Five Things You Didn’t Know You Need For Your Emergency Kit

A few years ago I wrote a blog post about building a get-home bag for my car for under $50. Later I transformed that idea into an emergency kit. In my opinion, every car should have one. Not just jumper cables, but a kit that will help you deal with life's little surprises. Based on a few real-life experiences I have built what I think is a pretty comprehensive kit for each of our vehicles.

If you have a kit of your own, here are five items you might not have thought to add:

MITAKI-JAPAN 8-Bulb Led Headlamp
My original kit had a hand-held flashlight. But what if you come home from a business trip to find your car with a flat tire in a dimly lit parking garage? Well, that happened to me not long after I built the original kit and I found it hard to manipulate a jack and lug-wrench with a flashlight in my hand and it was hard to see what I was doing with the light on the ground. This Mitaki headlamp allows you to focus the light on what you are working on while keeping both hands free.

4-pack Hooded Rain Ponchos
If you've ever had to change a tire or leave your broken-down vehicle to walk in the rain, you know how much fun it is. These rain poncho packs are enough to keep my whole family dry if need be. They also come in handy at a football game when the weather takes a turn for the worse and your umbrella just won't cut it. Trust me, I know.

10-Pack (GREEN) Tactical BreakLights
I'm not sure what makes a breaklight tactical. Maybe the green color. If you need light to work in a tight space, if your flashlight batteries are dead, or if you need to get out and walk and want a way to make yourself more visible, these lights are great. I took the 10-pack and put three in each vehicle and left four spares to replenish them as needed.

Regular Cowhide Leather Palm Work Gloves
This is an item that I did not think to add to the kit originally. Then I wore my fingers out working the lug wrench in that dark parking deck. The tire store overtightened the lugs and it was a chore to get them off. As soon as I got home, and could feel my fingers again, I ordered these. This inexpensive pack has enough gloves to put a pair in each car, a pair in my range bag, and I saved the rest for yard work.

3M Black Duct Tape
As everyone knows, you can hold anything together with duct tape. Put your bumper back on. Secure the side mirror if you knock it off. Seal a broken window. Heck, you can even seal traumatic wounds with it. So, grab a roll and add it to your kit. You never know when or how it might come in handy.

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