What do you keep in your emergency kit?
So I've been wanting some kind of emergency kit for my car. I've looked online and I can only find two different types. Some kinds are essentially first aid kits only, while others are more or less tool kits with jumper cables, etc.
Well, I'm not really looking for either. I want something that fits easily in the back hatch of the car and includes things that one might need during an emergency. For example, lets say I'm out in traffic and a blizzard comes through and traffic is stopped for an entire day. Or I'm run off the road somewhere in the middle of nowhere. Or who knows.. It is the situations I can't plan for that I am thinking about here.
So I've decided to make my own kit. I bought a really large pistol case today. It is made of hard plastic, and filled with foam. Now, when I say large, this thing advertised it could hold 4 pistols. I imagine I could fit quite a few more than that in there, to be honest. This thing is almost like a small suitcase. My plan is to cut the foam (or maybe even substitute a harder foam) and cut out holes to hold all kinds of things. I want to be able to open the top of this thing and have all of the objects easily accessible, yet everything will be held in place very snug by form-fitting foam. In other words, I didn't want something like a duffel bag where I'd have to dig around inside to find the different things.
Here are the things I'm planning to put in this thing so far:
- LED flashlight
- crescent wrench
- 4-in-1 screwdriver
- several 8-oz bottles of water
- small first aid kit
- medicine container
- emergency blanket or two
- small 2-way radios
- small weather radio
- pepper spray
- Some kind of knife
- Some kind of food
- Matches or cigarette lighter (which is safer?)
One of the goals is to make sure all of the items use the same battery type so that the spare batteries will power any of those things. The water should be okay as long as it doesn't freeze. Being that everything, including the bottles of water, will be surrounded by foam I think the vehicle would have to be in sub-freezing temperatures for quite some time before the water would freeze and even then I'm not sure those plastic bottles would rupture. Likewise, whatever type of food I put in there would need to survive the possibility of the car being 150 degrees inside during the summer.
Also, before somebody suggests it, jumper cables would be fairly pointless for my vehicle.
So what else can you think of that I might have forgotten?