Friday, September 4, 2009

Car Emergency Kit

I need to put together a car emergency kit, so hopefully this posting will give me the motivation to get one in my car. If your car were to break down in a remote area, what would you need to survive? Below are the items I found that are most recommended. These items could fit in a small duffel in the back of your trunk.

  • Cell phone (should always have one with you)
  • Basic first aid kit
  • Blankets/emergency blanket/ski hats (most body heat is lost through your head)
  • Food (granola bars/energy bars, etc) and water
  • Map/compass
  • Car repair kit/tools (screwdrivers, adjustable wrench, pliers, vise-grip, tire pressure gauge, jack, spare tire)
  • Motor oil, anti-freeze/coolant
  • Jumper cables
  • Flashlight or chemical light stick
  • Emergency candle/waterproof matches
  • Flares and reflective triangles
  • Emergency power source
  • Bright red cloth (tie on your antenna)
  • Whistle
  • Heavy-duty rope
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Tools to cut through seatbelts or break windows (large pocket knife, Leatherman)
  • AM/FM radio with various sources of power (e.g. hand crank)
  • Pen and paper
  • Duct tape
  • Rags
  • Rain poncho
  • Emergency cash ($20 or more)
  • Small game to pass time
  • Collapsible shovel (if you get stuck in the snow)
  • If you live/travel in snowy areas: chains for tires, -40 degree windshield wiper fluid, ice scraper)
You can also purchase pre-made kits:

Survival Supply - Several options/price varies
AAA - $35.95

1 comment:

  1. That is such a good idea! I think this will make a good project for FHE.