In the wake of the snowstorm that stranded as many as 300 motorists in southwestern Ontario (as reported by the CBC), and with many of us planning long drives to visit family over the Christmas holidays, I feel it is imperative to discuss the investment of time and money into an emergency kit for your vehicle.
After having kids, I became hyper-aware of these hypothetical situations in which we may encounter danger. This is when I insisted we create a supplies box for our car. This kit NEVER leaves the trunk and consists of:
- Jumper cables
- 1 litre of water
- Granola bars
- A handful of glow sticks
- 2 large blankets
- A wind-up flashlight
- A few diapers and wipes
Of course, we also always have our cellular phone with us (a pay-as-you-go plan) for emergency purposes. Having said this, I’m sure most of my readers don’t need to be reminded to carry around their mobile phone. Father Miser and I are some of the last archaic people (in our thirties) that do not own cellular plans.
We must recognize and respect the power of Mother Nature, especially as Canadians. Whether it’s being delayed by slow-moving traffic for hours, or being stranded overnight, an emergency supplies kit for your vehicle can potentially save your life and the life of your family members.
A few last things: don’t ever let your gas tank drop below half-full in winter. Plus, make sure to bring along toques and hats (for you and your little ones) if the weather prescribes it. Even if you only plan to be in and out of the car, you never know when you could break down and have to spend some time walking or waiting in the freezing cold.