I constantly live on the road driving back and forth from Portland to Tri-Cities and all over Oregon hiking and adventuring. One day it dawned on me (the earthquake article about Portland falling into the ocean or whatever might have scared me), that if something ever happened I was not prepared. I can't tell you how many times we have gone hiking driven down a gravel/dirt road for 20 miles to get to our destiniation. What if something ever happened on the hike? Also how bad of travelers are we, we don't even have jumper cables in our car. I figured it was time to put together a all around useful car kit!
First I started with my "accessories kit" I know I should of worried first about the emergency car kit but that didn't seem as fun. My girlfriend Whitney for my wedding had gotten me this bag full of "wedding day emergency items". So I updated this pack and replaced items I had used to make it travel friendly. In this weather who doesn't need to refresh your deodorant here and there? Hiking and have blisters, you probably need some band-aids. The kleenex always comes in handy if you have to pee on the side of the road and who knows when you'll need some wet wipes, sunblock, maybe sew on a button. I have it all!
I went to Walmart to grab a car kit. I think this one was under $20 and included jumper cables, a first aid kit, flashlight, towing strap and a few other things. This is less exciting but essential.
Water is an important thing to have in the car in case of anything! I have a small jug water and a water purifier so if we ever needed more water we can purify our own. We usually are always traveling with our dog so I imagine the 3 of us would go through alot of water. I also have a blanket, a few cliff bars, and most importantly a dog leash. Why do I carry a dog leash you ask? I have probably used it 5 times seeing lost dogs on the road. It is nice to pull over grab the leash and make sure I can get the dog out of traffic. Jay thinks it is silly, I think it is really smart!
All this stuff fits super nicely in the back of my car. So there is no excuse to not have all these items in your car. I hope we never have to use them (although I use the personal emergency kit all the time), but it is smart to be prepared. You never know if you are going to have car trouble, come up upon an accident, or get stuck in that crazy Northwest earthquake and need to survive:)
Cheers and stay safe,
Cheers and stay safe,