Prepare A Car Emergency Kit

Basic safety items to place in your vehicle to help assist an injury or survive being stranded until help arrives.

Wherever your car takes you, a short trip or long vacation, it is important to leave the house prepared. For some, survival gear means a cell phone and some good CD's. However, a situation that requires safety measures can occur at any time, so its good sense to plan ahead for emergencies.

Start with a large Tupperware or other plastic container that will store easily in a trunk or behind the seat of a truck. You can line the container with a wool blanket, which can be very useful if you are stranded in the cold. Next step is to pack three smaller containers to fit into the large one

First to consider is the conventional first aid kit to fit inside the larger container. This small kit should include bandages, first aid tape and alcohol wipes. Things to add to this could be ice packs (the kind you squeeze to freeze) and some antihistamine (in case of insect bites) and if you are in an area where rattlesnakes are prevalent, include a snake bite kit or at least something to tie off a limb in case of snake bite (but remember to seek medical attention immediately). Keep in mind, one of the best preparations for emergency would be to take a course in CPR and First Aid offered in your community to be educated in how to best use your first aid kit and respond to a medical emergency.

Next, is preparation for emergencies involving your vehicle itself. Start with flares and a flashlight. Then add some liquid tire patch, and make sure your jack and spare tire are available and in good shape. Next add a gallon of water for your car, and a clean empty gas can in case you need to walk to a gas station, however, never ride around with gas or gas fumes in a container in your car. Include a can of "dry gas" incase of frozen gas line and a container of oil and some antifreeze/coolant and you will have all you need to respond to simple car trouble.

Some optional items for the third box, you may want to consider is a separate small container is a gallon of drinking water, a few energy bars and some trail mix. Also, a clean, dry pair of socks and a fold up rain slicker can be invaluable on a camping trip or a rainy jog.

Label the small containers and pack them in the large one and label the outside of the large one so that anyone knows what is contained within, as you may not be the one responding to the emergency. Alert your family and friends to pack a similar kit so that they, too, will be protected.

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