Last month we talked about the 4 must have items in your 72-hour car kit. We talked about the medications you need, not forgetting your pets, and more. While each of these items are vitally important, they are not all that is need in case of emergency. Check out these four more must have items for your 72-hour kit, and how they should be used.
Food and Water
Engine problems are expensive and serious. An engine that has experienced internal damage will need comprehensive repair or replacement. Problems like broken rods, damaged valves, or oil leaks can be expensive to address. High mileage can also be a cause for engine replacement, in addition to problems with other vital components like transmissions and radiators. In these situations, it is important to consider the value of your car in relation to the costs of this type of work. Engine replacements can cost anywhere from $3,000 to $4,000. The ultimate cost depends on the type of vehicle, engine, and the shop.
If you have kids, you need to include simple activities for them to do during a potential emergency. This will vary depending on the age and interests of your children, but coloring books and reading material are always great options. These activities should be easy to do and cleanup.
Depending on the situation, your electricity and gas may be shut off following an emergency. If your car breaks down somewhere you can’t get cell phone service, it becomes even more imperative that you have the means of starting a fire. Keep matches in your 72-hour car kit so you have them wherever you need.
Chargers for Your Electronics
Keep a means to charge your electronic devices. For your car 72-hour kit these should be chargers that plug into your cigarette adapter, or a solar charger. This will give you the means to keep your phone, tablet, GPS, or other necessary electronics usable no matter your situation.
An emergency can be frightening and overwhelming, but properly preparing will help make it easier to manage. Make sure you take the necessary steps to prepare for both major and minor emergencies.