How to Assemble a Homemade Car Survival Kit: A Step-by-Step Guide
In this post I am gonna lay out a list of the items that I keep in a homemade car survival kit in both of our cars.
These kits can come in very handy in case your are out and about and come across an emergency situation or have one yourself.
There are full kits out there that your can buy if your don’t want a Hodge podge of different items but what I am gonna list here is the items that I put together in a kit with the help of a buddy that has more survival experience than myself.
Here are the items I keep in my Homemade Car Survival Kit…..
- The first thing is the bag itself. I have two different bags. The first one I bought on amazon and it has many zippers and pouches to store things in.
- For the second bag I found an old army alice pack at our local antique mall and was able to buy it pretty cheap. I then went on amazon and bought a frame system for it to be able to carry it easier.
- This has also worked out great because there are tons of pockets and lots of room in the main area of the bag.
- For water, I have water bottles, canteen, life straw personal water filter, and tablets to purify water.
- For fire I have small fire starter blocks, lighter, magnifying glass with homemade char (lights easy with the magnifying glass), and a knife that doubles as a spark maker for the fire.
- As mentioned in other post it is best to have at least two different ways to do the same thing, so your can have a back up if needed.
- For light, I have a couple battery powered lanterns and flash lights. I make sure I keep a couple extra packages of batteries in the kit also.
- For food I keep a bag of protein powder that can be mixed with your water for quick calories. I also keep a larger jar of peanut butter. The last thing I have are survival tablets. These things come in different flavors and provide emergency nutrition in case of an emergency. They have a long shelf life and work out good for something to just throw in your bag.
- As for the protein powder and peanut butter your will have to watch the expiration date and rotate them out if necessary. I would just take them out when It gets close and use them so they don’t go to waste. Remember also that the things in these kits are only meant to last your a couple days in the case of getting stranded.
- For shelter, I keep a tarp and some parachord to be able to make a make shift shelter if necessary. I also have a two person tent that we can use if we need to. I had this lying around so I put it to use by throwing it in the kit. To go along with shelter, especially if your live somewhere that it gets cold I have a pack of solar reflective blankets.
- They look like tin foil and reflect the heat. You can use these to line your shelter or to wrap yourself up in to stay warm. On the same topic of shelter, I also have a small hatchet and a fold up hand saw to be able to cut wood for a shelter if necessary.
- Homemade fishing kit(string,hooks, flies)
- A couple different knives. Pocket knife, full tang knife, and a knife that doubles as a fire starter.
- A hygiene kit I got on amazon. It is essential hygiene items that are all rolled up in a washcloth that makes it easy to grab and pack.
- Ponchos. Large ones for me and my wife. Small ones for my kids. These will keep your dry and warm out in the rain.
- This isn’t in the bag but we also have a jump starter pack for the car battery that also has an air compressor and USB charging ports built into it. I have used this several times to help others that have had a dead battery. Sure beats waiting for hours for AAA to show up.
- First aid kit.
- Roadside car kit. This has run flat, road flares, and misc items to help if your car breaks down.
All of these things are a good idea to have in your car in the case of getting stranded, being in an emergency, or helping someone who needs help.
Just like our motto says it helps me to be prepared and not scared when I am out and about.
Like I said above I keep one of these packs in each of my cars. If you don’t want to put together a homemade kit there are kits online you can buy that are already put together for you. I may review them in future posts.
About The Author
My name is Robert and those that know me know that I like to research and to always be prepared the best I can for whatever life brings my way. This website was born out of putting those two things together. I am married with 3 children, a dog, 2 hamsters, 3 fish, and a gecko.
There is plenty of adventures and fun situations that happen at my house. We live in a rural down home town and like to enjoy lots of time with our immediate and extended family. My primary job is in the medical field which can be an adventure of it’s own at times.
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