Why You Should Have an Auto Emergency Kit

How many hours do you spend in your car each week? In any crisis, auto emergency kits could save lives or be a "get home" bag in a grid-down situation.

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It wouldn't even have to be a major disaster. In a land with freeways and belt routes strung from shore-to-shore and plagued with traffic congestion, it is always possible to be caught in a gridlock, maybe for hours at a time because of an accident or weather conditions.

So if you are traveling any distance, especially with children, it is well worth it to put one in your car.

A back pack is the perfect container for most of the items in this kit so that regardless of the circumstances you are able to care for yourself and walk away from your car with the supplies that will sustain you.

The auto kit pictured above has enough gear to support 5 people in case of an emergency. Here's what is included in this heavy duty duffle bag:

  • (1) Datrex 3600-Calorie Food Bar
  • (5) Emergency Blankets
  • (2) Emergency Ponchos
  • (10) Hand Warmers (5 pairs)
  • (1) 9 LED Metal Flashlight
  • (1) Reflective Road Safety Triangle
  • (1) Jumper Cables
  • (1) Tire Gauge
  • (1) Duct Tape - 10 YARDS
  • (1) Utility Knife
  • (1) Protective Leather Gloves - PAIR
  • (10) Cable Ties
  • (3) Bungee Cords
  • (1) Screwdriver (phillips/flathead)
  • (1) 34 Piece 1st Aid Kit

Be sure to pack extra clothing or items for warmth that are weather-dependent for your area. You may have to change these out, depending on the season.

Maintain at least 1/2 Tank
of Gas at ALL Times.

Determining how many people are in the car most of the time will help you determine the contents and amount of supplies in your car kit.
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Items you might want to add:

Like all kits from The Ready Store, there is extra space in the duffle bag to add items specific to your family or situation. Here are some items you might want to add:

Emergency tools or items to keep in the trunk:

Your car should be the center of your preparation to meet everything that may come your way. Keep a First Aid kit in your glove box, an auto emergency kit in your trunk or the back of your SUV, and severe weather emergency car kits with you in your car at all times - just in case a disaster strikes.

It's always good to have travel blankets for your pets, picnics and sporting events in your car as well as age-appropriate items for your children.

The best think about auto emergency kits? Yyou always know where they are — in your car.

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