One of the most important things you can keep in your car is an emergency kit. You don’t often think about having one until something happens to you or someone you know, so why not take the opportunity now to build or update your own vehicle emergency kit. You can get almost everything at a department store or supermarket as part of your regular shopping, or you can build a list online and order everything. Your kit should be personalized, but this post can be useful as advice to get you started.
What Kind of Flashlight Should Go in my Car’s Emergency Kit?
Something you will want in your car’s emergency kit is a flashlight. If you get stranded at night, it might be one of your most important tools. Battery-powered flashlights are always an option, but you need to be willing to check the batteries every season to make sure they still have a charge. How disappointed would you be if you needed a flashlight, but all your batteries were discharged?
It is easy to find crank-powered emergency flashlights online. Many crank-powered flashlights will also have a small solar panel for extra utility during extreme situations, but the crank will be the real focus.
What Kind of First Aid Supplies Should Go in my Car’s Emergency Kit?
First aid supplies are an important part of an emergency kit. Try to get the following to create a basic first aid kit. You should build on this, but this should point you in the right direction.
- Adhesive Bandages
- Antibiotic Ointment
- Angled Scissors
- Ibuprofen and Acetaminophen
- Surgical Tape
What Else Should Be Included in my Car’s Emergency Kit?
In an area with rather formidable winters like North-Eastern Pennsylvania, you should make sure to bring some winter weather supplies with you. Pack sweatshirts, blankets, gloves, hats, and scarves if you can. If your first aid kit may include a thermal blanket, but you will probably want more than just that.
An emergency kit should include pop-up high-visibility caution signs, a few reflective vests, a road flare, some high-protein snacks, a USB battery, a backup prepaid cell phone, and more. You will probably need to adjust here and there according to your driving habits. If you rarely leave the city, you may not need some of these components. If you drive long stretches of highway, make sure you are prepared for the dark, cold, wet, or stormy conditions.