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Car Emergency Kit upgrades

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The list author says: "What you need in your emergency kit depends on what kinds of emergencies you're preparing for. Your car could break down, you could get in an accident, or you could be trapped by bad weather such as flash floods or blizzards. Or you could come upon someone else who needs help. You'll have to decide for your self which scenarios you consider "reasonable" to prepare for.

Imagine yourself in each scenario, and then think about your current emergency kit -- does having it make you feel better? If you've got some small off the shelf kit the answer is probably "not really". Consider adding the items below. A few are expensive, but many can be found for a only a few dollars if you check clearance bins. You also don't need to go out and buy everything at once. Adding things gradually as your budget allows will still leave you better prepared than you were.

You may want to get a backpack to keep it all in so that if you're forced to leave your car you can bring your emergency supplies with you. You should also have a first aid kit but that's a whole topic unto itself."
MSR PocketRocket Stove
MSR PocketRocket Stove
"This tiny stove would be a great way to boil water or cook food if you get stranded, without all the work of building a camp fire.  Test it out and make sure you know how to work it before sticking it in your kit."
Gerber 45907 Sport Axe with Sheath (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
Gerber 45907 Sport Axe with Sheath (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
"If you get stranded somewhere and need to make a fire (or shelter) a hatchet will be very useful.  Also useful if a road is blocked by downed trees.  A hatchet isn't ideal for large trees, but at least with this along you'll have the option."
Sony ICF-S10MK2 Pocket AM/FM Radio, Silver
Sony ICF-S10MK2 Pocket AM/FM Radio, Silver
"Your car probably has a radio, but if your car breaks down during a storm it may not work.  This cheap radio will let you get current weather info.  Runs for over 40 hours on 2 AA batteries."
Fenix LD20 180 Lumen LED Flashlight
Fenix LD20 180 Lumen LED Flashlight
"There are many cheaper flashlights, but few give you the choice between up to two hours of extremely bright light (useful during car repair or first aid) or dim but usable light lasting up to 71 hours.  Takes 2 AA batteries"
Adventure Medical Kits SOL Emergency Bivvy, 84" X 36"
Adventure Medical Kits SOL Emergency Bivvy, 84" X 36"
"This sleeping bag design will retain heat a lot better than the cheap space blankets -- mainly by keeping out the wind.  These are a little tougher than the cheapest ones though you'll still have to be careful with it."
5 in 1 Survival Whistle, Emergency Zone Brand, 1 and 3 Packs Available (1 Pack)
5 in 1 Survival Whistle, Emergency Zone Brand, 1 and 3 Packs Available (1 Pack)
"Fill with strike-anywhere matches and this is a cheap way to cover several important bases at once.  If you want to get separate items to fill these roles, that's even better."
SE FS374 Magnesium Fire Starter
SE FS374 Magnesium Fire Starter
"Always have more than one way to start a fire.  Matches can get wet, and the fuel in lighters can evaporate.  Even if this gets soaking wet it will still create sparks."
G.I. Type Stainless Steel Canteen Cup
G.I. Type Stainless Steel Canteen Cup
"For use with the pocket stove to boil water or possible cook food.  Any metal container with a handle will do.  (Make sure it can balance ok on the stove)"
Camping  50' Green Rope
Camping 50' Green Rope
Black Gorilla Tape 1.88 In. x 35 Yd., One Roll
Black Gorilla Tape 1.88 In. x 35 Yd., One Roll
"re-roll as much of this as you can take around a credit card or similar sized item to save space.  Much tougher than regular duct tape."
Buck Vantage Select Large Knife
Buck Vantage Select Large Knife
Stanley 55-114 10-Inch Claw Bar
Stanley 55-114 10-Inch Claw Bar
"Maybe useful for roadside car repair.  If you have a minor accident maybe you can use this to bend things back into place enough to make the car drivable.  Or perhaps someone is stuck in their vehicle after an accident and you can use this to pry their door open.  If your day really goes bad perhaps this could be a defensive weapon."
Four Seasons Survival Tinder-Quik Fire Tab
Four Seasons Survival Tinder-Quik Fire Tab
"Will make starting a camp fire a lot easier, especially in wet weather."
