Ladies Day – May 2017

This month we’re adding something a little different to your roadside emergency kids. Instead of focusing on your car, we want to focus on you. So get ready to step up your survival game with a free emergency blanket.

Emergency blankets are actually not blankets in the traditional sense. They’re thin sheets of Mylar. Mylar – or biaxially-oriented polyethylene terephthalate – is a polyester film. Common uses of Mylar include food packaging and helium balloons because of the material’s barrier properties. Fluids – neither air nor water – can pass through it. Other trademark characteristics include reflectivity and high tensile strength.

Because of the barriers the material is able to create, emergency blankets make excellent insulation. Heat and other gasses cannot escape through the Mylar blanket. So, if you ever find yourself stuck on the side of the road and waiting for assistance, wrapping yourself in the emergency blanket will dramatically help in conserving body heat. As they’re air tight, emergency blankets are also waterproof. That means that you can lean into the engine compartment without rain dripping down your back.

Having high tensile strength means the material cannot be easily ripped or torn. When cut into strips, an emergency blanket can be fashioned into any number of things and enjoy that same durability. Emergency blankets can be turned into makeshift slings to treat roadside injuries, or – in desperate situations – they can be used to create temporary shelters.

There are numerous uses for an emergency blanket, which is why it’s a nuanced – but essential – piece of any roadside emergency kit.

Looking for more ways to use your emergency blanket? Here’s a list of fifty different ways to utilize it!