After my post building an emergency preparedness kit a few weeks ago, I also put together a kit for our cars as well. I don’t usually venture very far from home – I work from home, I homeschool, and playgroups are usually close to home as well. Trips out of town usually involve the husband driving but if we were to be stranded somewhere, we do have a case of water, some snacks, a first aid kit, and a car safety kit.. I try my best to keep the car with a half a tank of gas at all times because in the event of an evacuation, you do not want to be in line waiting for gas.
If you don’t have a AAA Membership, I highly recommend getting one. They’ll be there to help if your car breaks down, you lock your keys in the car, or if you get a flat tire and at the cost of about a dollar a week, it’s a bargain.
I always keep a case of water in the trunk of my car. It’s a no-brainer – if we’re ever thirsty, we have water – if we’re stranded, we also have water. Snacks are also a must have especially if you have children. Graham crackers, goldfish crackers, and basically anything that won’t melt nor spoil in the heat is a safe bet to have on hand. Remember, you just need enough to keep you and the kids happy if you get stranded. We’re not banking on a few days without help here. Also, if you have babies and young children, you may want to stash a few diapers and wipes into your car’s emergency kit as well.
Here is an all in one kit that I bought for my car. It really has everything you would need in the event of a car emergency including jumper cables, air compressor to refill your tires, flashlight, reflective triangle, tools, gloves, utility knife, bungee cord, whistle, a basic first aid kit, and a lot more.
We also have the American Red Cross Emergency SmartPak that includes a more comprehensive first aid kit, a 2400 calorie food bar, 16 ounces of water, emergency blanket, light sticks, hand warmers, and a bunch of other extra things that you’ll find useful if you get stranded.