July 17, 2016

How to Make a Car Emergency Kit.

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    Summer is a season known for many things, but something that is quintessentially associated with an American summer is a good old fashion road trip. Whether you're journeying across your state on a day trip excursion, across state lines to visit family or friends, or across the country in pursuit of adventure or exploration, there is no better time than now to hit the road. (Not to mention that gas prices are also quite reasonably priced this summer!) I'm excited to be road tripping with some blogger friends of mine next month when we attend a blogging conference. I'm sure that the car ride will be a highlight of the trip! 

     Unfortuntely, sometimes mishaps can occur on road trips. As much as we all love our cars and invest into making sure that they run smoothly, they aren't 100% fool proof. Life can still happen. Mishaps can be anything from car accidents to flat tires to dead batteries, or even just being stuck in a bad traffic jam or hitting a detour. You never quite know what to expect on the open road. 

     While road conditions and car problems might be of surprising nature, one thing that you can do to take action is by preparing an emergency preparedness kit for your car! This kit will have a variety of items in it: some safety related, some that are there for practicality's sake, and a couple of easy entertainment type items in case you are ever stranded somewhere. See what I think are the essential items for a car emergency kit:

    An item that I think is an absolute must-have for an car emergency kit is a paper map (or even better, a paper atlas!). Even though GPS devices and smartphones have now become commonplace as the means for finding our way, technology still isn't 100% fool proof. There are still areas of the country that don't have cell service, and sometimes our devices can also crash on us. Reading a map is an excellent skill to have, and I'm so thankful that my mom taught me how to do this when I was younger! (Fun fact about me: I absolutely adore reading maps and atlases for fun as well!)

     Two items that I also wanted in my own kit were a lint roller and an adult coloring book. You never know when you might be in a sticky situation with your clothes and want to clean up a bit, and as far as a coloring book goes, you also never know when you might be stranded somewhere and need fast and easy entertainment!

     A flashlight and hammer are essential to keep in your car in case of emergencies. These are items that you might not use on a daily basis,  but if you ever need them you'll be so glad they're there! And two items that I use quite often that I keep in my car are packs of tissues and a spare umbrella. Tissues can have a variety of uses, and living in the South... you never know when a downpour will hit!

     And finally, for all of you ladies, keeping feminine hygiene products in your vehicle is an absolute must! I'm not normally one to talk about things like periods on the blog... but let's get real for a second, they don't always come when they're supposed to! And even if yours does, chances are you could have a friend riding in your vehicle who might be having her time of the month. It can sometimes be difficult to pick up your preferred feminine hygiene products when you are traveling and in a quick pinch. My preferred brand for tampons and liners is U by Kotex®. (And no- I'm not just saying that because this is a sponsored post. It actually is! Again without being TMI- I've been using this brand for years and now it's the only brand of products that I will buy.)

      I think that is always better to be safe rather than sorry, and to keep everything back-ups of everything that I might need feminine hygiene-wise in my car and ready to go. This is why my U by Kotex® Click® Tampons and Barely There Liners make up the last item in my car's emergency preparedness kit! You can conveniently find a wide array of  U by Kotex® tampons, pads and liners at your local CVS store: 

     Lastly, I've heard before that some people keep bottles of water and perishable food in their car's emergency kits. Here in the South, summer temperatures are often in the high 90s and feature extreme humidity, so I didn't think it was the most practically decision for my kit to keep food and water in there- I was worried about how long it would last! But if you are from a cooler climate, these might be excellent additions to your car emergency kit. 

     Have you made a car emergency kit before? What would be your essential items for one? 

     xoxo Miss ALK


  1. I've been meaning to do this for so long! I found a Scout bin on sale (!!!) and I bought it specifically to keep stuff organized in my car, so I'm definitely going to put some "emergency"-type stuff in there. Great suggestions!

    Taylor @ Positively Taylor

  2. Great tips! Thanks for sharing xoxo, sharon


  3. Friends are always asking me if I have an extra tampon so this is a good idea.

  4. This is so cool! I think it's a great idea to keep a map! My phone has died before while driving and it was such a pain!


    Hannah from HMS Jewels

  5. I always have an emergency bag packed in my car just incase! I never would have thought to put a hammer in mine though... I guess it could be great self defense weapon too! (;
    Amy | Pastel N Pink

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  7. This is actually such a good idea! I especially like the idea of having it all in a bin. I have things like jumper cables and picnic blankets in my trunk, but they're all just thrown around and it looks like a disaster! Yours is super organized and cute :)
    Danika | http://whatdanikadoes.com

  8. I definitely need to make an emergency kit for my car, since I'm traveling so much between my hometown and my new home! My husband is trying to convince me to store MRE's (Meals Ready to Eat) in my car in case of an emergency-- no thank you! MRE's are gross!

  9. What a great reminder to be prepared when road tripping, for ANY emergency! Thank you! #client

  10. I definitely need to make something like this! You can never be too prepared!

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  12. There are several instances in which my car emergency kit has come to my aid. I have to insist that this is a very resourceful and important gear for any car owner. I am planning to update my list of items. Compared to the articles I have come across, yours seems to be the best source of info. I like the way you have presented your info; it’s easy to understand. I also found useful tips here: http://survival-mastery.com/med/health/car-safety-kit.html

  13. This is a great post for any woman preparing for a holiday road trip. I will recommend this post to my wife for her next girls out camping expedition. I also found additional road trip tips for my wife here: http://wildernessmastery.com/survival/car-survival-kit.html


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