With the holidays right around the corner, you might be planning a road trip to see your friends and family.

Roadside assistance services can be a lifesaver if you need emergency help on the road. But it’s important to pack your trunk with some essentials in case you’re unable to get a phone signal on your smartphone.

Here’s a list of “must-haves” every car owner should keep in their trunk:1

  • First aid kit
  • Jumper cables (Be sure you know how to use them.)
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • Bottled water
  • Energy bars or instant food
  • Printed maps to your destination
  • Emergency cash
  • USB mobile device charger2
  • Gas can
  • Weather radio3
  • Car escape tool (keep in driver’s side door or glove compartment)
  • Spare tire and necessary tools for changing a tire (Try changing a tire at home for practice.)

While being in an emergency situation isn’t fun to think about, planning ahead could be the one thing that keeps you out of harm’s way.

Wishing you safe travels this holiday!


1. http://www.bradsdeals.com/blog/things-you-should-keep-in-your-car
2. http://www.bankrate.com/finance/auto/20-must-haves-in-your-car-emergency-kit-1.aspx
3. http://lifehacker.com/30-essential-things-you-should-keep-in-your-car-1263514115

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