Have you ever been stuck on the side of the road because something happened to your vehicle? Did it make you wonder why you don’t have a roadside emergency kit in your vehicle for “just in case” purposes? It’s always a good idea to be prepared in an emergency situation, and keeping a kit in your car with the essentials can be lifesaving. Here are some “must have” tools that should be included in every emergency kit:
- Flashlight – Having a flashlight that lasts at least 12 hours is very important, especially if you end up at the side of the road in the middle of the night. In a situation like this, you’ll want to conserve battery life on your phone, and keeping a flashlight on hand prevents you from using your smart phone as a light. Carrying extra batteries for the flashlight is always a great idea too.
- Jumper Cables – Anyone’s car battery can die at any time. Whether it be your vehicle that needs to be jumped or someone else’s, be prepared with durable jumper cables that are at least 12 feet long.
- First aid kit – A first aid kit is not only great for minor injuries, but can be lifesaving in more drastic situations. First aid kits also contain products that can be used for a variety of things, not just an injury. A first aid kit should contain: band aids, wipes, gauze pads, tape, scissors, and hand sanitizer.
- Rain poncho – The weather can be unpredictable just like car problems. Having a rain poncho allows you to stay somewhat dry while you’re trying to figure out what is wrong with your car or if you need to evacuate the vehicle. A small umbrella that folds away can also be incredibly helpful.
- Non-Perishables – You never know when or where you might experience car issues, and you may not know how long you’ll be experiencing these issues. Try to have bottled water and non-perishable snacks or food in the car and change them out every few months.