Car survival kits are a vital piece of your survival inventory.
Even if you have checked your bug out bag list and filled with essential items, I suggest making a little room for a bag or box dedicated to just a car survival kit and leaving it in your vehicle full-time.
If you get stranded in a snow drift in the dead of winter, or on the side of an interstate in 100-degree heat after an EMP attack in July, you will be more prepared than most of your fellow travelers.
I am always amazed to learn people don’t keep a pair of jumper cables, or a fire extinguisher, or even a bottle of water and a granola bar in their car…
…But they have iPods and lipstick tubes and empty Krispy Kreme boxes in the back. I digress.
10 Essential Items For Your Car Bug Out Bag List
- Mylar blanket. These things don’t take up much room, and can keep you warm if stranded in cooler temperatures.
- Energy bars. Avoid chocolate and varieties that might melt easily in warm temperatures.
- Fire-starting devices. Magnesium sticks and water-proof matches are great, but most people would kill for a lighter in a survival situation, literally.
- Freeze dried MREs. My personal favorite is Mountain House, but plenty of varieties to choose from here.
- Small pot. With a small fire, a cook pot and some MREs you could boil some water, mix up the MRE and be enjoying beef stroganoff by the interstate.
- Rain poncho. Keeping dry can be the difference in life or death in a cold rain. Avoid hypothermia by layering warm clothes and topping it off with a rain poncho to keep the bottom layers dry.
- Whistle. How many stories have we heard over the years of someone driving off into a ditch, just out of sight of potential rescuers. With a whistle, you greatly increase your survival chances by alerting people at a greater distance, and without expending as much energy as yelling.
- Mirror. A signal mirror is a life saver when alerting rescuers from the air. Place the signal mirror target directly on the aircraft to alert pilots to your location.
- Water bottles. In the summer, protect the bottles from exposure to direct sunlight, and rotate them fairly often with new bottles to keep fresh. In the winter, pour a little off the top and reseal to allow for expansion due to freezing temperatures.
- N95 mask. Imaging the health issues those who found themselves at the base of the World Trade Center could have avoided if they simply had a respirator mask on their person, or in their vehicle.
This is a essentially starter car survival kit and includes just a few basic necessities. What other items are you carrying in your car bug out bags?