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WILL YOU MAKE IT HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS? The Importance of Traveling with an Emergency Kit

Hundreds of thousands, if not millions, will be traveling over the next couple days – by air and by car. There’s also a major winter storm predicted to hit the Midwest in the next couple of days – gusts of wind and unrelenting snow. Ideally – travel could be rescheduled, but if being home for the holidays is often a priority, be prepared for your travels!
Flights will be delayed and may even be cancelled. Make sure you prepare for these possibilities by keeping a positive attitude, embracing the kindness of strangers, and packing an entertainment bag – chargers, snacks, and books! Being mean as a Grinch will not help when you’re stranded at your gate.
For those of you driving – keep in mind the storm and accident combination from January when thousands were stranded on I-95 in Virginia for over 20 hours – make sure you have restocked your emergency kit and have it stowed and ready to go!

Here are some items to be sure to have on hand.

  • Cell phone and car charger
  • First-aid kit
  • Jumper cables and/or jump pack
  • Spare Tire
  • Jack and
  • Blanket
  • Drinking water and snacks for EVERYONE in the car including pets
  • Flashlight with fresh batteries
  • Rags, paper towels, or pre-moistened wipes
  • Basic set of tools along with duct tape
    • Screwdrivers, lug wrench
  • Traction aid such as sand, salt, or cat litter
  • Tarp, raincoat (or poncho) and gloves
  • Shovel
  • Ice scraper and/or snow brush
    • Extra points for the following:
  • Space Blanket
  • Portable Air Compressor
  • Road flares and/or reflective triangles
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Bungee cords and/or rope

If possible, remember to take inventory of these items at least bi-annually.

Prevention is the best method to avoid worst-case scenarios. Take note of extreme weather warnings before hitting the road and reschedule travel when able. However, making it home for the holidays is always ideal so weather-advised travel preparation is your best bet. Afterall, your dad wasn’t lying when he said that you should always have jumper cables, and your mom wasn’t just bringing snacks to hear a few less, “Are we there yet?”s.

One last tip? Speak to your agent about adding roadside assistance to your policy!

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