Experts: Make Emergency Kits Part of Your Travel

By: Megan Johnson Email
By: Megan Johnson Email

AAA estimates that more than 94 million Americans will be hitting the road this week for the holidays. Safety experts say that before you drive away, it's important to remember your vehicle safety kit.

They say phone charger, jumper cables, food and water should all go in a kit.

Grand Island-Hall County Emergency Management Director Jon Rosenlund says the best way to prepare a kit is to think of what might happen, like a flat tire, bad weather, or engine problems, then pack the tools needed to fix the problem or call for help.

"You never know when you may have to be stopped, you could have road construction, you could have bad weather," says Rosenlund. "It might be good weather here and it might be good weather at Grandma's house, but there's 500 miles of road between there and here, you want to make sure that you're prepared."

Rosenlund says that if there's not time to put together a perfect kit, grab the tools, water, snacks, and blankets you already have at home. But he says it's best to get a full kit in every car, house, and workplace as soon as possible.

"Pack a small bag, a small backpack full of these car essential items to take with you. Most of them you're going to have around your home or in the garage, put them in one little bag and just make sure that you're ready to go," he says.

Rosenlund says cat litter for tire traction, a blanket or sleeping back, and maps are also good to have on a winter trip.

He says letting other people know when you plan to leave and plan to arrive is a good idea too.

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