Stanley 20-807 10-Inch Mini-Hack Light-Duty Utility Saw
Stanley 20-807 10-Inch Mini-Hack Light-Duty Utility Saw
"Could be useful for roadside car 'repair'."
Allway Tools SD41 4-in-1 Composite Shockproof Screwdriver
Allway Tools SD41 4-in-1 Composite Shockproof Screwdriver
Stanley 66-344 4-in-1 Pocket Screwdriver
Stanley 66-344 4-in-1 Pocket Screwdriver
Frontiersman Bear Spray with Hip Holster - Maximum Strength & 30-foot Range (7.9 oz)
Frontiersman Bear Spray with Hip Holster - Maximum Strength & 30-foot Range (7.9 oz)
"You're not likely to be bothered by animals, but if you break down in the boonies you may feel better having someway to scare them off.  May also help against 2-legged animals.  Make sure it's not a restricted item in your area."
TEKTON 6235 Assorted Cable Ties, 200-Piece
TEKTON 6235 Assorted Cable Ties, 200-Piece
"Zip ties could be used for making splints, car repair, building shelter or lots of other things, and they weigh nothing and take up very little space."
12' x 16' Dry Top Blue Full Size 7-mil Poly Tarp item #12163
12' x 16' Dry Top Blue Full Size 7-mil Poly Tarp item #12163
"combined with some rope this could be turned into a basic shelter pretty quickly"
Leatherman 830668 Charge AL with Leather Sheath and Gift Box
Leatherman 830668 Charge AL with Leather Sheath and Gift Box
"If you can handle the price it'll be a great thing to have in an emergency"
Emergency Poncho, Emergency Rain Gear, Weather Protection, Emergency Zone Brand (1 Pack)
Emergency Poncho, Emergency Rain Gear, Weather Protection, Emergency Zone Brand (1 Pack)
"These tear easily, but if you end up stuck in the rain it'll be very nice not to be soaking wet"
Mechanix Wear MFF-05-009 Fast-Fit Gloves, Black, Medium
Mechanix Wear MFF-05-009 Fast-Fit Gloves, Black, Medium
"Get some work gloves to protected your hands during car repair, rescue work or other activities.  These are good gloves but the particular brand isn't too important here"
Mountain House Standard Pouch, Rice and Chicken
Mountain House Standard Pouch, Rice and Chicken
"You can last a long time without food, but a bad situation can seem a lot better if you have something to eat"
Seattle Sports Survival Snow Shovel, Black/Red
Seattle Sports Survival Snow Shovel, Black/Red
"Can be used to dig your car out if it gets stuck in deep snow, or to build a snow shelter"
Trail Blazer SSW-18 18-Inch Sawvivor Collapsible Saw (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
Trail Blazer SSW-18 18-Inch Sawvivor Collapsible Saw (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
"Another option for fire/shelter building and debris clearing"
Lexan 3pc Camping Utensil Set, Emergency Zone Brand (1 Set)
Lexan 3pc Camping Utensil Set, Emergency Zone Brand (1 Set)
"if you include food, you might as well be able to eat it"
Neiko 51005A Heavy Duty Tow Strap With Hooks, 10,000 LB Capacity, Polyester, 2" x 20'
Neiko 51005A Heavy Duty Tow Strap With Hooks, 10,000 LB Capacity, Polyester, 2" x 20'
Reflective Band - Made With Genuine Reflexite in America - By Jogalite (Pair of Two)
Reflective Band - Made With Genuine Reflexite in America - By Jogalite (Pair of Two)
"If you break down in the dark and have to walk, you don't want to get run over."
Stanley 84-058 4-Piece Pliers Set
Stanley 84-058 4-Piece Pliers Set
ProGrade 82067  Utility Knife
ProGrade 82067 Utility Knife
Scotch Electrical Tape, 3/4-Inch by 66-Foot
Scotch Electrical Tape, 3/4-Inch by 66-Foot
Aquamira Frontier Emergency Water Filtration and Straw
Aquamira Frontier Emergency Water Filtration and Straw
"In case you can't make a fire to boil water, this makes an nice backup.  Cheap, lightweight and compact."
Datrex 3600 Emergency Food Bar - 3 Day/72 Hour Bar - Single Pack
Datrex 3600 Emergency Food Bar - 3 Day/72 Hour Bar - Single Pack
"If you want to include food, the five year shelf life makes these convenient."
Fenix LD15 High Performance LED Flashlight
Fenix LD15 High Performance LED Flashlight
"flashlights are important enough to bring a backup.  One may get broken, or you may have other people with you.  Uses 1 AA."
Energizer AA Lithium Batteries 4 count, Lasts 9 Times Longer
Energizer AA Lithium Batteries 4 count, Lasts 9 Times Longer
"Pack extra batteries for all electronic devices.  Try to get devices that all use the same battery type if possible so you can share batteries as needed.  Lithium batteries have the longest shelf life so they're more likely to work if you need them, even if you don't remember to replace them as often as you should."
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