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Stocking Your Auto Emergency Kit

It’s Murphy’s Law — the only time your car will break down is when you don’t have an emergency kit in the trunk. Conversely, if you have onet, you’ll never have mechanical trouble! Probably not, but it’s still a good idea to have these items with you at all times — just in case.

Accident Supplies

Checkmark-Iconfire extinguisher

Xmark-Iconflashlight with extra batteries

Checkmark-Icondistress flag or colored cloth to hang from antenna

Xmark-Iconflares, emergency hazard light, or fluorescent road markers

Checkmark-Iconfirst aid kit and extras of any important prescriptions

Xmark-Iconwater and non-perishable packaged food

Checkmark-Icontoilet tissue

Xmark-Iconchange for phones

Checkmark-Iconinstant camera for photographing damage during an accident

Xmark-Iconemergency blankets and instant hand warmers — for cold weather

Checkmark-Iconsun shades and sunscreen — for hot weather

Repair Supplies

Xmark-Iconempty gas container and siphon pump

Checkmark-Iconbasic tool kit

Xmark-Icontire jack, lug wrench, tire blocks, and tire pump

Checkmark-Iconspare tire — make sure it’s inflated

Xmark-Iconcan of one-shot aerosol tire inflator — for quick fixes

Checkmark-Iconpaper towels and window cleaner

Xmark-Iconjumper cables with insulated handles and instructions

Vital Information

Checkmark-Iconproof of insurance

Xmark-Iconautomobile registration papers

Checkmark-Iconcontact info for your auto club service

Xmark-Iconcontact info for your insurance agent

Checkmark-Iconemergency contact info — spouse, roommate, etc.

Xmark-Iconchecklist of steps to take in an accident

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Ramona Creel is an award-winning 15-year veteran organizer and member of the National Association Of Professional Organizers. As well as having birthed “The A-To-Z Of Getting Organized,” Ramona is also the author of “The Professional Organizer’s Bible: A Slightly Irreverent And Completely Unorthodox Guide For Turning Clutter Into A Career”—and the creator of more than 200 “quick-start” business tools and templates for use by productivity professionals. She writes seven different blogs, has worked with hundreds of clients, and has delivered scores of presentations on getting organized. Ramona resides on the roads of America as a full-time RVer—living and working in a 29-foot Airstream. Learn more at and

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