Self-Care Challenge (Day 269): Packing a Mobile Emergency Kit

Lime green Mountainsmith zip bag with emergency supplies

As we ease into the fall season, I’m painfully aware of looming colder temperatures and their potential to invite a variety of less than desirable travel scenarios.

While the weather conditions in the Pacific Northwest are less severe than anywhere I’ve lived to date, road conditions do periodically create obstacles. With that in mind, I realized it was time to restock and reorganize my mobile emergency kit. After all, there’s emotional comfort in being prepared for the unexpected.

a road that runs between two small hills

With Seattle’s notoriously damp climate, I always seem to have a collection of rain jackets hanging out permanently in my backseat. But they wouldn’t exactly help me if I had car trouble on a rural road at night. It also dawned on me recently that I didn’t even have a flashlight in the car, so assembling a mobile emergency kit seemed like a logical self-care activity.

A few basic essentials, like a flashlight, water, a window scraper, first aid supplies, warm clothing–and if you wear contacts like me, perhaps even an extra pair of glasses–can fit easily into a small bag that can be tucked in the corner of the car or trunk.

The DMV offers this list for roadside emergency kits.

Staying warm, dry, hydrated and safe are basic tenets of survival. And creating a mobile emergency kit is such an easy thing to do–I packed mine in just 10 minutes.

How prepared are you for emergencies?

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