Summer Emergency Car Kit Items

June 26th, 2023 by

Everything Your Summer Emergency Car Kit Needs

School may be out for the summer and you may be taking extra personal time off, but this season can keep you busy on the road. From drives to the beach or lake and dropping your kids off to summer camp to weekly errands and road trips, you can spend a lot of time in your car during the season. While you try your best to drive a dependable vehicle, there will always be unforeseen occurrences. This is why you need to have a kit that covers any possible situation. A Mess Free Life suggests everything your summer emergency car kit will need this season.

Hygiene & Cleaning Supplies

During the summer, you and your family will spend many hours outside. The outdoors can get dirty, so it is good to have supplies on hand when you get back into the car to keep you and everything inside the cabin clean. Hand sanitizer and disinfecting wipes are a must. On your summer outings, you may spend time hiking, going to the park, playing sand volleyball, trips to the beachfront, and more. It is a good idea to have some plastic tablecloths in your car. You can place these under your kids or pets.

This will help some of that extra dirt or sand fall onto the tablecloth, instead of your upholstery. You may also want to have trash bags in your vehicle just in case you need to throw away trash or toss wet and dirty shoes and socks somewhere that is not the floor board. You should also consider packing extra toilet paper in your car. When you are taking a road trip, you will definitely try to stop at a rest stop, but you never know when nature could call. It could be many miles until the next exit when your kids tell you they need to go.


While you never want your car to go dead, it can happen to the best of us. You need to be prepared for the chance that you could be stranded on the side of the road. Make sure you have a survival kit that has drinking water and snacks like tuna packs or trail mix. If you are stuck on the side of the road during the dark or while it is raining, then you will want an LED flashlight with extra batteries, a rain jacket, and reflective wear. For cold days and nights, make sure there is a blanket in your car. You also need first aid, pepper spray, or whistle in the case of an emergency.

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Other Items to Have on Hand

There are some other items that you may want to have in the car. These do not necessarily fall under the categories of cleaning or safety, but they are just as important when stranded in your vehicle. It is a good idea to carry extra cash, a cell phone,  and a charger. While it is important to stay safe, it is equally important to stay sane if you are stranded for an hour or two. Have some activities  in the car to entertain you and the kids. Pack a deck of cards, books, a battery-powered fan, music, and other items to keep you and your family amused.

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