But things happen, like deer unexpectedly in the road.
So you can never be too careful.
For me, I have an emergency blanket and my triple A card in my car!
But for my children, when they first started driving I took no chances. They didn't have new vehicles. So my husband and I built each of them a kit. Here is what we put in it. Remember we live in Wisconsin so making sure they could survive if they broke down in winter was essential.
first aid kit
seat belt cutter
a few granola bars
a couple of bottles of water
I don't remember what else we put in there.
I do know that they had to use it.
The most used items were the shovels, kitty litter for traction and the jumper cables.
On an almost daily basis they shoveled themselves out of poor parking choices!
My daughter constantly used the jumper cables as she would invariably forget to turn off one light or another in her car.
I also keep boots, snow pants and extra gloves and a hat in my car during winter. If I'm stranded I plan on keeping warm. I try to keep a full tank of gas during the winter. You just never know what will happen.
I was looking up items and found an extended list. I can see the uses. Here it is. I stole this from Prepping to Survive http://preppingtosurvive.com/2011/09/07/the-get-home-car-kit/.
Length of rope
50 feet of paracord
Large trash bag
Small Kleenex pack
Firestarting supplies (magnesium/strike bar, lighter, waterproof matches, etc)
Mini-sewing kit, including safety pins
Fishing line, hooks, sinkers
“Dry sacks” (nylon bags)
Lightweight blanket and “emergency blanket”
Tablet of paper & pencil
HotHands & chemical cold packs
Small pack baby wipes
Deck of cards
Adjustable (folding) saw
Water purification tablets
Pocket Survival Guide
Length of heavy-duty aluminum foil
Mini pry bar
Tea bags & sugar
Jar of peanut butter
5 cable zip ties
Ziptop bag of toilet paper
The website stated that it will all fit into a 19 qt box. I can't picture the size. I'm sure if I saw it I would go, okay, this is doable. And well, duct tape is useful for anything!
Some of it seems a tad much, but if you were stranded in the middle of nowhere, I imagine all of this would be used in one way or another. This list misses a few things that I know I'd want like the shovel and kitty litter, focusing mainly on surviving. Me, if I was stuck, I'd like a way to get out. The shovel would help. My son would agree, lol, as he used his almost daily through out the winter!