There are a lot of mishaps that can happen while you’re on the road. While prevention is king, there are a lot of uncontrollable factors that may increase the risk of accidents. Be prepared for these unwanted events with a well-stocked emergency car kit.
A well-stocked emergency kit can help ensure prompt and efficient first aid, whether at home or on the road. And while good car maintenance can help prevent breakdowns, there are still a lot of factors along the way that can cause trouble to your car – bad weather, poor road conditions, and irresponsible motorists to name some. Be prepared for these unforeseen with an emergency car kit, either commercial pre-packaged or self-customized.
What supplies to include in your emergency car kit:
Water – Water is essential to life. You won’t survive for very long without clean water. Choose emergency water pouches instead of bottled water to save on space. Regularly check water for expiry.
Food – Include high calorie energy bars, with long shelf life and ability to withstand temperature extremes. Avoid salty foods that will increase your thirst and quickly diminish your water supply. Keep food supplies in a hard plastic container.
Extra clothing – Pack in rain jacket, as well as seasonal clothing such as gloves, scarf, and hat.
Blankets – Wool blankets can help provide warmth if you are stranded along the road and need to spend the night in your vehicle. A space bag or blanket is best for cold weather conditions. It is made of reflective material that can absorb as much as 80 percent of body heat, even in the winter.
Flashlights – Durable flashlight with extra batteries will provide illumination through the night. They will also serve as hazard lights. Choose high power LED flashlights with longer battery life.
Tools – Make sure you have necessary equipment to troubleshoot your car should it encounter problems on the road. Aside from basic car repair tools, it is recommended to include a knife, a basic tool kit, and a collapsible shovel for shoveling your way out of mud or snow in emergency car kit.
Cellphone and charger – Cell phones provide an easy way of communicating and asking for help. Moreover, modern cellular phones today are GPS ready and can help rescuers locate you easily.
Medications and medical supplies – Make sure you have enough supply of prescription medications especially if you are on a long trip. If you use medical supplies such as blood pressure apparatus or glucose meter, bring it with you.
First aid kit – An emergency car kit is not complete without a first aid kit. Your first aid kit should include first aid instruction manual or chart to help you manage minor injuries. Better yet, consider enrolling in first aid training course offered by the Red Cross or its accredited training providers.
Be sure to regularly check your emergency car kit, replace any expired or near-expiration medications, and restock it at least once each season.