As much as I like to think I have a handle on things, sometimes projects slip through the cracks. Case in point. Since the big road trip to Arizona in late September, not once have I gone out to the Subaru and reviewed the contents of my car kit. At the time of my journey I was certain that I had everything I needed in the event of a calamity along the way. The journey, after all, was close to 1,500 miles.
Since then, life has happened. We needed room to cart groceries and, in Shelly’s case, to transport 4 set of golf clubs along with 3 of his buddies. Something had to give, but what?
Today’s challenge is to take inventory of your vehicle’s emergency kit and supplies. To get you started, here is a car kit submitted by long term reader, Elaine K. I think it is a good one and am going back to check my own supplies to make sure that I am as prepared as she is.
Best Practices: 46 Items to Include in your Vehicle Emergency Kit
- Tow chains
- Jumper cables
- Spare tire
- Tire jack
- Fix-a-flat (I like this brand) – Also check out BDS DIY Tire Fix Kit article
- Fire extinguisher
- Gasoline funnel
- Cigarette lighters
- Duct tape
- Disposable gloves
- Well-stocked first aid kit (here is one I put together myself)
- Well-stocked tool kit
- Solar blankets
- Wool blankets
- Warm socks
- Rain coat
- Cash (bills and coins)
- Winter hat
- Heavy gloves
- Heavy sleeping bag for winter, lighter sleeping bag for summer
- List of important phone numbers
- Can opener
- Garbage bags in various sizes
- Paracord or rope
- Quart of oil
- Sewing kit
- Baby wipes
- Toilet paper – See article: Are You Toilet Paper Prepared?
- Hand soap
- Hair brush
- Tooth brush
- Change of clothes
- Various towels in Ziploc bags (women can use to urinate in if caught in traffic)
- Water filter (such as the Lifestraw) – You can check out the guide to the best Water Filters here.
- Edible nuts stored in raw honey
I don’t know about you, but I got some good ideas from this list. And shame on me; for all of my foresight I did not have a fire extinguisher in my car. Thanks, Elaine, for your valuable contribution to Backdoor Survival and to our preps!
Prepare Your Family for Survival: Tip #1
As you may know, my friend Linda Loosli recently published a book titled Prepare Your Family For Survival. I wrote about it in the article 11 Ways to Prepare Your Family for Survival. Lucky for us, I have been given exclusive permission to share some of the top tips from Linda’s books. Is that cool or what?
Today I begin with Tip #1. This tip comes from Part 1, Chapter 1 “When the Lights Go Out – Water First and Foremost “.
Tip: Find out where the water intake valve is located in your home and be sure to show everyone in your family where it is. Label it in some way, so that it’s easy to identify in the future. When local water or sewage lines break, shut the valve off to prevent contaminated water from entering your house.
Tip: Never drink floodwater, advises the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Though you can use a purifier to cleanse water from lakes, streams or your backyard pool, it may not be able to remove all the poisonous contaminants from floodwater.
The Final Word
Elaine’s list of emergency preps for vehicles was a reminder that to all of us that circumstances change. Often, they do not change by much but when they do, it is time to revisit our preps and make adjustments. I just wish there was some magic reminder bell that would help me remember these things.
Many household chores, such as changing smoke alarm batteries, are timed to the change in daylight savings time. Others are timed to the first of the month or the first of the calendar quarter. So much to do and so little time; that is the prepper’s lament!
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Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!
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Bargain Bin: Here are a pick of items related to today’s Survival Buzz.
Slime Quick Spare Tire Inflator: All spare tire fix-its are not created equal. Or so I learned. Apparently some types coat the inside of the tire with some sort of goo that eliminates the tire from being repaired the proper way. So, after consulting with the Subaru dealer and reading a lot of review, this is what I settled on. Truly, you should always have a can of this or something similar in your car.
UltraFire Mini Cree LED Flashlight: FAVORITE! At the time of this writing, this one is only $3.00 with free shipping. It is super mini sized, bright and waterproof. Plus, it uses a single, standard AA sized battery. You already know that I own a number of these.
Grabber Outdoors Original Space Brand All Weather Blanket: I was interested in a re-usable emergency blanket so I purchased one of these based upon the excellent reviews. This space blanket is definitely “heavy duty” compared to the cheapies (not that they don’t have their place because they do).
Windstorm Safety Whistle: When being heard is a matter of safety or even life and death, you want a whistle that is not only loud but can be heard for a long distance. This particular whistle is not the cheapest one out there but I have proven to myself that this particular whistle can be heard a long distance away and above howling wind and other competing sounds.
LifeStraw Personal Water Filter: The LifeStraw contains no chemicals, no batteries and no moving parts to wear out. It features a a high flow rate and weighs only 2 oz. It works quickly, taking roughly 3-5 seconds of sucking to start the flow of water through the filter. It’s ultra-light and inexpensive but effective. There is also the LifeStraw Family that will purify up to 12 liters per hour.
Prepare Your Family for Survival: How to Be Ready for Any Emergency or Disaster Situation: In Prepare Your Family for Survival, learn the basics of water and food storage – where to start and what to work toward for serious preparation – as well as 72-hour kits and evacuation plans. This book includes numerous helpful guides to follow not only before an emergency, but during an emergency as well.
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