Emergency kit essentials for your road trip

Posted by: Cal on 26/09/2014

Category: General

As the days become longer, daylight saving begins and the sun becomes warmer, it might be a good time to gather some friends together and embark on a good old-fashioned road trip.

However, in all the excitement of hitting the open road, you might forget one important piece of luggage - an emergency vehicle kit. Although the risk is low, breakdowns and incidents can happen at any point and if the accident doesn't involve any other vehicles, then you could be out on your own.

You could purchase a pre-packed kit, but it is easier and cheaper to prepare one yourself. This means that you know what is included and it can be personalised to your requirements.

It is important to note that your mobile phone won't pick up coverage in all parts of Australia which is where you kit will be imperative.

Here are some of key items that your emergency kit should include:

First-Aid kit

A First-Aid kit is probably the most important part of any emergency vehicle kit. If you are involved in an accident on the open road with emergency services and facilities some time away, the equipment can help save someone's life.

To cover a number of different scenarios, this should include bandages, antiseptic cream, medical tape, Paracetamol tablets and an emergency blanket. Remember to include your personal medications as well.

Food and water

Being a road trip, you have probably packed enough food to feed an army, but it is vital to pack some non-perishable food in the emergency kit. These foods should be able to handle being stored away for some months and can include dried fruit, nuts and muesli bars.

Authorities recommend that you carry around at least 1 litre of water in your vehicle at all times. One of life's necessities, water can be used in a number of different situations including refilling a radiator, cleaning cuts or cooling the engine.

Clothes and blankets

Again, on a road trip, you could have bags of clothes - but will any of them be able to help you? Even though the warmer summer temperatures are on their way, the mercury can still dip close to freezing at night in some of the more rural areas. 

In this situation, it will be helpful to have several extra blankets or jumpers stored in the boot of your car. Not only can this be helpful overnight, you can put something on if your clothing have become greasy after a breakdown.

Road maps and paper

Although it might seem like an obvious tip, having road maps stored in your emergency kit can prove helpful in many situations. Imagine if your battery dies, leaving you with no electronics - your GPS could be of no use. Having a map could lead emergency services to your location.

Add some paper and pens to your kit as well. In the event of accident, it will be necessary to take down insurance details or location information. This is essentially a safe guard against your mobile phone losing charge out on the open road.

Spare tyre and tyre jack

Should your road trip be cut because of a flat tyre or blowout, you will call on your trusty jack and spare tyre - if you have one.

It is important to constantly check the condition of your spare tyre to ensure that it hasn't go flat and is still in good nick. However, your spare tyre will be useless with a jack and some instructions to changing the tyre.

If this process is new to you, then print out some steps and leave them in the emergency kit so if the time arising, you can quickly change the tyre and get on with your road trip.