Last year, Atlanta was hit with a major snow and ice storm. Thousands were stranded on the highways and on side roads; many slept in schools, grocery stores, hardware stores, or gas stations.
So today I thought I’d talk about a different kind of project you can easily put together: a DIY emergency kit for your car.
You should include the following in an emergency kit:
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– a blanket that could keep you warm (I have a fleece one, like this: AAA 4014AAA All-Purpose Travel Blanket);
– several bottles of water;
– nonperishable food (I like keeping granola bars or Lara Bars in the car);
– a winter coat, if you aren’t wearing one, a hat, and gloves;
– an ice scraper or de-icing spray, like this: CRC 05346 Ice-Off Windshield Spray De-Icer – 12 Wt Oz.;
– emergency money in your glove compartment or console. Just bury $20 in there, just for emergencies. Have small bills and some change.
– a flashlight with working batteries in it or one that works by cranking or on solar power, like this: Ivation Waterproof Hand Crank & Solar Powered 3 LED Flashlight;
– a first aid kit, which you can create yourself or buy one like this: AAA 121-Piece Road Trip First Aid Kit;
– charger for your cell phone that will plug into outlets in your car;
– reflective hazard triangle or sign or flares, like these: AAA 4342AAA Emergency Warning Triangle;
– jumper cables;
– spare tire and tools to change a flat. I also have an air compressor pump (it’s about the size of a small shoe box), like this one – Campbell Hausfeld RP3200 12-Volt Inflator and Worklight – in my car that allows me to add air to my tires if needed.
If you belong to AAA or other roadside assistance organization, make sure you have their information/phone number with you. Also make sure you have your insurance card in your glove compartment, in case of an accident; you are required to have it in your car anyway.
You can order roadside assistance kits that have some of these items in them already.
Or, to make it easier for you, I’ve gathered links to some of the products on Amazon here:
Be safe out there!!