|My Emergency Kit in the trunk of my car!|
I have always had an emergency kit in my car, thanks in large part to over-protective parents! The basics that everyone needs to have in their emergency kit are:
- small first aid kit
- candle and/or flashlight (test the batteries)
- jumper cables
- basic hygiene items (tampons, baby wipes and/or toilet paper)
- kitty litter
- change of clothes
- a blanket
I know there are several more items in most emergency kits, but these are the basics. I will walk you through the how/why below:
Here is my Emergency Kit - The whole thing fits in a Large Utility Tote from Thirty-one Gifts, mine is embroidered with the word "EMERGENCY" in big pink letters, so that anyone will know what it is (if god-forbid I was incapacitated, someone else would know exactly what this bag contains).
Now for the inside of the kit:
As you can see, a blanket and change of clothes are easily accessible. This is for 2 reasons: again, winter - if you are cold and bordering hypothermia, you will not be able to handle an emergency well; second, if someone else is hurt in a car crash, a blanket will help keep them from going into shock!
I have chains for my tires, jumper cables, a flashlight, a roadside emergency vest (in the paper towel tube), and emergency road-side flares in my kit, for those just-in-case car trouble moments.
I also have 2 hang-up bathroom-organizer bags with clear pockets with all of my emergency supplies in them. Because of the clear pockets, I am able to keep everything organized while still being able to see what is inside! Shop similar here & here & here
Now for packing the kit:
1. Put the heaviest items (and the ones that take up the most space) into your kit first.
|tire chains, water, & kits go in first!|
2. Place everything else into the kit, paying careful attention to what you will need first in an emergency