We have all heard Ben Franklin's saying, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”. But, when it comes to preparing for a road trip, most of us just don’t get around to actually doing it. Face it – preparing for an emergency is just not all that fun! This lack of prevention can make an emergency seem far worse than what it really is. After the emergency is over we tend to feel pretty stupid for not taking the time to prepare. So, when is the best time to begin your emergency preparedness? … right now! No more excuses - it’s easy, it doesn’t take long, and it’s not very expensive.


There are some basic items you can always keep in the car. Once you have them set up, you only need to check them quickly before each longer road trip. I like to keep most of these items in a box in my trunk.


Personal items:

● Carry your Medical Insurance card in your wallet or purse

● cell phone charger for your car

● First aid kit that includes upset tummy, carsick medicines as well as accident first aid supplies. It is important that these medicines and supplies stay dry, so I reccomend a kit that has a hard case like this: First Aid Kit With Hard Case- 326 pcs- First Aid Complete Care Kit - Exceeds OSHA & ANSI Guidelines - Ideal for the Workplace - Disaster Preparedness (Color Red) 

● Blankets or a sleeping bag – to keep warm and/or to keep clean if you have to work under the car

● Toilet paper or paper towels

● a small knife


For car repairs:

● inexpensive tool kit that includes basic car repair tools, like the Apollo Precision Tools DT9774 56 Piece Auto Tool Kit Zippered Case

● spare tire and jack

● flashlight with extra batteries

● jumper cables

● car fluids: window washer, oil, antifreeze, transmission, and power steering fluid

● electrical and duct tape

● correct fuses for the car


If you live in or are traveling to snowy, cold climates:

● an extra set of warm clothing including: boots, gloves, hat (these are in addition to what you would be wearing in case you get wet or need extra layers)

● ice scraper

● folding shovel

● tire chains

● salt


Keep these items in your car at all times; they will come in handy even if you break down in the city.


Before you go on a longer road trip:


● Take a few minutes to check everything to make sure it is in good condition.

● Give friends or family your itinerary. Be sure to include phone numbers for places you will be staying.

● Have the car serviced. Tell the mechanic you are planning a trip and have him give everything a once over.

● Bring a cooler with food and water.

● Pack a “surprise” (such as a new game) to keep children occupied during an emergency.


Emergencies and accidents happen. We never know when or where they will occur. But, since we know they do occur it just makes sense to prepare. Stay safe, keep your families safe, and be prepared to help other people in need by taking a few precautions today!


What else do you do to prepare for road trip emergencies? Have you had your preparations save your from disaster? Leave and comment to encourage and help us out!