In this article, I’m going to share with you 12 “MUST HAVE” Items for your Vehicle or Car Bug out Bag.
As a prepper, you very well know (or at least you should) that disaster can strike anytime. In the middle of the desert or woods, if your car gets stuck, or God forbid you get injured and are too far out to safely hike back, you’ll need to survive until help arrives, or until you can get yourself or your vehicle to a safer location.
A well-organized car bug out bag will play a great role in ensuring your survival. When it comes to your car bug out bag, there are two sets of things involved:
- Vehicular Tools – if your car gets stuck, you need some tools in place that can help get your car moving top a safer location where you can get assistance.
- Survival Tools – Worst Case Scenario, you’ll need survival items if you truly get stuck and can’t move your car for the night.
Just like any other machine, your car engine can fail. It is critical for you to have necessary items which can help you repair the car. Naturally, as a prepper you should already have things such as a spare tire and extra fuel and oil, but it’s good to bring along more, just in case…
12 Bug Out Bag items you need in your car:
1. First Aid Kit
There are several first aid kits out there. It is necessary for you to have one, equipped with everything you need in case of an emergency. Who knows, you may be involved in an accident where you need items you can use to stop bleeding so that you can get to the nearest hospital.
Now obviosuly a good first aid kit comes with items you need to carry out first aid, but you should take first aid lessons so you to know how to tackle different challenges which can come up while on the road.
2. Car Jack
A flat tire can develop anytime when on the road. If you’re going to drive on a rough road, then it’s possible you may get a flat. If this situation arises, a car jack’s going to be quite important for you to be able to change the tire & get back on the road. Car jacks usually come with your car, but check just to make sure if you’re not certain.
If you need to buy a new one, make sure it’s going to be able to safely support the weight of your vehicle.
3. Jumper Cables
This one’s obvious but often overlooked. If your Battery dies, and you’re not able to pushstart (automatic only) down a hill, jumper cables might come in handy in the event you come across another working vehicle.
4. Ice Scraper
Another often overlooked one, but if you’re driving to a place where a lot of snow is common, then you need an ice scraper. You may park your car, come back and be surprised to find the entire windshield covered in ice. The scraper will help you remove the snow from your vehicle so that you can drive it to safe places.
You need gloves for you to repair the car, build a shelter if the vehicle cannot provide a place for you to protect or even prevent your fingers from harsh weather. The gloves will protect your hands from injuries when working on different hard surfaces. Choose the gloves well because there are others which cannot offer the necessary protection you deserve when in a survival situation.
6. Small tool kit
For you to work on your car and have repairs done for it to keep moving, you need a small tool kit. The toolkit should have items such as vice grips, screwdrivers, pliers, tire pressure gauge, adjustable wrench among other items required for you to carry out a quick fix on your car so that you can reach your destination.
7. Fire Sticks and a fire starter
You need fire to keep warm if your car heating system fails completely. There are even situations where the car is destroyed leaving you alone. There are some fire sticks which can even light after being exposed to water or even snow. They are the best option for you to keep warm and avoid the adverse effects of extreme cold.
Instead of switching on the vehicle heater, which can lead to wasting more fuel, you need a jacket in your car bug out bag so that you can keep warm.
If you’re traveling in a group, then you should ensure there is a coat or a warm jacket for each one of you. It is a simple addition to your bag out bug but it plays a great role in making you survive.
9. Emergency Food Bars
If you’re going to stay in a car survival situation for long, then you’re going to need food. Emergency food bars – especially those rich in proteins – are a good choice as they’re somewhat filling, and often contain healthy vitamins/minderals etc. Try to get some bars that are high in protein. Many people don’t know this, but proteins take more time to get digested, which would help you stay full longer and last longer in your survival situation.
10. Mini Rescue Mirror
Another Self explanitory one, if you’re stuck and need to signal for help, a small mirror can (literally) be a life saver! It probably doesn’t hurt to learn the basics of morse code either. Some Paracord Survival Watches have a mirrored back, which works great in this scenario!
11. Water and purification system
You can’t survive for long without water. For you to increase your chances of making out alive from your car survival situation, it is necessary for you to have a source of clean water. You can carry some water, but for prolonged survival situations, you need a means for you to purify any water available.
There are several compact purification systems you can buy or even water purification tablets.
12. Fire extinguisher
You need a small fire extinguisher in your car. It is a simple item you may ignore, but sparks can start any time in your vehicle and you will need a means of putting out fire. Always have a fire extinguisher in a place where you can easily reach.
For more Reading on this subject, see our blog posts:
- What To Put In A Bug Out Bag
- Bug Out Bag List – 15 Essentials You Need To Pack!
- Building The Ultimate Bug out Bag