Living in a rural setting means you are often on the road in dangerous road and weather conditions. Just driving from town to my house there is very little cell service so if something did happen I would have to spend some time on the road side waiting for a vehicle to go by before I could get assistance.
“Organize, don’t agonize.” ― Nancy Pelosi
It is actually very easy to be prepared for such an event. A few items in your car will make a few hours or even over night much more comfortable.
- Case of bottled water
- Warm Blankets
- Extra clothes and shoes/boots
- Food that won’t spoil, such as dried fruit and canned goods
- Manual can opener and basic eating utensils (pop-up cans are better if you can find them)
- Flashlight and extra batteries
- Whistle and Compass
- Water-proof matches
- Rain Gear
- Toilet paper and other personal care supplies
- Knife (a Swiss army knife is excellent for emergencies)
- First aid kit
- Some small bills and coins
- Small shovel
- Jumper cables
- Antifreeze/windshield washer fluid
- Road flares
- List of emergency contact numbers
Add a tote to the back of the vehicle to hold all your items and always be prepared.
Here is a quick Spreadsheet to help you along the way: Click Here
I would recommend reviewing your list and rotating your food stuffs every 6 months. This ensures if you used something and forgot to replace it and to make sure your food is always high quality. . My kit is almost ready, a couple more things and I am set. It is always better to be safe, than sorry.