Keep an emergency survival kit in your car-truck-vehicle containing items that will help you, as in the following examples:
If you become stranded (for any reason) and have to make it on your own for a time.
If you have to evacuate, or bug-out (for any reason) and have to make it to your destination, or at least until you find a destination.
There are plenty of pre-assembled kits that are available from a variety of manufacturers and distributors, or you could assemble one yourself.
Part of the fun of assembling your own emergency kit is that it really forces you to think about the scenarios while you consider each item and it’s potential usefulness.
You can be very minimalist and simply keep a few basics in the kit, or you can spend more time and really get into being creative about what you put in it.
One challenge is that of size and weight versus practicality and risk probabilities. In our normal day-to-day lives, so long as nothing catastrophic happens (SHTF), most of us will be okay with a minimal kit containing some extra food, water, and a few other supplies.
When you begin to hypothesize about other more serious scenarios, like becoming stranded for 24-hours or longer, or setting out on foot, or bugging out to a survival location days away – not only will you need more food and water, but you will need other things… things to keep you warm, make a fire, purify water, etc.
Here are a few ideas to get you started…
FIRE lighter strike-anywhere matches in watertight container magnesium fire starter tool magnifying glass lens roadside flares votive candle
TINDER small container of cotton-balls soaked in Vaseline fire-starter stick
FIRST AID quikclot, battle dressing 4×4 sterile gauze pads 2×2 sterile gauze pads band-aids waterproof gauze tape triple antibiotic cream alcohol swabs sterile gauze wrap ace bandage
FOOD AND WATER count the calories: 6,000 calories of food per person high calorie food-bars high calorie canned food manual can opener MRE’s, etc.. small cooler for vehicle food-water storage to help stabilize temp. extremes bottled water (12 per person)
OTHER backpack – rucksack, in case you have to walk with supplies designated walking shoes – if you don’t normally wear appropriate shoes local topo map, state map, regional atlas large Ziploc bag to protect map from rain compass signal mirror whistle multi-tool knife LED flashlight, extra batteries portable water filter water cup (metal is better for boiling if necessary ) paracord – as much as you can emergency blankets -Mylar foil roll of TP in Ziploc bag hand towel, bandana small notebook (or paper) and pen in Ziploc bag hard copy of emergency numbers, addresses, hotels, etc.. zip ties – medium and large rain gear – poncho hat and gloves blanket cash and coins
don’t forget your protection: concealed carry, etc..