Mum reveals exactly what she packs in her car ’emergency kit’ – so what do you have in yours?
- An Australian mum has revealed what she has in her ’emergency car kit’
- The Brisbane-based mum shared her emergency supplies list to get advice
- She wanted to know if she had missed anything important off the long list
An Australian mum has revealed exactly what she has packed in the back of her car for emergencies – including food, water and blankets for herself and her baby.
The woman from Brisbane, Queensland, posted online to see if she had missed anything from her extensive ‘in case of an emergency stash’ revealing she can’t keep money in her car for fear of vandals breaking in.
‘Little teen criminals keep smashing the windows and stealing anything in the car. I got hit in August 2020,’ she said.
An Australian mum has revealed exactly what she has packed in the back of her car for emergencies – including food, water and blankets for herself and her baby
The mum’s huge supply haul includes a first aid kit, water, snacks and spare clothes as well as tape, a torch and plastic bags.
She has a spare change of clothes for herself and her son, baby supplies, tampons and a toiletries bag.
The mum also packed towels and blankets as well as bug spray in case the family ended up stranded somewhere overnight.
And her efforts were congratulated by other parents who agreed having an emergency stash of essentials in the car could be handy.
One woman suggested the mum carry a small knife for cutting things like tape and fruit. One woman from the SAS suggested Glad Wrap as it can even be used as a bandage in an emergency.
‘I would have a plastic dinner set which is always handy for an unexpected meal when out and about,’ one woman said.
WHAT’S IN THE EMERGENCY CAR KIT?
A change of clothes for each person
First aid kit (with scissor, tweezers, painkillers, antihistamines, heartburn medicine, nausea medicine)
Large plastic bag
Several medium zip lock bags
Lunch Box (with long lasting nut bars,
Toiletries bag (with shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, toothbrushes, soap, deodorant
Another laughed and said she rarely remembers her car keys and ‘could never be this well prepared’.
Others said having an emergency first aid kit was ridiculous, as the car gets too hot for most medications.
‘Wouldn’t it just be easier to nip into Coles or a chemist,’ one said.
According to Budget Direct Insurance everyone should have an emergency kit in their car so they are ‘ready for the unexpected’.
The insurance giant says a torch, fully-stocked first-aid kit and a high-vis vest are all musts.
They also suggest water, toilet paper, a blanket and ‘extremely well-hidden’ cash, a lighter or matches and a contact book with important phone numbers.
They also suggest having a tool kit, jack, jumper leads and fire extinguisher in case something wrong happens to the car.
According to Queensland police valuables, such as cash, phones, GPS devices or anything else which can be quickly sold should not be kept in the car.
The most recent crime data shows an increase in theft from cars – with over 25,000 complaints made to police in the sunshine state each year.
WHAT SHOULD EVERYONE HAVE IN THEIR CARS FOR AN EMERGENCY, ACCORDING TO THE EXPERTS?
1 – Car owners manual
2 – Torch and spare batteries
3 – Spare tyre, jack, tyre lever, pump and tyre gauge
4 – A stocked first aid kit
5 – High-Vis safety vest
6 – A blanket
7 – Toilet paper
8 – Water
9 – Jumper Leads
10 – Tool Kit
11 – Money ($70)
12 – A fire extinguisher
13 – Matches or a lighter
14 – Portable phone charger
15 – Contact details for getting assistance (including police, ambulance and loved ones)