We’re constantly on the move, especially in our vehicles.

Chances are high that when disaster strikes, you won’t be sitting in your bug out spot miles away from the danger. Most likely, you’ll be somewhere outdoors or inside your vehicle.

For this reason, one of the first things to prepare that has the potential to save you some pain and even your life is a vehicle survival kit.

Today I’ll share with you the essential items that should go inside a 72-hour survival kit fit for your car.

Keep in mind that if you have to exit your vehicle and travel by foot, your kit should be lightweight and not impair your movement.

The items in your kit should tend to your basic survival needs (first aid, shelter, water, and food supplies) and have as many functions as possible to help you with whatever may arise.

The first thing to start with is what you should put everything in. It should be a heavy-duty large backpack with a lot of pockets for easy organization.

Then you can start adding the following items:


– food supplies for 3 days (seeds, dried meat, and fruits, canned goods)

– immunity-boosting supplements (honey, pollen)

– water supplies for 3 days (add some tea and coffee as well)

2.Shelter & Insulation

– emergency shelter 

– bivvy sack

– blanket(s)

– two/three pairs of socks

– jacket

– waterproof boots

– rain poncho

3.Utility Items

– water purification tablets

– antibiotics and other flu effective drugs (aspirin, paracetamol)

– flashlight

– additional AA/AAA batteries

– knife or multi-purpose tool

– paracord

– collapsible shovel

– lighter

– waterproof matches

– work gloves

– signaling devices (glow sticks, flare, mirror, whistle)

– toiletries (toilet paper, soap, shampoo, etc)

– survival 101 manual

– maps (topographic map if possible)

– other navigation devices (compass, GPS)

– two-way radio

4.Car items

– tire chains (make sure to have ones appropriate for your wheels)

– air compressor 

– fix-a-flat

– extra tire

– extra gasoline (it’s wise to stock 5-10 extra gallons)

These items should provide you with enough utility and supplies to mitigate the risks and survive for at least 72 hours if you are ever caught off guard by some form of disaster.

You’ll also have to consider your family and pet(s). If they’ll be on the move with you, then you’ll need to fit in additional items tailored for their specific needs.

If you don’t want to create the 72-hour emergency kit from scratch, you can consider buying one that already has most of the essentials mentioned above. There are a few amazing kits on the market.

Before a SHTF scenario unfolds, it’s wise to check on your emergency kit every now and then to see if everything’s in place.

Your tools will last a lifetime, but you should verify the expiration date of the medicine and other consumables you have with you. The same applies if you’re carrying dog/cat food for your pet.

If you’ve kept your kit inside your vehicle the entire winter, it’s a good idea to check if the batteries are still charged or require replacement. 

And the same applies to your lighter fuel. Consider storing gas for your Zippo lighter.

If you own more than one vehicle, you should assemble an emergency kit for each of them to ensure your peace of mind.

After all, misfortune could be lurking on any street corner. Be it a flat tire in the middle of nowhere, an accident, health issue or even a large-scale disaster, you’ll want to always be prepared.

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