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21 Products You'll Want To Keep In Your Car For Emergencies

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1. A handy escape tool to break windows and cut seatbelts if you ever find yourself in a *terrifying* situation when you need to get out of your car ASAP!

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Added bonus: you get a phone mount with purchase.

Promising review: "I gave this as a gift to a new police officer. They have to build their own gear bag and this is a must-have. It's easy to keep stored in your car. He even tested it on a junk vehicle and it really works as advertised. It's great for emergencies." —Cindy Lou

Get a set of two from Amazon for $11.99+ or get a similar product from Walmart for $6.98.

2. A digital tire pressure gauge that'll be totally lifesaving the next time you need to fill your tires with air.

Batteries are included!Promising review: "The ergonomic design makes it easy to hold and the quality for the price is impressive. I used it yesterday for the first time and it was a lifesaver. My low tire light was on and it enabled me to pinpoint which one. I am a 75-year-old woman and if I can use it, anyone can! By the way, the instructions are well-written and clear." —Amazon CustomerGet it from Amazon for $9.95+ (available in three colors) or Walmart for $10.99 (silver).
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Batteries are included!

Promising review: "The ergonomic design makes it easy to hold and the quality for the price is impressive. I used it yesterday for the first time and it was a lifesaver. My low tire light was on and it enabled me to pinpoint which one. I am a 75-year-old woman and if I can use it, anyone can! By the way, the instructions are well-written and clear." —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $9.95+ (available in three colors) or Walmart for $10.99 (silver).

3. A snow brush and ice scraper because absolutely no one wants to be stuck post-snowstorm with a covered windshield and zero ways to wipe it clean.

Promising review: "I love this snow brush. I spend most of my work time on the road, and have to clean my car off frequently. The faster I can get it done with the least amount of effort, the happier I am. I have purchased similar brushes before, but they never last through the entire winter. So far, this one has worked way better. I also love the fact that it’s so versatile — you can use it like a standard brush or extend the bristles so it’s more like a broom. The opposite side has a squeegee, and the opposite end has a scraper. No matter the snow issue, with this brush I know I’m prepared!" —Amanda KGet it from Amazon or Walmart (available in seven styles) for $23.99.
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Promising review: "I love this snow brush. I spend most of my work time on the road, and have to clean my car off frequently. The faster I can get it done with the least amount of effort, the happier I am. I have purchased similar brushes before, but they never last through the entire winter. So far, this one has worked way better. I also love the fact that it’s so versatile — you can use it like a standard brush or extend the bristles so it’s more like a broom. The opposite side has a squeegee, and the opposite end has a scraper. No matter the snow issue, with this brush I know I’m prepared!" —Amanda K

Get it from Amazon or Walmart (available in seven styles) for $23.99.

4. A pack of thermal blankets for warmth if you're ever caught without heat and you want to bundle up at night.

This blanket will retain 90% of your body heat and fight off hypothermia. It can be used to help shock, or can be used to create shade in hot environments.Promising review: "We ordered two sets of the these blankets to keep in our cars and with our camping gear. Since I don't like to just trust that my emergency equipment is going to do what it is supposed to do, we opened one of them up to test it out. The blanket is thicker than other thermal blankets I have used in the past, and is stronger than expected. It's a good size that actually covers my entire body well. It also retains heat very well. These are a good value for good quality emergency equipment! I highly recommend!" —C. HillGet a pack of four from Amazon for $11.30 (also sold individually).
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This blanket will retain 90% of your body heat and fight off hypothermia. It can be used to help shock, or can be used to create shade in hot environments.

Promising review: "We ordered two sets of the these blankets to keep in our cars and with our camping gear. Since I don't like to just trust that my emergency equipment is going to do what it is supposed to do, we opened one of them up to test it out. The blanket is thicker than other thermal blankets I have used in the past, and is stronger than expected. It's a good size that actually covers my entire body well. It also retains heat very well. These are a good value for good quality emergency equipment! I highly recommend!" —C. Hill

Get a pack of four from Amazon for $11.30 (also sold individually).

