How to Pack Your Vehicle Emergency Kit in 15 Seconds

We all wish we had ultra-handy skills like MacGyver, right? Right.

But let’s face it – we don’t.

We cannot fashion a flashlight out of a pop bottle. Nor can we craft winter gloves out of the fluff between the seats.

It’s just not going to happen.

But an emergency on the road might happen, and you don’t want to be stuck in the cold wishing you had packed a winter emergency kit.

It doesn’t take much effort. In fact, you probably already have many emergency kit items around the house. To show how easy it is to be prepared, we put together this 15-second video showing some of the most useful items you’ll want to include.

So please, turn off MacGyver, turn on the video, and be ready to handle the unexpected.

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12 Responses to How to Pack Your Vehicle Emergency Kit in 15 Seconds

  1. Graeme on November 12, 2015 at 10:24 pm

    Can you expand on the uses for kitty litter in a vehicle emergency kit?

  2. Anony Mouse on November 14, 2015 at 3:20 pm

    Kitty litter can also be used to absorb any spills – gas, oil, brake/transmission/windshield fluid.

    • tranbceditor on November 16, 2015 at 12:28 pm

      Great point! Thanks for sharing.

      • Ken on November 16, 2015 at 8:19 pm

        No audio on the PC I’m at but I sure hope all the references to Kitty Litter make mention of what kind, do NOT use clumping stuff! The non clumping classic cheap stuff works best, clumping Kitty Litter will be as useless as a plastic sheet on snow and ice once it clumps up.

  3. Lindley on November 20, 2015 at 8:36 pm

    My suggestion is to keep the emergency kit in the back seat, buckled in. So if you go off the road, you can reach the kit rather than having to struggle of of the car to get into the trunk.

    • tranbceditor on November 23, 2015 at 9:33 am

      A great tip – thanks for sharing Lindley!

      • HLT on May 4, 2016 at 2:47 pm

        I have one of those handy ‘all in one’ emergency escape tools in the pocket of the driver’s door.

  4. Pacific on January 3, 2016 at 1:09 pm

    Way to fast! I couldn’t see the 2nd or 3rd items, had to watch it 4 times to see the items. I know it is only 15 seconds. IMHO, poorly presented. And to think us taxpayers pay for this!

    • tranbceditor on January 4, 2016 at 10:43 am

      Sorry to hear you didn’t like the presentation or the timeline on this video. Our goal is to create useful content for the travelling public in a variety of ways. We made these videos under the 15 second mark so they could easily be shared on a variety of social media platforms, such as instagram and facebook. We will look at other ways to make sure all items are clearly visible in the future. Hope that this helps.

      • Anonymous on February 19, 2017 at 9:57 pm

        You could always write the full list in the comments..

        • tranbceditor on February 20, 2017 at 10:35 am

          Great idea!
          Here’s a basic list to get you started:
          Cell phone and charger
          First aid kit
          Kitty litter
          Extra clothing
          Candles, matches
          Food, water
          Extra fluids for your car
          Scraper
          Flashlight
          Multi-use tool

          Of course, if you can think of other things to keep on hand and you have the space, it pays to be prepared!

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