Preparing a Summer Car Emergency Kit

summer carYou’d be hard pressed to find someone who doesn’t see value in having a car emergency kit, but finding someone that actually has one–now that’s a challenge! But think about how many times you’ve had even a slight emergency–having a dead battery on a hot summer day and waiting 20 minutes for your partner to come jump the car–and how stressful it was, especially if the kids were along. Being well-prepared can make a world of difference in even the stickiest situations. Here are some things that I’ve put in my car:

  • Rain jackets- A couple large ponchos will allow you and your partner or other adult to be out of the vehicle and stay dry.
  • Light blanket- This can be used to keep warm if you’re stranded when it’s cool and rainy, or use it to limit the kids’ play area to keep them safe while you’re waiting for help.
  • Nonperishable food and water- Dried fruit, nuts, jerky, protein bars, energy drinks and bottled water are small and come in small packages that you can toss in your container.
  • Battery operated personal fan- Keep the batteries out when not in use to avoid them being damaged.
  • Activities for the kids- Colored pencils (no crayons) and mini notebooks; a deck of cards; small books and toys. Keep these only for emergency, not just for general use in the car.
  • Cash- Keep a few small bills tucked away in case you’re wallet is lost or stolen, or to give to someone who helped you.
  • Emergency contact list- When was the last time you memorized a phone number? Keep a physical list of phone numbers in case your digital brain gets lost or breaks.
  • Prepaid cellular phone- In case your cell battery dies, it’s a good idea to have a back up. You can get inexpensive prepaid phones from Target for around $30. Just be sure to charge them regularly and use up the minutes before they expire, then buy more minutes to replenish the phone.
  • Garbage bags
  • Pocket knife
  • Matches
  • Rags
  • Basic tool set
  • Change of clothes for each family member
  • Reflective vest and cones
  • Toilet paper and paper towels
  • Bottle of hand sanitizer
  • Sunscreen
  • Flashlights and extra batteries
  • First aid kit with all the usual supplies

Preparedness Mama suggests rotating the food and water in your kit on a monthly basis in the summer (and every three months throughout the rest of the year) and checking over everything to make sure there’s no temperature-related damage. Do you have a car emergency kit? What else do you put in yours?

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