If you have your home outfitted with survival gear, bug-out bags, and food storage to keep your family going in the event of an emergency, then you’re doing well. One thing that you might be neglecting, however, is the car survival kit. We all tend to assume that we’ll have an emergency while we’re at home, but there’s a good chance something could go wrong while you’re in the car.

The best car survival kit has enough to get you out of an immediate scrape and back home where you can get more gear and supplies if need be. We’ve reviewed some of the car survival kits it’s worth putting in your vehicle to see which ones are the best.

​Comparison Table

FAQ

1. ​What Is a Car Survival Kit?

​2. Do I Need One?

​3. What Should I Look For?

How We Reviewed

Jumper Cable used in car engine

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There are all kinds of car survival kits available online, so we looked primarily at what they contain and what they work best for. Price is always a consideration, but when it comes to staying safe (and keeping your family safe) quality is far more important than price.

Overall Price Range

All the car survival kits we looked at run in the $40 to $100 range. The more expensive kits have more durable parts, offer more pieces to cover a wider range of possible emergency situations, and have more first aid options.

What We Reviewed

  • ​Roadside Rescue Kit
  • ​Secureguard Roadside Emergency Kit
  • ​WNG Emergency Car Kit
  • ​First Secure 90-Piece Car Kit
  • ​TUOU Auto Emergency Kit
  • ​Mofeez Portable Auto Emergency Kit
  • ​Blikzone Premium Emergency Car Kit
  • ​Lifeline Excursion Road Kit
  • ​Sidekick Solution Premium Kit
  • ​COOCHEER Auto Emergency Kit

Roadside Rescue Kit

Roadside Emergency Assistance Kit - Packed 110 Premium Pieces & Rugged...
  • PREMIUM AUTO EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE KIT - The Highest Quality Car Survival Gear on Amazon with over 110 resources commonly...
  • ESSENTIAL RESOURCES - For your car, truck, RV or company fleet. Includes an 110 pieces including a Premium 64 piece...
  • ULTIMATE ALL-IN-ONE SOLUTION - With a Roadside Kit from Roadside Rescue Solutions, you no longer need to have multiple...

Features

This kit has 110 different pieces: so on the plus side, it has everything, while on the minus side it could be hard to dig out what you need in a pinch! In this kit, you’ll find things to protect both you and your vehicle.

For your vehicle, you get jumper cables, a tow strap, a multi-tool, a flashlight, bungee cords, roadside warning signs, and more. For you, you’ll get a poncho, first aid kit, emergency blanket, fire starter, and other essentials.

Price $

Where to Buy

​What It's Good For

​This is great for the person who knows how to fix their own car and envisions being on the road in remote places.

Secureguard Roadside Rescue Kit

Secureguard Roadside Emergency Kit Includes - First Aid Kit, Jumper...
  • ROADSIDE EMERGENCY KIT - comes with 106 pieces to prepare for most roadside emergencies
  • INCLUDES ESSENTIAL SUPPLIES - Jumper Cables, Tow Rope, First Aid Kit, and many others components
  • FIRST AID KIT - comes with bandages of multiple sizes, gauze, and tape for an emergency

Features

This set comes with 106 pieces that will cover most of your roadside emergencies. You’ll get a reflective vest, a hazard triangle, and all the kinds of things you need to get your car out of a ditch. We particularly liked that this one comes with replacement fuses and reinforced wire connectors.

To protect you, you get a standard first aid kit, a whistle, compass, and plastic cable ties that have almost limitless applications.

Price $$

Where to Buy

​What It's Good For

This is another one good for the person who really knows about how to tinker with their car and get it working again. If all you need is some electrical tape, a hex wrench, and some wire connectors to jury-rig a solution, this kit is for you.

WNG Emergency Car Kit

Roadside Assistance Emergency Car Kit - First Aid Kit, Jumper Cables,...
  • MUST-HAVE CAR ACCESSORY: This emergency car kit will prove invaluable should you ever get stranded or if your car, SUV...
  • EVERYTHING YOU MIGHT POSSIBLY NEED: This roadside assistance car kit includes a reflective warning triangle and safety...
  • LIGHTWEIGHT, COMPACT EMERGENCY KIT: This car emergency kit comes in a small bag that can fit anywhere in your backseat,...

Features

This kit has a first aid kit, emergency blanket, rain poncho, and safety hammer with seat belt cutter for you. (We really like the idea of a safety hammer and seat belt cutter!)

