But First, Car Safety


The Top 10 items you need in your car for roadside emergencies

Parents (and especially moms-to-be eating for two) need a well-earned break from cooking sometimes! So yeah, a quick drive to the drive-through for a hot drink or a grotesquely delicious burger and fries can sometimes be crucial to one’s well-being.

When we’re in that state of ecstatic ravenousness, the last thing we want to think about when hopping into the car is: What do I need if my car breaks down?

But this stuff happens. Burgers and fries happen. Life happens. Emergencies happen - a breakdown is actually likely to happen to us 4 times in one lifetime! In fact, the AAA responds to more than 32 million calls for roadside assistance, every year. Whoa!

Good news though; we’ve got you covered.

But First, Some Tips for You

Here’s what to do if the unexpected happens while driving:

Call 911 if you break down or are in an accident. If your phone is not working or you’re out of service, we highly recommend having this radio on hand and using the universal emergency channel: 16 (156.800).

If you pop a tire, risk your rims, not your life. Risk ruining the rims of your car and drive off of the freeway into a well lit area as soon as possible. This is much safer than pulling to the side of the freeway, or worse, staying stuck in that freeway lane!

If you’re stuck in a shopping center, talk to employees before strangers. If you’re in a parking lot and your battery has just died, we recommend running inside and asking a worker or uniformed security personnel for help instead of a random stranger in the parking lot.

Broken down and alone? Call for professional help, and then call a loved one. Remember to keep a loved one on the phone with you until help arrives. Once help arrives, we recommend having your loved one meet you or stay on the phone with you until you feel safe.


And now, Let’s get ready.


The following handy-dandy list consists of what you would need most (and why) in case an accident or breakdown happens.

1. Jumper Cables

It happens to all of us! Sometimes we leave the car door open too long or a light gets left on while we run into the store and then, wammmp wammmp, our car won’t start. It’s great to be prepared with jumper cables so you can charge your battery quickly with the assistance of another person’s car. 

2. Water

Having extra water on hand is great if you’re stuck for a while and want to avoid dehydration, but it’s also useful for pouring into your radiator should your car get overheated. Remember to never pour water directly ON your car engine or it will crack. 

Rhino Heavy Duty Water Container
Rhino Heavy Duty Water Container
Rhino Heavy Duty Water Container
Rhino Heavy Duty Water Container

Rhino Heavy Duty Water Container

$29.99

 

The Rhino-Pak water container is designed with extreme in mind. The super thick plastic water make it the most puncture resistant 5.5 gallon (20L) water container out there. 

Features:

  • Made of extremely thick plastic
  • Lead-proof premium spigot and vent cap
  • Side panel design that locks in in place when paired with another Rhino-Pak
  • 5.5 gallon (20 liter)
  • Length: 14.75" Width: 6.25" Height: 19.00" Weight: 2.87lbs

 

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3. Thick Blanket

Not just for keeping warm or comforting a scared child, blankets are also nice if you have to lay down to fix something underneath the car too. They’re a must-have if you live anywhere that has winter storms or tornadoes. We recommend having at least two on hand. 

Mylar Emergency Blanket
Mylar Emergency Blanket

Mylar Emergency Blanket

$5.00

These light, metal-coated sheets weigh next to nothing and are designed to retain heat, which makes them perfect in emergency situations. Your mylar blanket may also be used as a rudimentary shelter; attach it to a limb or trunk and tie it with a paracord.

Features:

  • Waterproof and weatherproof foil and Mylar emergency thermal blanket for retaining or deflecting heat
  • Mylar insert provides insulation and the foil cover can reflect heat back to the body or deflect heat from the sun
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4. Protein Bars or Nuts

Stuck for a few hours and still waiting for help? Be hangry no more! Protein bars and nuts fill you up, hold up pretty well (meaning you can leave them in your car and forget about them), and have balanced protein + healthy fats, minimal sugar.

5. Radio

Maybe you’re driving in the middle of a crazy storm, flood, or earthquake and your car breaks down. Use your radio as another means to stay up-to-date with emergency alerts. Remember, channel 16 (156.800) is the universal channel for help. This radio is NOAA enabled too, and you’ll never need batteries because this one uses a crank. 

Voyager Classic KA500
Voyager Classic KA500
Voyager Classic KA500
Voyager Classic KA500
Voyager Classic KA500
Voyager Classic KA500
Voyager Classic KA500
Voyager Classic KA500
Voyager Classic KA500

Voyager Classic KA500

$49.98

Specifically designed for emergency situations, the KA500 offers different methods to power itself including AC/DC adapter (not included), three AA batteries (not included), the built-in rechargeable Ni-MH battery, and the dynamo hand crank. Includes an internal generator that recharges the internal replaceable Ni-MH battery pack and powers the radio, flashlight and reading lamp. This radio also features a USB port, which you can use either to charge your radio with a PC or charge other electronic gadgets with the hand crank. 

