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What should go into an emergency kit?

I have been thinking about what should go into an emergency car kit in the event that we are stranded. So far, I can think of:

1. A jump starter in case the battery dies.
2. Compressor and tire patch kit for puncture tires.
3. First Aid.
4. Some emergency mylar blankets in the event of being stranded in the cold.
5. Some storable food that can sit in the car for a long time.
6. Some long term storable water.

Anything else?


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Where will you be going and doing? What to have depends on the conditions.

Having a charged-up jump-start pack in the car is a great idea. Even if you never leave the city.

Check the spare tire and tire-changing equipment periodically. Having (and knowing how to use) a patch kit and pump may be useful in some conditions, but I don't see them as being particularly common. If you do have those, check them periodically to ensure they are in good condition and work.

What to have in a first-aid kit beyond the very basics depends in large part in your capabilities to administer first aid.

Bring winter gear (at least a sleeping bag, warm gloves and boots, and warm clothes to change into if yours get wet) if you'll be traveling through remote areas in winter, or when there's a realistic chance for bad weather, even if you'll be in not quite remote areas. For summers in the south, I usually don't bother.

Keeping food and water stores in the car doesn't seem practical unless you're in really remote areas a lot. Take some when you think they might be necessary. If you want to always have them, it's probably wise to replace them periodically and either use or toss out the old.

Find some place to stow a partial or full roll of TP. It's light, cheap, durable (if it doesn't get wet) and can probably fit in some out-of-the-way cranny. If you need it, you'll be really glad you have it!

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tow strap
duct tape
knife or multitool
plastic sheeting
folding shovel
small hand tool kit- pliers, screwdrivers, hammer, metric socket set
pry bar

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I cant tell you how many times my phone has died and always in the more inopportune time. I've made it a habit of having my phone charging while driving or carry my spare battery charger. Make a habit of never letting your car fuel level getting lower than 1/2 tank. Yes, you make more stops but if you are on the side of the road; you'll have the fuel to keep the phone charged and car's HVAC while you wait for help.

Kick the tires and light the fires!
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I would add:
silicone rescue tape
zip ties
pair of work gloves
flashlight (the one normally kept in the glove box is sufficient)
emergency poncho
tow shackle to fit the factory tow hook

If you really want to be comprehensive:
reflective safety vest
eye protection
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Good idea however it’s use has has updated from earlier days whereby they were applied and released every 10-minutes or so to restore blood flow to - apply and leave tightened as a means of preventing toxins being released systemically.

Personal training is necessary to properly place and use a tourniquet.
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I have never bought a emergency blanket,

but just carry a heavy blanket summer and winter in all vehicles. = nice to put on refrigerated / frozen things to protect them from sunlight.

or protect leather, or glass, or the foam door liners from something dirty or damaging.


and if someone has a gunshot wound or is bleeding out,....99% of the time I have a belt. (and trained ).
I kind of avoid using the word "tourniquet" as it means different things to different people.

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One thing not mentioned is water, but long-term storage is problematic.

However, there are special water filters available that are in the sub-micron range, designed to filter out any and all bacteria, etc, that would allow you to drink even the worst stagnant water. Along with this a small can or pot of some sort to boil water if necessary.

Also not mentioned is a source of fire - lighters and/or waterproof matches.
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By the time we carry all this stuff, including the chainsaw (and fuel for it, and PPE necessary to use it safely) in case a tree falls across the road, we'll need a trailer to carry an actual payload for the trip itself!

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