Let’s Get Prepared! Day 15 – Car Emergency Kits

On Day 15 of our Let’s Get Prepared! Challenge, we’re going to talk about a very important place to be prepared for emergencies:  Our cars!  

Emergency kits for a car can help when you’re facing a natural disaster (caught in a storm) or just plain experiencing car trouble. It may even be for if you need to stay in your car for a while during an evacuation from home. Being prepared when you’re in your car can make a real difference in getting through a challenge. 


Prep Challenge - Gather Your Preparatons


First, let’s start with the “Something went wrong with the car and I have to fix it” list.  This is a list of helpful tools to get you out of many jams, or even a minor fender bender, but it’s just as important to know how to use them:

  • Hazard Triangle or flares

  • Fix-a-flat cans (2 of them, to be safe!)

  • Jumper cables

  • Tire Iron

  • Jack

  • Basic tools (flat head screwdriver, Philips head screwdriver, pliers, socket wrench, knife or scissors)

  • Antifreeze

  • Can of motor oil

  • Tire pressure gauge

  • Duct tape (can use it in a pinch to repair a hose)

  • Flashlight

  • Small shovel (to help with getting caught in dirt or snow)

  • Fire extinguisher

  • Rags or paper towels, to help clean up after the mess that all these other things helped to make

  • Pen and paper, in case you need to jot down notes (like after a car accident)

  • Disposable camera or camera phone to take pictures if an accident occurs


Remember to always put your hazards on, pull as far to the side of the road as you possibly can, and, if at all avoidable, don’t put yourself between the car and the traffic coming down the road.  Tragic accidents have occurred when people are just trying to deal with a simple flat tire.

 Blizzard of 1978 Cars on Rt 128 S Needham, Mass,  Jim McDevitt Photographer. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers


Just as important, you need to be prepared for car trouble that leaves you stranded for a while.  Here in New England, there’s the risk of getting caught in a snow storm, but there are risks for being stranded all over the country.

  • First aid kit

  • Water

  • Blanket (wool or mylar space blankets)

  • Non-perishable food (granola bars, dried fruit, and nuts, etc)

  • Ice scraper and snow brush (if you’re in a place that gets any snow, this is a must!)

  • Gloves or chemical hand warmers


Of course, the most important thing to have:

  • Roadside assistance card… an unexpired one!


Today’s challenge:  

Review your current supplies in your car, make a shopping list for what you don’t have, and schedule that shopping trip for this weekend! Consider putting it all in a tote or something easy to grab and carry out. 

Join in the conversation over at the Clever Girl Organizing Challenge Facebook Group to learn from and to teach others as we all take on the Let’s Get Prepared! Challenge! 

Reminder:  Our goal here is to take steps towards improvement.  The content in these posts is designed to inspire thinking, not fear. 



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