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Friday, February 27, 2009

Emergencies on the road

It's a very good idea to keep an emergency bag or box in your car. Here are some things I'd recommend you have on hand just in case.

1. A gallon jug of water. Good for drinking if you need it or in case the car overheats. Be careful during the winter that the jug does not freeze & then crack.

2. Food. Keep some energy bars in the car just in case. I'd keep at least two bars for each person in your family. Try not to choose chocolate which will melt in the hotter months.

3. Blankets. I would keep a solar emergency blanket for each person along with several heavy wool blankets.

4. Clothes. Keep extra hat, gloves, scarf and dry socks for each person. You can also keep a spare change of jogging pants and shirt or a nylon poncho in case of rain.

5. First aid kit. Keep at least a basic first aid kit in the car along with first aid manual depending on your level of knowledge.

6. Road flares and flashlight with extra batteries. In case of a break down, it's a good idea to have these on hand.

7. Extra windshield washer fluid, oil and anti-freeze in case they are needed.

8. A tire gauge, tire jack and a spare tire in case of a flat.

You don't have to go out and buy all this at once. Each week pick one item and in a few months, you'll have a fully stocked car emergency kit.

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