Your home emergency kit is complete, your pantry is stocked; you have the right grain mill, an emergency checklist for possible disasters, and you have the most sustainable garden in the neighborhood.
But then it hits you; I’m not always at home!
Creating an emergency kit for the car is just as important as creating your emergency supplies for at-home emergencies. What happens if you are stranded by the side of the road in a snowstorm, or have to evacuate the city without being able to get home?
The answer is simple. Prepare an emergency kit for your car, and you never have to worry about surviving even if disaster strikes while you are away from home.
Car Emergency Kit Basics
How elaborate or simple you choose to keep your car kit is up to you- but you should at least stock some of these essentials in your car kit:
- Flashlight and batteries
- Camping shovel
- Basic tool kit
- Space blanket
- Car oil, transmission fluid, water for windshield wipers, brake fluid, steering fluid, and any other fluids to keep your car going
- Jumper cables
- Road flares
- Sharp knife
- Emergency road sign
- Warm clothing for each family member
- Duct tape
- Fire extinguisher
- Food and water for 24 hours
- Toilet paper
- Extra batteries for phones and other electronics
- Necessary medical supplies for a 24-48 hour period
- First aid kit
- Spare tire
- Weather radio and battery-powered radio
- Maps and compass
- Battery-operated lantern
Expanding The Basic Kit
If you truly want to prepare for every emergency, you may want to consider expanding the basic kit to include items specific for different emergency events or based on season.
- Extra blankets and warm clothing
- Tire chains (if applicable and allowed in your area)
- Portable heater
- Rock salt
- Ice scraper
- Bug spray
- Battery-operated fans
- Outdoor cooking supplies
- Hats for shade
- Mud boots
Additional Considerations for Your Car Kit
You cannot fill your car with a huge amount of emergency supplies, simply because most cars have small storage areas. Plan for up to 72 hours away from home. Depending on your circumstances, you may want to add items like, diapers or baby food for any babies in the family, games or activities for children to play, breathing masks in case of chemical spills, a water filter in case you cannot find a source of clean water, a portable toilet in case you cannot get to a real restroom, and any other items specific to your circumstances or disasters likely to strike your region.
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Creating the Perfect Car Emergency Kit
Being prepared means preparing for all emergencies. Discuss the possibility of emergencies that strike while away from home with your family and how you will proceed in case of any emergencies. Modify what you pack in your car based on the region where you live and the unique circumstances of your family.
Do you have a prepped emergency kit for your car? What is in your kit?