What to Pack In a Road Trip Emergency Kit
With the weather warming up, this is a great time to start planning your spring or summer road trips. Hitting the open road to begin a new adventure is exciting, but you should also take the time to make sure you and your passengers are safe. In addition to getting any necessary vehicle maintenance out of the way beforehand, you should also know what to pack in a road trip emergency kit.
In general, having a little car emergency kit can be extremely beneficial if you find yourself in an unfortunate situation. Everyone says it will never happen to them, until it finally does. Below, you’ll find an item checklist you can use to make sure your emergency kit is well supplied. In addition to typical car emergency items, the list includes some must-have items for those going far away from home on a road trip or vacation.
- – emergency food rations and water
- – flashlight
- – batteries
- – jumper cable
- – additional vehicle fluid, such as antifreeze or oil
- – emergency contact info for AAA or other roadside assistance
- – tire pressure gauge (or a portable tire inflator)
- – blankets
- – out-of-state emergency contact card
- – a medical ID card or bracelet
- – a portable smartphone charging battery
- – flares or reflective warning signs
- – first aid kit
- – basic tools (screwdrivers, wrenches, etc.)
- – emergency cash in case your wallet is lost or cards do not work
- – if traveling out of state, a guide on some of the state’s roadway laws
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There are no doubt many more items that could be included on this list, so if you have any ideas for what to pack in a road trip emergency kit, just head down to the comments section below and share them with the rest of us. Also don’t forget to return to the Mazda of Lodi blog for more automotive stories of interest.