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Emergency packs

Emergency packs are really handy for the home and the car so you are prepared should anything happen.

We've listed examples of items you might want to put in yours.

For the home

  • First aid kit
  • Torch and batteries / wind-up torch
  • Portable radio and batteries / wind-up radio
  • Waterproof bag for important documents
  • Prescription medication
  • Basic toiletries, nappies, etc.
  • Bottled water and tinned food
  • Warm clothes
  • Mobile phone and charger
  • Note pad and pens
  • Don’t forget to take food, bottles and favourite toys for babies/children too.
  • A checklist of what to do before you leave - such as turn off the gas and electricity at the mains, close windows and ensure all doors are locked.

For your car

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Year-round essentials

  • A fully charged mobile phone
  • An in-car phone charger or power pack.
  • Sunglasses
  • Personal medication
  • First aid kit
  • A road atlas – in case of diversions
  • Sat-nav or a printed route for an unfamiliar journey

Winter emergency kit

  • A blanket, rug or sleeping bag
  • Shovel
  • Ice scraper and de-icer
  • Torch and batteries
  • Snacks – chocolate or cereal bars
  • Extra screenwash
  • Sturdy footwear
  • Coat, hat, scarf, gloves