Roadside Emergency Kits

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u201CJust the
Basicsu201D Roadside Emergency Kit

To be better
prepared for roadside emergencies, every prepper should keep some
basic supplies in their vehicle. The recommended supplies are divided
into two kits: the “Just the Basics” kit (things that
everyone should keep in their car), and the “Kitchen Sink”
kit (less critical items that might be useful when dangers are more
likely, such as when traveling on a long trip).

Item
Use

Cell
phone with car charger
Call for
help

Small
gas can
Retrieve
gas

Folding
shovel
Dig out
tires; make a fire pit

Jumper
cables or Jumpstart battery
booster
Jump a
dead battery

Flashlight
with spare batteries and
car adapter
Safely
navigate the dark; wave down
assistance

Roadside
triangle reflectors or flares
Warn others
of a disabled vehicle,
accident, or roadside hazard

Small
tool kit (e.g., screwdrivers,
adjustable wrench, pliers)
Perform
basic repairs

First
aid kit
Assist
those with medical needs

Tow
strap
Free a
stuck vehicle; tow a disabled
vehicle a short distance

Notepad
and pen
Leave notes
when you abandon your
vehicle; write down tag numbers of a
drunk driver

ResQme
device
Cut seat
belt if trapped; break out
windows if vehicle becomes
submerged

Roll
of heavy-duty duct tape
Tape broken
windows; fix tears; build
shelters; secure enemy's hands;
countless other uses

Windshield
ice scraper
Clean snow
and ice from window

Spare
tire, jack, lug wrench, and
small board to put under jack
Change
flat tire

Warm
blankets
Keep warm
when stranded

Pair
of comfortable walking shoes
and socks
Walk to
safety

Maps
and/or GPS unit
Navigate
to safety

A
few bottles of water
Stay hydrated

A
more thorough roadside emergency kit can be stored in a large duffel
bag. Having it in a bag allows you to quickly load or unload it.
Ideally, the duffel should have shoulder straps, enabling you to
easily carry it should you be forced to abandon your vehicle. Below
is a general list of emergency supplies. You should review the list
and tailor it to your specific needs and any likely threats for
your area.

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August
2, 2010

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