It’s wintertime, meaning cars are more prone to slipping and sliding. In case of an accident or emergency, it’s important to have a disaster kit in case it takes some time for emergency responders or roadside assistance to reach you. Whether you want to assemble your own or create one for someone special in your life, here are the basic items you need to include in any emergency kit.
Especially in wintertime, make sure you have equipment to stay warm. Store blankets, hats, mittens, coats, hot-hands, and anything else you may think of to stay warm for prolonged periods of time without your car’s heat to keep you toasty.
Some food and water is never a bad idea. Bottled water stores for many months before it goes bad, and snacks like granola bars, nuts, and dried fruits are filling enough to stave off hunger for some time. Snacks are particularly handy if you’re traveling with children, as something to munch on will help them stay calm and keep from crying.
Basic first-aid is a no-brainer. A box of bandaids, anti-septic, gauze, Neosporin, ace bandages, and rubber gloves will go a long way. You may also want to include some OTC medicine like ibuprofen, aspirin, and acetaminophen. If you or someone you travel with has specific drugs or medical needs (e.g. insulin), you’ll want to include some backups in your emergency toolkit.
Pack some power! Most stores sell power banks that will hold at least enough energy for a full charge of your phone so you can call for help and alert people as to your whereabouts. You may also want to keep a flashlight, some flares, and extra batteries to be visible to passers-by.
Have some repair equipment handy as well. A shovel and some rock salt may get you out of a bind if you wind up sliding off the road. Jumper cables and a tire iron are a must for basic car issue.
Last but not least, duct tape! The world’s most versatile adhesive, you never know when it could help you out.