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Prepping Your Car For An Emergency Escape

Prep List For Your Car

Unless you already live at your bug out location, you’re going to need a vehicle to get you and your family there … wherever or whatever there is.

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No Excuses For Not Being Prepared

I assume you keep the vehicle you would use for this emergency response in good repair. You follow basic car maintenance timetables, and any issues are immediately resolved. Making an appointment with your mechanic when the SHTF is not a good preparedness option.

And if you’re proficient with car repairs, you have a tool kit stashed in the vehicle.

Below we list both car prep survival gear and safe travel plans … including the always important Plan B.

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Prepping your Car – Repair Kit

 … When it comes to prepping your car you should consider the following for your repair kit:

  • A spare tire
  • A tire repair kit
  • Jack and tire iron
  • Gravel, sand or kitty litter that can be used for traction on icy road spots
  • A box of extra fuses
  • Duct tape
  • Hose clamps
  • Road Flares
  • A collapsible or multi-use shovel
  • Snow brush and ice scraper
  • Floodlight
  • Windshield washer fluid
  • Oil and engine coolant (the type recommended for your vehicle)
  • Jumper cables
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Pry bar
  • Empty gas can, siphon, and funnel (you will have to scavenge for fuel at some time)

These items are a minimum for prepping your car and you should consider getting them …

Prepping your Car – Emergency Kit

Besides a repair kit, every car should have an emergency kit. The good news is that you can use your bug out bag for that. Your bug out bag should include most of the items needed for an emergency if you’ve done your homework.

Think about adding these items when prepping your car:

  • Water and food depending on the number of your family members
  • Energy bars
  • Waterproof matches
  • Hot packs
  • Sunscreen and insect repellent in summer
  • A small compact medi-kit
  • Light sticks
  • Road flares
  • Collapsible stove and fuel canister
  • Aluminum foil
  • Water filter
  • Small pan
  • Unbreakable cup or mug
  • Hand cranked radio
  • Flashlight (a hand cranked or solar rechargeable one)
  • Whistle
  • A few heavy-duty trash bags
  • Wool blankets
  • A tarp
  • A paracord
  • Rain ponchos
  • A cell phone
  • A GPS system
  • Baby supplies, if you have a young child (diapers, baby food, and so on)
  • Pet supplies
  • A few distraction items (something to keep the kids busy …)
  • Make sure to add an extra set of clothing for each family member … ( … gear that can be used for all types of weather)
  • One or more protection items of your choice (firearms, crossbow, stun gun, knife, etc.)

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5 Smart Tips For Distributing Pack Gear

Distributing Gear Into Different Packs

You’re doing your prepping best. Your plan for survival water, food, shelter, and security is taking shape. Maybe more than that … you are actually “ready”. Your family’s on board, and everyone has a prepped bug out pack.

Proper Gear Distribution

Proper Gear Distribution

But have you completely considered the actual bug out moment where each family member grabs their pack and … and what? What!?

Everyone is not here!? That pack is someplace else!? Where’s the main pack!? What do you mean it’s too heavy!?

Five Considerations

There are 5 important items to consider when distributing gear into different packs:

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Internet Tool Helps You Build A Bug Out Bag

Pack Your Bag

Now this solves your bug out bag problem!

Is your bag complete? Do you have one for your car? Do you have one?

Internet Tool Helps You Build A Bug Out Bag

Bug Out Bag Resource Tool

 

Well, there’s now an awesome internet site that helps you build, buy, and ship your pack. How? They start with 29 product categories including:

  • Bottles
  • Purification
  • Fuel
  • Multi-tools
  • Freeze-dried
  • MedKit
  • Cover
  • 550 Paracord, and 19 more.

Each category has several products from different manufacturers, all with customer reviews. As you make your selections, as you build out your bag, the tool (the website) tracks in real time the weight, volume, pricing, and progress of your build.

When you’re done, you check out through Amazon “knowing how much your bug out bag will weigh, as well as knowing that all of your gear will fit into it”.

Bug Out Bag Tips Video

Source: Scott Hunt, of Practical Preppers, discusses the tool on the short video below:

 

 

Here’s the link to the website tool: eBugout. It can’t get easier than this.

Image: Dan Evans

Best Survival Food For Your Bug Out Bag

Nutrition & Calories

What food should you pack in your bug out bag? It’s has to provide enough energy to help you get where you’re going. It should be lightweight … you have other important heavier stuff you need to carry.

The food for your bug out bag should have some healthy nutritional value. And maybe it should even taste good … at least a little.

