How to Build an Emergency Kit for your Car

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Summer is finally here—and for many Cincinnatians, that means road trips. Whether you’re just headed to Lexington for the weekend or making a trek down to Florida, make sure your prep includes putting together an emergency kit for your car.

Even if you always keep an emergency kit in your trunk, it’s a good idea to pull it out and switch out your winter essentials for items more suited to dealing with summer’s extreme heat. Throw your snow shovel and window ice scraper back in the garage, and add these summer essentials to your pack:

  •  Extra water (rule of thumb: one gallon, plus one additional bottle per person)
  •  Phone charger (bonus points if one with a portable battery)
  • Sunscreen, hats  
  • Paper towels  
  • Reflective emergency blanket (winter staple that you can use as shade)


Don't forget about these items you should always have in your car, no matter the season.
Year-Round Emergency Essentials:

  • First Aid Kit
  • Flares, hazard triangles 
  • White flag  
  • Basic Tool Kit
  • Tire gauge, tire sealant 
  • Tow strap  
  • Flashlight & batteries
  • Duct tap
  • Gloves
  • Rag(s)

For some of the safest cars and SUVs that are roomy enough for road trips, check out Performance Honda's new and used inventory

Safe driving, Cincinnati! 

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