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Vehicle Essentials – Emergency Preparedness Kit

Your car is full of all kinds of things: ketchup packets, air fresheners, ‘N Sync CDs dating back to your high school days. But do you have what you would need in an emergency? Most likely, the answer is no. In fact, you may not even know what an emergency preparedness kit should consist of. That’s why we’ve composed a list of the most important items to have in your car in case of an emergency.

  • Drinking water: If you’re ever stranded, the most important thing to have is water. Carrying around gallons of water can be a pain, which is why we suggest packing a case if 16 small drink boxes of water such as Aqua Blox; these have a shelf life of five years. Another option is to pack refillable water bottles and purification tablets.
  • Food: No, we’re not talking about hauling around a gourmet meal in your trunk. If you’re stuck somewhere, you’ll want something high in protein and calories with a long shelf life. One of the best options is the type of energy bar you find at the camping store. These bars pack between 2400 and 3600 calories and provide up to 72 hours of nutrition.
  • Blanket and extra clothes: If you’re forced to pull an involuntary all-nighter, you’re going to need to keep warm. A wool blanket and extra clothes will help out and a small tarp is a good idea too, in case you need temporary shelter.
  • First aid kit: A couple Band-Aids isn’t going to cut it. Be sure your first aid kit has the following:
    • Several gauze bandages of various sizes
    • Cloth tape
    • Eyewash cup
    • Absorbent pads for bleeding
    • Antiseptic wipes and nitrile gloves
    • Burn ointment
    • CPR mask
    • Elastic sprain bandage
    • Scissors, tweezers and safety pins
    • Pain relievers
    • Nausea medication
    • Sunscreen
    • Moleskin for blisters
    • And last but not least, duct tape
  • Tools: If you ever need to get yourself out of a jam that rusted pair of pliers and old butter knife you carry around in the trunk, just aren’t going to cut it. You need real tools such as:
    • Locking pliers
    • Adjustable wrench
    • 6-in-1 screwdriver
    • Pliers with a wire cutter
    • Ratchet and sockets
    • Hex keys
    • Flashlight
    • Gas can
    • Tire pressure gauge
    • Work gloves
    • Zip-ties
    • WD-40
    • Tire plug kit
    • Jumper cables
  • Recovery gear: If your car gets stuck in the mud, blows a tire, etc. you’re going to need some recovery gear. Be sure you have a properly inflated spare tire (you do have one in the trunk, right?), snow chains if you plan to travel in bad weather and a shovel.
  • Sanitation: Trust us, if you’re stuck out in the middle of nowhere for an extended period of time, you’re going to be happy you packed a sanitation kit. Items such as toilet paper, unscented baby wipes, garbage bags and hand sanitizer can be a godsend.
  • Safety: Last but not least, don’t forget the safety items including a fire extinguisher, maps, seat belt cutter and window breaker, flares and reflective triangle.

All of this stuff might sound like it would take up your entire trunk, but it doesn’t. If you organize wisely, everything on this list can be packed in a couple of duffle bags, leaving you plenty of room for grocery bags or whatever else you need to haul around during the week. Don’t be caught unprepared – be sure you and your vehicle are prepared to handle whatever you encounter out on the open road.

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  • Posted by agency-it
  • On August 28, 2015

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