Road Trip Safety Kit Essentials

Often when preparing for a road trip with our families, we’re wrapped up in which swimsuits to bring, finding someone to pick up our mail, and hoping all our luggage will fit into the car. But none of those things will matter if you find yourself in a dangerous situation on the road, without a few basic items that could have made your situation less precarious.

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To help you avoid getting caught unprepared, here are some road trip safety kit essentials:

  • A first aid kit containing a first aid manual, bandages, medications, sterile gauze, adhesive tape, a splint, anti-septic wipes, scissors, antibiotic ointment, SPF lotion, calamine lotion, and a thermometer
  • A fully charged cell phone and car charger
  • Flashlights and extra batteries
  • A folding camping (Army) shovel
  • Jumper cables (8-12 feet long)
  • Set of tire chains
  • Fuses for your car
  • Tools: pliers, flat and Phillips-head screwdrivers, and an adjustable wrench
  • Wool blanket
  • All the necessary fluids for your car, including 2 quarts of motor oil, brake fluid, power-steering fluid (if applicable), automatic transmission fluid (if applicable), a gallon of water, and a gallon of antifreeze, a funnel, and a few rags
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Road flares
  • Gloves, wool socks, and a pair of boots
  • Electrical and duct tape
  • WD-40
  • Knife
  • Bright cloth or emergency road sign to display in your window in case of trouble
  • A gallon of water for each person
  • Non-perishable food items and a can opener
  • Rain gear
  • Extra clothes
  • Folding chair(s)
  • Pillows
  • Sleeping bags
  • Snacks
  • Books and games
  • Toilet paper

 If you encounter an emergency situation on the road, call 911. For non-urgent medical needs, consult Vitals to find a doctor near you.

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