vehicle survival kit

Above, All State shares with you their top list of things to pack in your car
to survive a winter emergency. They left out some important things, like
food, but we'll start with their list.

All State suggest you pack these helpful items:
  1. First aid kit
  2. Medications
  3. Emergency reflectors
  4. Flashlight
  5. Batteries
  6. Jumper cables
  7. Window scraper
  8. Snow brush
  9. Survival blanket
  10. Tow straps
  11. Hat
  12. Gloves
  13. Jacket
  14. Shovel
  15. Kitty Litter

The prepper's list is more extensive. Read more on how to build a
car kit for survival...

How to Build a Car Kit for Survival
Don't take a road trip without stocking your car with essential
survival items.

Being prepared is about having the essentials on hand to avoid a
breakdown. Here is a list of the top things to consider so you
won't have to deal with roadside emergencies caused by a
breakdown:

  1. Airfilter - Be sure to check your car's air filter ever 12,000
    miles. A clean air filter helps keep damaging particles from
    entering your engine and causing increased engine wear.
  2. cardboard or cat litter - for icy and snow conditions to get
    traction
  3. car manual
  4. flare and reflective triangle
  5. first aid kit
  6. flashlight or a headlamp
  7. fluids - Oil change, transmission fluid, and radiator coolant.
  8. ice scraper
  9. jumper cables
  10. paper towels or sham  to clean windshield visibility
  11. proof of insurance
  12. registration - yeah, you only need this one for the authorities
  13. spare tire
  14. shovel*
  15. tire jack
  16. tire pressure gauge
  17. tire chains
  18. WD-40
  19. wiper blades (replace them every winter)

  • Air pressure. Maintaining proper air pressure will help keep
    your tires in top shape. A good tire gauge can help you keep
    track of the air pressure. Keeping the air pressure on your
    vehicle is free at the service station, but there are also
    While you're at it, check the spare.

  • Coolant: If you don't take proper care of your vehicle's
    factory installed coolant, you'll spend almost $2000 on fixing
    it with a new radiator, heater core and water pump. Worse
    yet, you void the extended warranty by not regularly
    maintaining your vehicles coolant system. Ensure fluids are
    always between the maximum and the minimum line.

  • Oil and Oil filter.  It almost goes without saying to keep
    clean oil lubricating your vehicle, but an often overlooked
    component of car care is the oil filter. The oil filter provides
    the necessary layer between debris and critical parts of your
    car. Don't wait for your oil filter to disintegrate and cost you
    hundreds in repair bills.

  • Spark plugs. A spark plug doesn't cost much, but if you don't
    maintain them for your vehicles, you'll spend around $500 in
    ignition-related repairs. Prevent misfires, which damage
    spark plug wires, along with the ignition coils by taking
    necessary maintenance precautions.

  • Timing Belt (Luxury item). One sure fire way to get yourself
    stranded is to have a broken timing belt. It's never
    convenient, but as Murphy's law will have, it will probably
    happen when the temperatures are dangerously high, or
    when you're escaping a storm. More about timing belts
    versus chains... On replacing timing belts you must take care
    to ensure that the valve and piston movements synchronize
    correctly. Get the parts you need on Amazon.

  • Transmission fluid. The cost of rebuilding a transmission is
    a few thousand dollars, but far more expensive to the
    prepper is being stuck when the transmission goes out and
    there's no way to get a repair.

Tow Strap.
Get yourself unstuck with a tow strap! The Neiko tow strap,
pictured left in yellow can help you tow 10,000 lbs, which is more
than strong enough to extract any vehicl from a ditch or rough
spot. With two safety hooks on both ends, this tow strap allows
for easy and fast hook ups and releases.

Gas Siphon.
Worry not that a gas siphon is an item for petty criminals. A
siphon pump is a good idea to carry with you on your travels in
good times and in bad. Good Samaritans exist and will allow you
to pump a bit of their gas into your car should you need it. You
can worry later about the unethical dilemmas you may face in
uncertain times when gas is hard to secure (and you have a
means to secure some). Carry also a gas can! It is otherwise
unwise and unsafe to carry gasoline in an open container.

Gas Siphon.
Safety experts caution against the unsafe practice of siphoning
petroleum by mouth, warning specifically, that it can result in loss
of life. Beckson's answer is the patented Siphon-Mate® pump; a
combination displacement lift pump and siphon pump with valves
suitable for transferring fuel. Pictured left, the Beckson Transfer
Pump for fuel Pump half strokes to start flow. Once flow begins,
fully extending the handle will allow siphoning provided that the
source is higher in elevation than the receptacle.

  • Multi-Use Pump Siphon.  Liquid transfer of gasoline, water
    or air with the multi-use Siphon Inflation Pump with Hose,
    pictured right. Ideal for transferring gas from the truck's tank
    or other large containers into engine tanks while in the field.
    Dual-action pump. The intake tube is placed at the bottom of
    the liquid to be moved and the outgoing tube is fed into the
    receptacle receiving the liquid. Pump the handle a couple
    times to prime the pump and then pull the handle fully out.
    To stop the flow at any time, simply depress the handle.  U.
    S. made, it also helps inflate toys!

Gas Can.
The No-Spill 1450 5-Gallon Poly Gas Can, pictured right is CARB
and EPA Compliant. Most spills happen when tipping a normal can
to get the spout into the tank opening before the liquid comes
out, or removing the spout from the target vessel before
overflowing. The No-Spill spout is fully in your control, so you tip
the can vertical, insert the spout into the vessel opening, then
press the button to begin and control pouring. To stop pouring
just release the button. It practically eliminates spills and
overflows!

Car repair kit.
A car repair kit is an essential. Look for one that contains bit
driver, slip joint plier, drive ratchet handle, driver extension bar,
drive spark plug socket, adapter,  cable ties, SAE Hex keys, drive
sockets, and bits.

Road Assistance Kit.
Having the tools to get you back on the road takes only the
foresight of buying a kit. The compact 70-piece road assistance
kit by AAA, top center of page, includes:
  • 1 heavy duty booster jumper cable
  • 1 hand-charged dual LED flashlight
  • 1 pair of dimpled work gloves
  • 1 emergency poncho
  • 1 emergency whistle
  • 1 flat head screwdriver
  • 1 Phillips head screwdriver
  • 1 roll of duct tape
  • 1 utility knife
  • 1 bungee cord
  • 2 shop cloths
  • 10 cable ties, and
  • 45 piece first-aid kit

Happy endings...
The road less travelled is never as interesting. Pack your vehicles
and enjoy when the rubber meets the road. You can handle
anything that comes your way, because you're a prepper!

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Vehicle Prepping
Prepping your car or truck for crisis

How to build a car kit for survival:
The first rule of vehicle prepping is to always ensure your car has
at least a half tank of gas. You don't want to be stuck in gas
lines when you are in a danger zone! The next rule is to pack
water for everyone in the car. Bring fresh water with you (and
don't leave it in a hot car).

Keeping your vehicles properly stocked, with key survival tools ~
especially in Winter, can help you survive if you get stuck or
stranded. Prepare your car like a prepper, but first watch the
video below prepared by insurance experts.