5. A collapsible lantern so you'll always have light when you're trying to change a tire in the dark.

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An individual lantern provides 20,000 hours of light.

Promising review: "These little lanterns are bright! I love how you just pull it up for light and push it down when you're done. These lanterns were phenomenal and we were very thankful to have them during Hurricane Matthew. They are great at emitting brightness around, but they aren't a flash light so you can't 'point' it to light up a specific area. I love that they take AA batteries."DSJ

Get a set of two from Amazon for $16.99 or get a similar product from Walmart for $12.99.

6. A pack of waterproof storm matches that'll stay lit even if you're experiencing gale force winds when you're stranded on the side of the road.

These are NATO-approved! Promising review: "I bought these to put in an emergency kit. The package is compact, has striker surfaces on the top and bottom of the container, and the lit fits snugly. I lit one match just as a test; the match burned for 7–10 seconds and did not go out even when blowing on it. Great matches!" —CameronGet it from Amazon for $5.90 or Walmart for $5.98.
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These are NATO-approved!

Promising review: "I bought these to put in an emergency kit. The package is compact, has striker surfaces on the top and bottom of the container, and the lit fits snugly. I lit one match just as a test; the match burned for 7–10 seconds and did not go out even when blowing on it. Great matches!" —Cameron

Get it from Amazon for $5.90 or Walmart for $5.98.

7. A portable jump starter for those unexpected moments when your battery dies and you're in the middle of nowhere!

This jump starter comes with clamps and can act as a flashlight and phone charger. It also has a user guide.Promising review: "I drained my Prius battery so badly, not even the engine light came on when I tried to turn it on. I had to push the boost button, which the instructions explained, and it started no problem! Some bonuses of this jump starter are the flashlight that has a strobe and blinking setting and the red emergency light. Never would imagine that such a small device could jump a car. This will be my go-to gift for people, especially for new drivers." —Erin KelleyGet it from Amazon for $69.99 (available in two colors).
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This jump starter comes with clamps and can act as a flashlight and phone charger. It also has a user guide.

Promising review: "I drained my Prius battery so badly, not even the engine light came on when I tried to turn it on. I had to push the boost button, which the instructions explained, and it started no problem! Some bonuses of this jump starter are the flashlight that has a strobe and blinking setting and the red emergency light. Never would imagine that such a small device could jump a car. This will be my go-to gift for people, especially for new drivers." —Erin Kelley

Get it from Amazon for $69.99 (available in two colors).

8. A pair of heat-resistant sleeves you can wear to protect yourself if you're working on a hot engine.

Promising review: "My husband is a mechanic and always has stains and cuts all over his hands and arms, so I thought I would buy these for him. He's been using them for about a month now and says they do exactly as promised. He no longer gets burns or cuts. The also keep his arms warm when it's cold out and he's doing a job that is too difficult to do while wearing his jacket." —Kshan1119Get a pair from Amazon for $23.90 or Walmart for $21.50. Want an alternative? Get a pair of heat-resistant gloves from Amazon for $13.99+.
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Promising review: "My husband is a mechanic and always has stains and cuts all over his hands and arms, so I thought I would buy these for him. He's been using them for about a month now and says they do exactly as promised. He no longer gets burns or cuts. The also keep his arms warm when it's cold out and he's doing a job that is too difficult to do while wearing his jacket." —Kshan1119

Get a pair from Amazon for $23.90 or Walmart for $21.50.

Want an alternative? Get a pair of heat-resistant gloves from Amazon for $13.99+.

9. A utility shovel so you can dig you car out of deep snow, mud, or sand.

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It breaks down into three pieces for easy storage.

Promising review: "An amazing little shovel!!! I used this to dig out my car after snowstorm Jonas. While it's a bit smaller than a standard shovel, it's aluminum and extremely sturdy! I was able to lift lots of wet, heavy snow with no problem at all. The fact that it comes apart and can be easily stored makes it convenient to keep in the trunk or in a closet in your home. I'd hugely recommend this to anyone without any reservation at all!!" —sc

Get it from Amazon (available in six colors) or Walmart (available in three colors) for $21.09+.

