DIY Car Survival Kit

There is a common mistake I see many new preppers make when preparing for disastrous situations. Often times, it’s easy to prep for the more catastrophic situations and overlook the most basic preps of all.

Lots of us are prepared for a fully blown SHTF situation but how many are prepared for basic car problems? In this list I will show you a basic kit you should keep in your car to prepare for a variety of problems.

The kit

Jumper cables – This one should be dead obvious. Perhaps more than anything a set of cables can be used to jump start a dead battery and get you or a friend back on the road. You can also use the cables to help out other stranded drivers on the road.

Pocket Jumper – This has quickly become one of my favorite items in my car survival kit. This device is a bank of batteries you can use to jump a dead battery and charge your USB powered devices. I’ve written a complete review on the Survival Frog Pocket Jumper right here.

Knife / glass breaker – A good multi purpose survival knife should always be kept within arms reach. You can use the knife to slash through seat belts and the opposite end to smash through a window shield. If you flip your a car the knife can help you make it out to safety.

Spare tire – Another obvious one. A dead battery and a flat tire are the two most common reasons for road problems. If you prep for these 2 situations you’ve covered a lot of what might happen on the road. Also be sure you have a tire iron to loosen the lug nuts on the wheel.

Flash light – Nothing too fancy here. Just a flashlight or a headlamp you can use to work on your car if you become stranded at night. A flashlight with a strobing feature can also signal other cars or people around who can offer you assistance.

Water bottles – a pack of water to keep you hydrated. Hydration is especially important if you live or travel through extremely hot climates. You can quickly become dehydrated causing your mind to become cloudy and sub-optimal.

Tool kit – this includes a basic set of tools to make adjustments on your car including a pressure gauge to check the air in your tires.

Paperwork – Registration, insurance, AAA card etc. Basically all the things everybody, even non-preppers, should keep in their vehicle at all times.

Spare clothes – At the bare minimum a change of socks and clean underwear. Pack warm clothes if you live in colder climates. You can change into these if you happen to get wet or something happens to your primary clothing.

Ultra enhanced car survival kit

The above list is a bare bones survival kit everybody should keep in their car. Below is a list of additional items you might consider if you want to go all out with a kit.

First aid kit – a solid first aid kit so you can self treat any minor scrapes and wounds. These could be wounds inflicted on a hike or during an automobile accident.

Fire extinguisher – One of these small ABC fire extinguishers will help you extinguish any fires in or around your car.

Spare cash – Spare cash is always a good thing to have on hand in case of emergencies. If the power goes out businesses will only accept cash. Cash can also be used to barter other items off other stranded folk in the case of fully blown SHTF.

Smart phone charger – A self contained USB battery bank could be your ticket to safety in times of trouble on the road. That is, if your phone has any charge! You can’t rely on your car battery if it’s dead so you’ll need a second item you can use to charge up your devices.

Spare gas tank – You’d be amazed at how many gas stations do not have a spare gas canister you can use to refuel a stranded car. And if they do, many require some kind of collateral to take the damn thing. Not like the old days where people were cool and gas stations actually had stuff to fix your car.

Additional Survival Items

Aside from the equipment specific to helping you with car problems, you can go a step further and include general survival items as well. Here is a list of some common gear options:

  • Fire starter (lighters, matches)
  • Water filter
  • Bug out / duffel bag
  • Sleeping bag / emergency sleeping bag
  • Survival radio
  • Tarp / tent (shelter)
  • Canteen
  • 72 hours of food (non perishable)
  • Spare medicine you need
  • Spare glasses
  • A good book

Final thoughts

And there you have it. Everything you need to put together a fully blown car survival kit. If you think I’ve missed anything, please leave a comment below and I will consider your remarks for the list! Thanks for reading.



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