Vehicle Emergency Kits

It is important when traveling to carry vehicle emergency kits, which is different from a first aid kit. These auto tool kits vary for cars, RV's and commercial vehicles as each one has unique needs, though some items may be standard in all kits. This kit prepares you for an emergency and while it won't fix every problem, it does help to reduce stress, worries and can potentially keep you from getting stranded.

Emergency RV Checklist

Before embarking on your journey, you should prepare and review a checklist of emergency items. You can compile these items to make your own kit or find them preassembled in stores. Some of the items you might want to include on your checklist include:

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  • Flashlight
  • Batteries
  • Cell Phone and Charger
  • Reflectors and Bright Vest
  • Road Flares
  • Fire Extinguisher
  • Jumper Cables

You probably already keep most, if not all, of these basic necessities in your car or RV and this is a good start. However, you might want to add other vehicle emergency kits to your collection, such as a hose repair, simple tool or first aid kit.

Auto Tool Kit

Since an RV is a home on wheels you probably keep a complete tool kit on the rig but if you don't, some items you might want to gather for the kit is a:

  • Hammer
  • Variety of wrenches
  • Screwdriver set
  • Socket and Ratchet sets
  • Pliers
  • Exhaust, Electrical and Duct tape
  • Funnel

You might want to consider keeping spare parts or fluids around just in case a tire blows, you get a leak or have minor engine problems. A tire jack, extra fuses and a portable compressor may also come in handy as well as extra water for coolant.

First Aid Kit

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Among the vehicle emergency kits you should have when traveling in your RV is a basic first aid kit. This kit usually includes a variety of bandages, band-aids, gauze, alcohol pads, wound salt and antiseptics for bites, stings or rashes. Pain releivers also come in most first aid kits but you might want to add benadryl, any personal medications you take, bug repellant, antihistamines, anaesthetic spray and sunscreen.

To keep the items in your first aid kit clean and sterile, you may want to put it in a waterproof bag. In this bag, you might also want to add tweezers, scissors, a whistle, a pocketknife, space blanket and Epi-pen.

Survival Kit and Other Basics

If you like to prepare for anything or always expect the worst, your vehicle emergency kits most likely include one for survival. A survival kit could contain any items you want but some necessary basics include water purifying tablets, a fire steel, ready-to-eat meals, emergency contact information, copy of your insurance and the RV's owner manual.

Avoid Using Your Kits

No one ever wants to have to use their vehicle emergency kits and hopefully you never have to, especially if you take precautions. One precaution you can take is to maintain your vehicle on a regular basis. Before you depart, check all of your fluids, tires, fuses, wiring and make sure that you secure any loose objects or tow items. Bring enough water and food, especially non-perishable items or those that don't require refrigeration.

By taking these steps, you reduce the odds of ever having to use your vehicle emergency kits, but if you do, at least you prepared for the situation. If RVing is a way of life, as opposed to just another vacation, it is even more important for you to maintain your vehicle and take safety precautions aslife on the road comes with many hazards.