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Travel Tip: Emergency Items For Car Trips

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It’s almost summer driving season, but are you prepared for an emergency situation? There are some supplies you should always have on hand, and some surprises as well.

Of course, you should always carry a flashlight, extra batteries, a First Aid kit, and emergency automotive supplies.

But then there are some items that people often overlook.

Sure, emergency cash is always a good idea, but don’t forget to keep a supply of quarters. In some cases, a pay phone may be your only option.

Non-perishable food and bottled water is a must, but don’t forget to replace the water every 6 to 12 months. It doesn’t expire, but long-term, a hot car can cause plastics to leech into the water.

Your car radio won’t help if you can’t turn it on, so a battery-operated radio is a good backup. Or, consider a CB radio like the truckers use.

No matter how you travel, don’t forget to carry a laminated card with emergency phone numbers, a list of allergies to any drugs or food, and a copy of your health insurance and ID cards.

Get more tips in our Car Rental & Driving Vacations section.

And check out the rest of our Daily Travel Tips here.