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11 Things You Should Always Carry in Your Car for Emergencies

Did you know that Americans spend about 1 hour behind the wheel and drive approximately 25 miles a day? That averages out to about six percent of our waking hours spent in a car. 

That may not sound like a lot, but in the grand scheme of life, that’s quite a bit of time to spend behind the wheel. 

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Emergencies and disasters would extend the time and distance depending on the situation, it could even put you at a dead stop. 

My point is, we spend a significant time in our vehicles yet we seem to ignore prepping our vehicles for emergencies or disasters. 

People get stranded in their vehicle for numerous reasons. Getting stuck in traffic, they get into an accident, they have car problems, etc. 

The situations in which you might need emergency gear in your vehicle are numerous. 

While you may be thinking, “I’ll never get into a situation where I’ll get stranded.” Never say never! Better to be prepared for yourself, as well as others, instead of struggling should you ever get stuck in your vehicle. 

Here are 11 things to always have in your car for emergencies: 

  1. Extra tools – I always advocate some extra tools to make quick fixes to your vehicle. They should be vehicle specific tools, as well as tools that can help you in an emergency situation such as a multitool. Make sure you know how and when to use the tools. 
  2. Extra water – keep some bottles or a couple gallons of water in your vehicle. Keep them under a blanket or under your seat to keep it out of direct sunlight, but it’s okay if the water gets warm, it won’t hurt the water. 
  3. Extra food – I’ve found that freeze dried food like Mountain House keeps good year round. It’s easy to keep some water and some sort of Heater to heat the water. However, you can also rehydrate freeze dried food with cold water. You could also keep power bars and other ready to eat foods. Just make sure to check them and trade them out to keep them fresh. Don’t forget utensils! 

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  • About Morgan Rogue

    Morgan lives in Texas with her husband, daughter and 2 dogs. She spends most of her time getting outdoors with her daughter, prepping for emergencies and disasters and teaching others how to be prepared. She also enjoys archery, hunting, fishing, firearms, hiking, camping, HAM, Jeeps and generally getting out and exploring life through epic adventures!