Thursday, 1 March 2018

Get Home Car Kit For My Wife

The wife makes a fuss about carrying extra stuff in the car because I'm paranoid. But if she's gotta go to work she's going to be prepared!

Not sure what else I should pack for her, but in there she's got 
Good sleeping bag, 
Folding shovel, 
Snow chains, 
24 hour ration pack, 
Water, 
Flashing beacon, 
First aid kit, 
Head torch and normal torch, 
Boots, 
Extra socks
Good coat and bag. 


After posting this on Facebook, I'm going to add a phone charger and maybe some jump leads, extra chocolate, a small knife, matches and a few candles. A battery pack for her phone would be a good idea as well. 

I also need to check there's a hooking eye for towing and buy a tow rope for my truck (ratchet straps would do at a push but not ideal)

What else would you add to this car kit?

23 comments:

  1. What a caring husband you are, and paranoid would be just fine with me if it looks like this, Kev!

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    1. Caring, but I also hate putting the kids to bed on my own, so it's Kind of selfish. I also feel guilty that she's off out in it while I'm at home with the kids and a log fire!

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    1. I hate both so we Only have one flask and I couldn't find it! Next time!

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  3. Good man, it's what my hubby does if i'm in the car in bad weather :)

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    1. Rants good to hear. Make sure your safe

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  4. I second the flask of coffee/tea.

    A jar of coarse sand or kitty litter --- can make all the difference getting out of an icy spot. Already in the car, but you can use the floor mats in a similar way. They're better at getting you out if you've cut a decent rut in deep snow, but of course are only so big. We may or may not have taught this trick to multiple people who tried to drive down our street today.

    A pair of overtrousers to go with the jacket.

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    1. I like the idea of a bit of kitty litter but want to try it out first.
      I brought her some over trousers for Christmas (I'm really that romantic), but they're hung up in the porch. Good shout I'll add them In!

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  5. How wonderful you are. I just don't drive in this weather because I don't need to.

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    1. We try not to, but if the school is open she has to be seen to make an effort.

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  6. Toilet paper.
    If your house is anything like mine the trouble is not stocking the kit but keeping the spouse from taking it out of the car everytime it's "in the way".

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    1. She only keeps school books most of the time but I will box it up to make it more compact. Toilet paper is a good idea but she's always got tissues.

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  7. We are so unused to these conditions, especially in the south, that it's easy not to think of these life saving items. A good reminder, thanks.

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    1. It's the snow and wind combination. Either on their own is fine but together it's a game changer. Exposure wouldn't take long in this weather and a simple wrong decision could be a problem.

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  8. Bacon sandwiches..... of course!

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    1. Be cold by the time she's going home!

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  9. Making sure you have equipped yr toolbox rightly. Extra bulb for the headlights (there's probs a proper word for that but too tired to think properly,lol), maybe extra fuses? Make sure there's enough anti freeze stuff for the windows..

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    1. We have extra bulbs and fuses as pne of those kits and a very basic car kit. Not sure she could change the bulb though as it's quite awkward in that car, oh have to take the headlight out.
      Screen wash and stuff I try to check every couple of weeks.

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  10. A lidded bucket so that she can have a pee without freezing her bits off outside!

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  11. Learnt this from my friend and her husband (Scottish Policeman). Emergency kit should be in the car behind the seats not in the boot, as you have to get out of the car to get it. High vis vests for all the family should be folded and in the pockets behind the seats. A spare high vis should also be there to tie around the radio aerial to alert people you are in trouble if you go into a ditch or drift. silver foil blankets are cheap and small to store. These can go in a door pocket for easy access. Bottled water is also a must. this and some biscuits or crackers in individual packets are a good idea. A bit of chocolate could raise the spirits. Make it a priority to check them for expiry dates when topping fluids and checking tyres. Hat, gloves and spare socks. Wet feet are miserable and will bring core temperature down. Work gloves, you dont know what you could have to move out of the road, fallen branches etc.

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  12. Flares, red or white cloth to tie on if broken down, the cat litter or sand, and a Swiss Army knife . A length of clothesline type rope too.

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  13. And a couple hand warmers in the glove box. Our rule is never let the gas get below half full, and fill it when a storm is expected.

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