The following article has been contributed by a fellow prepper named Kevin. It has been published with permission of the author. It does not necessarily represent the views of PreppingToSurvive.com.
Family road trips or relaxing drives can be a great way to spend time during the summer, but they can also be cause for serious security concerns. On long summer drives, people are more likely to be tired behind the wheel, road collisions and breakdowns on the highway during the summer months are becoming far too common. If you’re serious about preparing for the worst in any situation, then you’ve probably got plenty of supplies at home and plenty of precautions and scenarios you run through on a daily basis, but have you considered your car?
Here are 5 things you should keep in your car if you’re serious about being prepared for the worst:
- Water bottles. Carrying a bottle of water in work or school is an everyday reality for most people, but few people have the foresight to keep a bottle in the car, even though it seems like the most obvious thing in an emergency. Dehydration can lead to tiredness and fatigue behind the wheel, but it’s not just you that needs to keep hydrated when on the road, your car can also overheat and need some H2O.
- A flashlight. An accident is more likely to happen at night, and whether your car is involved or you come upon an accident in your path, a flashlight is essential in order for you to take charge of the situation and prevent further damage by flagging down other cars or helping those that are wounded. Being seen at night is essential when on the road, accidents are far more likely to occur near other accidents unless the proper precautions are taken.
- MREs. The biggest misconception about emergency rations is that they have to taste bad. Long lasting food can be anything from packaged soup to chocolate to canned food, a bit of imagination when it comes to packing for a disaster can turn what could have been a tragedy into a roadside picnic. The food should be rotated regularly to make sure it’s still edible (a hot car isn’t the best place to store food long-term)
- Insurance/breakdown information. Car insurance is obviously a basic necessity in any emergency on the road, but what people often neglect is to always carry a card from their insurance company with all the relevant details on it, in case you get into a fender bender and get flustered on the motorway with thousands of cars whizzing by. The last thing you need is someone suing you or ending up in a bind with the insurance company because the proper precautions aren’t take. While we’re on the topic of accidents and emergencies on the road, breakdown cover is one of the most important things to have if you’re serious about being prepared for the worst and as the old saying about guns goes it’s better to have it and not need it, than need it and not have it.
- First aid kit. A first aid kit is mandatory in most European countries, but just because it might not be obligatory where you live, it’s always important to be prepared for the worst. there are plenty of good first aid kits available online or from your local camping store, but you can put one together yourself for as little as $20.
Laura & I keep quite a few additional items in our vehicles. Laura blogged about some of those earlier.
What do you keep in your car?