Summertime is just around the corner, and lots of people will be traveling in their cars. Having an emergency kit in your car at all times is a must even if your vacation isn’t far from home. It’s time to make sure your car is stocked and ready for the big adventures ahead.
For today’s Marvelous Tips Mondays post, below are a list of items that are handy to have in case of a road side emergency. My husband (a Marine, mechanic, engineer, and boy scout) helped me put this list together especially the basic tools list.
First Aid Kit – I prefer the JustinCase brand. It includes things like Tylenol, hand sanitizer, ace bandage, Band-Aids, and more; I actually use this just around town if one my kids has a booboo and needs a Band-Aid.
Jumper cables – I can’t tell you how many times in my life I have used these for my own car or helped someone out that didn’t have their own. Our jumper cables are in a carry case with the word “HELP” printed on one side. This could be handy in case you need to flag down someone for assistance.
Tire-iron, jack, and a spare tire that is properly aired – If you bought your vehicle used, sometimes these things are missing. If your lug nuts are a theft proof type, make sure you have the key/adapter.
A can of fix a flat – Oh, how many times have I used a can of fix a flat to make it to my destination!!!! Right now this and the sockets are stashed under the jumper cables.
A flashlight – Check this periodically to make sure the batteries still are working or purchase a wind up flashlight
State or area map – Just in case the GPS doesn’t work.
Basic tools list – a small tool box or bag with mechanics gloves, a 4 in one screw driver that has two Philips and two flat head bits, vice grips, needle nose pliers, a roll of electrical tape, zip ties, set of mechanics wrenches, Duct tape, a volt meter if you know how to use one which can quickly help you identify a bad battery or alternator problem. Here’s our bag of tools… Nothing fancy but gets the job done.
Small 3/8” drive socket set – Almost all new cars will have metric bolts, but not all, so be sure to verify whether your vehicle has metric or standard fittings.
Bottled water and snack food– Ok, I don’t always use these for emergency but keep these stocked at all times for convenience. The better snack food would be energy or protein bars.
Tissue, napkins, baby wipes, or paper towels – Baby wipes are so so so handy to have in the car. I’ve used them for cleaning up kids, spills, my hands after checking the oil, and more.
Paracord – 50+ yards. It is a lightweight nylon rope that is for general purpose use.
Fanny pack with multipurpose knife – Ours is packed full with other things on this list like the poncho, hand sanitizer, tiny Bible and more.
Foldable camping shovel
Deck of cards
Backpack Bible or smaller
Bags – In case of needing to leave your vehicle, keep a stock of gallon Ziploc bags, a trash bag, and a lightweight nylon shoulder bag to hold belongings and documents (like insurance and registration).
Optional – Poncho, umbrella, change of clothes, wind up radio, road flares, a blanket, and a pillow
It sounds like this list would fill up an entire car, right? Wrong. We have everything packed in a shallow storage spot at the back of our midsized SUV (except the water). Hopefully, you won’t have to use anything from your emergency kit! These items should help if some unexpected problems come up. I’m hoping that they won’t be needed but it’s great to have peace of mind when setting out on an adventurous road trip!
Do you have additional items you include in your car in case of emergency kit?