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My family is no stranger to road trip disasters. Even though we tend to get ourselves in a lot of sticky situations, we still love to travel. We do our best to prepare for any imaginable emergencies, and we make sure our roadside assistance is up-to-date so that we can enjoy our vacations without a lot of worrying. I put together a special Road Trip Readiness Emergency Kit for just that reason.
I can’t take full credit for the content of my bag, because I totally bought a pre-made car emergency kit at Walmart. It’s a great deal for $20, and a perfect starting point. (Look for it in the automotive section.) I also picked up a very important addition – extra batteries.
I found the end cap with Duracell batteries – that Duracell Coppertop is easy to spot.
These days it seems like everything we own is battery-powered, so we like to keep as many extras on hand as possible. In a road trip emergency, they power our flash lights, our radio, and any toys or games the kids might have in the car. It’s important to keep the kids calm and entertained, especially in a situation where you may be stranded somewhere for a while. I always grab a few new toys for them, just in case. It’s amazing what a “present” can do for a kid’s spirits.
For this trip I grabbed a few things for both day and night time. A magnetic activity and a travel fun kit are great for passing the time on the side of the road, in a mechanic’s shop, or wherever you might need a little entertainment. The Glow Book, flashlight, and glow bracelets are great for cheering kids up in case you get stranded at night.
Don’t forget the batteries, since many toys don’t include them. It won’t help you much if it’s not working properly.
Some of the things in my bag may seem bizarre or unnecessary, but I really never know what could happen. We have some interesting adventures so I try to pack anything we could possibly need, short of packing my entire house up.
In the kit I bought we got; jumper cables, a small cone, a towing strap, gloves, a flashlight, a poncho, and a few first aid items. I added my own very thorough first aid kit, a spot light, glass chalk, and some Duracell coppertop batteries. Most of those items are self explanatory, but I know you’re wondering what the glass chalk is for. When you’re waiting for assistance, it’s helpful to mark your vehicle so that you’ll be spotted easily. A sign works, but can fall off easily. With the glass chalk you can just paint a big S.O.S. on the back window and whoever is coming to help you will be able to see you and pull over safely to assist you.
With our emergency kit fully stocked, we can set off on our adventures without any worries. How do you #PrepWithPower?