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Friday, May 22

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Travelling is a blessing.  It's a joy.  It's a fantastic journey!  But when things go sour, being on the road presents its own set of problems.  You've probably been stranded in your car before...whether from a flat tire or a traffic jam...but what if disaster struck on a car trip?  Would you be prepared?

Things to Consider
  • Gas - Try to always keep at least half a tank of gas in the car.  This is an important preparation for evacuations, after disaster fuel shortages, and if you get stuck in a snow storm. That gas is going to keep your car moving for safety, waiting for recovery, or as a source of heat.
  • Entertainment - We have a box of games and books that lives in the backseat of the car.  These are rotated every so often.  If you do not have 'car entertainment,' you may consider putting a couple of books into your emergency stash.
  • Storage - It's probably a good idea to put everything into one bag or plastic tote so that it is all together and easy to find when you need it.....which you hope you never will.
  • Rotation - Due to temperature fluctuations, anything left in the car is going to go bad a little bit quicker.  Be sure to rotate your water and food every six months, so that you're not facing an emergency situation with spoiled supplies.
Things You Should Have in Your Car
  • Anti-freeze/coolant (gallon)
  • Battery powered crank radio/extra batteries
  • Blankets (two or three, for a small family)
  • Bright-colored cloth (preferably red)
  • Camera or cell phone (to take photos of vehicle damage)
  • Can of motor oil
  • Compass
  • Cones, warning triangles and emergency flares (keep in the trunk)
  • Empty gas can
  • Fire extinguisher (5 lb., A-B-C type)
  • Flashlight with spare batteries
  • Fuses
  • Quarters/change for tolls/meters
  • Jack for tires
  • Jumper cables
  • Road atlas, maps
  • Paper towels
  • Pocketknife
  • Rags
  • Sealant for small leaks in tires
  • Shovel (folding)
  • Snacks (high density / high calorie items, like granola bars)
  • Spare tire
  • Tire pressure gauge
  • Tool box with screwdrivers, wrenches and a small hammer (keep this in glove compartment)
  • Tow rope
  • Trash bags
  • Water (a gallon or more, or one of those LifeStraw type bottles)
  • Windshield washer fluid
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