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Emergency Car Kit Checklist

One of the best gifts that we received for Christmas was a small kit of emergency items that we now have tucked away in the trunk of our car in case we ever find ourselves stuck on the road this winter.

If you do not have such a kit in your car, I encourage you to use the following list to prepare one as soon as possible.

Emergency Kit For Car

  1. Case of bottled water
  2. Food that won't spoil, such as dried fruit and canned goods
  3. Manual can opener and basic eating utensils
  4. Flashlight and extra batteries
  5. Whistle
  6. Compass
  7. Candles, matches, and a deep can to hold candles
  8. Blankets
  9. Extra clothes and shoes/boots
  10. Toilet paper and other personal care supplies
  11. Road flares
  12. Knife (a Swiss army knife is excellent for emergencies)
  13. First aid kit
  14. Some small bills and coins
  15. Small shovel
  16. Jumper cables
  17. Antifreeze/windshield washer fluid
  18. List of emergency contact numbers

A show on the cable news network in the United States recently aired a program on how to survive if lost in cold weather. Their bottom line statement amounted to the following:

"You can survive for 3 weeks without food, 3 days without water, and 3 hours without shelter."

I know from my experiences with water fasting that it is certainly possible to survive for more than 3 weeks without food if you are well rested and hydrated. Still, the rule of threes makes an important point:

If you ever find yourself stranded in cold weather, your first priority should be to find shelter that will protect you against the cold.

Please share this information with family and friends. Thank you.


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If you live in the snow country a small bag of sand can come in handy if you get stuck in the snow.

There are a few items I thing are important that take up little space, and can be highly useful.

1). Large heavy duty trash bags, and small trash bags. They will help keep in body heat, and if you have to walk keep your feet dry, and the same with your hands, and help keep your head warm, where most heat escapes. You can make a face protector by cutting out the nose and eyes, and make a small mouth hole, while helping keep the heat in. And the large yard waste bags can go on under and over your clothing to keep you warm and dry at the same time.

2). Depends pads. This way you have less frequent times you have to get out and do you business, and get your whowho cold. I keep these in phoenix, in the event I get stuck in a traffic jam that lasts for hours, where do you go then?

3). Electrical tape. It is better than Duct tape for fixing leaks, and if you have to walk you can use it to tape the bags on your hands and feet.

4). I now carry a small battery charger, you never know when your battery will go, and this will give you at least one jump.

5). Electrolyte powder, in the event you have to walk. You can mix it with water when needed. And I would add beef jerky to the food list as it does not go bad, and will provide more staying power.