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Published 2009 Updated 2011

Emergency road trip information-things you might want to take on a long road trip.

By various contributors.

The original list was put together by Michael "Calspeed" Carion. I have edited it and added a few items.

Items you might want to have in your car all the times:

  • Duct Tape
  • Rags & Hand Cleaner
  • Fire Extinguisher-make sure you can reach it from the driver's seat" - do NOT put it in the trunk/boot[TOAD SAN]
  • Flashlight
  • Motor Oil
  • Water/Anti-freeze
  • Fuses or an AGC Circuit Breaker---Linda & Phil
  • Spare fan belt-even and old one--- DB
  • Nuts and bolts-various common sizes---sr311det
  • Toilet Paper :*>) ---Windy311
  • Disposable Tyvec coveralls----DB
  • Auto Club Card "AAA" ----fairlady66
  • Spare key in your wallet----DB
  • Cash. There is no substitute. Holiday weekends can mean empty ATM's, or there just isn't one around.----DB
  • Bungee cords---DB
  • Tie wraps,(fix anything) ---DB
  • Bailing wire, couple of feet for hot stuff ---DB
  • Tube of 5 min epoxy ---DB

More from Dave Brsico. I don't carry a spare, usually, but have a plug kit, a fix a flat and for long trips a little 12v compressor/light. Another good thing is a 12x12 piece of 3/4 plywood to put under the jack if you're on a bad surface.


  • Lug wrench
  • Jack, Scissor or Hydraulic
  • 8mm to 14mm wrenches
  • Adjustable wrench
  • Standard and Phillips screwdrivers, pliers, etc.
  • Spark plug wrench ---DB
  • Hammer, you never know----DB

For a long road trip you might want to include the following items for your trip. Depending on how well you maintain your car much of the below will be over kill. I put an asterisk by the ones I would take.

  • Spark Plugs*
  • Fuel Line / 6ft. of 1/4 inch
  • Electric Fuel Pump
  • Fuel Filter*
  • Jumper Cables*
  • Fix-a-Flat
  • Carb floats, SU Type
  • Carb float gaskets
  • Leatherman multi-purpose tool*
  • Test Light, Electrical*
  • Wire / 14 gauge
  • Electrical Tape*
  • Brake Fluid, Dot 4 or whatever you are using
  • Distributor Cap*
  • Rotor*
  • Points-if you still have them
  • Condenser
  • Upper and Lower Radiator Hoses
  • Feeler Gauge (for valves and ignition)
  • Transmission Fluid (90w) w/pump
  • Hose Clamps, few different sizes.
  • Fuel Can, 2 gallons / plastic
  • Throttle Return Spring (*)****
  • Sunscreen*
  • Fist aid kit*
  • Hand Cleaner
  • Drinking Water
  • Cellular Phone*
  • GPS-they are cheap now*
  • Contact list for route*

If one of these springs break-your throttle can hang in the "wide open" position-best to turn engine off making sure you do not lock the steering and slowly brake to a complete stop.

The tools can be placed with smaller parts in a small tool box. You can put some of the larger items in a cloth sack and tuck them into the sides of the trunk.

Another excellent idea is when traveling in a group is to spread the load across the group. That way you will still have the item you need but do not have to carry everything. --Paul

Most importantly-prepare for your trip by visually checking all fluids, belts and hoses. Ensure your tires are in good condition with the proper inflation including your spare. Have fun!!