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.)
Having just finished a survival training session in Kentucky, David of Ultimate Survival Tips breaks down the required tactical and survival loadout he built for the course.
Although put together for this training, the loadout would serve well in any worst-case scenario event.
Essentially, the ruck and chest rig is a three-season bug out survival kit with a strong tactical emphasis.
The combination of gear in his ruck and chest loadout rig includes just about everything you’d need to survive for 72 hours if bugging out … plus whole lot more.
Many of the posts and articles on preparedness and survival sites are focused on some sort of kit:
Kits are good topics because they usually take an important aspect of the Law of 3’s and identify the gear/items needed to extend that “3-something” survival time.
If you’re hunting for gear and gifts for your family or prepping friends, below is a list of goodies that span the budget range: from $13 to $100.
David of Ultimate Survival Tips compiled the list. Most of these items he’s reviewed in other videos, so he just gives a quick overview of each. But it’s enough info to get you started, to see if you want to investigate further.
Watch the video on the next page for more insights about each of these items. I do own the Eton radio, and have purchased VSSL kits in the past. Very satisfied with those. The Eton charges with a USB, plus solar or a hand-crank charging.
Links to all items can be found at the UST YouTube channel with this video. (Or just Google to Amazon or other sites.) And, as always, Learn, Practice and Share.