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How to Create a Tackle Box Car Emergency Kit

Updated on October 3, 2013

Tackle box or life saver?

A handy dandy compartment with plenty of room, this tackle box can easily hold over 20 items.
A handy dandy compartment with plenty of room, this tackle box can easily hold over 20 items. | Source

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:

* Kleenex

* Tide stain remover pen

* Lip balm

* Poncho

* Dental floss

* Flashlight

* First Aid Kit

* Small notepad, pen

* Motrin, allergy medication, aspirin, Pepto-Bismol

* Hairbrush, mirror

* Lotion

* 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.

Some of the useful items in my tackle box kit include a Tide pen, lip balm, a sewing kit, floss and a lint brush.
Some of the useful items in my tackle box kit include a Tide pen, lip balm, a sewing kit, floss and a lint brush. | Source

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...

I usually store my tackle box in the trunk, but if you don't want to have to exit the car to get what you need, it can easily be stored in the back seat or front passenger side floor. It doesn't take up much space.
I usually store my tackle box in the trunk, but if you don't want to have to exit the car to get what you need, it can easily be stored in the back seat or front passenger side floor. It doesn't take up much space. | Source

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

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      poetryman6969 2 years ago

      You sometimes hear of folks who get into trouble due to the lack of some basic emergency equipment.

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      Crystal Tatum 3 years ago from Georgia

      Thank you so much Vellur!

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      Nithya Venkat 3 years ago from Dubai

      A great idea, the tackle box! A must have in every car, voted up.

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      Crystal Tatum 3 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks Phoenix!

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      PhoenixV 3 years ago from USA

      I really like the idea of using a tackle box for an emergency kit. I don't know why I have never thought of that. Excellent idea.

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      Crystal Tatum 3 years ago from Georgia

      Great ideas, especially the walking shoes. It's always smart to carry a pair of old tennis shoes and warm accessories.

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      justmesuzanne 3 years ago from Texas

      Oh! This is such a good idea! I also carry a mylar blanket, a spare polar fleece coat and a pair of socks and walking shoes in my emergency kit, but it's bigger than a tackle box! It's an ammunition trunk! Voted up, useful and pinned! :)

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      Crystal Tatum 3 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks for stopping by Deborah.

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      Deborah Neyens 3 years ago from Iowa

      What a brilliant idea and a great gift idea, too. Thanks for sharing it.

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      Crystal Tatum 3 years ago from Georgia

      I agree JPS! Thanks for stopping by.

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      JPSO138 3 years ago from Cebu, Philippines, International

      Great idea indeed. I have an emergency kit in my car and have utilized a toolbox for it. Regardless, it is very important have them around.

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      Crystal Tatum 4 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks Rebecca!

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      Rebecca Mealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      What a cool idea for a tackle box...making a first aid car emergency kit! And a great thing to share as a Hub. Voted useful, awesome and shared!

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      Crystal Tatum 4 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks Mary. Glad you found it helpful!

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      Crystal Tatum 4 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks for stopping by twice teaches!

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      Mary Merriment 4 years ago from Boise area, Idaho

      Brilliant and very useful idea. I feel the need to get right on this one.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      I read this earlier, but wanted to stop in to make a comment on how much I thought this was a great idea!

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      Crystal Tatum 4 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks Thelma. It's a great resource to have when on the go!

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      Crystal Tatum 4 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks truthfornow!

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      Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany

      What a brilliant idea! I like it. I´ll have to buy a tackle box and organize everything. Thanks for sharing. Voted up and useful.

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      truthfornow 4 years ago from New Orleans, LA

      This is a very cool idea. I like it a lot.

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      Crystal Tatum 4 years ago from Georgia

      HI Stephanie. Glad you found this helpful and thanks so much for stopping by.

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      Crystal Tatum 4 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks Kathryn. I'm glad you found it useful.

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      Stephanie Bradberry 4 years ago from New Jersey

      Great use of a tackle box. I think this would be a great way for me to revamp the way I carry the items for my emergency herbal medicine items. Right now I am just using one of my kid's old diaper bags.

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      What a great idea! I like your suggestion for items to put in it, as well as the examples of how some items have come in handy for you.

