With the easier travels and milder weather in the Summer, it’s easy to forget that you can still have emergencies.
You can have a flat tire, engine issues, or someone get hurt at the park. It’s important to have an emergency kit in your vehicle all year, and update it for the Summer months.
A way to fix a flat tire is a priority.
In the past, I would have said to make sure you keep a full tire for a spare, rather than a “donut” spare. But, what if you have a newer vehicle and you don’t have one? Our van didn’t come with a spare, nor does it have a space to carry one. That boggled my mind, until I realized that there are so many who wouldn’t even know how to change a tire anyway. So, we make sure that our emergency kits in our vehicles carry a tire repair kit and a can of Fix-A-Flat. This will at least get you to a place to completely fix or replace that tire. That is a requirement of my teens before they can get their license…they have to be able to fix and/or change a tire on their own.
You need to carry water at all times.
I don’t necessarily mean leaving plastic water bottles in a vehicle where they can get hot and possibly leach toxins into the water. Anytime we leave our house, my family and I each grab a water bottle (like these) and fill it up before we go. Even just a couple of miles. You never want to be stuck in 90+ weather for any length of time without water. If we are going more than just running errands, I fill a couple gallon sized glass jars as well. Not only for us, but for that rare instance that the vehicle would overheat, it can be a lifesaver.
Along with water, snacks are a must.
I don’t know if it’s the growing season for them or what, but my kids can eat me out of house and home, especially in the summer. If we are stuck somewhere for more than 30 minutes without food, they can get groucy. So, we make sure to have non perishable snacks tucked away, such as granola bars and crackers. If we get stuck somewhere, waiting on either fixing a tire, cooling an engine or other emergency, snacks can keep our minds off of how long it is.
A pair of walking shoes is also a good idea.
I usually put my older gym shoes in there, just so they can stay in there. What would I do if I needed to walk for help, as when if I committed a huge sin and ran out of gas? Walking in shoes like flip flops, sandals or other summery shoes can lead to very sore feet. So, if that happens, out come the walking shoes and pair of socks tucked away to make that easier. I try and keep a pair for each family member, but my boys generally wear hiking boots and gym shoes all year long anyway.
Speaking of running out of gas
DON’T. Get into the habit of filling up when the needle shows 1/2 a tank full. That will save you so much frustration in the long run. It’s no fun to run out of gas, and it can actually damage some of the newer models. Keep the tank no less than 1/2 full all year long, please.
If you have an older model vehicle, or are planning a long trip [tweet “Keeping your gas tank no less than 1/2 full will save you frustration in the long run”]
keeping an extra quart of oil for your vehicle is a good idea. We make sure our daughter has at least one quart in her vehicle all year long, but especially in the summer. Her older car seems to go through it faster when it’s hotter.
And, last but certainly not least…a first aid kit.
This needs to include band-aids, some bug bite salve (get the recipe here), and a roll of toilet paper minimum. I would also include some sun burn spray (get the recipe here) as well as some hand sanitizer. There should also be a external cell phone charger that is fully charged and extra charging cord. Another thing to keep in your first aid kit is at least $10 in cash, just in case. You just never know when you need to grab another bottle of water, or snack while waiting for the service station to finish with your tire…
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Heather’s homesteading journey started in 2006, with baby steps: first, she got a few raised beds, some chickens, and rabbits. Over the years, she amassed a wealth of homesteading knowledge, knowledge that you can find in the articles of this blog.