Whether you travel around the block or several hundred miles, you should equip your car with an emergency kit. You do not have to spend a lot of money to assemble an emergency kit for your car. Just gather a few items that will come in handy in an emergency.
Emergency Kit Item 1: Drinking Water
Start off your car’s emergency kit by tucking a couple of bottles of drinking water into a good storage place. The water can save your life by keeping you hydrated while you are waiting for a tow truck or it can be used to top off your radiator in a pinch. Every good emergency kit should include potable water.
Emergency Kit Item 2: Flashlight
Flashlights come in handy in an emergency. While your journey may not start out in the dark, you may end up delayed by traffic or weather. Keep a flashlight in your car. Be sure to check the batteries regularly or look into a flashlight that does not require batteries.
Emergency Kit Item 3: Duct Tape
Farmers and ranchers use to use bailing wire and duct tape to fix anything. While duct tape may not be a long term solution, it may help you to reach safety when you could duct tape and a shopping bag to fix a broken window or a wire in your car, so keep a roll of duct tape in your car’s emergency kit.
Emergency Kit Item 4: Pocket Knife or Multipurpose tool
A sharp knife comes in handy in an emergency. You can use it to cut bandages, slice through a seatbelt or cut your duct tape. If you have a Boy Scout Knife or Leatherman, these are even better. These knives have blades, screwdrivers, pliers and several unique features that are useful during an emergency.
Emergency Kit Item 5: Emergency Candle
Traveling during the winter in a car can be dangerous. If you find yourself trapped in your car during a blizzard, a candle can actually be used to keep the interior of the car warm enough you can survive until rescue. Be sure to crack the window when you are using the candle to keep from asphyxiating you or your passengers. Do not forget to add a few water proof matches or a disposable lighter to your car’s emergency kit.
Emergency Kit Item 6: First Aid Kit
Any good emergency kit needs to have a small first aid kit. Bandages, antiseptic and small gauze pads should be the minimum you keep in your kit. You can find a wide selection of first aid kits at any drugstore or just get a box of band aids, a tube of ointment, and a roll of gauze to make your own first aid kit for your car.
All of these items can be put into a small box and stored in the trunk of your car. You can personalize your car’s emergency kit by adding things such as an extra dose of your medications or anything you feel you must have access to on a daily basis. Check the contents of your emergency kit periodically, at least monthly and replace or upgrade anything you feel needs to be checked.