No matter the season, being stranded in your vehicle can be very dangerous. In the winter the hazards for hypothermia are of course very high, whereas in the summer dehydration and heat stroke are common issues. Below is a list of everything you should have in your vehicle in the case of emergency.
72 Hour Emergency Kit
- Food items that won’t spoil, such as protein bars
- Water in plastic bottles. Preferably a case of 24
- A few blankets.
- A jacket rated for -40
- A few pairs of wool socks
- Sweat pants and sweaters
- A first aid kit (with a seat belt cutter)
- A shovel
- Candles, a deep tin to burn them in, matches and a lighter
- A flashlight
- A whistle
- Jumper cables
- A tow rope
- Road flares
A Few Things To Remember
When boosting a vehicle, attach the cables to the “dead” battery first. Proceed by attaching the positive then the negative to the “live” battery.
Change out your water bottles at least every six months and store plastic bottles to avoid cracks during freeze and thaw cycles.
Ensure your kit is accessible from inside the vehicle as you may not be able to access your trunk during a time of emergency. It should also be secured in a manner in which it does not become a safety hazard in the likelihood of a collision.
Remember to check your emergency kit every 3-4 months to ensure nothing has been damaged. Keeping your kit in good repair can be the difference between getting through a situation or not.
If you have any tips or advice for anyone in the case of an emergency, please leave it down below to help our community in their time of need.