BOISE – Road trip season is upon us, and AAA is reminding drivers to refresh their vehicle emergency kit.

“When the unexpected happens, we sometimes end up kicking ourselves for not being prepared,” says AAA Idaho public affairs director Matthew Conde.  “It pays to take a close look at our emergency kit this time of year and ensure that we have the important items covered.”

Here are some things you might want to bring along when you’re ready to hit the road:

  • A first aid kit – check expiration dates on medicines and replace as needed
  • Protein snacks
  • Water to cool down people, pets, or to top off a radiator
  • Jumper cables
  • A flashlight with extra batteries
  • Mobile power for your cell phone
  • A note pad and pencil to jot down notes
  • Emergency blankets and/or a change of clothing
  • Basic tools
  • A blanket or towel to protect you from road debris and hot asphalt when changing a tire or looking under a vehicle and to stay warm as needed
  • A tarp and rope to create shade
  • Rags, towels, and/or wet wipes
  • Comfortable shoes that you could wear to hike if necessary

“Unfortunately, that French fry under your car seat doesn’t count as emergency food storage,” Conde joked.  “When things are at their worst, nothing can lift your spirits like having a good emergency kit and some resources on hand to cope with the situation.  Once some of your most basic needs are being met, you’ll be in a much better position to make good choices about what to do next.”