Items to Keep in Your Family’s Car in Case of Emergency

A flat tire downtown to being stranded in a snowy ravine for three days are all examples of roadside emergencies. As a result, you may want to consider keeping a basic emergency kit in your car at all times, as well as a travel kit tailored to a specific trip.

Your close-to-home kit should include the following items: everything you need to change a tire, gloves, a couple quarts of oil, antifreeze, and water. For minor flats, a can of tire inflator is an excellent temporary fix. Jumper cables or a booster box, flares, a flashlight, and some basic hand tools are also required.

A first-aid kit, drinkable water, high-calorie food (such as energy bars), blankets, toilet paper, cell phone, towel, hat, and boots are now available for your comfort and safety. Keep some spare change, emergency cash, and a credit card on hand.

People who live in areas prone to severe weather or earthquakes may want to stock up on supplies for longer-term emergencies.

When packing emergency supplies for trips away from home, keep the weather and geography in mind. You’ll need a source of light and heat, as well as shelter from the elements and enough food and water for everyone in the vehicle.

Always let people know where you’re going and make a plan for checking in at waypoints. If you get into trouble, you can report yourself missing as soon as possible, allowing rescuers to narrow their search area.

The key to safe travel is to keep your vehicle in good working order, plan ahead of time, and inform others of your plans.