Like a lot of other Bay Areans, I've been following the efforts to find the Kim family. After learning about their ordeal (they got lost owing to remote roads and bad weather), I made a note to check our road safety kit.
I've had a road safety kit in the back of the car for years, because I am convinced that I am destined to be stranded in my car at some point, so by God, I'm going to be prepared for it. Back in New York, my safety kit included extra gloves, a box of cat litter and a snow shovel.
Out here, it's more run-of-the-mill: road flares, jumper cables, a first-aid kit, a flashlight, tire inflator, wet wipes, Shout wipes, water, sunscreen, paper and pen, emergency snacks, Thomas Bros. California atlas, towing rope, fire extinguisher and blankets. (I keep it all in one of these -- and I still have room to chuck my gym bag, the canvas bags I use for grocery shopping, plus Phil's work backpack.)
If you drive a lot, I urge you to please, please get yourself a road safety kit. Those of you who are super-girly (or really, really secure in your masculinity) might like the Safety Girl Roadside Emergency Kit for Women. And those of you who don't consider nail files and breath freshener to be emergency essentials may want to peruse the offerings at AutoBarn. They come at a variety of price points, and contents vary depending on what you consider an emergency, and how comfortable you are doing basic emergency maintenance on your car.
Those of you who prefer to roll your own will find the Edmunds.com instructions for assembling your own kit super-helpful. I know I did; I'll be tossing a roll of duct tape in the car tonight when I get home.