Oftentimes when people start getting things together for emergency preparedness the car survival kit is forgotten. Your car is probably the first place you would want an emergency kit. A lot of time is spent in the car and if trouble should arise it is smart to be prepared.
The first thing you are going to want to get is a durable bag to hold your kit. There will be several items going into your kit and you want it to be organized. The best material is nylon because of its durability. You will have a choice of backpack or duffel styles. Each has their advantages. The backpack style is portable and handy if you have to hike. The duffel style will give you more room.
These are the items you should include in your bag. These are listed in no particular order.
- Folding shovel- This will come in handy if it becomes necessary to dig out your car, or if you need to build a shelter.
- Jumper cables- Used if your battery dies.
- Duct tape and paracord- These items can be used to secure various things. Most importantly if you have the need to build a shelter.
- Multi-Tool- A must have tool for survival. There are several tools combined into one.
- First Aid Kit- A basic kit is all you will probably need.
- Extra clothing- Should your clothes get wet, or you need the extra warmth.
- Emergency blanket- Used for warmth. Can also be used in shelter situations.
- Extra fuses- Many times simply changing fuses will make the repair and get you on your way.
- Compass- Needed if you decide you need to hike for help.
- Fire starting material- This can be matches, lighters, or magnesium stick.
- Non-perishable food- If you are stuck for a while you will need food.
- Water purification tablets- Water is vital for survival.
- Flashlight and extra batteries- Used for situations when light is needed.
- Pre-paid cell phone- Make sure it is fully charged and has minutes available for use. When your main cell phone dies you will be grateful to have this.
- Map- A map of the area you are traveling might help you save yourself, or direct rescuers to you.
- Whistle- Used to signal for help.
As with anything it is good practice to make yourself familiar with the use of these items before you are pressed to use them. As an example do some research on reading a compass, building a fire, and using jumper cables.
The items listed are a good basic kit. Of course items can be changed and added to suit your individual tastes and needs. However, you should not stray too far from these basic things.