For dealing with your car, you get jumper cables, grippy gloves, a tow rope, and a few basic tools. You’ll also get a tire gauge; though this won’t do you much good if you don’t have a way to inflate. Also, be aware that the tow rope on this kit is only rated to three tons. Most of the rest on our list can handle five tons.

Price $

Where to Buy

​What It's Good For

This is a good, cheap, basic kit for the person who wants protection for standard breakdowns or who has a more extensive, personalized survival kit made up to deal with other situations.

First Secure 90-Piece Car Kit

First Secure 90-Piece Car Emergency Kit with Roadside Assistance...
  • Heavy Duty All Weather Vehicle Assistance for Truck, RV, Auto. Safe and protected on the road.
  • 8 GAUGE 10 FT, 300 AMP JUMPER CABLES ensures a reliable boost in summer and winter conditions.
  • FLASHLIGHT HEADLAMP, WINDOW HAMMER, DELUXE FIRST-AID KIT, SEATBELT CUTTER.

Features

There are fewer pieces in this kit, but don’t let that fool you. This is a great kit that has some premium gear. The 5-ton tow strap will pull nearly anything, and the jumper cables are 10 feet long. There’s a 7-piece tire repair kit included, and you’ll also get a 250 PSI air compressor that will inflate your tires once you’ve fixed them.

For you, you get a multi-tool, cable ties, headlamp, deluxe first aid kit, glass breaker, belt cutter, and even scissors and safety pins.

Price $$

Where to Buy

​What It's Good For

​This is perfect for a new driver, anyone who goes places where their tires might have a problem, and anyone with a smaller vehicle.

TUOU Auto Emergency Kit

TUOU Auto Emergency Kit Frist Aid Kit for Cars and Trucks,All-in-One...
  • Roadside Emergency Assistant Tools: among the standard emergency supplies this kit contains, you will also find a...
  • First Aid Kit: unexpected major emergencies, natural weather disasters and survival situations that require...
  • Triangle Shape Design Emergency Bag: made of sturdy 600Dnylon canvas have small size,easy to carry. This extremely...

Features

This has most of the standard features that other kits have, but it also has some interesting extras. The jumper cables, for example, are nearly 16.5 feet long, which is quite a bit longer than others we looked at. We’re also really pleased with the packing and bag: the nylon canvas is tough and the whole thing is small enough to fit in any vehicle.

The first aid kit and personal items are great, and we especially like that this one comes with a CPR mask.

Price $

Where to Buy

​What It's Good For

​This kit is great for people with smaller cars and anyone who wants the basics but doesn’t have the know-how to do a lot of repairs on their own.

Mofeez Portable Auto Emergency Kit

Mofeez Portable Roadside Assistance Auto Emergency Kit + First Aid Kit...
  • ---MUST-HAVE CAR ACCESSORY: Survival and emergency prep areredness be prepared during unexpected major emergencies,...
  • ---LIFE-SAVING Robust Battery Jumper Cables: Made of 8-gauge copper wire this jumper cables will get your car back on...
  • ---LIFE-TIME Guarantee: If you're not happy for whatever reason just request a refund or contact us to make it happen...

Features

​This is an inexpensive kit, but it contains the most essential basics. The jumper cables are heavy duty, the tow rope can handle just over two tons of weight, and you get a razor blade, first aid kit, tire repair kit, electrical tape, and more.

Price $

Where to Buy

​What It's Good For

​You get what you pay for, and this kit is the least expensive on our list. You’ll be able to deal with some problems, but this car survival kit is for people who don’t regularly go into particularly difficult situations.

Blikzone Premium Emergency Car Kit

BLIKZONE Auto Roadside Assistance Car Kit Aqua 81 Pc Accessories...
  • Protect your loved ones with Blikzone Auto Car Emergency Essentials Kit, it came with a PORTABLE MINI AIR COMPRESSOR...
  • WITH AN IMPRESSIVE 81 ESSENTIAL TOOLS and supplies included, this Kit comes with just about all EMERGENCY SAFETY items...
  • NO OTHER ROADSIDE EMERGENCY KIT in the market covers so many fixes, packs so many quality and useful supplies in one...

Features

This is a premium kit that contains fewer items than some, but everything is very high quality. As with some of the other premium kits on our list, this one has an air compressor so you can fill your tires up and a tire repair kit. The tow rope can handle five tons, and this one even comes with a circuit tester tool with spare fuses.

