The Ultimate Summer Car Survival Kit

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The Ultimate Summer Car Survival Kit

Summer break is just around the corner! If you have any summer road trips planned, make sure your car is prepared for the long drive ahead. This means creating a survival kit in the event you get stranded on the side of the road for more than a few hours.

The Ultimate Summer Car Survival Kit:

  • Car cell phone charger: This could mean the difference between calling for help fast or waiting for days
  • First-Aid kit: this first aid kit doesn’t have to be as extensive as the one in your home, but be sure you have an assortment of bandages, antiseptic wipes, and antiseptic ointment.
  • Reflective Triangles: several prepackaged emergency kits contain one triangle, but car safety experts push for carrying three with you at all times. If you place them each 50 feet apart, it will give oncoming traffic plenty of warning
  • Reflective Vest
  • Jumper cables
  • Water Bottles! * 
  • Nonperishable snacks: protein bars are a staple in any car survival kit. If you’re traveling across country, consider packing dog food. Rations tend to run out quickly if you find yourself stranded for several hours. Dog food is less appealing, and you’ll only turn to it if you really need it.
  • Flashlight: and extra batteries
  • Fire Extinguisher: experts recommend checking the extinguisher monthly to be sure it is in good condition.
  • Tow strap: or rope strong enough to tow 6,000 pounds
  • Swiss army knife
  • Duct tape: the universal quick-fix solution
  • About $20 cash in small bills: resist the urge spend it on the neighborhood kids’ lemonade stand

* If you’re planning on travelling through a hot desert state like Arizona or Nevada, consider carrying water in a Mylar Pouch. The hot sun can melt water bottles, causing carcinogenic chemicals to be released into your water.

First Aid Kit

After this long Missouri winter, the warm weather is sure to lure St. Louis residents outside. Unfortunately, this makes kids and adults more prone to scrapes, burns, and bug bites. Update your first aid kit with things you’ll need specifically for spring and summer injuries that may occur. Here’s what you’ll need to consider:

  • Latex gloves
  • Tweezers
  • Antiseptic Wipes
  • Bandages of all sizes and types: band-aids, gauze, adhesive tape, etc.
  • Neosporin to prevent infection
  • Allergy medication
  • Bug Spray
  • Tea tree oil to treat poison Ivy
  • Aloe Vera gel for treating painful sunburns
  • Over the counter Ear Drops to prevent swimmer’s ear
  • Ice packs for post-injury inflammation

Cater your first aid kit to your own family’s needs. If someone in your family requires asthma medications, inhalers, or an epi-pen, be sure that they are included in your kit, and that the adults in your family understand how to administer them. Consider including a first aid manual as a reference.

In an out-of-state accident?

We want all of our clients and friends to travel with our 444 number in their phone. That’s 314-444-4444. If you’re injured in an accident while you’re on a road trip, it’s best that you get an attorney who is familiar with the laws of the state the accident took place in. However, home is a good place to start your search. So if you live in Missouri, and are in a car accident in another state, call us first. We can be your connection to home.

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