which to put all this stuff ? I am sure on the roads in my suburban location most of these items are either superfluous or come standard as part of the car. However if in the unlikely event I want to venture to more remote locations, like Wilcannia or Coober Pedy, I would likely pack most of these items as a matter of course.
    FEDUP
    21st May 2019
    3:28pm
    I always carry a supply of my medicines, sufficient for 3 days in the glove box.
    Manne
    21st May 2019
    8:11pm
    Better make sure you have a wheel brace too. Spare wheel and jack alone will not get the job done.
    Aussiefrog
    22nd May 2019
    3:23pm
    Toilet paper lol
    bobm
    2nd Jun 2019
    5:23pm
    How about a nice 500mm aluminium builder level. This can be used on the road rage people who want to have a go at you. Advice from a retired Police Officer it is not a weapon just a level to do work at home. Very handy if required.


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