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Car Survival Gear

Don't just assume that you are going to be able to drive when it comes to a bug out. Wheeled carts and luggage will make a walking bug out much easier. JanSport All Terra? Gear Logic Wheeled Travel Bag

Have one in your bug out bag, backpack and emergency medical bag. I do. Coghlan's Emergency Thermal Blanket

Know what's going on in the area. Get the news. Emergency Radios

A car emergency kit should be in every vehicle

You car survival gear should include a few basics that would contribute to your survival if your vehicle were to breakdown or get stuck. Inclimate weather or remote locations can pose a threat for the unprepared driver.

"Necessity has no law." -Benjamin Franklin

Keep these items in your car at all times
  1. Several bottles of water or juice, both of which can freeze without springing leaks.
  2. Some kind of food items, such as granola, protein or chocolate bars, packages of cheese or peanut butter crackers, nuts, jerky, and candy.
  3. Sanitary items such as towelettes, wet wipes, and toilet paper may also come in handy.
  4. If you have a baby, make sure your kit includes diapers, formula and other baby necessities.
  5. A few tools, such as a jack, flares, jumper cables, a can of tire inflator, and a flashlight.
  6. Any car survival kit should include a pair of sturdy, broken-in walking shoes or boots.
  7. A survival blanket, matches and a basic first aid kit.

A Variety of Bags Will Work

Most of your car survival gear should be stowed in the trunk of your car in a backpack or lightweight duffle. Another option might be a travel suitcase with a handle and wheels or even one of those folding luggage carts to which you attach your survival kit duffle bag.

Note: A wheeled luggage cart with a milk crate bungied to it would work just as well for transporting survival gear.

To avoid the “having-all-your-eggs-in-one-basket” situation, your car survival gear should be divided between a larger pack and a smaller fanny pack. The survival fanny pack can be worn around your waist leaving your hands free and will contain a few necessities that would ensure your survival should you have to leave the larger kit behind.

"No problem is insurmountable. With a little courage, teamwork and determination a person can overcome anything." - Anonymous

In the event that surviving in the car becomes impossible, it might be a good idea to include a pair of jeans, socks and work gloves, in your car survival gear, as well as a jacket and hat. If you must set off on foot, if possible, try to travel in a group with other stranded motorists. The mobility of the backpack or wheeled survival kit will then be invaluable.

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