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Your Car Needs Emergency Items For Survival

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Your car needs emergency items for survival because, as you know, Mother Nature can come up with some real surprises. Years ago we heard about Hurricane Matthew and how it was a huge concern for millions of people in the path of this horrific storm. I have been posting for years on Facebook and Instagram to keep your gas tanks above 3/4 full instead of my usual above 1/2 full in case you need to evacuate.

When a storm like that hits, or even with wildfires or severe snow storms, on the news we can see miles of cars lined up outside gas stations and hear that gas stations are empty all over the area. It’s often said on the news that water was the first thing that became scarce in grocery stores during these kinds of emergencies. What To Do If There’s No Gas in a Hurricane

Your Car Needs Emergency Items For Survival

Why does your car need emergency items?

In addition to the Hurricane Matthew-type disaster, this type of emergency can happen where you live. It may not be a hurricane causing all the problems. Recently, in Salt Lake City, Utah, the main freeway had an accident involving a semi-tanker full of dangerous chemicals and the main freeway was closed for hours on end. Emergency Items That Will Disappear First

The accident that triggered the tanker to roll resulted in the freeway being shut down and backed up for miles. The TV channel showed people parked and walking around their cars. Without a few extra diapers in the car, getting water, food, snacks, using the bathroom, or changing a diaper was impossible.

Emergency Items for Your Car

There have been car and truck accidents, snowstorms, ice storms, etc., and traffic is at a standstill, literally. I put this list together quite some time ago, but we all need a nudge to remind us to put a few things in a car should an emergency happen.

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I am also putting together a “food-water” container. This can be called a Car Emergency Kit, emergency car kit or even a roadside emergency kit. Please tell me any ideas/items you would add to this list. We are here to help each other be prepared for the unexpected. Food Storage Moms Car Emergency Kit list (printable). Please remember your important documents and pet vaccinations. You will need them, I promise.

Emergencies or disasters can strike at any time, so having certain items in your vehicle can be lifesaving. Place items in a regular pack, backpack, gym bag, or other container. Be careful about storing items that may be damaged or compromised in extreme heat situations. This is what I have in the back of my Honda CRV. It’s secured and ready to use.

Car Needs Emergency Items

Car Emergency Items

  • Names and phone numbers of who to contact in an emergency 
  • Battery-powered or crank-powered portable radio/extra batteries
  • Flashlight/preferably one with solar/crank/LED
  • Compass and maps: not everyone has GPS in their car or on their cell phones
  • Can of motor oil
  • Fire Extinguisher (5-pound ABC type)
  • Road Flares and/or orange cones Collapsible Pop up Traffic Cone
  • Rags/paper towels
  • Shovels – snow shovel and small spade to clear debris
  • Pocketknife
  • Tire pressure gauge
  • Toolbox/toolkit – be sure to have some screwdrivers, pliers, tow straps, and other basic tools
  • Window ice scraper and snow brush for your windshield and side windows
  • Tow rope
  • Duct Tape
  • Bungee cords
  • Waterproof matches
  • Tire Inflator Portable Air Compressor
  • Car battery charger, jumper cables to jump-start your car, lug wrench to fit your car’s lug nuts, fully inflated spare tire, and a seatbelt cutter

Necessities for survival:

  • Water – snacks
  • Blankets – boots – warm socks – work and winter gloves
  • Jackets /sweaters
  • Emergency cash: approximately $50.00 in small bills
  • First Aid Kit
  • Extra antifreeze
  • Cell phone charger
  • Kitty Litter or sand for tire traction
  • Baby Wipes
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Scissors/pens/pencils (not crayons-they melt)
  • Emergency toilet (#10 can, toilet paper, disposable bags, and tissues
  • Windshield washer fluid
  • Brake fluid
  • Transmission fluid
  • ResQme device: Functions as seat belt cutter and window breaker
  • Notepad and pen: You can use it to leave notes if you have to leave your car or use it to write down someone’s license plate number
  • N95 and/or gas mask with filters (you never know when disaster could strike)
  • Rescue whistle to call for help
Car Needs Emergency Items

Why do I need emergency items in my car?

Emergencies can happen unexpectedly while you’re on the road, such as getting stranded due to car trouble, stuck in a ditch, or being stuck in heavy traffic in severe weather conditions. Emergency items can help ensure your safety and well-being until help arrives.

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What are the essential emergency items I should keep in my car?

Essential items include water, non-perishable food, a first aid kit, a flashlight with extra batteries, a multi-tool or Swiss army knife, a blanket or emergency sleeping bag, a reflective vest, jumper cables, a portable phone charger, and a roadside assistance kit.

How much water should I keep in my car for emergencies?

It is recommended that you keep at least one gallon of water per person daily for drinking and sanitation purposes. I prefer 4 gallons per person per day. It would be best to have at least a three-day emergency water supply for each person in your vehicle. Water Storage: How Much Do You Need?

What type of non-perishable food is best for emergency kits?

Choose foods with a long shelf life that don’t require refrigeration or cooking, such as granola bars, nuts, dried fruit, canned goods (with a can opener), and meal replacement bars. Make sure to check and replace expired items periodically.

How often should I check and replenish my emergency kit?

It’s recommended that you check your emergency kit every six months to ensure that all items are in good condition and haven’t expired. Replace any expired items and replenish supplies as needed. What Are the 20 Basic Items in an Emergency Kit?

Do I need to customize my emergency kit based on location and climate?

When assembling your emergency kit, consider your location and the climate. For example, if you live in a cold environment, include extra blankets, warm clothing, and hand warmers. In a hot climate, include sunscreen, hats, and additional water.

Should I include any specific items for medical emergencies?

A first aid kit should contain basic medical supplies such as adhesive bandages, antiseptic wipes, gauze pads, adhesive tape, tweezers, scissors, and pain relievers. In case you’re caused to be away from home for a few day, have any necessary prescription medications. Consider any specific medical needs you or your passengers may have.

Final Word

Please pray for the world right now and the situations going on everywhere. Please pray for our country and the people around the globe. May God bless you for being prepared for the unexpected. May God Bless this World, Linda

Prepare Your Family for Survival

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  1. Good post. There is so much to say about this subject but I dunno that it does any good. Most folks cars are trash bins or barren deserts neither of which are any help in emergencies.

    1. Hi Matt, now I have the giggles, I have a relative with a car that may or may not be labeled a trash bin! LOL! Sorry, but I needed a good laugh today! Thank you! You are so right, some are barren deserts or trash bins. Love this! Linda

  2. Linda, great list as usual. I’d add extra windshield washer fluid, brake fluid and transmission fluid at the minimum. My car trunk organizer holds all of the things I think the car will need in an emergency–including a 2 gallon gasoline can treated with Stabil. I also keep two get home backpacks in the trunk (one each for Jane and me). We also carry certain other security measures.

    In 1984 the mousetrap (intersection of I-70 and I-25 in Denver was shut down for the better part of an entire day when a semi carrying torpedoes wrecked and spilled its load. Worst jam I’ve ever been in as I was driving a semi at the time and was stuck in traffic for 10 hours. My get home bag from back then got me through.

  3. Hello Linda,
    I would also recommend the following items for a car emergency kit:
    ResQme device: Functions as seat belt cutter and window breaker
    Notepad and pen: You can use it to leave notes if you have to leave your car, or use it to write down someone’s license plate number
    N95 and/or gas mask with filters (you never know when disaster could strike)
    Rescue whistle to call for help
    Rain poncho

    Hope this helped!

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