Standard accessories include earphones, user manual and bonus multiple adapter tips for charging select models of Motorola, Nokia, Samsung, and LG phones.

Features:

  • 5-way powered emergency radio, AC, battery, hand crank, solar, computer
  • AM/FM/Shortwave radio and 7 pre-set NOAA weather channels with alert
  • 180-degree adjustable solar panel
  • Impact resistant and water resistant
  • Works like a battery - plug your phone charger directly into it

 

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6. Portable Solar-powered Phone Charger

You can’t always rely on your car’s battery to help you charge your phone. Yes, both your car battery and your phone battery can die at the same time. Not so fun. With this, you’ll always be able to charge your phone up to call for help. Also doubles as a flashlight!

Rainproof Solar Power Bank External Backup Battery w/ Flashlight
Rainproof Solar Power Bank External Backup Battery w/ Flashlight
Rainproof Solar Power Bank External Backup Battery w/ Flashlight
Rainproof Solar Power Bank External Backup Battery w/ Flashlight
Rainproof Solar Power Bank External Backup Battery w/ Flashlight
Rainproof Solar Power Bank External Backup Battery w/ Flashlight
Rainproof Solar Power Bank External Backup Battery w/ Flashlight
Rainproof Solar Power Bank External Backup Battery w/ Flashlight

Rainproof Solar Power Bank External Backup Battery w/ Flashlight

$49.99

 This eco-friendly 20000mAh Li-Polymer battery works with most cell phones and electronic devices including iPhone and iPad. You can automatically adjust the output power to deliver optimal charging current, all while preventing your devices from overcharging or short circuiting. Ideal choice for hiking, camping trips or other outdoor activities.

Features:

  • Compatible with iPhone 11/11 Pro/11 Pro Max/XS Max/XR/XS/X/8/8Plus/Samsung Galaxy S10/S9/S9+/S8/Note 9 and all qi-enabled devices. Built-in 2 USB output and 1 Type-C output, allowing a safe charge for 4 electronic devices simultaneously.
  • Dual input port (Type-C and Micro USB) enables to fully charge itself around 6-8 hours with the high-speed. The solar panel could absorb light and transfer into electricity. Note: Solar charging is for emergency use, not primary charging source. It is highly recommend you fully charge via wall charger upon first use.
  • Contains a bright flashlight with 3 modes (Steady-SOS-Strobe). The out case is made from durable ABS + PC material better protect battery from water, dust, crashes or drops. Awesome for outside activities such as camping, hiking, traveling and other emergency use.
  • Handy compact solar charger. With the free carabiner included, you can easily hang on backpacks and is hands-free

 

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7. Headlamp

These are of course for night time to help you see when you’re stuck on the side of the road in the middle of frickin’ nowhere, but they also to help you see what’s up with your car if needed i.e. popping that engine hood and tinkering away to solve the problem yourself.

Black Diamond ReVolt Headlamp
Black Diamond ReVolt Headlamp
Black Diamond ReVolt Headlamp
Black Diamond ReVolt Headlamp
Black Diamond ReVolt Headlamp
Black Diamond ReVolt Headlamp

Black Diamond ReVolt Headlamp

$50.08

The proximity lighting of the Black Diamond ReVolt Headlamp offers a large area of light. Dimming feature allows you to adjust the amount of light to fit the activity at hand. Red night-vision mode has proximity and strobe settings, and activates without needing to cycle through white mode. Includes full strength in proximity and distance modes, dimming, strobe, red night-vision, and lock modes. Three-level power meter displays remaining battery life. 

Features:

  • One Triple Power LED and 1 Double Power LED can combine to emit up to 300 lumens
  • One Double Power Red LED for night vision has proximity and strobe settings
  • low-profile design uses three Black Diamond AAA Rechargeable Batteries or standard alkaline or lithium batteries
  • Programmable Brightness Memory gives you the option to set the light's brightness when first turned on
  • Three-level power meter shows remaining battery life for three seconds after switching on headlamp
  • USB-rechargeable with the option of using three AAA alkaline or three NiMH batteries. Lumens: 130 Max Distances
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8. First Aid Kit

We love this first aid kit because it’s tiny enough to fit in your car to address any roadside injuries, but it’s also not-messing-around. Meaning, it’s totally legit. It was assembled by working paramedics and critical care nurses!

