Just because it’s summer doesn’t mean emergencies don’t happen. Do you have what you need in your vehicle in case of an emergency? All you need is your cell phone, right? Wrong. Emergencies can be big or small and happen at any time. We rely on our cell phones for everything. What would you do if your cell phone died and you were lost? Do you have the necessary items in your car to get you home safe? We’ve compiled a list of 10 necessary summer items that should be included when starting your own emergency car kit.
Recommended Items for Your Summer Emergency Car Kit
- Map – If your phone dies and you can’t access Google Maps, an up to date map will do the trick. Make sure the map is current and captures any new developments and side streets.
- Jumper Cables – You never know when your car battery will need a quick boost or perhaps you need to help out another driver.
- Snacks – Packing a few extra granola bars and non-perishable food will go a long way when traffic is at a standstill. Being hangry is no joke.
- WATER – Hydration is key when it comes to staying healthy during the summer months. Keep water in your vehicle at all times. When planning a road trip, plan on one-two litres of water per person for emergencies.
- A properly inflated spare tire, wheel wrench and tripod jack are must-haves for any season. Double-check every few months to make sure your spare tire is fully functional and doesn’t have a leak.
- First aid kit that includes gauze, tape, bandages, antibiotic ointment, aspirin, nonlatex gloves, scissors, hydrocortisone, thermometer, tweezers and instant cold compress.
- Blanket – Even though you probably won’t need it in the hot summer months, blankets offer a great way to create your own shade.
- Sunscreen – Purchase a couple of sunscreen sticks to keep in your glove compartment or your first aid kit for times you’re stuck in the sun. When they’re empty, they are a clever way to store cash in your car.
- Solar Phone Charger – You might not always have access to power when on the road, for a traditional phone charger. A solar phone charger can be a great addition to your emergency car kit.
- Visibility Kit – You need to be seen when tending to a flat tire or stuck on the side of the road. Stock your summer emergency car kit with a few reflective triangles to place around your vehicle. Road Flares are also a great investment that can be seen for miles if you are stranded out in the country or on the back roads.