Creating an Emergency Preparedness Kit
While none of us ever really want to consider the fact that an emergency can strike during a long road trip, that is the cold, hard truth. We have a choice to either pretend that’s not the case, or prepare for an emergency should one ever occur. Of the many things you can do to prepare for an emergency, having an emergency preparedness kit is one of the most effective. Keep reading for tips on how to make one.
As its name might imply, the emergency preparedness kit is all about being prepared. So take the time to think about what you will need. Consider what might happen in an emergency and what things you wish you would have had with you. Then acquire them and put them in your kit. Always remember that you can never be too careful when it comes to emergency preparedness.
Bring the Basics
While your emergency preparedness kit should be tailored specifically to your potential needs, there are some basic things that should be included in every kit. They are listed here:
- Cell phone (with charger)
- Flashlights (solar or winding)
- Duct tape
- First aid kit
- Rain gear (ponchos)
- Fire extinguisher
- Tools (screwdrivers, wrench, pliers)
- Knife (multi-tool)
- Road flares
- Gas can
- GPS device
- Tire chains
- Essential vehicle fluids (antifreeze, oil, water)
- Drinking water
Although not everyone has the time to become a fully-certified car mechanic, if you use a car frequently, you should know the basics about your car. This means that you should be able to check the fluids in your car and replenish them if necessary. While paying somebody to do this for you instead of learning it yourself can be a great convenience, it will come back to bite you later if you ever find yourself stranded in your car.
A car emergency, especially if you are traveling through a deserted area, can be quite frightening. However, if you are prepared for such an event, you will have a much higher chance of remaining safe and secure.
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