I had a different post on tap for today, but I am feeling antsy and wanted to get this off my chest. I do not panic easily… I am not a hysteric, but I firmly believe in being organized and being prepared.
We have been having a lot of little earthquakes here in Southern California, and there have been several good sized quakes around the world in the last week or so. With each earthquake I have been reminded that I need to check and update the emergency supplies for the car.
You don’t keep basic emergency supplies in your car…? Oh, honey, let’s talk.
|You could use a bin, a backpack, whatever you like.|
I keep first aid supplies in there…
Some of the items I keep in my first aid kit:
- Cold packs
- assorted sizes of bandages and butterfly suture strips
- gauze, cotton balls and medical tape
- Benadryl or other antihistamine (I’m allergic to bees. I keep an epi-pen in my purse)
- Pain relievers (Advil or Tylenol) and Aspirin
- Any OTC medicines you might need (antacids, etc.)
- Hydrogen Peroxide, rubbing alcohol, Neosporin and Bactine
- Maxi-pads and tampons (*updated: they aren’t technically “sterile” but are sanitary and hygienic and are good to staunch bleeding/fill a puncture wound )
- Sewing kit
- Copies of insurance cards, emergency phone numbers, other medical information
|It’s definitely best to have patterned Duck Tape, but any ole’ kind will do. 😉|
- flashlights and glow sticks
- sunscreen, lotion and bug repellent
- an old pair of athletic shoes and socks. (Could you imagine being in an emergency while wearing flip-flops, strappy sandals or a pair of pumps?! Not good.)
- pad of paper and pens (Sharpies are good.)
- Duck tape, painter’s tape, scissors
- rope, bungee cords and zip ties
- disinfecting wipes, Kleenex
- lighter and matches
Hubs reminded me of tools you should have:
- screwdrivers (both regular and Phillips-head)
- channel lock pliers
- small hammer
- box cutter or a razor blade of some kind
It’s better to have supplies and not need them, then to need them and get hosed because you don’t have them.
I know I’m forgetting something… help me out: what am I missing?
Does the duct tape need to have candy corns on it, or is that a personal preference?
All kidding aside very good info. I have a little roadside emergency kit in my car but thats just your basic car jack, jumper cables and road flares.
I will definitely be putting a first aid kit at least, in my car after this.
Um. I need the candy corn duct tape TODAY!
Hailey @ Birth Utah says
I like to keep a little cash for emergencies, too!
What are the Huggies changing pads for?
Janette Johanson says
Great info.. can you give me your license number so I can flag you down as you drive past me so I can hitch a ride? I actually just bought a tote similar to that but its for the possible vomit that I’ve never been prepared for before and was only able to find a single floating sock to help clean my sick babies up– but looks like I need to think on a bigger scale. Diapers and wipes can only help so much. Great tips!!
Fresh batteries for the flashlights would be good too.
If you have to leave home in a realy big hurry, one item that can be easily forgotten is prescription medicine. Copies of prescriptions should be kept with emergency kits. Medicines that you need but don’t normally carry around with you may be hard to get filled at your “get out of Dodge” location if you don’t have copies of the prescription on hand.
Saundra McKenzie says
toilet paper, and stick a few plastice bags in a toilet paper roll or a paper towel roll. Great list!
Good Time Charlie says
What a very helpful, and truly wonderful public service post this is. We are big believers in safety and emergency preparednes….with the emphasis being place on “believers”, the “doers” part is definitely falling short. We have things somewhat under control here at home, but my car is a sad state of disaster should a disaster strike. I especially love the list of phone numbers. I would never have thought of that for my car! Mark has his license in Ham Radio usage, in case cell phones go out, but this is the best tip I have seen and I am definitely sharing with my Mormon, emergency preparedness loving friends! PS printing your lists and forwarding to Mark who can share with others.
Good Time Charlie says
Also, the food? Well that would be for me. I hate being starving and in the car. I hate to say I can’t go anywhere without a snack tucked in purse and a back up in my car. But, well I am always “packin”.
Just a nit picky note. Maxi-pads are not sterile. They are certainly sanitary and hygienic and perfectly reasonable to use if you find yourself needing to bandage a large wound in a pinch, but they are definitely not sterile. It’s a misconception i see a great deal across the Web. It’s microbiological semantics I know but the health care provider in me can’t help but point out the difference. Otherwise, this is a really helpful post.
Denise Miller says
Dog food, a bowl, a leash, & copy of health records (same for your kids: vaccine records & school records). Great reminder, V!
Vicky Poole says
Great list (we live in a cyclone belt) – I have a backpack in my car with a lot of these items but have to actively prevent my husband from taking it out because “it takes up too much room”. I also had one for him but it is never in the car – he’s going to be sorry and I’m going to “I told you so!!!” sooo bad 🙂
Great tip about the mobile phone numbers – I’ll do that straight away and also add some coins to the cash I have too.
Hope we never need these though!