This is the car emergency kit you NEED…if you want to survive.
Remember in the second season of Breaking Bad when Jesse and Walt get stuck in the New Mexico desert in their RV? It wasn’t pretty. It was among the more anxiety inducing episodes because car-related emergencies like that aren’t totally uncommon…and well, what ARE you supposed to do when that kind of thing happens? What would you ideally want in your car if SHTF and you were stuck there for three, four days?
We present to you the ultimate, prepper approved, totally overkill solution to any and all car emergencies. If you’re looking to really bug out in your vehicle, here’s how you can do it.
You’re going to want sustenance and it’s going to have to be a little bit more substantial than Funions. In survivalist communities, it’s recommended that you store less palatable food that you won’t eat unless you really need it — the Canada Arctic Rescue Team recommends dog food. We don’t share that belief.
- E.R. Emergency Food Bars. They don’t take up a lot of space, aren’t exactly something you’d want to eat every day, and are calorie dense.
- Aquablox – they’re boxed water with a long shelf life. Canned water is also available. The upside to canned water is it lasts forever—decades.
- Purification tablets or another easy to transport purification system
- Reusable water bottles
- 3 changes of clothing – you might want to change these out dependent on the climate. What you’d want in the summer in a desert clime will be vastly different from what you’d want during the winter in Maine
- Extra underwear! You’re probably going to want to change these more often.
- A pair of good walking shoes
SANITATION AND HYGIENE
- Toothpaste and toothbrush
- Dry shampoo
- Disinfectant AND hand sanitizer
- Toilet paper
- Baby wipes
- Bed pan
SUPPLIES AND TOOLS
- Satellite phone or Personal Locator Beacon in case you don’t have reception.
- Handheld GPS
- Tarp for shelter
- Space blanket
- Water proof poncho with hood
- Flashlight that can be charged in the car and back-up emergency candle with lighters
- Solar or hand-crank powered chargers
ROAD TOOL KIT
- A good road tech kit—like this one from Aerostich. Car-specific road tech kits are also on the market
- Not all road tech kit will include these essentials: Spare tire, lug nuts, and a jack
- An empty jug and anti-freeze in case your engine overheats
- Electric winch and full recovery kit
- Emergency auto hammer
- Extra gasoline
ODDS AND ENDS
- Climate or location-dependent necessities like sunblock, or kitty litter and a shovel in snow
- A fire extinguisher
- A survival whistle — it’s better than screaming for help.
- Self-defense tools of your choice.
- Whatever you need to help you sleep easy
- A back-pack to take essentials if you need to travel
OK, WHAT OF THIS ISN’T TOTALLY NECESSARY?
- If you wanna go bare bones, stick with everything under the “Road Tool Kit” and “First Aid” headers. We’re of the mind you can also never have too much water. (Unless you’re in Miami.)
- Before starting long journeys into pernicious environments, make sure you have a full tank of gas, everything’s in check, and somebody knows where you’re going and when you’re supposed to be back.
- If you’re stranded, don’t drink all the water you have immediately. Try to learn how much water your body needs to function—water’s your most important ally and you don’t want to run out.
- Don’t overeat! Eating makes you thirsty and sleepy.
- Try not to panic. Remember: Anxiety causes all manners of somatic symptoms… including thirst and hunger!