I remember returning to my truck after a 12-mile dayhike in the desert, just as the sun was setting, and finding I had a flat tire to contend with! Add to this, the truck was parked on an incline and I was mighty tired. A can of Fix-a-Flat and a small air-compressor ($25 at Target) saved the day.
Think of your car or SUV as a big survival kit. Pack it with some of the items listed below and you will be able to weather out a night or two if faced with roadside survival.
Here's what I carry in my truck all year:
- Full size spare tire (get rid of the pretend tire the manufacturer provided)
- A quality hydraulic jack
- Gorilla Power lug-wrench
- Mini air-compressor
- 2 cans of Fix-A-Flat Tire Repair
- 10 gallons of water
- Leatherman (or pliers & screwdrivers)
- Small folding shovel
- Roll of duct tape
- Sleeping bag or wool blanket (depending on the time of year)
- Wool hat
- Emergency blanket
- Insulated gloves
- Jar of peanut butter (high-fat/high-calorie chow in cold-weather)
- 4 Met-Rx Meal Replacement Bars
- Local and state maps
- Umbrella (instant shade in the desert while waiting for the tow-truck)
- Cell phone charger
- Irridium satellite phone (if you spend a lot of solo time in the wilds)
Regarding tire changing gear, make sure you have a quality jack and lug wrench like the types listed above. With the $25 air compressor and $5 can of Fix-A-Flat, you will be able to handle minor tire punctures and minimize the dangerous and lengthy time spent on the side of the highway. Keep in mind that Fix-A-Flat and other tire repair canisters will freeze in cold weather.