Depending on where you live, the chances of being stuck on the road during inclement weather could be pretty slim, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be prepared at all times. The following are essentials that you should have in your vehicle:
- An emergency road kit that you can easily purchase at any auto parts/supply store (Keep in your car year round)
- A small First Aid kit, a small to medium blanket, a small pillow (Keep in car year round in a medium duffel or similar type bag)
- A collapsible shovel, small bag of ice melting salt or cat litter if you live in an area that gets snow (Keep in car during winter months)
- A large Ziploc bag containing a travel sized toothbrush, toothpaste, lotion, wipes, deodorant, mouthwash, hand sanitizer, change of socks/underpants, wash cloth and hand towel. Also, purse sized tissues, a roll of paper towels, and flashlight (These go in your medium bag)
- A liter bottle of water and snacks such as Peanut Butter crackers, Granola Bars, or similar type snacks that can be sustained in your bag
Having these staples in your car prepares you for any misadventures that can occur and/or provide you with the minimum bath essentials if you visit a friend and you hadn’t planned on staying, but did.
Preparedness is something most take for granted, but it’s a essential for your safety, survival, and comfort.
Sidenote: Similar preparedness should be employed at home also. Have the following ready and available in a large tote box in case of a power outage or similar event:
- Flashlight – always check batteries throughout the year
- Emergency candles and a butane candle lighter
- Foods that can be prepared and eaten without heating
- 2 or 3 Gallon bottles of water; more depending on family size
- A 5 gallon bucket with lid (may be necessary as a toilet)
- Hand sanitizer
- Baby wipes
- Full propane tank. If you have a grill and weather permits, you can cook canned foods on it
- A means of egress and a place to go if necessary
That is all!