10. A weather alert radio for long trips when you might just encounter the perfect storm.

With this radio you can tune into seven different channels AM and FM. It even has a flashlight. Put it in your car for emergencies, but also bring it camping or hiking.Promising review: "After purchasing this item from Amazon I was anxious to see how it sounded and performed. I have to say after having a lot of radios and having a vast knowledge of electronics I am completely impressed. The radio bands (AM/FM) sound very clear, the controls are digital and work perfectly, and the display lights up a nice blue and then turns red when a weather alert broadcasts. Thumbs up La Crosse! There is also a headphone jack. The case is extremely well made, and the tuner chip is wonderful! Also it's a very good flashlight; way better than expected. Five star rating!" —LMWGet it from Amazon for $35.98.
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With this radio you can tune into seven different channels AM and FM. It even has a flashlight. Put it in your car for emergencies, but also bring it camping or hiking.

Promising review: "After purchasing this item from Amazon I was anxious to see how it sounded and performed. I have to say after having a lot of radios and having a vast knowledge of electronics I am completely impressed. The radio bands (AM/FM) sound very clear, the controls are digital and work perfectly, and the display lights up a nice blue and then turns red when a weather alert broadcasts. Thumbs up La Crosse! There is also a headphone jack. The case is extremely well made, and the tuner chip is wonderful! Also it's a very good flashlight; way better than expected. Five star rating!" —LMW

Get it from Amazon for $35.98.

11. A pair of roadside flares so you can alert a passerby that you are in need of some serious help!

These are visible up to 3,000 feet in darkness and 1,000 feet in daylight. They take AAA batteries, and can last up to 36 hours straight. Promising review: "These are great — bright and simple. They have three settings: flashing red, constant red, and flashlight white. These require three AAA batteries each, but do not come with them. On the whole, a good bargain for the money and worth adding to the emergency kit!" —rcmwanderingGet a set of two from Amazon for $15.98 or from Walmart for $18.95 (available in three colors).
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These are visible up to 3,000 feet in darkness and 1,000 feet in daylight. They take AAA batteries, and can last up to 36 hours straight.

Promising review: "These are great — bright and simple. They have three settings: flashing red, constant red, and flashlight white. These require three AAA batteries each, but do not come with them. On the whole, a good bargain for the money and worth adding to the emergency kit!" —rcmwandering

Get a set of two from Amazon for $15.98 or from Walmart for $18.95 (available in three colors).

12. A can of fire extinguishing spray because you never know when a small fire could happen.

Promising review: "This is a great little fire extinguisher. You should put one anywhere a fire could happen. It's very easy to use and lightweight. No household should be without one. It's even good for the car. Just pop in the trunk in case of fire. You also can't beat the price." —MMGet it from Amazon for $12.97+ (available individually or as a set).
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Promising review: "This is a great little fire extinguisher. You should put one anywhere a fire could happen. It's very easy to use and lightweight. No household should be without one. It's even good for the car. Just pop in the trunk in case of fire. You also can't beat the price." —MM

Get it from Amazon for $12.97+ (available individually or as a set).

13. A pair of traction mats that'll help you get moving in snow or mud so you won't have to pay another expensive tow truck bill.

These mats work on all types of vehicles.Promising review: "I’ve had these for a couple months now and used them a few times. These are awesome traction boards and the price makes them even better. They had no issues in snow or mud. All in all I couldn’t be happier, and for a fraction of the cost of their competitors. I highly recommend these boards!" —William J ConnorGet a set of two from Amazon for $69.90+ (available in five colors and two styles).
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These mats work on all types of vehicles.

Promising review: "I’ve had these for a couple months now and used them a few times. These are awesome traction boards and the price makes them even better. They had no issues in snow or mud. All in all I couldn’t be happier, and for a fraction of the cost of their competitors. I highly recommend these boards!" —William J Connor

Get a set of two from Amazon for $69.90+ (available in five colors and two styles).

