Create an Emergency Kit for Your Vehicle
If you're like many other people, you likely plan a road trip at some point during the year. Before you get on the road, make sure you're prepared with an emergency kit. It's easy to put one together, and you'll sure be glad you did. You can buy pre-assembled kits at many big-box stores, but you can save money by purchasing just what you really need - and then you have something that fits your family perfectly, so you're more likely to have what's crucial rather than extraneous items. Consider including these items when you're putting your kit together:
- First-aid kit. A first-aid kit is one of those things we know we need, but we never get around to purchasing. Do it now before you get on the road! You can find really basic first aid kits, or you can assemble your own. Neosporin, band-aids, antiseptic wipes, gauze, adhesive tape, and aspirin are all great things to include. Think about kids' versions of medicines, and consider any medical needs specific to members of your family.
- Fire extinguisher. Make sure you get one rated for Class B (those that involve flammable/combustible liquids, like gasoline, diesel fuel and kerosene) or C (those involving electrical equipment like switches and batteries) fires. If your engine catches on fire, you'll be glad to have this on hand.
- Jumper cables. This is one of the most basic must-haves for any vehicle; even when NOT on a road trip we've had to use these to jump our vehicle or to help other people out. Jumper cables are inexpensive and compact, so it makes sense to have these in your vehicle.
- Blankets and water. If you get stranded you'll be thankful for the warmth. In the summer, if you get caught in a hail storm a blanket might be your only line of defense between you and the hail. Blankets can be used to cover expensive items in your car, too. Water is important to have if you get stranded on the side of the road (you don't want to get dehydrated)!
- Tire Repair. Foam tire sealant, a spare tire, and all the necessary tools for changing a tire - foam tire sealant is an inexpensive temporary solution when you get a flat, and it could mean the difference in you being stranded in the middle of nowhere or making it to the nearest town for help. Make sure someone on the trip knows how to change a tire, too!