As a mom, you are always on the go. That includes dropping the kids off at practice, picking up their favorite snacks at the grocery store, and even fitting in time to go do the things you love.
That is why it is important always to be prepared in the case of an emergency. Whether you’ve been in the family car for years or just found a new Audi for sale, your car needs a few supplies so you can be prepared for anything.
Building an Emergency Car Kit
Having a car kit ready to go sounds nice, but what should go in it? Let’s look at different categories you will want to consider having in your vehicle.
Basic Car Care
Starting with the car itself, here are some items moms may want in case of a car problem.
- Spare Tire, Jack, and Lug Wrench: These tools are invaluable when you get an unexpected flat. It’s also good to stay familiar with how to change your tire.
- Jumper Cables: A drained battery can happen at any moment so have cables ready in case you need a jump.
- Basic Tool Kit: Include pliers, an adjustable wrench, screwdrivers, and a pocket knife.
- Flares or Triangle Reflectors: In a remote area, use these to signal for help and alert other drivers.
Safety and Survival
If someone gets hurt away from home, have these items in reach for some on-the-spot first aid.
- First Aid Kit: You can buy pre-stocked first aid kits with band-aids, gauze pads, antiseptic wipes, tweezers, scissors, adhesive tape, and pain relievers.
- Seatbelt Cutter and Window Breaker: Have these in your car and in easy reach in case anyone is trapped in the car after a crash.
- Fire Extinguisher: Some crashes can lead to fires, so a fire extinguisher is good to keep close.
For the Kids
Keeping children safe and occupied during road trouble isn’t always easy but it is something you can plan for.
- Extra Diapers and Wipes: You’ll want these in case you are stuck away from home for a while.
- Bottled Water and Non-Perishable Snacks: Pack granola bars, fruit snacks, or nuts for the kids so they don’t get hungry and cranky as you deal with the emergency.
- Comfort Items: Emergencies can be overwhelming for children, so a favorite toy or book can go a long way in keeping them calm.
- Portable Device Charger: You can keep their tablets charged to keep them occupied. This is also helpful to keep your phone charged as you talk to authorities.
These are a few extras you may not have considered before, but they could be helpful.
- Notepad and Pen: You may be using your phone to call for help or talk to roadside assistance, so give yourself another way to take notes or exchange information.
- Cash and Coins: Useful for unexpected tolls or small purchases.
- Gloves: Have gloves for car maintenance to protect your hands.
Get Ready for Road Emergencies Now
While you hope to avoid a car emergency while out with the kids, it can happen, so take the time to build a kit that will let you fix the car, stay safe, and comfort your kids. You’ll be glad to be prepared in case of an emergency.