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Make an Emergency Car Kit

With these emergency essentials, you'll be ready for anything that happens during the hours spent on the road en route to your summer vacation destination.

Car safety kits can be purchased in the auto department of any discount store. Or compile your own in a duffel bag. Here's what to include:

  • Jumper cables
  • Flashlight with extra batteries
  • Emergency flares
  • Lighter or strike-anywhere matches
  • Tire gauge
  • Tools: small hammer, screwdriver, pliers, pocket knife
  • Bungee cords
  • Motor oil and windshield washer fluid
  • Gas can
  • First-aid kit
  • A phone book or address book with emergency numbers
  • Auto paperwork: proof of insurance, car registration, service reports, accident reports, warranties, driver's manual
  • Snacks and bottled water
  • Extra cash and change
  • Disposable camera (for documenting an accident)
  • Blanket, gloves and hat, rain poncho
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Rope
  • Compass

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