Once you purchase a vehicle from Mike Albert Direct, you’re almost ready to head out on a road trip. Before you leave, make sure you have everything you need, including an emergency kit. An emergency kit is helpful if you become stranded due to weather or other reason – or even if you find yourself unexpectedly spending an extra night out on your trip.
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Emergency Items: You should have an extensive first aid kit, especially if your trips involve camping, hunting and fishing. The kit should contain:
- Several sizes of self-stick bandages for cuts and scrapes
- A roll of gauze
- Gauze pads
- Medical tape in various sizes
- Anti-bacterial creme
- Burn creme
- Eye wash
- Small pair of scissors
- Needle and medical thread
- Super Glue
- Rubber gloves
- Jumper cables
- Caution signs
If you or a family member is a diabetic, you should bring a special diabetic kit with you whenever you travel in the vehicle. Pack your blood glucose meter, extra needles and an extra bottle of Insulin. If your Insulin requires refrigeration, pack it with gel-pacs in a small Styrofoam cooler.
Other emergency items that you should have in your kit include:
- Extra blankets for each person in the vehicle
- An extra jacket – if it is spring or summer, you may want to keep a light jacket and rain jacket in the kit. If it is fall and winter, keep a heavy jacket in the kit.
- Pen/pencil and paper
- Hand sanitizer
- Skin lotion
- Chapstick (Keep this in a kit that you keep inside if it is hot – it tends to melt.)
- Hand saw
Use a large tote to store things that can be left in the vehicle. For things that cannot be left in the vehicle due to heat or safety reasons, keep them packed in a small carry bag with a long shoulder strap. You’ll have it nearby in the vehicle and can easily carry it over your shoulder while in the woods or hiking.
As always, be sure to have your vehicle serviced at Mike Albert Direct before you go on a long trip.