14. A pack of water pouches to fight off dehydration and to use when taking medication.

These are a must-have for any survival kit! They also have a five year shelf life and are super compact.Promising review: "I bought these to go into my emergency pack and I am very happy with my purchase. The water test was great, and it tasted better than the best bottled water I have ever bought. It was more like really clean natural spring water in nature. I am ordering another box today." —Honest ReviewsGet a pack of 66 from Amazon for $25.17.
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These are a must-have for any survival kit! They also have a five year shelf life and are super compact.

Promising review: "I bought these to go into my emergency pack and I am very happy with my purchase. The water test was great, and it tasted better than the best bottled water I have ever bought. It was more like really clean natural spring water in nature. I am ordering another box today." —Honest Reviews

Get a pack of 66 from Amazon for $25.17.

15. A slime repair kit best for sealing punctures and re-inflating flat tires in just 15 minutes.

An inflator is included in your purchase so you can refill your tire once you've sealed your puncture! Promising review: "After a recent blow-out flat tire on a very rural stretch of road in South Florida, my auto club wasn't able to find a service truck in the area. I was able to drop the spare under the bed only to find out that it was flat. Long story short, this kit came in super handy. It's a good quality air pump in a very convenient, easy-to-stow package. Do yourself or someone you love a favor and buy one!" —TA BrownGet it from Amazon for $17.99+ (available in two versions) or Walmart for $18.74.
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An inflator is included in your purchase so you can refill your tire once you've sealed your puncture!

Promising review: "After a recent blow-out flat tire on a very rural stretch of road in South Florida, my auto club wasn't able to find a service truck in the area. I was able to drop the spare under the bed only to find out that it was flat. Long story short, this kit came in super handy. It's a good quality air pump in a very convenient, easy-to-stow package. Do yourself or someone you love a favor and buy one!" —TA Brown

Get it from Amazon for $17.99+ (available in two versions) or Walmart for $18.74.

16. A snack pack because it is super important to have food on hand if you're ever stuck in your car for a long period of time.

This pack includes a variety of 30 different bars.Promising review: "Everything came in great condition! Each bar tasted great. I would definitely order it again." —william F ozmentGet it from Amazon for $22.95 or get a similar pack from Walmart for $24.39.
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This pack includes a variety of 30 different bars.

Promising review: "Everything came in great condition! Each bar tasted great. I would definitely order it again." —william F ozment

Get it from Amazon for $22.95 or get a similar pack from Walmart for $24.39.

17. A must-have first-aid kit that'll help you clean, dry, and bandage any cut or scrape you might get during a roadside emergency.

This kit includes a first-aid guide, vinyl gloves, bandages, a cold compress, gauze pads, a trauma pad, cotton-tipped applicators, first aid tape roll, antiseptics, and all three common OTC pain medications.Promising review: "Wow, what a great kit for the price. It has way more supplies than I thought it would have. It has an emergency blanket, a cold pack, and every different type of bandage you could need. I bought one for each car. You never know when you might need one in case of an accident. This was a quality purchase and not a $10 kit filled with cheap materials or not enough supplies. I feel better knowing this is available if needed." —Amazon CustomerGet it from Amazon for $14.88 or get a similar pack from Walmart for $12.42.
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This kit includes a first-aid guide, vinyl gloves, bandages, a cold compress, gauze pads, a trauma pad, cotton-tipped applicators, first aid tape roll, antiseptics, and all three common OTC pain medications.

Promising review: "Wow, what a great kit for the price. It has way more supplies than I thought it would have. It has an emergency blanket, a cold pack, and every different type of bandage you could need. I bought one for each car. You never know when you might need one in case of an accident. This was a quality purchase and not a $10 kit filled with cheap materials or not enough supplies. I feel better knowing this is available if needed."Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $14.88 or get a similar pack from Walmart for $12.42.

18. A solar charger so all your devices will be juiced up when you need to call someone for help.

This charger is waterproof and shockproof. It can act as a flashlight and tells you how much battery life is left. Plus you can charge two devices at once. GIMME. Promising review: "I AM OBSESSED. This charged my iPhone fully at least five times without dying!! Anyone who knows the notorious Apple battery knows how powerful of a statement that is. It charges in the sun and is great for all my world travels! Also, it feels good to save on electricity. Buying this I felt like one of those “end-of-the-world” people, but now if there is a power surge that destroys all electricity, I’m ready." —BrittanyGet it from Amazon for $29.99 (available in two colors).
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This charger is waterproof and shockproof. It can act as a flashlight and tells you how much battery life is left. Plus you can charge two devices at once. GIMME.

