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What Should I Keep in my Car for Emergencies?

How prepared are you for an emergency vehicular situation? Whether that means ending up in a ditch, experiencing a car break down, or so many other unfortunate events, you can decide to prepare now. This post is made to help inspire you to build an emergency kit of your own, but what you need is going to be different based on factors like who usually rides in your car, distances you drive, seasonal hazards, and much more.

Should A Car Emergency Kit Include a Flashlight?

A flashlight should be a no-brainer. Keep one or two flashlights in your car’s emergency kit, and check them regularly. Keep extra batteries if you choose battery-powered flashlights, or find a survival flashlight with a crank so you don’t need to rely on batteries.

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What Should Go in a Car First Aid Kit?

Everyone should keep a first aid kit of some kind in their car. Even if all you get is a few adhesive bandages, antibiotic ointment, over-the-counter painkillers, some gauze, and tweezers, that’s a good start. You can build your first aid kit over time or buy a pre-packaged one.

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What Should I Pack for a Winter Weather Emergency?

Getting stranded in the winter is no fun at all. You can’t prevent it from happening, but you can prepare for it by packing warm clothes, including gloves, hats, socks, sweatshirts, and more. You should also include some reflective pop-up safety markers, a road flare, blankets, hand warmers, and either a prepaid cell phone or a USB battery phone charger.

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What Else Should be in a Car Emergency Kit?

Believe it or not, a major lifesaver can be food. Store protein-rich snacks that won’t go bad quickly in a small container so you and whoever is with you don’t get hungry while waiting for help or walking to shelter. The snacks could be nuts, jerky, dried fruit, or a myriad of other energy-packed food items.