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What to Pack should you have an Emergency Breakdown: A Startin Guide

16 March 2023


TOP 10 things to pack if you should have an emergency breakdown

Breaking down on the side of the road can be a scary experience, especially if you're unprepared. That's why it's essential to have an emergency breakdown kit packed and ready to go in your car at all times. In this comprehensive guide, Startin Group go over everything you need to include to ensure you're prepared for any unexpected situation!

  1. A First Aid Kit. The first thing you should include in your emergency breakdown kit is a first aid kit. It's always better to be safe than sorry, and having a first aid kit on hand can be a lifesaver in an emergency situation. Make sure to include essentials such as bandages, antiseptic wipes, gauze, adhesive tape, pain relievers, and any personal medications you may need. You may also want to consider including a basic first-aid manual.

  2. Warning Devices.  In the event of a breakdown or accident, it's important to alert other drivers to your presence. Pack warning devices such as reflective triangles or flares to place around your car to alert other drivers to slow down and give you space.

  3. Jumper Cables or Jump Starter. A dead battery can happen to anyone, and having jumper cables or a jump starter in your kit can help you get back on the road quickly. Make sure you know how to safely use these tools, or have someone with experience help you.

  4. Tire Changing Kit. A flat tire can quickly turn a good day into a bad one. You may be lucky and your car may already be using run flats. However, it's always handy to make sure you have the right kit in your car to be able to change a tire just in case this is including a spare tire, jack, and lug wrench. Familiarize yourself with how to change a tire before you need to do it in an emergency.


5. Torch. A torch can be a lifesaver if you need to make repairs in the dark or signal for help. Make sure to pack extra batteries, and consider a waterproof or shock-resistant option.

6. Blankets and Warm Clothing. If you break down in cold weather, having warm blankets and clothing can keep you from getting hypothermia. Pack extra blankets, hats, gloves, and scarves in case of unexpected emergencies.

7. Water and Snacks. Staying hydrated and nourished is important in any emergency situation. Pack extra water bottles and non-perishable snacks such as granola bars or nuts to keep you fueled and hydrated.

8. Tool Kit. Having a basic tool kit on hand can help you make simple repairs and adjustments to your car. Pack pliers, a screwdriver, a wrench set, and duct tape to fix minor issues.

9. Portable Phone Charger. In today's world, having a charged phone is essential. Pack a portable phone charger in your kit to ensure you can call for help in an emergency.

10. Car Documentation. In the event of an accident or breakdown, having your car documentation on hand can make the process smoother. Pack your car insurance papers, and any important contact information in a waterproof bag.


Being prepared with an emergency breakdown kit can make all the difference in a stressful and unexpected situation. By packing these essential items, you can ensure that you're ready for whatever the road may throw your way. Remember to check your kit periodically to make sure everything is still in good condition and replace any expired items. Stay safe and happy driving!

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