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.
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
- 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)
- 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.)
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.
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!?
There are 5 important items to consider when distributing gear into different packs:
Now this solves your bug out bag problem!
Is your bag complete? Do you have one for your car? Do you have one?
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:
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”.
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
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).
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.
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 …
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 Bar – Nature’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
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.
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 …
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.