I was recently asked to show my Car survival kit.
This gave me the chance to go through everything I keep there and sort a few things out.
Its amazing how in what it seems to be no time food and meds expire, batteries go bad, water bottles get used up and the spare clothes no longer fit the kids!
I even managed to misplace and lose some of the stuff along the way. No doubt brought out to be used at some point only to be left God knows where.
Your Car survival/emergency Kit works as a system, of which your actual vehicle is the foundation. I believe that your daily driver is your “first responder” when there’s an emergency so it’s much more important to have that vehicle ready than to have a loaded up off-road truck at home while driving a compact sedan with just a spare tyre and little else for emergencies.
The car must be very reliable, well serviced, large enough yet practical enough. Have 4×4 or AWD. Not necessarily an off road truck, but capable of dealing with some snow, mud or doing some light off roading if the situation requires it.
In my case I believe the Honda CRV balances these very well. Being diesel it also means I get considerably more miles per gallon of fuel. It’s also safer in case of an accident, diesel stores better than gas and diesel cars have roughly twice as much torque compared to similar cylinder engines.
I would also like to point out that both the vehicle and kit depend on the specific location, climatic conditions and family group. Living in the middle of nowhere in Alaska probably means your daily driver needs to be a 4×4 truck, in cold climates the spare clothes would be more winter oriented or if you have a baby in the family you’ll need a baby bag.
I used the list from my book “Bugging Out and Relocating” as a guide to make sure I was covering the important points.
Here’s the list:
- First Aid Kit
- Food (I’ll be including some of the long term rations)
- Clothes and footwear
- Flashlight and spare batteries
- AM/FM radio
- Tool Kit
- Fire extinguisher
- Duct Tape
- Spare Tire, Lug Wrench and Jack
- Jumper Cables
- 50 Feet of 550 Paracord
- Tow Strap
- Work Gloves
- Hand Sanitizer
- Wet Wipes
- Bug Repellent
- Toilet Paper
- Cell phone with charger
- Shovel (managed to lose my shovel, so I bought a folding E-tool to replace it)
- Ice Scrapper
- Tire inflator
- Emergency Flat Tire Repair
- Blankets or sleeping bags
- Reflective vest
- Reflective triangle or road flares
Fernando “FerFAL” Aguirre is the author of “The Modern Survival Manual: Surviving the Economic Collapse” and “Bugging Out and Relocating: When Staying is not an Option”