Eleven Must-Have Emergency Items You Need in Your Car

These are the things you should have in your car at all times.

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Here are the essential items you should definitely have in your car in case of an emergency. With winter coming up, this stuff is highly recommended.

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Portable Jumper Pack
GOOLOO amazon.com $69.99

Having a dead battery is never fun, especially when there's no one around to help. Having a portable jumper with you could mean the different between life or death. This GOOLOO model works great, and even has a couple of USB charging ports in case you need to rejuice your phone or GPS.

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Snow Removal Push Tool
Snow MOOver amazon.com $24.96

As you probably already know, it's dangerous and illegal to drive your car with excessive snow on top. This push tool makes it easy to take it all off in big swoops. Plus, it doubles as an ice scraper.

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Travel Blanket
Eagles Nest Outfitters amazon.com $49.95

If you break down on the side of the road in the middle of nowhere in the cold, chances are you'll be waiting for awhile. Instead of freezing to death, make sure you have a blanket to keep yourself warm.

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Portable Air Compressor
EPAuto amazon.com $34.87

If you have a tire going down in the middle of nowhere, an air compressor like this one could help you get back on the road quickly and safely.

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Tire Pressure Gauge
JACO Superior Products amazon.com $16.90

If you don't want to lug around a portable compressor, you should at least have a tire pressure measurement gauge in your car. With cold temperatures setting of TPMS sensors this season, it's good to know if that flashing light is a non-issue, or something you need to worry about.

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Shovel with an Extendable Handle
Emsco Group amazon.com $26.62

A shovel may sound like overkill, but you won't regret having it if you need to unbury your car from a mound of surrounding snow. This particular shovel features a collapsable handle for easy storage.

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First Aid Kit
AAA amazon.com $14.89

It's likely you'll never have to use your car's first aid kit, but if you do, you'll be thankful it's there. This basic AAA kit provides a good set of items that will help in a medical emergency.

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Ice Scraper with Brush
OxGord amazon.com $7.95

This is a no-brainer for anyone who lives in a region with a winter driving season. It's used to scrape ice off your windshield, and doubles as a brush for quick removal of snow. If there's one item on this list that you should get, it's this one.

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Window Breaker / Seatbelt Cutter
GOOACC amazon.com $6.20

In the event of a car crash, all sorts of things can go wrong. Doors refuse to open, and seatbelts won't unbuckle. That's what this two-in-one tool is for. It's a window breaker and seatbelt cutter used to get you (or someone else) out of their seat and into safety.

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Flashlight
MagLite amazon.com $42.45

If your car breaks down at night, chances are you won't be able to see much. Once your phone light drains its battery, it's good to have a backup in the form of this portable unit.

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Windshield Washer Fluid
Rain-X amazon.com $55.64

Running out of washer fluid during an icy drive is a real pain that can turn dangerous fast. It's always good to have some extra in the trunk in case you need it.

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