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300+ Ultimate Car Emergency Kit Items [Bonus PDF Checklist]

PRO TIP #1:

Using a key holder is a great way to hide your key under your vehicle. Having this spare key is handy in case you lose your key. It also makes it possible for any member of your family or team to recover the vehicle if necessary.

PRO TIP #2:

To know how much fuel you’ll need in your car emergency kit, calculate a 400-mile range with full tank plus on board gas containers x Miles Per Gallon (MPG) based on city driving.

PRO TIP #3:

If your auto manual suggests a coolant mix, consider pre-mixing a 50/50 coolant/distilled water and store it in containers.

PRO TIP #4:

You should familiarize yourself with your vehicle’s operation before the need to bug out. Learn how to make basic repairs and practice changing the tires (video). This way, when you are on the road, you will be more prepared if something goes wrong.

PRO TIP #5:

Use a sealed pouch to contain items such as oil, coolant, batteries, and other items that might leak.

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Having an automatic drive vehicle might allow you to drive with an injured limb. This could mean the difference between getting caught in a bad situation or escaping with your life.

PRO TIP #1:

You will need a minimum of 1,200 calories per person per day for seven days. This will be enough calories to keep each person in your group strong and healthy while traveling.

PRO TIP #2:

Make sure you know and record the expiry date of all food bars. Since they will be stored in the car, they must be able to endure heat of up to 150 degrees.

PRO TIP #1:

You’ll need a minimum of ½ gallon of water per person per day for seven days. This will ensure everyone has enough water to stay adequately hydrated.

PRO TIP #2:

Make sure you record the expiry date for all water purifying tablets and any other water purifying agents you plan to use. You don’t want to risk your health by using an expired purifier.

PRO TIP

Pack each personal toiletries kit in its own container or bag and label it with the person’s name. These kits can then be packed in a tote to store in the vehicle or packed in the person’s backpack.

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All of the above pack nicely in a Mylar Bag-5 Gal and can be sealed in a 5 gal bucket.

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You can purchase a totally empty kit and build your medical kit from scratch. This is a good way to completely customize your medical kit.

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If you are looking for an easier way to approach creating a complete medical kit, you can easily start with a pre-filled kit. This will have many of the basic items you need. Then you can fill it out with all the other items you need, which includes the items listed below.

PRO TIP

Knowledge is as much a part of your car emergency kit as physical items. So, this is a reminder to ensure you have your first aid and CPR certification up-to-date. It is also wise to get advanced first aid training so you are able to handle more serious medical situations when medical help is not available.

PRO TIP #1:

Having a reliable map in your car emergency kit is critical. This is particularly the case if you have to choose an alternate route. The best choice is a good 4 Military/USGS Map.

PRO TIP #2:

Paracord has so many uses. In the case of communications, it can be used to secure the Slim Jim antenna high in a tree so you can talk for up to 50 to 100 miles. (Training Video)

PRO TIP #1:

Make sure your military entrenching shovel is well sharpened. Aside from digging, it also makes a great tool for cutting through ice and can be used in self-defense.

PRO TIP #2:

A folding saw is compact so it doesn’t take up a lot of space in your car emergency kit. Yet it is a must-have when it comes to clearing brush.

PRO TIP #3:

A pry bar is a great multi-use tool to have on hand. With it you can pry things open, use it as a hammer, and use it to gain leverage when lifting something heavy. It can also be used as a weapon if needed.

PRO TIP

Having a folding bike in your car emergency kit is important in case your vehicle breaks down or is otherwise compromised. A bike will give you another form of transportation than simply having to walk. If you can, have a folding bike for each member of your group.

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Please ensure that you are fully trained to use the mode of self-defense you have chosen. This means having your firearms license and regular practice to maintain your skills. It also means understanding how to properly use pepper spray and all self-defense tools.

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Cash is an important item in your car emergency kit. Your cash should be hidden in your vehicle for when ATM’s/CC machines go down.

PRO TIP

Use Vehicle Velcro, to temporarily attach chargers or other equipment to your vehicle.

Faq

How am I supposed to fit all this stuff in my car?

Keep in mind that you don’t have to pack every item featured in our list. Your commute, travel habits, and the climate you live in should influence what you pack in your car. You can also save space by rotating items seasonally. For example, you don’t have to pack stuff for snowy weather during the warmer parts of the year.

What are the most common emergencies I need to plan for?

Evacuating due to a natural disaster or industrial accident are two things to consider. Break downs and other accidents are also very common. Having emergency items in your car will allow you to get to safety faster and you and your family will be more comfortable if you have adequate supplies.

If you live in an area where wildfires are increasingly common, it is very important to be ready to get out of the area as quickly as possible.

How long should I plan to live out of what I have in my car?

Ideally you should have enough supplies for at least 72 hours with a week being a lot better if you live in areas where natural disasters and large weather events are common.

MEET Roman Zrazhevskiy

Roman is a notable figure in the sphere of emergency preparedness and has been featured in various news broadcasts, publications, and documentaries to weigh in on the subject. He has made multiple appearances on HBO, BBC, CBS, and other media outlets to provide insight on the critical importance of readiness under all circumstances. When he is not hard at work being the CEO of Ready To Go Survival and MIRA Safety, he enjoys riding his motorcycle, shooting, handball, and scaring his neighbors by taking out the trash in full MOPP gear.

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