One of the things I have found to be necessary where I live is an over-night bag in the car. This idea came to me, of course, after I was unable to return home due to a massive snow-turn-to-rain event back in 2007. I wasn't able to return home for four days due to many mud slides and flooding. Of course I knew kind friends who let me stay at their place, but imagine not even having your toothbrush with you.
So the over-night bag has become a staple emergency item that gets checked and repacked every Fall, and stays in the car till June.
Today I found a new use for it. I was cleaning an outdoor hot tub for a client in the wettest downpour I have seen in a long time out here. Needless to say I was mostly soaked. I remembered that I had that bag in my car and was able to change into dry clothes in order to finish my work there.
Things to put in this bag would be pertinent to you and your travel habits. A change of clothes, toiletries, pj's, etc. I also put a twenty dollar bill in there.
It's really about peace of mind for me. I imagine that four day stay away from home and think about what I might like to have with me.
In a worse case scenario, a bottle of water, even some non perishable food might be a good idea. A blanket and a flash light. I have a space blanket that fits in the glove box. What if you had to sleep in your car?
Imagine no cell service, no people, bad weather, maybe it's dark. That's no time to panic, just be prepared.
Have any great travel tips to share?