Everyone has had a car emergency before. Whether it be finding your battery is dead after a weekend with girlfriends, being stuck in traffic for a long period of time, or simply being out and about and finding that you need a bandage. With a little bit of preparation, you can make those moments a lot less stressful. I keep an emergency car kit in my trunk and it has saved me more times than I can count.
Emergency Car Kit
For my emergency kit, I keep everything I need in one plastic tub in the back of that car. Keeping it in a tub keeps it from getting in my way and helps me find it quickly when I need it. I keep a checklist taped to the inside of the box and I go through the box every six months or as we use it and replace what needs to be replaced.
Some of the things I keep in my kit include, water, a blanket, jumper cables, a flash light and first aid kit. I also keep a plastic tarp, sunscreen, bungee cords and a can of fix a flat. I also find that protein bars are one of the most important things in my box. I can’t tell you how many times I have been out and about and not somewhere where I can grab food. The protein bars have been a real lifesaver. You can find the printable checklist at the end of this post.
I love that everything but my blanket fits into one container in the back of the car. If I really wanted to, I could probably find a blanket that I could fit into my box, but I like having a big warm blanket on hand at all times. In the summer, it is our picnic blanket or the blanket we sit on at the splash pad, in the winter it warms up my kids when it is absolutely freezing out, not to mention that it would be nice to have in case of a true emergency.
One of the important things I keep with me is this printable about how to jump a car. It seems like every time my car needs a jump, I can’t quite remember the order I am supposed to put the cables on. This little guide is perfect for keeping in your bucket to make sure you know what you are doing when the time comes. You can find the printable at the end of this post.
What do you do to prepare for car emergencies?
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