Survival Kits For Your Vehicle

We believe every vehicle should have two survival kits.  One for the vehicle, and one for you.
Your vehicle survival kit should contain:
Jumper Cables
Fix-A-Flat
Plyers
Crescent Wrench
Vice Grips (could double as a pot handle)
4-way screw driver
Electrical tape (duct tape)
Fuses
4-way lug wrench
Spark plug wrench
Go ahead and get yourself an auto survival kit. It will probably contain the minimum of required tools to fix only the simplest of problems. Of course, a certified mechanic will be able to do more than the average 16 year old, but that is true in any endeavor that requires a specific skill set.
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Personal survival kit for your vehicle:

The survival kit we believe you should have will help insure your personal survival. Call it what you will: a survival kit, ditch bag, grab-n-go, or whatever.  The most basic survival kit should enable or enhance your personal survivability for a minimum of 3 to 5 days in the environment that you are likely to be in, i.e. the predominant terrain, season of the year, and resource availability.

You need to be able to maintain a healthy body temperature to avoid hypothermia or heat stroke. Stay hydrated by having potable water or the ability to acquire it, multiple ways to make fire and food to fuel your body, some first aid knowledge to help yourself and/or any other members of your party, and finally, a means of providing temporary shelter from the elements.

This probably leads you to think that you should have a travel trailer or camper with you everywhere. The truth is, a backpack will be more than adequate, with a combined weight of 30 to 40 lbs. The physical weight can be reduced by having more knowledge.
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What's in your kit?
Fire starter and knife.  The first 2 items will be a means of starting multiple fires and a decent knife of your choice. A Ferro Rod or Magnesium Fire Starter will give you the means to light a thousand fires and a quality hunting knife with a 5 or 6 inch blade will prove invaluable.
Cordage. At least 100 feet of 550 cord (Carry two: One for cutting ground ties and making small pieces for specific uses)
4 space blankets (signaling, shelters, ground cloth, and a spare)
1 wool blanket - will keep you warm even if it is damp
1 tarp (minimum size 8 x 8), for quick shelter
1 first aid kit
1 compass (I refer to mine often)
1 notebook and pencil - help your navigation by recording any twists and turns, keep track of your adventures and thoughts, leave messages, etc.
1 complete change of clothes (from the skin out - head to toe)
1 whistle (audio signaling)
1 mirror (visual signaling and personal grooming)
1 magnifying glass (fire starting and splinter removal)
1 sewing kit (small basic needle and thread)
Personal hygene items (dental, soap, etc.)
1 reference for survival techniques
1 reference for first aid
Potable water.  Something to purify and strain water
stainless canteen 1 or 2 qt
Stainless dog dish for cooking, boiling and eating from and don’t forget a tin cup
3 large bandanas - multiple uses
1 compact fishing kit (hooks, sinkers and line)
The bulkiest items are a blanket, clothes and tarp and will probably fill most of the big compartment on a back pack. The rest is small stuff so organize it in mini kits to go in the outer pockets of your pack or on your person so you don’t have to completely empty your pack every time you want something.

This kit is meant to keep you going after your vehicle had died, at least until you can get somewhere that you feel a comfortable level of civilization.

That brings up the last item, food. This is not about loading the pick-up with coolers for a bar-b-q with potato salad and all the trimmings, it’s about keeping your energy levels up and body and spirit together.

Ration Bars are probably the lightest most compact food resource to toss in your pack, but they don’t taste all that good and aren’t all that appetizing. There is a large number of alternatives on the market depending on your finances and personal preferences. Just have enough for several days.

This is just a very basic "bug out bag".  There are a great many things that could be added or substituted as your skill set, pocket book and comfort zone require.

Spend a little time learning how to use what you carry or it just becomes dead weight. Practice what you learn in a comfortable environment. If the time comes when you need it, you don’t want to have to figure it all out on the spur of a critical moment.
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