How to Prepare
A Car emergency Kit
To Survive The Zombie Apocalypse
by Bill Flitter
Every day we seem to learn of some new natural disaster. Between hurricanes, earthquakes, floods and wildfires, you never know when you might become a victim due to no fault of your own. There’s a good chance you have some sort of emergency kit at home with bottled water, blankets, canned food and so on; but what if disaster strikes while you’re out on the road? If you’re driving back from a weekend of skiing through an unexpected snow storm and suddenly you blow a tire, how are you going to fare until help arrives? It’s always a good idea to have some sort of car emergency kit tucked away in the trunk of your car.
41 Of The Most Ideal Items For Your Car Emergency Kit
My car emergency kit was given to me as a gift many years ago. Luckily I’ve never had to use it (knock on wood). I think I’ve only opened it once or twice, and that was just to check what was in there. Jumper cables? Check. A warm blanket? Check. First aid kit with bandages and sterile wipes? Check. I seem to recall a few other items in there, like a wrench or a screwdriver.
I really do need to pop open the trunk and take inventory. After all, if your car emergency kit is out of date, how will you survive? To make sure you have the essentials, use this checklist from Stealth Angel (you can buy their car survival kits for a family of four to survive 72 hours for around $200).
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Food and Water
You should have enough food and water in your kit to provide nutrition for 72 hours. Many of these products have a 5 year shelf life.
- 9 – Food Bars (basically protein and calorie bars)
- 24 – Water Pouches
- 20 Water Purification Tablets
- 24 oz. Water Filtration Bottle
Light and Communication
These products are also useful during a home power outage or other emergency requiring you to leave your home.
- 30 Hour Emergency Candle
- 12 Hour Emergency Bright Stick
- Multi-Function Auto Guardian Flashlight
- 4-in-1 Radio Flashlight
- 5-in-1 Survival Whistle
- Box of Waterproof Matches
Shelter and Warmth
If you’re stuck in severe weather, these supplies will help provide protection.
- 4 Emergency Ponchos With Hoods
- 4 Emergency Survival Blankets
- 2 Warm Fleece Blankets
- 2 Person Tube Tent with Rope
- 4 – 16 Hour Body Warmers
If you do find yourself in a disaster situation, you’ll need tools.
- 50 feet of Paracord
- 16 Function Tool
- Safety Goggles
- Sewing Kit
- Infectious Waste Bag
- Pair Leather Palm Gloves
- Fix-a-Flat Tire Inflator
- Reflective Triangle
- Tow Rope – 10 ft.
- A resealable, waterproof storage bag
- Bungee cords
- Oil Funnel
- Car Battery Jumper Cables
- Compact Multi-Function Shovel
- Portable Cooking Stove (includes Fuel Tablets)
- 16 oz. Steel Cup
- Blue Tarp 5’ x 7’
- Roll of Duct Tape
- 4 N95 Respirator Dust Mask’s – NIOSH approved
Even a small first aid kit can help with minor injuries and ward off serious infection from spreading.
- 37 Piece First Aid Kit
Hygiene and Sanitation
Gotta maintain hygiene, especially when stranded.
- 4 Hygiene Kits
- 4 Pocket Tissue Packs
You might also want pen and paper if you need to write messages or record notes.
- Note Pad
- Golf Pencil
- Survival Playing Cards – 52 cards with a valuable survival skills on each card, which will educate you in an emergency situation as well as keep you entertained.
Over To You
It’s a ton of stuff and all of it is important if you find yourself stranded on the side of the road and no one around for miles. Do you have a car emergency kit? If so, what do you have in it? Sometimes a blanket, a few bottles of water and a small first aid kit might be enough, but you never know when you might need a bit more.