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Creating the Perfect Car Safety Kit

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We all hope to never find ourselves in an emergency situation, but the fact is that we should all be prepared for them at all times. Having an emergency kit in your motor vehicle can help ensure that the bad situation you end up in is something you will be able to weather and get through. What items should you keep in your car kit?

Below is a list of some emergency kit must-haves you should consider keeping in your vehicle:

  • A durable canvas bag to store supplies
  • A no-spill gas can that can hold 2 to 5 gallons
  • Jumper cables that are the right gauge for your vehicle
  • Roadside flares or glowsticks
  • A spare tire and jack
  • Spare car fuses
  • A first aid supplies kit (this should include items like band-aids, hand sanitizer, antiseptic, antibiotic ointment, cotton balls, gauze pads, tweezers, ace bandage, and aspirin)
  • About 2 to 3 gallons of bottled water
  • Granola or energy bars
  • A small tool kit
  • A flashlight with extra batteries or a flashlight that does not require batteries
  • Road maps
  • Blankets
  • Extra gloves, wool socks, and boots
  • A small fire extinguisher
  • A gallon of anti-freeze
  • Two quarts of oil
  • A roll of duct tape
  • Paper towels or rags
  • Washer fluid
  • Pen and paper
  • Seasonal supplies such as rain gear, an umbrella, or ice scraper

Other additional items you might want to include are:

  • Hand-held GPS unit
  • Towing strap or chain
  • Emergency car battery charger
  • Solar battery charger
  • A cell phone charger that is kept in the car at all times
  • Sleeping bags

How to pack it:

You have all of your items ready, but how do you keep it all together? The key to packing your emergency kit is organization. Below are some tips on how to accomplish this.

  • Use a clear plastic container that has a secure lid
  • Place your items inside, preferably in a single layer, so you can access them with greater ease
  • Draft an itemized list and tape it to the box
  • Remember to always replace anything that expires or gets used

There are also pre-assembled roadside assistance kits that many companies provide, though nothing will beat a customized car kit that is tailored to your specific needs. Another option would be to purchase a pre-made kit and to supplement it with the items it might be missing. Whatever you choose to do, make sure you do not hit the road without some sort of emergency kit. You might never use it, but you will feel a lot better knowing that you are safe and prepared if anything were to happen.

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