Prepare For An Emergency On The Road

Emergency on the RoadPrepare For An Emergency On The Road

Emergencies on the road are inevitable. If you drive at all, at some point in time you will be faced with a roadside emergency. A flat tire, a broken fan belt, a leaking radiator, or a dead battery are just a few of the common occurrences we can expect when we travel. No one can predict when they’ll have an emergency on the road. The best we can do is to be prepared at all times.

Having a minor emergency, such as a flat tire in the middle of the day when you have a cell phone handy and a friendly neighborhood mechanic on the way, is one thing. Having a major emergency, such as the same flat tire in the middle of the night in a blizzard with no cell phone service, well, that’s the sort of emergency on the road for which we want to be prepared. Even if you’re not a mechanic, there are certain things that you can use to help yourself during a roadside emergency.

When preparing for an emergency on the road, you want to think of two emergency kits – a car kit and a personal kit.

Your Car Kit should include:

Your Personal Kit should include:

  • Walking shoes
  • Warm boots during winter months
  • A pair of socks
  • Drinking water
  • Flashlight with extra batteries
  • Non-perishable foods such as granola, snack bars, nuts, etc.
  • Blanket
  • Warm gloves
  • Coat
  • Hat
  • Rain Boots during warmer months
  • Rain poncho
  • Hand warmers

First aid kit

Pack a personal kit for other family members, as well. If you’re traveling with children you will want to pack the items they may need if you are stranded for a period of time. Remember items such as:

  • Formula
  • Baby food
  • Snacks
  • Water
  • Extra clothes
  • Diapers
  • Blankets
  • Warm shoes and boots
  • Hats
  • Mittens
  • Stroller or other carrier
  • Games

When preparing your kits, try to imagine if you were stranded and couldn’t get home for hours. Remember, you will be without heat, electricity, or other comforts of home. What would you want in your car if that were the case? Even a minor emergency on the road can be difficult. And, even a short trip across town could leave you stranded if something happened to your car. Prepare the best you can for these situations so you can return home safe and sound.


You’re welcome, Sandra. It’s so much better to be prepared than to get caught in a situation, full of fear and feeling that everything is out of control.


Thanks for the detailed list. Do you ever feel like, as preppers, that there are an inordinate amount of bags/kits that need to be lugged around? You’ve got the everyday carry bag, bug out bag, get home bag at work, car bag; am I missing anything? lol


I can see how it would be easy enough to have that opinion… lol I guess we all have to make the decisions that suit us and wherever we live. I doubt that folks in Texas would need to worry about preparing for a blizzard.


I doubt that many are prepared (me included), but I’m hoping that by sharing this kind of information, it will help all of us to stay safe.


So I have to tell you a story about this. My father (who has now passed) showed me how to change a tyre when I first purchased my own car. I was 25. I did not think I would ever have to do it. Then one day as I was driving along the highway after attending a friend’s wedding. My front driver’s side tyre exploded.
I pulled up along the side of the road and changed the tyre, wearing my fancy going-to-a-wedding outfit.
Two lovely men did stop by to help, but I had already changed the tyre by then. My father taught me well. I miss him now. He saved me.


It is a good thing that we have people in our lives to teach us lessons. I’m hoping that the people who come to my blog learn some valuable lessons on how to do some emergency preparation of their own. I’m glad you enjoyed the post.


I’m glad that you can appreciate the list. More people need to be made aware of all sorts of emergency needs and preparation.

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