The following article provides the info you need. Although this is one man’s idea of bug out survival food, I think it gives everyone enough “food for thought” (sorry).

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Food-Packed Bug Out

There is one point I want to emphasize: as stated below, you should purchase stuff you already like to eat. Why? So you’ll eat it now and keep your bug out stock fresh. Remember, first in, first out.

Bug Out Survival Foods

Food for your pack needs … thought.  Nutritional value, weight, ease of preparation, calories ( Because you will be burning them up quickly ), and lastly, but very important, taste …

… I will lay out a few ground rules.  ‘We’ should be looking for food that will stay good in your pack for a year.  Can be eaten without cooking or just add water.

Will give you the nutrition you require to push through to achieve the objective.  It should be stuff that you currently eat, so you can use it and replace it regularly. [My emphasis] Last is affordability.

Alexander Wolfe over at TEOTWAWKI blog said something a while back that stuck with me …  [E]ach ounce needs to have about 100 calories.  I liked the sound of that and have been using that as a benchmark in my purchases …

Energy Bars

This is a big category … I stock 5 different Energy Bars here, so I will use them as examples.  My favorite is the Clif Bar.

1. Clif Bars – Many great flavors … I could live on Clif Bars and water, for a long time.  Great sustained energy.  My experience with them is that one year is about its lifespan …

2.4 ounces    260 calories  Fat 7g   Protein 9g   Carbs 41

2. Tiger’s Milk Bar –  Tigers Milk Bars won’t stand up to the heat very well due to the chocolate coating.  Not only do you get some good stuff in you, but the morale boost gives it extra credit points.

1.23 ounces   140 calories   Fat 5g   Protein 6g   Carbs 18g

3. The Power Bar –  Power Bars have improved greatly in taste.  Shelf life is years, if kept fairly cool.

2.29 ounces   240 calories   Fat 4g   Protein 9g   Carbs 44g

4. Nature Valley Sweet & Salty Nut Granola Bar Peanut – Nature Valley Bars are amazing tasting … They are slightly fragile … and can get melty.

 1.2 ounces   170 calories   Fat 9g   Protein 4g   Carbs 20g

5. Fig BarNature’s Bakery Stone Ground Whole Wheat Fig Bars.  They come in Blueberry,  Raspberry, and Fig … Shelf life is a year or better.  As always fresher is better.

 2.0 ounces   220 calories   Fat 5g   Protein 4g   Carbs 40g

Jerky

Pacific Gold Original Beef Jerky made from Top Round Steak.  Some jerky’s seem to lose their flavor quicker than others, this ain’t one of them …

1.25 ounces   90 calories   Fat 1g   Protein 14g   Carbs 8g

Krave Beef Jerky Sweet Chipotle.  Very tender pieces, excellent quality … Flavor is deep, made in the USA …

3.25 ounces   315 calories   Fat 4.5   Protein 24g   Carbs 36g

I may have saved the best for last,  Epic 100% Bison Bacon Cranberry Bar … These ‘bars’ are amazing … These may be the most expensive price per ounce item in this post, but nothing beats the quality.

Dehydrated Meals

First the bad, maybe the only problem, you need water and heat, most of the time.  That means time and energy.  Don’t forget about the smells and light associated with heating water or cooking …

Backpackers Pantry Spicy Thai Peanut Sauce.  It’s sauce over brown rice and veggies … it is meatless so for some of you carnivores it might not sound great, but trust me they are great.

8.1 ounces   1000 calories   Fat 52g   Protein 40g   Carbs 112g

Those numbers represent 2 servings as indicated on the package.  Cost about $6 …

More Options

Hot cereals, oatmeal, and soup mixes all can be had for cheap with good shelf life.  My favorite quick breakfast is Quaker Real Medley’s Oatmeal cups. … The stats that follow are for the Maple Pecan Raisin cups.

2.46 ounces   270 calories  Fat 7g   Protein 6g   Carbs 49g

Now that may seem like small numbers, but I can say from experience that a cup of this can sustain you for hours of hard work …

MRE’s (Meals Ready to Eat)

Careful when buying these, check the expiration dates.  There are many on sites like Ebay that are getting old and their storage has been suspect.  Manufacturers are making civilian offerings, go that route.

They are on the heavy side, but need no cooking, maybe a little heat.  They are also affordable … The whole point of this post is to show you options that are inexpensive, easy to use and give you the energy you need …

Source: Father, coach, and “gear junkie”, Pineslayer, contributes must-read articles to both SHTFBlog and Survival Cache.

Image: Tookapic

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