Promising review: "I AM OBSESSED. This charged my iPhone fully at least five times without dying!! Anyone who knows the notorious Apple battery knows how powerful of a statement that is. It charges in the sun and is great for all my world travels! Also, it feels good to save on electricity. Buying this I felt like one of those “end-of-the-world” people, but now if there is a power surge that destroys all electricity, I’m ready." —Brittany

Get it from Amazon for $29.99 (available in two colors).

19. A multi-function tool because you never know when'll you have to MacGyver your way out of a car accident.

This tool acts as a spring-loaded plier, a wire cutter and wire stripper, a folding blade knife, a serrated edge knife, a bottle opener, a metal file, a screwdriver with multiple heads, a saw-like blade with wavy chisel teeth, and a scoring blade. Wow.Promising review: "This small and easy-to-carry tool is amazing. The price is very low for this quality and all the parts work very well. It is light and opens and closes with minimal effort. You will not be disappointed with this purchase." —SteveGet it from Amazon for $9.99.
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This tool acts as a spring-loaded plier, a wire cutter and wire stripper, a folding blade knife, a serrated edge knife, a bottle opener, a metal file, a screwdriver with multiple heads, a saw-like blade with wavy chisel teeth, and a scoring blade. Wow.

Promising review: "This small and easy-to-carry tool is amazing. The price is very low for this quality and all the parts work very well. It is light and opens and closes with minimal effort. You will not be disappointed with this purchase." —Steve

Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

20. A road atlas so you can figure out where you're going if you get lost and don't have cell service or a functioning GPS.

This atlas contains maps of every U.S. state and Canadian province, an overview map of Mexico, and detailed inset maps of over 350 cities and 20 U.S. national parks.Promising review: "On the road we always rely on our GPS, but after a GPS malfunction in the middle of Heaven-Only-Knows, Wyoming, without a map, we decided that going the old-school way wasn't a bad idea. This is just what we needed to replace our old atlas. It's easy enough to read and sturdy enough to last awhile. And it doesn't tell us over and over that it's recalculating." —G. B. PayneGet it from Amazon for $13.46, Barnes & Noble for $14.81, or a local bookseller through IndieBound.
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This atlas contains maps of every U.S. state and Canadian province, an overview map of Mexico, and detailed inset maps of over 350 cities and 20 U.S. national parks.

Promising review: "On the road we always rely on our GPS, but after a GPS malfunction in the middle of Heaven-Only-Knows, Wyoming, without a map, we decided that going the old-school way wasn't a bad idea. This is just what we needed to replace our old atlas. It's easy enough to read and sturdy enough to last awhile. And it doesn't tell us over and over that it's recalculating." —G. B. Payne

Get it from Amazon for $13.46, Barnes & Noble for $14.81, or a local bookseller through IndieBound.

21. And finally, 5-hour energy for those moments when you feel like you're going to fall asleep at the wheel.

Promising review: "I’m a long-haul trucker. When I start to feel tired and I can’t stop driving due to time constraints, I sip it and it helps me. No buzz, no caffeine shakes, no sugar overdose, no sleeplessness when I can stop. It works great." —M HillGet a pack of 24 (orange flavor) from Amazon for $49.39 or a pack of 10 (berry flavor) from Walmart for $17.98.
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Promising review: "I’m a long-haul trucker. When I start to feel tired and I can’t stop driving due to time constraints, I sip it and it helps me. No buzz, no caffeine shakes, no sugar overdose, no sleeplessness when I can stop. It works great." —M Hill

Get a pack of 24 (orange flavor) from Amazon for $49.39 or a pack of 10 (berry flavor) from Walmart for $17.98.

You having a GREAT time on your next road trip because you're prepared for any situation the road throws at you.

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