Emergency Car Kits

Car kits

Here’s a list of everything you should have in your car emergency kit. For each cold and hot season you should change up your car kit. I like to have one for Summer months and change it out right before it gets cold for the winter months. Many of us spend quite a bit of time in our cars as well as in our homes, so it is important to be prepared in your car as well.  Of course mine will differ from others but this is what we use.

In addition, I urge you to learn some basics for car emergencies, like how to change a flat tire, and how to safely use jumper cables. You never know when you might need to use this knowledge. I have a post on how to do both of these CLICK HERE FOR HOW TO CHANGE A FLAT and CLICK HERE FOR HOW TO JUMP A CAR

This is just a simple list to have with you in the colder winter months you can add to it as much as you like but this will give you the basics to be able to get by in case you ever have an emergency while driving.

 1. Water. If the water is kept in a box/tote/etc. in your trunk, it actually doesn’t freeze as quickly as you might think it would.

2. Food. Think high protein, something filling. Keep treats for younger kids too.

3. A way to make a fire. Waterproof matches, a lighter or two, fire starters, whatever you need to be able to get a fire going.

4. Blankets. You’ll probably be pulling these out even if there is no emergency; I have one for each family member in the winter months.

5. A good knife and/or multi-tool.

6. A shovel. Slide off the road into a snowbank and a shovel can mean the difference between being stuck there and digging 3 feet of snow out of your way and getting back on the road.

7. Gloves. Some sturdy, warm, work-in-able gloves would be best. Hats are also a great idea to have and some ear warmers.

8. Light. There are fewer hours of daylight in the winter and the chances of something happening when it’s dark out are pretty good. Keep a good flashlight handy and make sure the batteries are charged or fresh. I have a few glow sticks for my kids.

9. First aid kit is a must no matter what the weather is always have a first aid kit in your car at all times.

10. Communications. Keep your cell phone charged and in the vehicle with you.

11. I love the hand and feet warmers I like to keep some of those in my vehicle as well.

12. Ice scrapper for windows (that’s a given)

13.  1/2 tank of gas minimum – If you have any less in your gas tank it may freeze in cold weather and creates water in your gas tank when it thaws.

14. Pen and paper- to help pass by the time playing games to keep you alert waiting for help.

15. Owner’s manual, you never know what could happen to your car in the cold so it is always a good idea to have the owner’s manual.

 Now for the Summer/warmer months car kit:

We’re on the go a lot during the summer months, whether it’s a road trip, or just around town.  It means a lot of parks, outdoor activities and FUN!  With all that fun comes the inevitable, and odds are, I’m going to need something out of the car kit that I keep in my trunk. Preparedness is key!

If you’ve got kids, you know that bugs, sun, scrapes, bee stings, dirty diapers, wet clothes, mud, accidents, emergency potty stops along the side of the road (or in the woods), and a myriad of other things are bound to happen at some point during the day. 

1. Hand sanitizer
2. Clorox wipes (helps to disinfect areas you may want to disinfect)
3. Baby wipes (LOTS)
4. Sunscreen and sunglasses
5. Bug spray
6. Toilet paper
7. Paper towels
8. Grocery sacks/trash bags
9. Baby powder–removes sand like magic!
10. Plastic tablecloth–you never know when you need a clean surface to eat on!
11. Blanket to sit on at parks
12. First aid kit:  I always have my first aid kit in my car at all times!
13. Kleenex

14. A few snacks like a box of Goldfish for my kids with glass or metal water bottle for each of us. I fill them up before we go anywhere.

15. A spray bottle with a fan on it and extra batteries in case we get stranded with no AC. Also nice to use at parks to help cool off the kids.

Just a few items in your trunk can make a huge difference. Now’s as good a time as ever to get things for your own car kits.

Traveling – we definitely beef up our supplies if we’re going to be on a car trip!

Just a few items in your trunk can mean the difference between a miserable, possibly life threatening experience on the road and coming out alive and well. Now’s as good a time as ever to get those winter supplies in the trunk

Copyright © 2014 – Food Storage and Survival – Read more at: http://foodstorageandsurvival.com/11-trunk-essentials-for-winter-preparedness/

Just a few items in your trunk can mean the difference between a miserable, possibly life threatening experience on the road and coming out alive and well. Now’s as good a time as ever to get those winter supplies in the trunk,

Copyright © 2014 – Food Storage and Survival – Read more at: http://foodstorageandsurvival.com/11-trunk-essentials-for-winter-preparedne

Just a few items in your trunk can mean the difference between a miserable, possibly life threatening experience on the road and coming out alive and well. Now’s as good a time as ever to get those winter supplies in the trunk,

Copyright © 2014 – Food Storage and Survival – Read more at: http://foodstorageandsurvival.com/11-trunk-essentials-for-winter-preparedness/

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