First Aid 2.0
First Aid 2.0
First Aid 2.0
First Aid 2.0
First Aid 2.0
First Aid 2.0
First Aid 2.0
First Aid 2.0
First Aid 2.0
First Aid 2.0

First Aid 2.0

$130.00

Everything you need for advanced first aid treatment. Hand assembled by working Paramedics and Critical Care Nurses. Great for the home, car, international travel, backpacking adventure, boating, missions to mars, etc. Packed to the gills with wound care, medications, bleeding control, and more. Always be prepared! Safe a Life! (picture show without included Tourniquet/Shears holster and updated WAEF patch)

1 Kit Includes:
(1) MOLLE Rip-Away capable Utility Bag
(1) WAEF First Aid patch (replaces red cross patch shown)
(1) CPR Face shield
(1) Tourniquet/shears holster
(4) Pair of non-latex medical gloves
(1) Hand 2oz sanitizer
(1) LED Flashlight w/ strobe feature
(1) Seatbelt cutter/glass breaker combo tool
(1) Trauma shears
(1) 5.5" Stainless steel hemostat (for fishing hook removal)
(1) Emergency whistle
Trauma/Wound Care
(1) Tourniquet w/ sharpie
(1) 4" OLAES Bandage (Israeli style)
(1) Roll of medical tape (1”x 10 yards)
(10) Adhesive bandage (Band-Aid style: Small & Large)
(3) Triple antibiotic gel packet
(1) Roll gauze (4”x4.1yrd)
(4) 4x4” sterile gauze pad
(1) 8x10" Abdominal gauze pad
(1) Package of compressed gauze bandaging
(Upgrade to QuikClot Combat Gauze +$45)
(1) Triangular bandage w/ safety pins
(1) 6" Elastic bandage
(2) 4x4" Moleskin blister padding
(1) Mylar foil emergency blanket
(2) 1oz Hydrogen peroxide 3% packets
(2) Anti-septic wipe
(10) Alcohol prep pad
Medication
(5) Aspirin (325mg x2 per packet)
(5) Ibuprofen (200mg x 2 per packet)
(5) Electrolyte supplement tablet packet
(5) Diotame antidiarrheal/upset stomach (x2 per packet)(4) Acetaminophen pain/fever reducer (500mg)
(4) Acetaminophen, Aspirin, Caffeine combo tablet
(4) Diphen (25mg Diphenhydramine)
(4) Honey Packet (for diabetic emergencies) 
(6) Hydrocortisone cream
(6) Burn cream w/ lidocaine
(6) Benzocaine (oral pain relief gel)
(4) Sunscreen 30SPF 1/8oz
(2) 15ml eye wash
(6) Insect sting relief pad

Weight: 3lbs 3oz

Size with TQ Holster Mounted: 8.5" (L), 6.5" (W), 8.5" (H)

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9. Flares or Reflective Triangles

Growing up, no one told of the importance of having flares or reflective triangles in our car, but they should have! Simply put, these let other cars (or emergency responders) see you better, which is always safer. They’re LED, battery powered, and can be seen from a mile away.

LED Road Flare (3 Pack)
LED Road Flare (3 Pack)
LED Road Flare (3 Pack)
LED Road Flare (3 Pack)
LED Road Flare (3 Pack)
LED Road Flare (3 Pack)
LED Road Flare (3 Pack)

LED Road Flare (3 Pack)

$29.99

SPECIFICATIONS

  • 3 LED Road Flares
  • Seen from 1 Mile Away (at night)
  • 9 Different Flashing Modes
  • 3 Ultra Bright LED Flashlight Mode
  • 9 AAA Batteries Included
  • Screwdriver Included
  • Crush Proof - Can be run over by a car without breaking!
  • Waterproof - Can be put directly in the rain with no issues.
  • Convenient Storage Bag Included
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10. Multipurpose Tool

Multipurpose tools can help with minor fixes to your car, and minor injuries too. This one’s a no-brainer and a great gift idea too!

The Leatherman Wingman
The Leatherman Wingman
The Leatherman Wingman
The Leatherman Wingman
The Leatherman Wingman
The Leatherman Wingman

The Leatherman Wingman

$59.95

The Leatherman Wingman is just that: your go-to tool for projects around the house, on the job, or at the campsite. A great, lightweight, pocket-sized, stainless steel tool; the Wingman features an outside-accessible, one-hand opening blade and newly-designed spring-action jaws. With plenty of handy tools, and backed by a team of designers, assemblers, and manufacturing crew from Portland, Oregon, this is one amazing value. 

Features:

  • A classic, designed and assembled with premium materials; The Wingman is your go-to tool for projects around the house, on the job or at the campsite
  • Equipped with 14 tools to handle almost anything: knife, pliers, screwdrivers, wire cutters, a wire stripper, scissors, a package opener, bottle and can openers, a file and a ruler
  • We’re proud to stand behind every product that leaves our factory in Portland, Oregon; That’s why we offer our 25-year warranty, so you can be confident your Leatherman lasts a lifetime
  • Open all the tools with one hand, even the ones that aren't accessible from the outside; And with a locking blade, you can cut with confidence
  • With its compact size, lightweight design and removable pocket clip, your Wingman is always within reach and ready to work

 

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