      When I had a car, I loved keeping it stocked with similar emergency supplies. But I never thought of using a tackle box to organize everything. The next time I have a car, I'll keep this in mind. It also sounds like a fantastic gift idea!

      Thanks for sharing this with us, and have a great day.

      ~ Kathryn

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      Crystal Tatum 4 years ago from Georgia

      So glad you like the idea Denise. It is definitely a great way to store all of those items that are currently in the glove box and it's great to have in a pinch. Thanks so much for the votes and share.

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      Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Wow! This is a super idea. I'm surprised I haven't thought of it before, ha ha. Well, I am definitely going fishing for a tackle box at Wal-Mart. Very clever. I have so many things jammed in my glove box. Great concept, UP/U/I/A and shared.

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      Crystal Tatum 4 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks so much Suzanne. A wind up torch - I'm not familiar with that product but it sounds useful. Do you still make the wind up products? I would love to see them - have you written any hubs about this particular skill?

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      Crystal Tatum 4 years ago from Georgia

      A granola bar and water - now those are great ideas. I need to have a snack option in the car. And I doubt there's any such thing as over-prepared. Thanks for the visit and the votes.

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      Crystal Tatum 4 years ago from Georgia

      Thansk rajan!

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      Crystal Tatum 4 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks Joe - And I'd love to see you McGyver the tackle box to catch a fish! Now that would be a hub worth reading!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Crystal,

      Love this idea! Having all these handy things in one box is brilliant and so simple. Makes a great gift idea too! I have always carried a wind up torch in the car just in case! I used to sell great wind up products for camping, travel or just to have at home and they are so useful with no batteries needed. Great article and well written from a professional!

      Voted up, useful, interesting, shared and pinned!

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      FlourishAnyway 4 years ago from USA

      Awesome list, not only for the spinach in your teeth but for many other things as well! I've kept one of these (although not in a tackle box) for years. I also include granola bars, bottled water, and a little money. You never know! I tend to be over-prepared. Voted up and more!

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Very useful list of things to have in an car emergency kit. Thanks for sharing. Voted up and useful.

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      Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

      Props to you, Crystal, for elaborating on a gift idea from Cousin Jana and writing a clever and helpful article about it. Even if I were going on a fishing trip and had mistakenly packed the wrong tackle box, I could make like McGyver and figure out how to use some of these things to land me a trout or bass. LOL!

      Which is just my harebrained way to say, "Great job of writing, Crystal!"

      Aloha, and have a mellow weekend!

      ~Joe

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      Crystal Tatum 4 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks Nell. Glad you like it and hope you can make use of it. A spare wheel is important too!

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      This is such a great idea Crystal, I have been on many a journey, don't drive myself, and need all sorts of things, all my brother has in his car is a spare wheel! lol!

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      Crystal Tatum 4 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks! Although it really wasn't my idea. It was a gift. Thanks so much for the visit and the share!

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      Bill De Giulio 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hey Crystal. Aren't you the clever one. What a great idea. I can see how this could be a life saver. Great job. Voted up, shared, etc....

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      Crystal Tatum 4 years ago from Georgia

      I hope you can put idea to good use crafty to the core! Thanks for stopping by!

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      CraftytotheCore 4 years ago

      What an awesome idea! I just love this. I've even seen pink tackle boxes. I'm going to have to do this. Thank you for this creative idea!

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      Crystal Tatum 4 years ago from Georgia

      It's definitely one of my favorite gifts ever, so simple, but as you said, so practical.

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      Crystal Tatum 4 years ago from Georgia

      Hope you can use it Mhatter!

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      Christin Sander 4 years ago from Midwest

      Awesome, love this idea! I think it would make a great gift also that is practical, but still "cool" to receive and appreciated.

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for this great idea

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      Crystal Tatum 4 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks for reading RTalloni!

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      For the unexpecteds of daily life or for emergency preparedness, putting together a tackle box emergency kit is an excellent idea. Thanks for sharing your tips on making and using one.

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      Crystal Tatum 4 years ago from Georgia

      Are you a speed reader Bill? Wow, you are fast!!! I think you just like being first. Thanks as always for supporting me.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well aren't you clever? And the introduction was funny too! What a bonus on this Thursday night. Well done, Crystal. It's a pleasure to read a hub that is well-written with proper grammar. :)