Disaster can strike at any time, and that includes when you are driving. The things that you keep in your car EDC Kit can do more than just clutter it up, they could actually save your life, or get you out of a sticky situation. It could be something as simple as having a torch to change a headlight bulb at night, or a bottle of tyre sealant to get you home after getting a flat.
I always have my personal EDC kit with me wherever I go, such as a pocket knife and phone. For additional capacity, I have my EDC pouch, which carries the rest of my EDC gear, such as paracord, a lighter, Mylar blanket and a few other essential items.
What is a Vehicle EDC Kit
A vehicle EDC kit is gear that you carry in your car at all times. What you carry should give you an advantage in situations where survival, or just convenience require them. Just like a personal EDC kit, it may not be used gear every day, but it’s better to have the gear, rather than trying to find someone else who does.
Your vehicle EDC gear is a kit that is tailored to what you may need when driving. It should not take place of your personal EDC kit, as most likely that will be ob your person, or near by anyway. Kit you carry in your car EDC should be related to motoring, it’s like a survival kit for your vehicle.
Important things to consider when building a Vehicle EDC Kit
Everyone is different, we all have different vehicles, live in different climates, have different commutes, and therefore we are going to have different everyday carry kits in our vehicles. The gear I carry may not suit your needs, and the gear you carry may not suit mine, so it is essential to base you list on factors that involve you.
Here are 12 items you should keep in your vehicle EDC kit.
Car EDC Kit List
Jump leads are an important part of your car EDC kit, you won’t get too far with a flat battery.
Don’t buy a cheap light weight set, go for a mid priced heavier duty set of leads, these can deliver more amps to your battery, making it easier and quicker to start.
Flat Tyre Tools
A flat tyre can ruin a great day out if you have nothing to fix it with. Many new cars now do not come with a spare wheel, so it is advisable to either pick up a spare wheel for your model of car, or have tools on hand to fix a puncture.
Tyre sealant for bicycles is great for fixing car tyres. It can last for up to a month, and will get you home, therefore is a great addition to your car EDC kit. Another good piece of kit is tyre plugs, these can fill a hole in any car tyre, and will get your out of a sticky situation when tyre sealant doesn’t cut it.
Having a good pump is essential also. A pump that can be plugged into your car 12v supply will make things a lot easier when you have to re-inflate your tyre.
This is probably one of the most useful things in any car EDC kit. A multitool has many uses in your vehicle EDC kit, it can be used to cut cable ties, remove screws from a punctured tyre, even removing a light to replace the bulb. If you don’t carry a multitool, I suggest you look into getting one. The Leatherman Wave is a great addition to any car EDC kit.
A headlamp is far superior to a handheld torch when working around a car, as in a lot of cases, you may need to have both hands free. The headlamp I recommend is the OLight H2R Nova, it can be removed from the headstrap and has a magnetic base, which is great if you want to attach it to something metal, such as the bonnet of your car. It is also very bright, and can be charged in the car from a USB power supply.
Check out my review of the OLight H2R Nova.
Cable ties are another handy item that can be used to make a side of the road repair, and I always have them in my car EDC kit. They can be used for lots of different things, are cheap, and don’t take much space, so are handy to have.
Spare bulbs can be a life saver, they are relatively cheap to buy, and could save your ass on a long night time drive. I carry a spare bulb in my vehicle EDC kit for each light on my car, and replace my spares when needed. In Mainland Europe, having a bulb kit is required by law.
Having some for of waterproof jacket is a must for any car EDC kit. They are great for changing a flat tyre in the rain, or just for keeping dry when caught out in that unexpected shower of rain when heading to the shop. You can buy a waterproof jacket online, for less than £10!
Gloves will keep your hands clean incase your have to get out of the car and do anything like changing a wheel, or topping up the water. You may not be too worried about getting dirty hands, but if you are heading out for the night, the last thing you want is to be arriving with black hands. Pick up a box of nitrile gloves and keep them in your motor, or a pair of heavy gardening gloves.
First Aid Kit
An essential part of you car everyday carry kit, is a first aid kit. Most of the time you will need a first aid kit in your car, it is going to be for minor incidents, like cuts or headaches. A kit containing pain killers, plasters and a few bandages just incase is a great idea.
You can get kits small enough to fit in your glove box, which are ideal for car everyday carry.
A pencil and a note pad are good in the event you have an accident and need to note down the other parties details, or just for making general notes, taking down directions or sketching something out. It is an item that takes up hardly any space, so it is worth having in your car everyday carry just incase.
Duct tape is useful for a lot of things, now, I am not saying you can use it to patch your tyre, or tape your door back on, but, having some duct tape in the car is handy. It can be used to fix a wide variety of problems for the short term, such as a hole in a boost pipe, or to keep something secure until you reach your destination.
Oil and Water
Oil is essential for your car to run, as is water. A car will burn oil, just as it will use water, so it is a great idea to have a spare bottle of oil, and some water in your vehicle EDC kit. You never know when that oil light will come on!
Something to eat never goes a miss, you never know when you might get stranded, and depending on where, you may have to wait for hours. A cereal bar provides plenty of energy, and has some nutritional value, so having a few in your car EDC kit is a great idea.
USB Charging Leads
I carry USB charing leads for all the devices that I need to charge on the go, this includes a lead for my torch, phone and power bank. You never know where you may end up when you set off on a journey, be it routine, or not. Things change, stuff happens, shit could hit the fan when you are away from home, so having you devices powered to contact home is essential.
A no brainer, a USB charger, these things always come in handy, especially on long journeys. Carry one in your car and you won’t be left with a dead phone battery again.
Where do I store all this gear?
I store my car everyday carry kit in a number of different places throughout my motor. I keep some gear in the glove box, for example, my multi tool, cable ties, power bank, and other, bigger items are kept out of the way in the boot.