How to Create a Tackle Box Car Emergency Kit
Tackle box or life saver?
Ever glanced in the rearview mirror to find part of that spinach salad stuck between your teeth? Ever parked in a lot that was a tad too dark and wished you had some extra light to guide your way? How about this: Ever needed a bobby pin to fix a mussed up up-do, something to remove a marinara sauce stain from lunch before heading back into the office, or found yourself without your trusty umbrella and in need of a cover up, quick?
There is a solution to all these, and many other, emergency/uncomfortable situations you might find yourself in while on the road: A tackle box emergency kit for your auto. I've got my cousin Jana to thank for my introduction to this practical kit. Knowing that I'm on the road a lot, she gave me one for Christmas last year and it's been a lifesaver for me several times.
So, just what is a tackle box emergency kit? It's a kit with anything you think you might need in a pinch that can fit inside a tackle box and be easily and conveniently stored in your auto.
Here's a partial list of what Jana included in my tackle box:
* Tide stain remover pen
* Lip balm
* Dental floss
* First Aid Kit
* Small notepad, pen
* Motrin, allergy medication, aspirin, Pepto-Bismol
* Hairbrush, mirror
* Sewing kit
* Feminine hygiene products
* Lint brush
* Baby wipes
These are all travel-sized items that can be purchased at a local dollar or discount store. Tackle boxes can be found for as low as $10, making this an inexpensive but very useful gift. It's something just about anyone can use.
A few examples of how my tackle box has saved the day:
* A power outage at work created a mini-crisis. The backup power source didn't provide enough light to see well enough for my co-worker to post a breaking news story online. I retrieved my small flashlight from my tackle box, which was stored in my trunk, and stood over her holding the flashlight while she typed. I was also grateful to have my flashlight when covering a late-night meeting in a rural part of town where there are almost no parking lot lights. I managed not to trip and break my neck while walking in heels in near pitch black darkness to my car.
* A notebook is essential to my job as a reporter, but sometimes, I go to an assignment straight from home, or I simply forget to slip one in my purse. I've used the notebook in my tackle box on such occasions. I'm still one of those old-fashioned types who likes to jot stuff down on paper versus using a Smart Phone, so for me, a notebook always at arm's length is helpful.
* Sitting through a five-hour government meeting, head pounding, I didn't think I could make it. Then I remembered the tackle box. Motrin! And relief.
* Just took off the trash or pumped gasoline and can't get rid of the smell? I've used the baby wipes from my tackle box to clean off my hands until I could get to a sink and soap.
Easy to store, easy to carry...
Another great thing about the tackle box emergency kit is that I can easily and cheaply restock it whenever I run out of an item, so it's a long-term, practical, but inexpensive investment. I hope you enjoy your tackle box kit as much as I've enjoyed mine. It's a great gift for anyone who drives, and especially for folks who have long commutes or travel a lot for work.
© 2013 Crystal Tatum