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What do you keep in your car?

Discussion in 'Survival/Preparedness Forum' started by Warp, Feb 20, 2012.

  1. Warp

    Warp ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ

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    Not in the GHB, for the purpose of getting home, that's covered a lot...just "basic" car emergency/preparedness items?

    I am getting semi-serious, with our newer vehicle, of equipping it with all of the likely useful stuff.

    The best list I have found is here:

    http://www.utahpreppers.com/2009/02/building-a-vehicle-emergency-kit/

    Anything major missing from this? (I'm a licensed HAM but no real money for a rig ATM, but later)


    I can't type out a complete list of what I have now, I'll have to go physically look at all of it tomorrow during the day.

    I will say that looking up a list jogged my memory for some very basic things I did not have, such as a box of spare fuses.



    EDIT

    Some things I either have in my vehicle (6k lb SUV, 4x4) or have recently ordered:

    • Basic first aid pouch
    • 3"x30' recovery strap, 30k lb rating
    • Receiver hitch that accepts a D-shackle; 2 shackles
    • Jumper cables, 20', 4 gauge, made in USA
    • Phillips/Flathead screwdriver; two different pliers; fixed blade knife
    • Duct Tape, some para-cord
    • Zebralight headlamp, 4D MagLED (I EDC multiple flashlights also and usually have a Thrunite TN11 in the console)
    • Spare fuse box/kit
    • Hose repair kit
    • Drop cloth
    • Work Gloves
    • 6-7 gallons of water
    • One container anti-freeze
    • Road flares, reflective safety vest
    • Small "auto" fire extinguisher
    • Full size spare tire (OEM); 1 can fix-a-flat
    • Poncho/often a jacket or breathable waterproof rain jacket
    • Full change of clothes, season appropriate
    • Decent broken in pair of boots
    • Old/spare pair of eyeglasses
    • Small portable battery powered and solar rechargeable AM/FM radio
     
    Last edited: Feb 21, 2012
  2. Not much.

    My 4X4 pick-up (Ford Ranger) is equipped with a seat belt cutter and knife at hand with a bag containing a Leatherman, tow strap, poncho, flashlight, glow sticks, hatchet, prybar and reflective safety vest. I consider it to be more if a roadside kit than anything else. I guess you could throw the J-frame and speed loader in the glove box into the mix if you'd like.
     


  3. Dalton Wayne

    Dalton Wayne Epic mustache Millennium Member

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  4. Javelin

    Javelin Got Glock? Silver Member

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    You must own a Dodge?
     
  5. scand

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    Half empty cans of Grizzly, 1 quart of oil, and 2 packs of Orbits peppermint. Bring on the Apocalypse!!
     
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  6. Warp

    Warp ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ

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    Some things I either have in my vehicle (6k lb SUV, 4x4) or have recently ordered:

    • Basic first aid pouch
    • 3"x30' recovery strap, 30k lb rating
    • Receiver hitch that accepts a D-shackle; 2 shackles
    • Jumper cables, 20', 4 gauge, made in USA
    • Phillips/Flathead screwdriver; two different pliers; fixed blade knife
    • Duct Tape, some para-cord
    • Zebralight headlamp, 4D MagLED (I EDC multiple flashlights also and usually have a Thrunite TN11 in the console)
    • Spare fuse box/kit
    • Hose repair kit
    • Drop cloth
    • Work Gloves
    • 6-7 gallons of water
    • One container anti-freeze
    • Road flares, reflective safety vest
    • Small "auto" fire extinguisher
    • Full size spare tire (OEM); 1 can fix-a-flat
    • Poncho/often a jacket or breathable waterproof rain jacket
    • Full change of clothes, season appropriate
    • Decent broken in pair of boots
    • Old/spare pair of eyeglasses
    • Small portable battery powered and solar rechargeable AM/FM radio

    As I think about it I need to add a quart of oil, a funnel, a spare serpentine belt, some shop rags and whatever tool is needed for the belt's tensioner pulley. *And safety glasses

    I am probably forgetting a few things as I made this list without looking in the vehicle.

    We travel 700+ miles one way 2-3x per year, BTW. Often it's more like 1k miles one way.

    Good call.
     
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  7. quake

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    Fair number of tools, but they're carried for work purposes, not just emergencies; so not fully "prep" gear, at least not solely. Most anything electrical-work related, plus basic wrenches & such, smallish prybar, phone system "butt-set", etc. Cordless power tools including drill, sawzall, rotozip & even cordless vacuum (gotta keep customers' homes nice). A vehicle-intended fire extinguisher rides near the tool box as well. Do carry safety glasses in back; for that matter, the sunglasses on the visor are actually safety glasses - wileyx 'bricks' iirc.

    Up front in the cabin (glove box, console, etc) is normal stuff. Flashlight, multitool, pistol, etc. Keep a case of bottled water in the center of the back seat, where I can reach back & grab one as desired.

    Other, mostely emergency-specific stuff rides in a rubbermaid-type tote in the rear by the tool box. Includes tow strap, power inverter, jumper cables, and insulated coveralls (the cold half of the year).

    Other, GHB stuff is in another, larger tote and carries much as others have listed for ghb stuff. Clothes, gloves, boots, water purifier, get-home food, etc.

    {eidt - almost forgot, an M1 carbine in a heat-sealed bag (inside a soft case) rides in a semi-hidden spot in the vehicle as well; along with spare rounds for it and the handguns.}
     
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  8. kirgi08

    kirgi08 Watcher. Silver Member

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    Kitchen sink.The variables are vetted by season.'08.
     
