The Essential Car Survival Kit

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Survival Gear List For A Car Survival Kit

Many people that start prepping for disasters don’t consider making a car survival kit right away. That is a big mistake if you spend any significant amount of time in your car. Heck, some people spend so much time in their vehicle that it is like a second home!  That’s why I suggest to all survivalists and preppers to either buy or make a car survival kit that stays in their vehicle at all times. You can buy a basic car survival kit like the one pictured above on Amazon, but you will be much better prepared if you make one yourself or add to the one you buy. That way it can be personalized to your individual wants and needs.

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A gear list for your car survival kit:

Blizzards are just one reason to have a Car Survival Kit.

A Car Survival Kit can save your life.

  • AMA Certified/OSHA First-aid kit
  • Trauma kit. These are very important when there is serious bleeding going on.
  • Poison oak/ivy soap.
  • One week (or more) supply of personal medications. These need to be rotated often because of the heat.
  • Topographical maps of your area and all of the areas on the way to your bug-out destination.
  • Local, State, and Regional road maps.
  • A compass. I recommend a lensatic compass if you have the Topographical maps. If you don’t know how to use them, http://landnavigation.org/ does a good job at teaching proper compass and map use.
  • Change of clothes that is correct for the season for each member of your household.
  • LED headlamp or flashlight with spare batteries.
  • A hand crank emergency radio.
  • The UST Deluxe Survival Tool Kit. This kit takes care of five essential items.
  • A folding shovel.
  • A small camp ax or folding saw.
  • Emergency blankets, bivy sacks, or sleeping bags for all.
  • 10 emergency candles and 10 12-hr chemical light sticks.
  • Waterproof matches.
  • A storm-proof lighter. You can never have to many ways to start a fire.
  • Canteen cups, Nalgene Water Bottles, or stainless steel drinking bottles.
  • Coffee or tea, whichever you prefer.
  • Three days worth of emergency food.
  • Emergency water; 5 gallons per person is ideal.
  • 100 feet of 550 Para Cord.
  • 1-2 plastic tarps, 8′ x 10′ depending on the size of your family.
  • Cards and other small games for entertainment.
  • 3 flattened rolls of toilet paper and a package of sanitary wipes.
  • Personal hygiene stuff.
  • Emergency contact telephone numbers.
  • Water purification tablets.
  • Survival knife.
  • Rain ponchos for everyone.
  • Mess kits for everyone.
  • A manual can opener
  • A light-weight camping stove and propane.
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Work gloves
  • 1 roll of Duct tape.
  • Snare wire just in case you need to catch something to eat.
  • Yo-Yo fishing reel to easily catch fish. Don’t forget a tiny tackle box of hooks, leaders, etc.
  • A roll of large plastic bags.
  • A small notebook and pen to take and leave notes.
  • Sunglasses and sunscreen.
  • $200 cash just in case the power goes out.

With a good car survival kit you will be much better prepared for an emergency when you are out and about. You won’t be forced to go home to grab your bug out bag!

Additional Notes:
Don’t hesitate to include other gear in your car survival kit that you think will aid you. If you can legally carry a handgun in your kit then you will want to consider including one, and some ammo too! Check the whole kit every 6 months and be sure to rotate the food and clothing as appropriate. This last advise is standard for all survival kits, not just a car survival kit.

Check out this video about making a car survival kit:

  1. Seb
    Seb07-17-2011

    That is a great list. I live near Vancouver B.C. and they have been predicting the “Big One” for some time now. I have a bit of a kit put together, but not one that is a complete as the one above. Thanks.

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