For you, there’s a hand-cranked flashlight, light sticks, a whistle, rain poncho, emergency blanket, seat belt cutters, and safety hammer for smashing a window. You won’t get a first aid kit with this one, however, which seems like a swing and a miss.

Price $

Where to Buy

​What It's Good For

​This is great for the person who has their own personalized first aid kit and knows what they’re doing with tools, engines, and electricity.

Lifeline Excursion Road Kit

Lifeline 4388AAA AAA Excursion Road, 76-Piece Car Air Compressor,...
  • ROAD ASSISTANCE: Be prepared for the unforeseeable with this AAA branded Roadside Emergency Kit, the ideal accessory for...
  • AAA QUALITY:  With the backing of the most trusted name in the automotive industry, AAA, you know when you accessorize...
  • 76 ESSENTIAL COMPONENTS:  This is top of the line road kit, and makes the perfect gift for your loved ones to keep them...

Features

This is another premium kit. You’ll get a tire inflator, high-quality jumper cables, duct tape, a toolkit, a sturdy flashlight, and all the emergency roadside warning gear you need. In fact, now that we think about it, why doesn’t EVERY kit come with duct tape?

You’ll also get a poncho and utility knife, shop cloth, cable ties, and a very well-stocked first aid kit.

Price $$$

Where to Buy

​What It's Good For

​This is the perfect choice for the person who wants to be prepared for anything. It’s especially good for the brand new driver (or driver’s parent) who wants some peace of mind.

Sidekick Solution Premium Kit

Sidekick Solution Premium Emergency Roadside Kit 64 Piece Multipurpose...
  • Premium Emergency Auto Roadside Kit-Sidekick Solution provides a high quality functional auto roadside kit. This...
  • Multiple Essential Solutions - this emergency vehicle kit contains multiple roadside assistant tools including warning...
  • Quality First Aid Essentials - along with the rest of the emergency roadside kit supplies, Sidekick Solution includes a...

Features

Sidekick has the standard car repair and emergency items. Where this one shines is in the first aid kit, which includes more (and better quality) items than some of the others on our list.

For the car, you get a repair kit, jumper cables, wrench and screwdriver, gloves, ice scraper, utility knife, self-fusing silicone tape to repair engine hoses, slip joint pliers, and an extra-bright flashlight.

Price $$$

Where to Buy

​What It's Good For

​This is a premium kit at a slightly cheaper price, so it’s perfect for the person looking to protect and repair without spending too much.

COOCHEER Auto Emergency Kit

COOCHEER Auto Emergency Kit,Multifunctional Roadside Assistance...
  • MULTI-FUNCTION KIT: Great kit for most auto emergencies, such as winter weather, road trips, dead battery, minor...
  • DURABLE & PORTABLE: (13.8" x7" x 5", weighs only 9.7 pounds) Car Emergency Kit that's easy to carry, small and...
  • HIGH QUALITY: All packed with top quality competent. All of the competent and tools were handpicked to ensure quality...

Features

​Another premium kit, this one includes a folding shovel, tools, fuses, a fuel pump, tow rope, and strong gloves. To keep you safe personally, you’ll get a decent first aid kit, a thermal blanket, a whistle, cable ties, and a safety hammer with seat-belt cutter.

Price $$$

Where to Buy

​What It's Good For

​This is a premium kit, but it’s a bit less pricey than the others in that category. We really liked the fuel pump and shovel, so this is for the person interested in a comprehensive survival solution.

The Verdict

Officer repairing a flat tire car

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These kits fit different needs and some are definitely better than others. Any of them will do the job in certain situations, but you know yourself and your vehicle better than anyone, so you should make your choice based on that knowledge. Here are our picks:

Best Overall Choice

For our money, the COOCHEER is the best choice. If you know how to repair a vehicle, this has most of what you’d want and lots of things you won’t know you needed until the emergency arises.

Best Budget Choice

Sidekick Solution is your best bet if you want mostly premium stuff but can’t manage prices close to $100.

Best Basic Choice

We really liked the TUOU Auto Emergency Kit if you want a kit that has all the basics and nothing too fancy. This would be a great kit for anyone who wants a car survival kit but doesn’t know enough to be fixing their own tires or patching engine hoses.

Whichever car survival kit you choose, you really need to have one. Life happens, and sometimes it happens on the road. Make sure you’re prepared!

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