Cars are great, right? Combined with the power of smartphones and satellite navigation, it’s easy to feel like you are only a few taps away from the world. Unfortunately, ‘IRL’ has its’ own way of doing things. It definitely pays to have a back-up plan. That, and a bit of know-how can help you get to your destination.
A roadside emergency kit can be a pain in the neck to lug around until you need it. While you can buy one pre-packaged, creating it yourself can be more rewarding, whether it’s for an extended road trip or your daily drive.
The contents can be divided into three basic categories: Food, Clothing and Tools.
Tools to consider include jumper cables or, better yet, a jumper pack. A small set of hand tools or multi-tool is always a good idea along with a first aid kit. A headlamp or flashlight are invaluable. Don’t forget a working jack and spare tire.
Food should consist of calorie-dense, snacks with a long shelf life, in case you get stuck. Bottled water is a must. And remember any special needs of your fellow travelers when ‘planning the menu’
Pack clothing such as rain gear, a warm blanket, hats and gloves can really be helpful in a bind.
The challenge is to balance the items you’ll most likely need and the available space, while considering your distance traveled and the reliability of your car.