By Adelia Ladson
It's no joke when you're broken down on the side of the road in the heat of summer. Even more so, if you live in the Southwest, where being stranded in your vehicle on a desert road could quickly turn into a life or death situation. And, as we all know when you're on the road, anything can happen. Are you prepared for an automobile emergency?
If you don’t have any other emergency gear in your vehicle, at the very least, you better have a means to charge your mobile phone. It never fails that, at the worst possible time, your phone’s battery will, all of a sudden, need charging and that is the absolute truth. You know. You’ve been there. Being stranded on the side of the road with no way to call for help is a place you don’t want to be! The 12,000 mAh Folding Solar Charger And Power Bank is a great option that actually folds out to six premium solar panels that can be spread across the dashboard, so that it’s constantly soaking up and storing the power of the sun. It will charge a variety of electronic devices, offering three USB ports including a micro USB port. So, even if there’s no emergency, you can keep the kids powered up and happy on those long, summer vacation trips.
Of course, one of the most common emergencies is that you stop, and your automobile battery goes dead. It's not so bad when you're parked at a restaurant or state-funded rest stop. But what if you stopped to get that picture of your kids in front of one of those picturesque Saguaro cactuses in the desert or stopped to picnic at a roadside park in the mountains, which is, basically, just a picnic table? Sometimes, mobile service isn't very reliable in these kind of areas, so calling for roadside assistance may not be an option. Wouldn't you like the peace of mind to know that you'll be able to immediately jump your battery in even the remotest location? The Never Stranded Emergency Jump Starter will jump your vehicle's battery and it holds a charge in its power bank for up to six months just stored in your trunk. It couldn't be easier to use with the included alligator clips and it has built-in overcharge and discharge protection. The device is heavy-duty so that it will stand up to extreme temperatures and it comes with a ton of cable and plug accessories, so that you can also charge anything from a notebook computer to your smart phone.
Something you should keep in your automobile at all times is a first aid kit! Whether you're traveling cross-country or going to your kid's ballgame, having supplies to deal with those minor medical emergencies is important. From automobile to fishing boat, every vehicle you own should have some kind of first aid kit onboard. The Elite First Aid Kit is a great option because it comes in a hardcase box with enough supplies for 16 people. It has all the necessary first aid tools from bandages and gauze to scissors and pain relievers for just about any minor medical situation, and it also includes a basic first aid book.
If you want to be completely prepared for any automotive emergency, then you need to drop the M48 Deluxe Hard Case Survival Tool Box in your trunk. (It's perfect for your bug-out bag and survival gear, too.) The number or survival tools packed into this box is truly impressive! You never know what you could face if your vehicle breaks down, especially, in a less-traveled area. You don't know what exactly you may need to survive but it's almost guaranteed that you'll be able to pull it out of this box. Some of the most important items it contains are a flashlight, a multi-tool pliers, a strong handsaw and a ferrocerium rod flint with a steel striker. You just never know, if you're going to need to start a fire for warmth or to boil water.
Then, just in case, you're out on the road longer than you thought you would be, you could include a couple of ready-to-eat-meals like the Individual MRE Spaghetti And Meat Balls Meal Kit or the Individual MRE Chicken Cacciatore Meal Kit, which just needs hot water and includes not only the entrée but a cappuccino drink mix, meal replacement bar and a utensil kit.
Last but certainly not least. You should add some kind of container to carry or boil water in so that it's safe to drink. Something as simple as a an aluminum canteen can make a world of difference.
You can't predict what's going to happen when you're traveling or commuting. Always, always. The best strategy is to be prepared and that means having the tools that you need with you in case you need them.