Having a survival emergency car kit in your vehicle in case a major disaster happens and you need to hit the road fast can end up saving your life. If you ever find yourself in a situation where you need to bug out seconds are going to count.
You don't have time to pack up what you are going to need; you need to be able to be in your car quickly and on the road. Each moment you spend at your house in a situation like this is a moment where you are placing your life and the lives of your family at risk. On top of that, how effective do you think you are going to be when deciding what to take with you when you are under that kind of pressure? What are the odds that you will get everything that you need to survive on the road? I'll tell you how good the odds are; they are stacked against you. People don't make rational decisions when under enormous pressure, and the pressure doesn't get much higher than when a situation forces you to bug out.
Now when I'm talking about your car survival kit, I'm talking about items that are left in your car at all times. These are items that can be exposed to heat and cold and will have a long shelf life. This type of kit is different than a bug out kit. A bug out kit is a kit that sits near your car in an easily accessible place that you throw into your car as you hit the road. A bug out kit like this will usually have items in it that you probably don't want to leave in very high or very low temperatures, such as prescription medication. The DIY kit that could save your life that stays in your car at all times should contain everything that you may need if you are forced to live out of your car for an extended period. The biggest benefit of a kit like this is that it can be quite extensive since it's not something you are going to be carrying around. Rather it's going to stay in your car at all times so you can spend a lot of time building up a kit that has everything you might need.
Now you may be thinking that I'm crazy for spending so much time, effort, and monetary resources to fill up the trunk of my car with an emergency survival kit that I probably won't ever end up using. You might think I'm crazy, but you would be wrong. I know this for a fact because I was once in a situation that I never saw coming. I was once nearly the victim of a violent lunatic and only survived the ordeal unscathed because the other man chose to walk away. I never saw that coming, and as a result, I never prepared myself for it. The point I'm trying to get across to you here is that you usually don't see a major disaster coming, it just hits you and you either adapt, or you and your family could end up losing their lives. From that point onward I made learning about survival and self-defense a priority, and I have made it my mission in life to try to help others to do the same.
There's a major disaster such as a terrorist attack which forces you to bug out. In the panic that follows you frantically run around your house grabbing anything and everything that you may need to survive. In a rush, you're going to forget things, but you don't have time to figure it out. The threat will be here in minutes, so make the tough choice, and get your family in the car and escape. But because you weren't prepared you don't have the supplies you need, and with nobody around to help you things get ugly quickly. If only you hadn't dismissed the need for an emergency car kit, then you and your family wouldn't be in dire straits.
When putting together your emergency car kit start out by making sure that you have everything you need to keep your car on the road. There's no calling for a tow truck if you break down you are going to be on your own. That means you are going to need to do a few important things. First, make sure that your car is kept in good working condition at all times. If there is a major disaster the world isn't going to wait on you if your car breaks down, so doing preventive maintenance and fixing mechanical issues is a must.
After you have done that, I would recommend the following items to be carried in your car.
Now I wouldn't leave this in the trunk of my car, but I would have it sitting right next to it so that if I were forced to bug out, I wouldn't be able to miss it. You never know if you are going to be able to find gas when you are on the road, which means you need to assume that you won't be able to get access to it. Having a full can of gas ready to go into your car can help you to travel farther, which can help to keep you and your family out of harm's way
Look, I'm not the handiest guy in the world, but I wouldn't be caught dead without at least a basic toolbox during a disaster. You don't need a huge toolset, but you do need to make sure that you have the basics. The last thing you happening is to need a tool and not have it. So make sure that your toolbox has a flat screwdriver, a Phillips screwdriver, a hammer, pliers, an Allen wrench set, a collection of wrenches or an adjustable wrench, a box cutter, plastic zip ties, a flashlight, and a ratchet set.
A spare tire and a tire patching kit. A lot of people drive around without a spare tire and just assume they can call for assistance if they find themselves with a flat tire. But in a real emergency, there is no calling for help you are going to have to change your tire. So make sure you have a jack, a tire iron, a good spare, and also a simple tire patching kit so that you can try to repair the tire that is flat after changing it.
Oil, antifreeze, and other essential fluids that cars need. I also keep a small crate in the corner of my trunk that has basic supplies such as oil and antifreeze. If a hose breaks when you are on the road and you leak coolant, or you notice your oil pressure is low, having what you need to be stored in your trunk can keep you on the road.
The last thing I would recommend that you keep in your car is an emergency battery jump starter. If your battery dies when you are on the road during an emergency a battery jump starter can help to get you back on the road. After all you can't exactly count on anyone else during a situation like this so waiting for a jump is out of the question.
Once you have the needs of your car taken care of you can turn your attention to packing supplies to help you and your families survive on the open road. While you probably can't pack everything you need you can pack enough supplies to help you to keep your family alive in most situations.
Water is one of the most pressing needs you are going to have. There's no turning on a faucet on the road; you need to have water with you. I carry 4 gallons of water with me in my car; I would carry more if there were room. I also carry water purification tablets with me so that if I find a source of water on the road, I can make sure it's safe.
Mylar blankets are an amazing survival tool because they work quite well to keep you warm and they are also extremely lightweight and easy to store. I keep a handful of these great little blankets in my car at all times because you never know when you may be forced to spend a night out in the cold.
Road flares can be used to signal for help, and in a pinch, they can also be used to start a fire.
When I say fire making equipment I mean matches, a striker, and also an ax. I prefer matches as my primary means of making fire because they are easy to use, can be stored for long periods of time, and they take up next to no space. But the drawback here is that they are a limited supply and if you are on the road long enough you will run out. That's why I carry a striker, it never runs out and will last you for years. I also recommend an ax which can be used to cut firewood and also to help you build a bush shelter.
Having a tent to sleep in when you are forced to survive outdoors is a must. A tent can help you and your family to feel more secure which is a huge advantage during a survival situation. A tent can also help to provide some protection from the elements which is also a priority when you are forced to survive outdoors.
Much like a gas can I would recommend keeping your first aid kit near your car but not actually in your car. The reason for this is simple; extremes in temperature can reduce the effectiveness of various drugs. Make sure that you have a supply of prescription medications, over the counter pain relievers, and also bandages, alcohol, and various other supplies that you may need to treat injuries when you are on the road.
Look I'm not a huge fan of most survival meals, but in a pinch, I'd rather have one than nothing at all. Survival meals are designed to be stored without refrigeration, and they are designed to last a long time. Can you carry enough survival food in the trunk of your car to survive long term? No, but you can take enough to survive for a few days while you are searching for supplies or a safer place to stay.
You know I put a lot of time and effort into putting together an emergency car survival kit, and I hope and pray that I will never have to use it. I'd much rather have something I don't need than run into a situation where I need something that I don't have. What you have to keep in mind is that most people never see a disaster coming, it just hits them suddenly, and then you need to be able to act quickly. Part of being able to respond quickly is having the foresight to do as much prep work ahead of time as possible. You aren't going to be able to think clearly when you are in a rush to bug out; in fact, that's when you are most likely to make foolish mistakes. By having an emergency car survival kit, you can give yourself the edge that it may take to keep your family safe.