What to Pack in an Emergency Kit

We never expect to be in a situation where we would need an emergency kit, but this list of items can help ensure you’re prepared for any emergency that comes your way.

Emergency Kit Neccessities

First Aid kit. You can purchase a prepackaged first aid kit or put together your own. If you’re making your own, include important items like band-aids, cotton balls, gauze pads, ace bandage, hand sanitizer, antiseptic, antibiotic ointment, pain relief like aspirin or ibuprofen, bug spray, tweezers etc.

Fire extinguisher. Make sure you purchase a small one that can be kept in your emergency kit.

FlaresSome spare tire tools come with these so check before your purchase any.

Jumper Cables. Either include traditional jumper cables that require another car, or a battery operated jumper cable pack handy for remote areas.

Ponchos and/or a tarp.In case you’re stuck in the rain or need to walk to the nearest shelter, ponchos or a tarp can protect you from precipitation.

Flashlight and extra batteries.Large or small flashlight, make sure you stash extra batteries in your emergency kit.

Water and non-perishable snacks.Keep bottles of water and non-perishable snacks like granola bars, crackers, dried fruit or energy bars for emergency snacks.

Duct tape.It’s known for being the solution to everything. Keep a roll of it in your emergency kit.

Utility tool.This could be as simple as a pocket knife.

Tow rope.If you get stuck, being prepared with a two rope means any vehicle with enough towing power can get you out.

Blanket.Keep a spare in your truck for cold weather emergencies.

Emergency Kit Extras

Cat litter.Keep this one in your trunk during the winter months. It’s great for creating traction between your tire and slick snow or ice.

Cell phone charger.It’s best to try and charge your phone before leaving for a trip, but keep a spare phone charger in your car for times when your phone dies. A car battery should be able to get you enough to place a call for help.

Once you’ve gathered all your items, pack them in an easy to grab container like a backpack, plastic container or crate and store it in your trunk. Make sure you organize your emergency kit so you know where each item is when you need it. Remember to replace expired or used items so your kit is ready to go with every trip.

Written by Ron King

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