Breaking down on the road is never a fun experience, but if you are properly prepared for it you can turn a potentially horrible experience into a simple annoyance. Here are some tips on what to pack in your emergency roadside kit to ensure you have everything you need when trouble strikes.
Emergency Roadside Kit
Besides a cellphone, which is probably the most important emergency tool you have, there are of some other useful things you should not be without on the road.
- Cellphone. This one is a no brainer, but make sure you have a cellphone car charger in your vehicle too, just in case your battery needs a boost.
- Jumper cables. To save you when you’re so excited for food that you leave your lights on.
- Flashlight. Grab some extra batteries too.
- First aid kit. Whether it’s a small cut or something more serious, having a first aid kit is always a good idea.
- Medicine and canned or nonperishable food. Something you can just throw into your car and forget about.
- A white flag and flares. If you’re really in trouble this can help make sure you’re found in good time.
- Jack and ground mat. If your tire goes flat on the road make sure you have the tools to fix it.
- Repair tools and duct time. The old adage remains true; duct tape can fix almost anything.
- Extra clothes and a pair of work gloves. Changing a tire will be a lot easier with gloves.
- Water. Don’t underestimate the need for water on the road, both for drinking and cleaning.
- Maps. Trust us, GPSs aren’t fool proof. You’ll thank us when you’re in the middle of nowhere with no service.
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