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15 Items to Keep in Your Summer Emergency Kit

by Susan Pazera

15 Items to Keep in Your Summer Emergency Kit

Summer is here and that often means a lot of time on the road. Whether you’re just running the kids to day camp or heading out on a long family road trip, you want to be prepared for any emergencies that might happen while on the road. Making sure that you have a well-stocked emergency kit in your car can come in handy in a pinch, whether you have a breakdown or an unexpected situation arises. Now is a great time to restock your emergency kit and add some important items for summer. Check your trunk and be sure that you have the items below in your summer emergency kit!

Summer Emergency Kit for Your Car

First Aid KitIn case of any small injuries or illnesses, having a well-stocked first aid kit on hand is important. Choose a premade kit or put together a kit with essentials like pain relievers, bandages, ice pack, and similar items.

Extra SunblockSometimes an unexpected situation puts you under the glaring rays of the sun. Keep an extra bottle of sunblock on hand to prevent nasty sunburns.

Jumper CablesA good pair of jumper cables is a must-have, in the event you might have a problem with a dead battery or if you need to rescue another traveler who needs a jump.

Small ToolkitAdd a small tool kit with screwdrivers, wrenches, and a Swiss Army knife so to stay prepared if you need them for a quick fix.

Solar Phone ChargerYou might not always have access to power when on the road, so a solar phone charger can be a great asset to have on hand, to help you stay connected in an emergency.

Reflective BlanketA reflective blanket provides shade from the sun and warmth if you’re stuck outside after dark.

Roadside FlaresChoose LED flares, which are more long-lasting, or reflective triangles. These are safer to use than traditional flares, especially when you have children around.

SnacksHave some non-perishable snacks on hand, in case you don’t have access to a store… Raisins or other dried fruit, protein or granola bars, or beef jerky can stand up to a hot trunk.

Water – Keep gallon jugs of water, plus a few bottles on hand at all times. These can help if you have an overheating issue with your vehicle and will keep everyone hydrated.

Tire SealantA can of tire sealant can save the day if you have a small leak and need to get to a tire shop to have it repaired or the tire replaced.

Tire JackBe sure that your car’s jack is in good, working order and replace it if necessary.

GlovesHave a pair of work gloves on hand. They’ll help if you need to get under the hood or to get a better grip when changing tires.

Light SourceLook for a hand-crank light source. in case of no access to power. Standard flashlights work, too, as long as you check the batteries regularly.

Road AtlasKeep an atlas on hand, in the event your phone or GPS isn’t connecting. Brush up on your map-reading skills, too!

Emergency Radio Keep a hand-crank radio on hand to get updates and information n the event of a weather emergency.

Having a well-stocked emergency kit can make life more comfortable in any situation. What are some of the things that you keep in your summer emergency kit?

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