Summer is here! Prep that car, grab a couple friends and family members, and hop on the road! We're off to the beach/mountains/lake/wherever you enjoy spending time. But... uh-oh! Your car breaks down in the middle of a mountain path. Here are some essentials to keep in your emergency car kit to survive these nightmare situations and to put your vacation back on track!
1. A 5th Wheel!
A spare tire is the most fundamental component of any emergency kit. On average, 220 million tires puncture every year in the US. That's nearly 7 pops a second! Unfortunately, the other 3 wheels of the car can't carry the load of your camp supplies and all 4 of your friends. Luckily for you, you've read on this blog to pack a spare tire. So, just as your friends begin to moan and groan about a busted camping journey, you can swoop in and save the weekend. Without missing a beat, you will be back on the road in no time.
2. Duct Tape
Duct tape?! Why would someone need duct tape? Well, arguably the most versatile item of any busted road trip is duct tape. First of all, this nearly-indestructible material can serviceable repair certain parts of the car prone to fall off. Loose trunk? Duct tape it! Separated bumper? Duct tape it! Broken side mirror? Duct tape it! Not only is it great at repairing rigs, duct tape can also handily assist in first-aid and other repairs as well. In emergencies, wrap tape around a wooden or cardboard plank to create a temporary splint. Duct tape can even mend rips in clothing and backpacks, creating a waterproof seal. Needing shelter in the woods at night? Duct tape is the ideal binding material for building tents and huts.
3. Jumper Cables
The ultimate mood-killer is having a dead battery in the middle of nowhere. Therefore, jumper cables are a must-have in these scenarios. Why wait hours for roadside assistance when you can assist yourself? While carrying a spare battery may not be necessary for most trips, having an extra life could preserve the trip given a disaster occurs in the middle of nowhere. Otherwise, wave down a passing car and ask for their help. It is a simple task of attaching these bad boys and you will be back on the road in no time.
4. First-Aid Kit
Obviously the most important safety item to carry. This item should remain on you at all times during camping trips and other road trips. It can quite literally save a life.
5. Flashlight + Batteries
6. Nonperishable, High-Energy Foods and Snacks
This includes nuts, dry fruits, and hard candies.
7. Reflective Vest
Helpful if you are trying to catch attention while traveling on foot.