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Do You Have An Emergency Car Kit?

I feel compelled to write this post tonight after watching the latest coverage on Snowpocalypse 2010 here in the Pacific Northwest.  We don’t get much snow here in general, but this year promises to be a doozy.

So my question to you is simple.  Do you have an emergency kit in your car?  Do you have what it takes to survive overnight in your vehicle if you are unable to reach safety?

Someone close to me was unaccounted for tonight for about six hours.  They had forgotten their cell phone this morning, and were thus unreachable.  They arrived safe quite a bit later than expected, thankfully, but the whole thing got my mind going.

Even I am unhappy with the state of our car emergency kits.  So take this nudge as a subtle reminder to make sure you have a suitable emergency kit in your vehicle.  Keep in mind that what is suitable will change with the seasons and with the area you’re driving through.

Some things to consider:

  • Be sure to have a fair amount of food and water on hand.
  • Have blanket(s) if the weather warrants it.  An extra mylar blanket works wonders!
  • You’ll want to have weather appropriate clothing as well.
  • Don’t forget a suitable tool kit!
  • A small roll of plastic sheeting and duct tape … useful for shelter, insulation, and the like
  • A few emergency candles and a way to start a fire.  One candle generates an amazing amount of heat in an enclosed space.
  • You should already have a first aid kit in your car, but if you don’t, make sure you do!
  • A heavy duty rope, maybe even a tow rope

Hopefully this gives you food for thought!  What do you put in your emergency kit?

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One Response to Do You Have An Emergency Car Kit?

  1. I have all the above, but I also add an extra pair of snow or hiking boots (depending on the season) and an old CD to use as a reflective signalling device. (The hole in the middle is handy to see where you’re aiming.) Other items include a deck of cards, self-heating MRE’s with a gallon of bottled water, water purification kit, plastic water bottle, a tow strap and jumper cables (always in the car anyway), a “hunter’s orange” fleece blanket with a “space blanket” and an emergency mylar tent, a couple of trash bags, clear plastic and duct tape, rope, matches, a good first aid kit, sunglasses, spare prescription glasses, change of clothing for the season, loud whistle with compass, flashlight with spare batteries, sharp knife, zip ties, cash in paper and coins, and maps. This all fits nicely into a medium-sized duffle bag.

    I recall reading about a woman who was trapped in her vehicle for a week in snowy weather. The above emergency bag will enable me to survive for a least a week with scant rations or at least three days with full rations. It it easily carried and, if needed, I could walk to help.