Have you ever thought about car safety? The “what if’s” that we hope will never happen. Obviously we don’t think about them often because we don’t want to ever be in a “what if” situation when it comes to car safety. However, I think we do need to discuss this and we do need to create a plan on what items we need in our car that could save our lives; Essentially, how to create the best emergency kit. Because honestly, how many of you have at least two of these items in your car today? Car accidents happen and we want to make sure we are prepared for them in every way possible. Being well prepared could save your life. So let’s get to it!
How To Create The Best Car Emergency Kit
I think everyone should have a separate emergency kit in their car and here’s my reason why. You never know when you need something, and sometimes, you can’t drive to a Wal-Mart down the street to get it. That is why I came up with a list to help create the best car emergency kit. We would like to never have to use these items, but it is always better to be safe then sorry!
1. First Aid Kit
A first aid kit is essential to car safety. They come in many sizes so you can pick and choose your favorite. You never know when you need a little bandage or something on a larger scale.
Just any normal blanket will do but obviously a wool blanket would be the warmest. This is used in case you are stuck in your car without heat in the cold. Plus you can also bring it out when you want to drive with the top down in 50 degree fall weather:)
3. SWELL Water Bottle
We all know keeping a plastic water bottle in the car during temperature changes is bad for our health. So why not grab this SWELL water bottle. It keeps cold liquid cold for 24 hours and hot liquid hot for 8 hours! Get the big one for extra liquid and remember to refill before long driving trips.
4. A List Of Emergency Contacts
Not something you can buy. Create a small index card of emergency contacts and keep it in your glove department. This can be super helpful for medics and the police to verify who you are and call people if you are in an emergency or hurt. I would list close family members (especially those living near you), medical doctors, any allergens, car insurance, and information about you.
Great thing to keep for all sorts of emergencies! It is hard to check under the hood in the dark; or change a tire… Big or small, keep a flashlight handy. Try this flashlight that also is a seat belt cutter and window breaker!
Another handy product to have. A multi-tool is great for any situation. Hence the word “multi”!
You never know when you have to light a fire. Hopefully you will never use these, but keeping a small box of matches in the glove department wouldn’t hurt!
8. Emergency Food
I know this one sounds crazy, but you just never know. Have you ever watched the TV series “I Shouldn’t Be Alive”? Emergency food can be anything that has a long expiration date and can withstand car temperatures. I would go for high protein bars or something similar.
9. Seat Belt Cutter & Window Breaker
If you have the flashlight mentioned above then you don’t need this second tool. If not, then a seat belt cutter and window breaker is so important. You want to get out of tough situations fast!
10. Road Atlas
A hard copy please! You never know when technology will fail you which is why it is important to have a hard copy. Try to stay up-to-date with a road atlas though. I would say three years or less is still accurate.
11. Emergency Money
A little emergency money in your glove box is probably worth it. A stack of quarters and $100 can go a long way. Just make sure to only use it in an emergency!
12. Emergency Phone Charger
Last but not least, a phone charger. I say “emergency” charger because you want one that doesn’t require an outlet. They make car chargers that can be powered by a solar charge, or the car outlet, just not a wall outlet. Make sure it is a universal charger . You never know what your phone takes these days!
This list of 12 items is crucial. You can actually purchase all of these items and bundle them together in a small box or bag to store in your car. They don’t have to be anything fancy or extra large, but they do need to be in your car. Image what you would do if you were stranded in the cold with a broken down car and no cell service. Or if you had to quickly release yourself from your car window.
These are extreme situations and I hope you never have to be in them, but I feel like we should all prepare for the worst, in hopes that the worst will never come. The items above can all be purchased on Amazon. I am not saying go out and drop hundreds of dollars right now on these items, but for future birthday’s, Christmas, Valentines Day, whatever, at least one of these items should be on your list. The quicker you have all 12 in your car, the more safe you will feel.