  9. wrenrj1

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    Just a side note, check your new vehicles jack and tire changing tools, and even try them out. Factory jacks and tools tend to be crap, or at least our Hondas' are. I bought aftermarket jacks/breaker bar and sockets. No time to find out how good/bad they are until you need them.

    Otherwise, I carry a duffle bag full of all kinds of stuff and more if I'm traveling out of town. Probably the most important to me is above as well as a charger pack, First Aid kit, and plenty of flashlights and warning gear if my vehicle becomes disabled.
     
  10. Cream Soda Kid

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    I carry some of the stuff listed here. I also have a yellow vest with reflective stripes on it like the guys doing road work wear.

    You never know when your car might break down and you have to walk along a dark road or street. One of those vests comes in might handy when the street lights are far and few between.
     
  11. smokeross

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    Warm clothes, boots, jug of water, tools, jumper cables, stocking hats, granola bars, flashlights, fire starting stuff, mace, gun, ammo, billy club, etc. Now the F250 is another story. It is full behind the seat, and has an across the bed tool box crammed full.
     
  12. Kieller

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    Good list so far. I have to say about the only thing have in my truck that you don't have on your list is rachet straps. I love those things and I have a heavy duty version that is capable of over 1ton. Granted this might be more of a truck item but some type of tie down would be nice. (I consider the recovery strap different than a tie down)
     
  13. John Rambo

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    Seems to me you're forgettign about a "Man Pack"

    Cologne
    Deoderant
    Toothbrush and Toothpaste
    Clean underwear and socks
    Pair of Jeans and a T-Shirt
    Condoms
    Visene
    A comb or brush

    These should be in your car. If they aren't, you have a problem.
     
  14. quake

    quake Millennium Member

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    I do have underwear, socks & clothes. Good items to point out; not sure if they were mentioned earlier. :cool:

    I care not if I reek or am unkempt in an emergency situation, at least as long as we're talking just a few days. I do have those things at my workplace & both of the places I spend nights.

    Visene wouldn't hurt, but I don't have any at home either, and haven't used any in decades afaik. I do have bottled water and a water purifier in the truck if need be. Along those lines (eyes), I do carry clear safety glasses and dark safety glasses in the truck, which help keep out wind, dust, cold, etc.

    Don't need them for field-expedient water carrying; which is the only "second" use I know of for them. (I've got bottled water in the truck cabin, and a nalgene bottle & three other 750ml bottles in my ghb gear in the back.) As far as their "first use", I'm a monogamous married man whose wife can't have kids anymore; so no need there either.
     
  15. AK_Stick

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    I keep my go bag in the passenger compartment incase I need to work on someone (crash/gunshot etc) and need it right now.

    In the trunk I've got a sleeping bag, my jet boil, 3-4 cans of soup, an extra can of fuel. My blow torch, spare tire and tools, box of 50 rounds of ammo, my CLS kit, good boots, gloves, and my carhart cold weather gear.
     
  16. Warp

    Warp ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ

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    I have (and listed) a complete change of clothes. That includes underwear, socks, pants, t-shirt, hooded sweatshirt and a warm/heavy vest as well as a very light wicking type long sleeve white T-shirt that is excellent for keeping the sun off during the summer. I think I'll put my old belt in there, too, now that I think about it.

    No need for condoms, my hair is far too short to comb or brush, I don't do cologne, but I should have deodorant. It gets nasty with time in the summer heat though, is the only problem.
     
    Last edited: Feb 20, 2012
  17. Haldor

    Haldor Retired EE

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    Christ it's getting embarrassing:

    • Emergency Tool Kit
    • 3 Day Pack
    • Sleeping Bag
    • Alcohol Stove and cook set
    • 3600 calorie Datex Food Bar
    • 1 gallon water
    • Water Filter and spare water bottles
    • Canned Ham
    • Ramen Noodles
    • Tube Tent
    • Tarp
    • Savage 24C Over/Under 22 LR, 20 Gauge
    • 22 LR, 20 Gauge Slugs, #4 Buck, #6 High Brass Birdshot, spare 9mm (for EDC pistol)
    • Jumper cables
    • Triangle Reflectors
    • Headworn LED flashlight with spare batteries
    • CB Walkie Talkie
    • Comprehensive 1st Responder First Aid Kit (contents would fill an entire post).
    • Wool Blanket
    • Frog Toggs Rain Suit
    • Nomex Gloves
    • Winter Gloves
    • Windbreaker
    • Watch Cap
    • several Bic Lighters, box of matches
    • Cold Steel Bushman Knife
    • 4' Shovel handle (fits Bushman)
    • Entrenching tool
    • Steel Toed Boots
    • Caution Tape
    • Nomex jump suit
    • Hard Hat, eye protection
    • Binoculars
    • Plus a lot more stuff that I can't remember at the moment

    It is getting harder to fit groceries in the back of my SUV.
     
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  18. Glocker1984

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    Well.....My GHB (Bag of Evil) is with me 24/7. Though here are somethings I keep in my truck as well:

    - More food. (Jerky, MRE's, PowerBar's, etc.)
    - Couple gallons of Water.
    - 100ft. Rope
    - Few tools (Ratchets, Sockets, Screwdrivers, etc.)
    - Sleeping bag
    - Flashlight w/ Spare Batteries
    - Quart of Oil and some Antifreeze

    Basically......Just the Basics.
     
  19. RED64CJ5

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    I think you need to re-prioritize and spend $150 on a brand new 2m mobile radio and antenna. You need a rig in the car. I'm biased. :)