If you work away from your home, keep at least a minimal emergency kit in your car or workplace, depending upon whether you might be separated from your vehicle at the time of an event. If kept in your car, check batteries and food items frequently when weather is warm.
· Ladies: practical shoes; it may be necessary to walk long distances to reach your vehicle or safety
· Imperishable food
· Flash light
· Bottled water
· Cold weather clothing, in season
· Johnny on the Spot; you may become stuck in traffic for long periods
What to Pack in Your Emergency Kit
Here are the emergency kit essentials we recommend along with some optional items you can leave out it they’re not appropriate for your area.
- First Aid kit. Some of the items to include are:
- Hand sanitizer.
- Antibiotic ointment.
- Bug spray.
- Aspirin (or similar).
- Cotton balls.
- Gauze pads.
- Ace bandage.
- Fire extinguisher.
- Choose a small one that is easy to store.
- Road flares (if not already in your tire-changing tools).
- Jumper cables.
- Rain ponchos.
- Flashlight and extra batteries.
- Duct tape
- Scent-free baby wipes.
- Drinking water and non-perishable snacks.
- Multipurpose tool.
- Extra pair of prescription glasses.
- Compact Bible and daily devotions.
Some optional items for your roadside kit include:
- Collapsible shuttle.
- Ice scraper.
- Cat litter for slick roads.
- Small battery-powered fan.
- Blankets and/or warm clothing.
How to Pack Your Emergency Kit
When you have all of your items ready, we suggest the following method for creating a well-organized and easy to use emergency kit:
- Use a clear, plastic container with a secure lid.
- Place items inside in a tidy manner, preferably a single layer so they are easy to see and grab.
- Create an itemized list and tape it to the outside of the box.
- Be sure to replace anything that expires or gets used up.
Additional Emergency Safety Tips
In addition to your emergency kit, there are a few things you might not realize can be a real sanity saver.
- Cell phone car charger: Keeping your phone charged up when you’re on the road can help you reach out for assistance in an emergency. In addition to a standard car charger, also consider a solar charger.
- Cash for gas: If the power goes out due to inclement weather, it’s nearly impossible to get gas with just your credit card. Cash always works, so keep some safely tucked away in your car.
- Clean, empty, refillable gas jug: This won’t fit in your every-day emergency kit, but In addition to a standard car charger, also consider a solar charger. Just remember it’s never safe to keep a full jug in your vehicle, as gas is highly flammable and unstable.
- Full fluids: Before any road trip, be sure to check all the fluid, including oil, antifreeze, and transmission fluid. These should be clean and full to make sure your vehicle is running in tip-top shape.
- Deck of cards, book, or other entertainment: Let’s face it—if you find yourself in an emergency, you might be waiting a while for help. Counting the number of red cars can get old fast, so be sure you have something to occupy the time.