How To Make a Car Kit Ready

A friend and I once got stranded on a freeway in the middle of the night. To get help, we had to walk about a mile in extreme cold, with only a very weak flashlight to find our way. This frightening experience prompted me to get a car kit and be prepared in case it ever happened again.
Having such a kit filled and stashed in your car at all times will give you peace of mind every time you drive your car since breakdowns and accidents can occur at any moment. In addition, your kit could prove invaluable should you need to evacuate by car or even use your car for temporary shelter. You can either put together a car kit with items you already have at home or purchase a premade kit

Sample Emergency Car Kit

  • 3-day supply of water
  • 3-day supply of emergency food and snacks
  • Lightweight wool blanket or emergency reflective blanket
  • Hats and gloves
  • Extra clothing
  • Hand and body warmers
  • Waterproof ponchos
  • Flashlight with extra batteries
  • Waterproof matches and butane lighter
  • Road flares or light sticks
  • 100-hour candle
  • Reflectors
  • Gas can with extra gas
  • Cans of oil
  • Jumper cables
  • Jack and lug wrench
  • Tire pump or Fix-a-Flat
  • Tire chains
  • Tow chain
  • Basic tools and a small shovel
  • Ice scraper
  • Extra fan belt, radiator hose, and fuses
  • Small first-aid kit
  • Multipurpose knife
  • Toilet paper
  • Emergency money ($20 in small bills and coins)

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