As this series keeps moving along, many topics are being covered. Emergency medical kits, survival kits, long-term food, water...
In this installment, I want to cover a place that is probably mostly neglected when it comes to being prepared. Our cars.
While we certainly wouldn't be toting around huge water filters and 200lbs of rice, there is no reason not to have some basic necessities in your vehicle. Especially when you have children.
Hopefully you already have some of the car basics like jumper cables, spare tire, oil, rain-ex, a tire gauge. And you should know the basic needs of your car - oil type, tire pressure recommendation - most of this is in the owner's manual.
For a more encompassing list, I'll start with the non-essentials, then move towards the more important items.
I keep a backpack in the car for each of the children. The backpack never leaves the car unless is is needed or needs to be restocked. There are some time-friendly snacks (like packaged crackers), some activities (coloring books, plastic toys, etc.), and a change of clothes for each child.
In the car is also a small medical emergency kit - just the basic band-aids, CPR mask, pain relievers, etc. We also have a survival kit for the car which includes a change of clothes for the adults, umbrellas, blankets, water bottles, time-friendly food... Really anything you can see possibly needing when out and about.
Soon to come will be the final (for now) articles on being prepared.