I used an old backpack that I had left over from the military and put all of these items inside for safe keeping. You can get a used Alice Pack for less than $50 and it will last for a decade plus.
#1 Car Survival Bag item
If something is going to leave you stranded on the side of the road it is the battery in your car. Try keeping your car warm in cold temps and you will want to run the car with the heat on. Fall asleep and the car runs out of gas and the battery drains. Been there done that. Have an extra pair of Jumper cables (aka booster cables).
Multi-Tool. This should be a top item no matter what your doing. Always have a knife and multi-tool nearby. If you don’t have a multi-tool then throw in a pair of pliers, screwdriver and pocket knife as a backup.
You will always want to have a map of the area that your traveling in. Don’t rely on your phone or GPS as you may get caught stranded in the mountains or in a bad satellite area. Always have local maps as a backup.
#4. This goes without saying but have at least a small first-aid kit in your bag. A few bandaids, iodine, alcohol swaps and adhesive tape can go a long way towards patching up a scratch or a cut.
#5 Car Survival Bag List
If your going to get stranded or have a problem it seems to always be at night. Make sure you have a good flashlight with some extra batteries. We like the MagLite 3-D Cell LED Flashlight as it always performs when we need it.
7.) Duct tape (because you can fix a lot of things with Duct tape)
8.) Rain coat (the folded $1 type)
# 9 Emergency blanket
This blanket works wonders if your trying to stay warm in your car overnight. Simply put the Emergency Mylar Thermal blanket down with reflective surface towards you. This will help keep you warm through the night.
10.) Folding shovel (entrenching tool)
11.) Fuses for fuse box
12.) Water bottles
13.) Protein bars or M.R.E. (meal-ready-to-eat)
14.) Reflective tape or reflective triangles (flares are hard to find)
15.) Your cell phone
16.) Lighter or water proof matches, or flint rod.
18.) 550 cord (named after its tensile strength) or para cord. Google the number of uses for this stuff, you’ll be amazed.
Add in a pair of boots that you leave in the trunk or back seat. This is especially key as many motorist were leaving work in Atlanta and wearing dress shoes. They ended up being stranded in ice and 3 inches of snows. One of my friends had an extra pair of boots in his trunk and put those on and hiked to a warm place.
I always like to carry a 9mm pistol with extra rounds where ever I go.
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