Proverbs 22:3 (NCV) The wise see danger ahead and avoid it, but fools keep going and get into trouble.
For the next couple of weeks, both Jim and I have decided to focus; really focus on being prepared for emergency situations. As you probably already know, I am someone that likes to be prepared for anything. My family has teased me about it for years but guess who they come to when we are traveling and they need something that only I anticipated to pack? For me, the security in knowing that my family is prepared for the unexpected is worth a little extra thought and just a little time.
As we have become well aware, a dangerous situation can happen anytime, anywhere. I am sure that there were people out and about running errands, traveling to work, grabbing lunch with a friend, etc. when the earthquake in Nepal struck. Recent events such as these have only made me want to help you prepare even more, especially when you are away from the safety of your home.
I have gone over this scenario many times, but if disaster does strike while I’m out; my first instinct would be to get back home to my husband and children! It’s vital to keep these basic repair items in your car in case it breaks down both in a day-to-day setting or in case you are faced with an emergency situation. I recommend a plastic container to keep some of these emergency items in your trunk.
Spare Tire (Make sure it’s in good condition.)
Car Jack and tire iron
Tire inflator and sealer (Fix-a-Flat works wonders!)
Your car’s manual
Tire pressure gauge (Checking your tire pressure on a regular basis can do wonders for your tire’s longevity.)
Duct Tape and WD-40
Battery Charger – This charges cell phones too!!
Small tool kit
First aid kit or medical backpack
Matches or other fire starters
Our 72 hour Food/Fire/Filter bucket is a great addition to keep with you.
Candle (for winter emergencies)
Emergency food (include a can opener if you keep canned food)
High Energy Bars
Water (but don’t leave in the car on hot summer days) – At least a gallon per person when traveling.
I keep our Extreme water bottles with me at all times, every single day, every single trip, even to the store. .
Seat belt cutter and window breaker
Flares or some sort of reflective surface
Maps (Old fashioned paper maps of the local area, your state, and even a map of your country)
Blankets – I carry one of our car lighter electric blankets
Cardboard, carpet remnant, or kitty litter (For your tires to gain traction in the snow.)
Cell phone charger (that plugs into your cigarette lighter)
Pad of paper and a pencil and/or pen – If you need special directions or if you are being given emergency information by radio, you will need to write down the instructions. In the pad, keep a list of important phone numbers. We all have cell phones now but I would guess, like me that you don’t remember many numbers for even your own family. Write them down along with emergency numbers.
How about one more step? If you have children in the car with you, it won’t take them long to get hungry, bored, tired, messy etc. and you might be stuck for an extended period of time. Ideally, you should carry all of these things with you at all times, but add these to your list if you know you will have little ones in the car with you. Keep an extra plastic bin just for them with non-perishable items in your trunk:
Umbrella or rain ponchos
Change of clothes (for you and your little ones)
Spare diapers and wipes
Spare formula and bottles
Car toys (stuffed animals, small car games, coloring/drawing supplies)
I realize that this list might seem long and intimidating, but I promise you that you will feel at peace knowing that you are prepared for any situation when outside of the home. That peace will be important when you are placed in an emergency situation and are in need of a calm mind. If you have any suggestions to add to this list please comment below! After all… we’re in this together!
P.S. We have just scheduled our Ready Now Expo for August the 17th – August 21st. Jim and I always get so excited about these special times with our partners and everything that we learn! More information will be available soon. This event is always amazing; we hope to see you there!