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Clarksville, MD

12411 Clarksville Pike
(410) 531-6116

Columbia, MD

6810 Oak Hall Lane
(410) 381-1124

Gaithersburg, MD

19300 Woodfield Rd
(301) 963-0660

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Build the Best Car Emergency Kit

January 16, 2019

A man pulling a small, red emergency kit out of his trunk

Driving is a multi-faceted and complicated activity that goes beyond simply operating the vehicle and following the rules of the road. There are often unexpected challenges that arise while you drive, and part of keeping everything moving is creating an emergency kit for your vehicle so that you’re never left out in the cold. Let’s take a look at some of the best components of a car emergency kit.

Create the Solution You Need

Though there are plenty of “bug out bags” for sale on the internet, they may not have all of the supplies or features you’ll need if something happens on a long drive. Creating your own car emergency kit is going to ensure that your specific needs are being addressed. To start, you will need several different groups of items: First aid, car repair and replacement items, survival items, and miscellaneous. It’s always good to have miscellaneous items no matter what you’re building or organizing. With these groups of items in mind, you can start putting together the best car emergency kit.

Start Smart and Stay Ready

Find a waterproof, durable bin or bag to keep everything in so that you can depend on those items without worrying about them falling prey to a little rain. Then, assemble the items you need from the aforementioned groups.

First Aid

Band-aids

Burn spray

Antiseptic

Ace bandages

Over-the-counter medications like aspirin and Benedryl

Any essential prescriptions and/or instructions regarding them

Car Repair and Replacement

Gas can

Jumper cables

Tire inflation kit

Extra fuses for vehicle components

Spare tire

Car jack

Washer fluid

Tool kit

Seat belt cutter

Window breaker

Fire extinguisher

Survival Items

Warm/winter clothes

Blankets

Non-perishable snacks and water

Extra shoes

Rain gear (poncho, umbrella, etc.)

Toiletries (soap, toilet paper, etc.)

Sleeping bag

Hand sanitizer

Trash bags

Extra cash

Miscellaneous Items

Duct tape

Rope

Paper towels

Pen and some paper

Extra battery and/or charger for your cell phone

Your Emergency Kit is an Ongoing Creation

After your emergency kit is all together, you should expect to continue building up your supplies as new thoughts and needs arise. Don’t worry if you forget to put one or two things in your kit at first, you can always go back and put it in. Check in with your kit regularly to make sure you still have everything and replenish what you need, especially before a big trip or after an emergency. While you’re at it, you should make sure your vehicle is just as prepared as you are.

We Can Help Keep You Rolling

Bring your car into our shop before your next trip and we’ll make sure everything is in order. From a simple tune up to major auto repair, Hillmuth is your best bet. To learn more about how we can address your vehicle’s needs, contact us today and we’ll get you started with an appointment.


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