One of the things I worked on this summer was putting together an emergency car kit. You may remember that time we got stranded on a mountain with no cell phone reception this past spring. There have been other incidents too. Like the time I had to drive home from Northern Virginia in a snowstorm (a drive that would normally take 4 hours and ended up taking 8) only to have to have a neighbor come pick me up by four wheeler to get me over the mountain. And of course there have been times where the kids have needed spare clothes (from getting carsick or from jumping in a creek somewhere). To be honest, I should've put together an emergency kit ages ago.
My car has a handy dandy secret compartment that can store all sorts of things. I've filled it up with supplies.
When you put this together, consider the needs of your family. If you're active, like us, you'll want things like sunscreen and bug spray and moleskin for blisters. These are practical items you may use regularly (just remember to replace them for next time). I also keep a six pack of bottled water. I know that you aren't supposed to keep bottled water in a car because of BPA concerns, but in a situation where your car broke down and it was 90 degrees and you had to hike down a mountain, that bottled water will be very useful.
Readers, do you keep some emergency supplies in your car?