Imagine this. You are driving on a back road late at night with no cell service and all of a sudden you get a flat. What do you do? You can’t call AAA to come fix it or tow you. You need to do it yourself.
If you don’t have an emergency kit, you are out of luck. You’ll have to wait for another motorist to be kind enough to stop and offer help. However, if you had an emergency kit you can do the job yourself and be back on the road in no time.
Sure you can purchase an emergency kit from Amazon, Walmart, Pep boys, or just about anywhere else. But they are filled with cheap items that I wouldn’t trust in a dire situation. Making your own is easy and affordable. Plus you can tailor it to your own needs. Live in a cold climate? A small shovel and ice scraper would be a good thing to have. Live in a hotter climate? Guess you better have some extra water on hand.
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Items for your kit
· Gallon of Coolant
· Gallon of Water
· Jack and tire iron
· Spare tire
· Ice Scraper (colder climates)
· Fix a Flat
· Small tool kit (pliers, screwdrivers, pocket knife, wrench)
· Flares and/or reflective triangles
· Small shovel
· Windshield washer fluid
· 550 cord
· Power bars
Once you have gathered all your items it’s time to store them. You can store them in just about anything you want. From a reusable bag to a plastic tote. The thing you want to remember is to keep everything together and easily accessible. You don’t want it buried in your car or sitting at home.
Of course, you don’t need every item on the list but you do want to have some of them. The more you have the better. Just remember to look through it every couple of months. Replace the water and power bars. Charge up the portable charger and replace the batteries in the flashlight.
A roadside emergency kit doesn’t have to be fancy. It can be pretty basic and simple. You just want to make sure you have the necessary items on hand when you need them. Nothing is worse when you know you have the right tools. Just they are not with you.
Starting from scratch? Purchase one of the kits from Amazon like this one or this one and build on it from there. While most of the items are cheaply made. Some of them are not too bad and it gives you a great starting off point.Lifeline AAA Premium Road Kit, 42 Piece Emergency Car Kit
Never go on a road trip without a roadside emergency kit in your vehicle. You wouldn’t leave the house without your cell phone would you? So don’t take a major trip without the proper supplies. Making your own Road Side Emergency Kit is easy and can also be fun.
Do you have an emergency kit in your car? What items do you always have in your car? Let us know in the comments below. We would also love to know what items you think we missed.
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