Packing travel emergency  kits for your car will help you stay safe and minimize the inconvenience of an unexpected breakdown. Keep the following items in your trunk for everyday travel and extra insurance during longer trips.
Flashlight: If your car suffers an electrical malfunction, a flashlight may be the only light you have on a dark highway. Invest in a good one and make sure the batteries are fresh.
Jumper cables: Dead batteries are common, so a good set of jumper cables is a must to get you out of a jam and back on the road.
Flares: As many as one-third of all highway deaths are the result of pedestrians, so making yourself visible in the event of a breakdown is very important. Buy a few fresh road flares for your travel emergency kit, and store them in a waterproof container.
Reflective triangles: Reflective triangles are another means of bringing attention to your location if your car breaks down, and they have the advantage of being visible day or night.
Fire extinguisher: Fire extinguishers are rated using a letter system that identifies what kind of fire they can fight. For your car's emergency kit, you'll need a "B-C"-rated extinguisher, which means it's good for both flammable liquids (like grease or gas) and electrical fires. These kinds of fires are common with cars and can be tough to put out.
First aid kit: Look for good-quality first aid kits stored in a waterproof box. If you already have one, make sure all items have been restocked.
Water: Bringing water along to drink is more important than food. Most roadside emergencies can be resolved within a couple of hours, but that's still enough time to become dehydrated.
Cell phone: Make sure you've got a phone on board in case you need to place a 911 call, reach your roadside service provider or make other emergency contacts.
With your travel emergency kits packed in your trunk, you'll be prepared for surprise developments and safer on the road. Here are some additional tips for being safe and getting help quickly in the event of a breakdown: