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Emergency supplies or kits are something we should never forget in preparing but it’s also something we hope we don’t need to use. But emergencies may strike anywhere. So make sure to prepare emergency supplies everywhere even when you’re away from home.

When you’re on the road, there are two types of emergencies you have to prepare for: Natural disasters and roadside emergencies.

Whichever comes your way, you’re ready to bear with the situation as you have emergency supplies ready. Almost every day we take trips away from home like going to work, sending your kid to school, grocery. That’s why it’s critical to store emergency supplies not only in your home but also in your car or any vehicle you use.

An emergency kit in your car, truck or RV is a good disaster preparation. You can use it for a breakdown in the middle of a winter storm, sudden earthquakes, or even a simple flat tire in the middle of nowhere. These emergency supplies are meant for your survival for a couple of days in case of bad luck.

Some shops offer a ready-to-go car emergency kit. But if you want to assemble your own, no one’s stopping you. Plus, it may be a little cheaper than the ready for purchase kit.
Here are the essential emergency supplies to store in your car, truck or RV:

Natural Disaster Vehicle Emergency Supplies

In case of natural disasters happening while you’re on the road, here’s what you need to find in your car:

  • Non-perishable snacks or protein bars
  • Drinking water
  • Warm blanket
  • Raincoat or poncho
  • Flashlight
  • Whistle
  • Solar radio with FM/AM/NOAA
  • First aid kit (Band-Aids, alcohol, gauze pads, antiseptic wipes, aspirin, medications, etc.)
  • Waterproof matches
  • Dust mask
  • Toilet Paper
  • Wipes
  • Multi-purpose knife

Roadside Vehicle Emergency Supplies

Car breakdowns do happen, that’s the truth. The uglier part is, they don’t always happen in your most comfortable places. They could occur in the middle of somewhere, in the middle of the night with no phone signal. So, in case you’re stuck in the roadside because of a car breakdown, here’s what you’ll need and should be a part of your emergency supplies:

  • Fire Extinguisher
  • Reflective warning triangles
  • Tire gauge
  • Foam tire sealant
  • Jumper cables
  • Tow Rope
  • Duct tape
  • Work gloves; heavy duty
  • Snow shovel (for winter season)
  • Ice scraper (for winter season)
  • Multipurpose utility tool
  • Distress banner

So, there you go! The list includes the necessary things you need to store in your car or RV. You can always add some things especially when you travel with kids around. To avoid forgetting things, make a checklist for your car emergency kit. Check what’s already inside your sealed container so you can see what’s lacking.
An important note for all kinds of emergencies is the emergency communication plan. This plan will show how you and your family will communicate in case of an emergency. The plan includes out-of-town contact information, emergency meeting locations, etc.

You may not use it every day, but stored emergency supplies in your car or RV is something you should never leave your home without. Stay safe and prepared.

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