Driving in Florida presents its own set of safety hazards and issues. From torrential downpours of out nowhere to those gulley washers, Florida drivers need to be prepared with an essential emergency supply kit in their vehicles. 

Here are the basic items you should have in order to protect you and your loved ones until help arrives:

  • A battery-operated or hand-crank radio. This will help you stay ahead of weather alerts. 
  • Flashlights and batteries. 
  • Basic first aid kit complete with bandages, dressings, aspirin, etc. You can find a standard first aid kit at your local retailer. 
  • Blankets or sleeping bags. It can still get cold in Florida especially if you are using your vehicle for shelter. 
  • Bottled water. A general rule of thumb is one gallon of water per person for up to 3 days. 
  • Jumper cables. You should have these in your vehicle on any given day. You never know when you might need them or have to be a good samaritan. Either way, it’s best to have it stored in your car. 
  • A manual can opener and while we’re at it some non-perishable foods such as canned goods and granola bars. 
  • A cell phone charger. More than likely you already have one or bring one along so why not keep a designated one in your vehicle. 
  • Basic toolkit with items such as a screwdriver and pliers. 
  • Flares or reflective triangles. If you happen to find yourself on the side of the road, the safest thing you can do until help arrives is to have your Florida vehicle be seen. You can track these down at any big-box retailer. 

Lastly, organize those items in a medium-sized or large bin to avoid having them slide around or get lost in your vehicle.