February 24, 2018

Car Kit

When making any kit a good approach is to make sure you have the five basics covered; water, food, shelter, security and energy. There might be an item that could (or should) be in another group, and I am sure I missed an item or two.  There might also be items here that don’t make sense for you. Just use this as a guide for building the kit that meets your needs.

I carry a lot of gear in my car, mostly because my car is usually where I am. I store the gear in a GHB (Get Home Bag) and in a plastic storage bin.  Some of this gear is only in the care because of the GHB and it is not necessarily just for the car kit.


  • Metal coffee can (can be used to melt snow and to heat up water with candle, could also be used as a shovel if needed. You can also store food stuffs inside as to save space.)
  • Half full water container (half full to provide room for freezing)
  • Filtered sport water bottle
  • Water purification tablets (not photographed)


  • Bouillon cubes
  • Hard candy that won’t melt
  • Power bars
  • MRE
  • Emergency bar


  • Flares
  • Ice scraper
  • Small tool kit
  • Goggles (to keep rain or wind out of your eyes)
  • Wool blanket
  • 4-way tire iron (I won’t carry any other kind, this is a must IMHO)
  • Metal Folding Shovel
  • Tarp
  • Garbage bag(‘s)
  • Emergency blanket
  • Para cord (this is hard to see, but it’s a 100ft section in between the flares and the garbage bags)
  • Fix A Flat
  • Jumper Cables
  • Map (not photographed)
  • Jack (not photographed)
  • Shemagh (not photographed)


  • Flag rag (color should stand out, if you live in the south white may be good. In Minnesnowta white isn’t a good choice, so blaze orange it is.)
  • Heavy-Duty Leather Work Gloves
  • Safety Reflective Vest
  • Fire Extinguisher
  • Emergency Hammer (there are many types, as long as it has the metal tip for breaking a window and the ability to cut through a seat belt, it should be fine. Try to find a place within reach of the driver’s seat to keep it; I keep mine in the door pocket.)
  • Glow sticks
  • Whistle (I have recently heard of this extremely loud whistle called Storm and Windstorm whistles, they claim it can be heard ½ a mile away. I’ll be getting a few of these at some point. Good for waking the kids when they over sleep haha)
  • Walking shoes (this is a must, especially for my women readers who wear fashionable shoes for work. Keep a pair of walking shoes in your car kit.)
  • First Aid kit
  • Poncho
  • 3M N95 mask (These have a respirator and will keep glasses from fogging up.)


  • Headlamp (great to keep the hands free, if you need to work under the hood or change a tire.)
  • Flashlight (I keep a shake light in my kit, no worrying if the batteries are good.
  • Candles (if you’re stranded and need to shelter in your car, a candle can heat up a small area relatively well, just make sure to crack a window now and again for fresh air.)
  • Lighter

What other items do you carry as a part of your car kit?

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