Portneuf Health Partners

January 11th, 2019

How to Pack an Emergency Car Kit

Are you prepared for an emergency on the road?

Have you thought about what would happen if your car breaks down in a remote area and you do not have any cell phone signal? If you do not have a plan on how to handle an emergency situation, now is the time to prepare. If you do not have a plan on how to handle an emergency situation, now is the time to prepare.

Before starting your trip, check the weather. Remember, harsh winter winds and higher elevations can cause frostbite in as little as 30 minutes. Of course, if possible, it is best to avoid driving in harsh winter weather conditions, or at least wait until the roads are clear. If you must travel, pack your essentials in case of an emergency, let others know your destination and provide your estimated  time of arrival.

“If you become snow-bound, stay with your vehicle. It provides temporary shelter and makes it easier for rescuers to locate you,” according to AAA. “Do not try to walk in a severe storm. It’s easy to lose sight of your vehicle in blowing snow and become lost.”

Most important items to keep in your car in case of an emergency:

  • First Aid Kit- Band-Aids, hand sanitizer, antiseptic, antibiotic ointment, bug spray, aspirin, cotton balls, gauze pads, tweezers and ace bandages
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • Jumper cables that are compatible with your vehicle
  • Road flares
  • Drinking water- at least two to three gallons (is this per person??)
  • Blanket
  • Multipurpose tool

Pack your emergency items in a well-organized manner, so that each item is easily visible and accessible. Be sure to replace any items after use.

Roadside emergencies happen; being prepared can help you get back on the road sooner and/or help keep you safe while you wait for help to arrive.

In colder climates, it may be helpful to include a blanket or extra gloves and boots. When the situation arises, use your resources sparingly. Try to keep calm and if you find yourself in a panic, take a moment to compose yourself.

Other items to consider packing:

  • Tire inflator
  • Paper towels
  • Ice scrapers
  • Tire pressure gauge
  • Portable cell phone charger