Well I’ve had a few people ask over the past month after saying that we where going to be going camping, what did I keep in the car for emergencies, such as if we broke down or there was a storm or disaster or what have you. So after going though a few things, the following is what I came up with – now not all is kept in the car 24/7 some of it gets rooted in and out depending on the season around here, but for the most part what is listed is kept in the car at all times in one form or another.
Another thing about emergencies is that you really should know your Emergency Radio Station or Stations that you can tune into during a emergency situation or in general to get weather updates and other happenings around you. If you are traveling outside of your home area, then having a paper list of the radio stations for the area you are going to be traveling too and though can come in handy in an emergency situation.
Emergency Car Bin Items
Walking shoes and basic boots (one per person is nice, but having at least 1 for the person with the largest feet is a good idea, since others can still put the shoes/boots on in an emergency)
Hat and gloves/mittens
A decent blanket (in addition to a foil emergency one)
Bottled Water (one per person in the home or just keep a basic 6 pack case)
First Aid Kit (with extra band aids)
Female items (as necessary – enough to last a min of one cycle if not 3).
Small Tool Set
Flashlight with extra batteries (having a hand crank one is ideal)
Emergency Radio (hand crank and or solar powered is also a good option so as to not drainthe car battery)
Toilet paper (put it in a water tight bag)
Cleaning rag (try and have it yellow or another bright colour as it can be used for flagging/signing if necessary)
Trash Bags (can be used for various things, from covering up to go out in the rain to cleaning up after yourself).
Duct Tape (multiple uses)
Water Proff Matches
Emergency flares (where possible, baring flairs emergency glo sticks are a option).
Whistle and small morrior
Multi-took (pocket knife)
Emergency Cash (20.00 to 50.00 depending on where you live).
Paper Towl Roll in a water proff bag)
Snow/Ice scraper (if you live where it gets cold, even if you don’t it can still come in handy)
Poncho (the trash bag can work, but can’t beat a proper fitting poncho).
Tire Jack (if not built in)
Spare tire (make sure that its kept in good contition but looking at it every few months)
and last but not least
Games (such as a deck of cards, word puzzles, etc.)
The items in the bin are normally stored in the trunk of the car/can depending on what you find is best for you, can be stored in the foot area in the seat behind the passenger or driver if you do not have other people in the car a lot or at all.
Glove Box must haves
Tire Pressure gauge
Area Map, as up to date as possible (a GPS is nice, but old reliable paper is best)
Copy of Important Car Papers (don’t keep the orginals here, but having a copy is a good idea).
Car cell phone charger(s)
food bars or other fast non-parashable food item that is enough to give every family member.
These varies since the size of these also varies from car to car and van to van, thus make of this what you will that works for your particular layout, this is what is in mine that works for the two of us.