Imagine being out for a drive on your way home in a remote area in the early evening when suddenly a deer jumps out in front of you. Next thing you know is you’re stuck in the ditch after instinctively swerving to miss that deer. You haven’t seen any other traffic or house lights for some time. You pull out your cell phone and find out the battery has died. It’s starting to get chilly and you realize that you are hungry and thirsty since you haven’t eaten since lunchtime.
Having an auto emergency survival kit handy can make the difference between an uncomfortable and potentially deadly situation vs. survival in relative comfort.
Much of the time we think of survival and prepping needs, we think of the bug-out-bags and disaster situations, the hoarders preparing for complete civil disorder, those with an underground bunker ready for nuclear holocaust, or some other extremist ideology.
Being a “Prepper” means being prepared for any emergency situation that may occur. They just want to be ready to take care of themselves and their family when any type of emergency or disaster may occur.
Problems or emergencies with vehicles are some of the most commonly occurring situations we can easily be prepared for by simply having the needed supplies stored in your vehicle.
Here are some basic things you to keep in your vehicles to be prepared for those emergencies:
Vehicle specific tools:
- Spare tire and jack & tire iron (and/or can of tire inflator)
- Jumper cables
- Car battery jump starter (When no-one is available to give you a jump start)
(I’ve used mine many times. Much easier and faster than jumper cables!)
- Fluids (Oil, antifreeze, windshield wash, brake fluid, etc.)
- Flares, emergency triangles
- Fire extinguisher
- Spare fuses & bulbs
First Aid Kit
Food & Water:
- Bottles of water
- High energy foods (energy/protein bars, peanut butter, jerky, etc.)
- Tuna packs
- Water purification filter or tablets
- Light jacket & hat
- Walking shoes
- Pants & shirt
Weather Related Items:
- Rain poncho
- Ice scraper
- Shovel (and bag kitty litter to get traction when stuck)
- Blankets (Wool keeps you warm even when damp)
- Chemical hand & body warmers
Items for glove compartment or front storage:
- Cell phone charger
- Flashlight (with phone charger!) (12 volt rechargeable or with spare batteries)
- Seat belt cutter/window breaker
- Disinfecting wipes
- Toilet paper
- Pencil/pen & paper
- Corkscrew (I’ve used mine many times!)
These basics will cover most emergencies we face when in our vehicles.
For an even more complete checklist and details on emergency and disaster situations you may possibly face when you’re with your vehicle, see the Auto Emergency Essentials in the Ultimate Prepper Guide.