The start of a new year is a perfect time to get organized. When it comes to being on the road, it can be crucial that you have a proper emergency kit stashed away in the trunk of your car – you definitely want to be prepared! It’s really simple to put together a kit of materials you might need in various situations, and you’ll sure be glad you did! You can buy pre-assembled kits, but if you make your own you can save money and end up with a kit that’s custom for your needs. Here are five things to include in a vehicle emergency kit:
1Fire extinguisher. This might not be something you think of automatically to have in your car, but think about how many times you’ve seen vehicles on fire on the side of the road. It’s good to be prepared! Make sure you get one rated for Class B (those that involve flammable/combustible liquids, like gasoline, diesel fuel and kerosene) or C (those involving electrical equipment like switches and batteries) fires.
2First-aid kit. You probably have one of these in your home (and if you don’t, add that to your shopping list, too!) and it’s just as important to have one in your car. This can be one of those things we knowwe need, but we never get around to purchasing. Neosporin, band-aids, antiseptic wipes, gauze, adhesive tape, and aspirin are all great things to include. Your family might have specific medical needs that you want to consider, too. We have been really glad to have band-aids in the car on several occasions!
3Jumper cables. We have these, and just recently were able to help a friend whose battery had died. If our car dies, it’ll make it a lot easier for us to get help by already having jumper cables. They’re inexpensive and compact, so it makes sense to have these on hand.
4Blankets. While it’s still cold these can be especially important to have. In winter, if you get stranded you’ll be thankful for the warmth. In the summer, if you get caught in a hail storm a blanket might be your only line of defense between you and the hail. If you have to fix a flat tire and are surrounded by rough terrain, you could lay the blanket down underneath you while you work.
5Foam tire sealant. This is an inexpensive, temporary solution when you get a flat tire, and I think everyone should own a can. It could mean the difference in you being stranded in the middle of nowhere or making it to the nearest town for help!
While you’re assembling your kit, try and think of any other items you might need – and feel good about getting prepared for 2017 travel!