Recently, I had to drive to Kansas and I was in the car for about 9 hours each way. Before I left, I checked my box of emergency items and was left feeling pretty unsure of what I should have in case of a break down along the way. I had some jumper cables, a wrench, and a quart of oil. I threw in some bottles of water and hoped for the best. I joked with my boyfriend about taking more tools but not knowing what to do with them if a part broke and I wondered out loud if I should be taking duct tape and pantyhose. Luckily, I had no issues in either direction of my trip but I was left feeling a little uneasy about being unprepared to handle a breakdown situation when traveling.
You always hear reminders of keeping an emergency kit in your vehicle just in case something happens but what does that emergency kit need to have inside? No matter how well we keep our car maintained, they break down! Tires go flat, batteries die, hoses bust and mechanical issues can happen at any given moment. We all know to throw a blanket in the trunk with a shovel and an extra pair of gloves during the winter months, but what should we have for a summertime side-of-the-road event?