Regardless of where you live in the country, winter weather has a sneaky way of throwing you a curve ball. Whether it’s a deluge of rain in the South or a freak snowstorm in the West, the next month or two can be summed up in one word: unpredictable.
That’s why we advocate having an emergency kit in your car trunk—while ForeverCar can handle all the details if you have a breakdown, just waiting out a storm by the side of the road requires a few special items. What’s more, there are some minor setbacks that can be handled with a few well-placed items of emergency gear.
Here’s what we have in our Emergency Duffel:
Flashlight. Sounds simple, but many drivers forego having a flashlight in their car. We suggest getting a small LED tactical flashlight—the beam is brighter and more intense than the traditional bulb variety.
Blanket. Temperatures drop when it gets dark. Plain and simple. And, sometimes you can use a blanket underneath the wheel of a rutted car to get unstuck.
First Aid Kit. Grab one of those all-in- one jobs from the local pharmacy, with a range of Band-Aids and ointments in it.
Jumper cables. A quick jump could mean getting back on the road. And, you could always play Good Samaritan to someone else in need.
Kitty Litter. A small bag provides grit under tires if you’re stuck in the snow.
Duct tape. From sealing a broken hose to holding up a damaged fender, this tape can be a lifesaver. Just ask NASA.
Foam Tire Sealant. Squirting some sealant into a tire with a nail in it can mean the difference between sitting by the side of the road and limping on home.
All-in- one tool. These gizmos feature knives, screwdrivers, plyers and all sorts of other stuff in one handy device.
Snack Bars. We opt for the high-protein kind, like Clif Bars. Might as well be nutritious if you’re snacking.
Rain poncho or tarp. Keep yourself dry walking to that service station in the distance.
Drinking water. Keep a gallon in your car. Always.