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50 Things To Put In Your Vehicle Survival Kit

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Disasters usually occur with little or no warning. Though the focus of this site is on “bugging in,” it’s still wise to have a vehicle survival kit or a bug out bag in case you’re stranded on the way home or forced to evacuate the area.

Survival Kits Online makes a good Deluxe 2 Person Kit for $99 and a 4 Person Survival Kit for $199. However, they don’t include everything you need to keep your car running.

I recommend purchasing a sturdy backpack, gathering the items in the list below and keeping them in your trunk. Make adjustments based on your personal needs. Much of the equipment will depend on what type of vehicle you own. You should also learn to change a tire, change the oil, jump start a car, and replace fluids, belts and hoses.

Fire, Heat and Light


  • Blankets – Heatsheets are affordable and very convenient.
  • Change of clothes
  • Coats – When it’s only a little cold outside, you can use these instead of the vehicle’s heater and save fuel.
  • Gloves
  • Ponchos
  • Sleeping Bags – In case you can’t reach your destination before nightfall.
  • Socks – Much more important than you might think.
  • Spare Shoes/Boots
  • Tube Tent – Only eight bucks.
  • Umbrellas


Vehicle Equipment
(How much of this you decide to get might depend on the condition of your vehicle.)

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  • Antifreeze/Coolant
  • Brake Fluid
  • Extra Belts
  • Fix-A-Flat
  • Flares
  • Fuses
  • Hoses
  • Ice Scraper
  • Jack
  • Jumper Cables
  • Lug Wrench
  • Magic Tank (in case you run out of gas)
  • Oil
  • Ratchet Set
  • Replacement Bulbs
  • Screwdrivers
  • Spare Tire
  • Transmission Fluid
  • Windshield Washer Fluid

One final note of warning: Don’t let your gas tank get below half full. If the disaster is major enough or there are mass evacuations, gas stations will probably be closed. Also, make sure to change your oil every 3 months or 3000 miles (although as one commenter pointed out, you should check your owner’s manual to see if your car is different).

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  • usefull

    A partial roll of toilet paper squished flat, removing as much air as possible, in a sealing sandwich bag.

  • Anonymous

    Cash. If the power goes out you won’t be able to use your credit/debit card to purchase gas or other necessities.

  • Dick Weed

    NEVER carry extra gasoline! It’s an extreme explosion hazard, plus it deteriorates the longer you keep it.

    #2 – Don’t automatically change your oil every 3,000 miles. Check your owner’s manual; you might be surprised at what the manufacturer recommends.

  • Cathy

    Ladies MUST have a standing urination device, like a http://www.go-girl.com/ or http://whizzy4you.com/ … or even a “travel john” would be helpful for guys, like http://www.amazon.com/TravelJohn-Jr-Disposable-Urinal-Bags-pack/dp/B000NVBYEM

  • John McKay

    Knife and gun are also nice to be able to access.

  • American Patriot III%

    A seat belt cuter an class braker

  • Jahaira Prepper Davila

    Definitely need to have a LifeStraw just in case you’re not able to carry as much water as you should.

  • Mike Kruger

    Ah, yes! 111% American patriot! You know how the rest of the world can tell? By your utterly ridiculous, imbecilic grammar and spelling. Untrained chimps in labs have been able to actually spell “glass”, “cutter”, and “breaker”. Seriously, when TSHTF, uneducated, moronic trailer-dwellers like you will be the first to go, mainly because your kind of stupid shouldn’t breed.

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  • Michael Derk

    Dry gas.. used up north.. it mixes with any water in your tank and will keep your gas lines from freezing