We hope you have a well-stocked summer emergency kit in your car for roadside emergencies. Here’s our list of 9 essentials we think you should have in your kit.
The 9 Essentials
- Visibility equipment – We recommend reflective triangles or LED flares, safer than traditional flares, especially if children are around.
- Water – Have at least one gallon of water for each person.
- Sunscreen – Most dermatologists recommend an SPF 30 or higher sunscreen to protect again burning summer rays.
- Reflective blanket – Essential to provide shade if you’re stuck for a long period on the side of the highway. If necessary, a winter blanket can be used for shade.
- First aid kit – This item should be part of every emergency kit, summer or winter, and should include some ointment, bandages, gauze, adhesive tape and tweezers. And for those with life-threatening allergies, an EpiPen.
- Small tool kit – You should also have this in your car the year around. Include an adjustable wrench, pliers, several screwdrivers and duct tape. A simple tool might help you get back on the road.
- Flashlight – An LED flashlight is a good option for longer battery and bulb life.
- Tire sealant – The sealant can repair holes in a tire tread up to ¼ inch in diameter.
- Jumper cables – Another item to have on hand the year around.
Hopefully, these essentials will get you through a roadside emergency.
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