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What Items Should Be in My Car Emergency Survival Kit?

What Items Should Be in My Car Emergency Survival Kit?

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A “Get Me Home” kit is a survival kit everyone should always have in their car. These are the items that will get you home when SHTF.  Even if you are simply planning a short drive across town, it is wise to have your survival kit with you in case of an accident or emergency.  Even if you don’t need to use it, someone else on the road may need it.

Picking Gear

It can be easy to make your own survival kit at home or simply purchase one that is available on the market.  Sometimes, it is necessary to add a couple of items to your survival kit even if the kit has been purchased from the store.  Match the kit to suit your individual needs and location. 

Be Familiar With The Items

Don't just buy a survival kit and toss it in the trunk of the car.  Take a few moments to look over the items in the survival kit. The items in the kit are useless unless you properly know how to use them.  Become familiar with the items before you need them.  An item that you can't use effectively is not going to prolong your life in an emergency.

Must-have Items

Always have a flashlight and batteries in the survival kit.  An extra outfit is a good idea to keep on hand.  Waterproof matches and candles are also an excellent idea.  Keep a small can in your survival kit to use for melting snow.  This will provide you drinking water. Road flares, jumper cables, and a small shovel are valuable tools to use.  Keep a small stash of tools handy, such as a hammer, screwdriver, and adjustable wrench.

A pocket knife or survival knife can be one of the most versatile items to keep with you at all times in your pocket.  Again, learn to use all of the features in this particular tool.  

Keep a small supply of dried foods, energy bars, and bottled water in the vehicle.  These will provide valuable nourishment to prolong survival until you can get the help you need.                                                               

Traveling in cold weather can be extremely dangerous.  Always keep an extra blanket in the car with you at all times.  Spare hats and gloves can help keep you warm and dry in an emergency.  A bag of kitty litter can be helpful during the snowy months. This item can help you to get the traction you need on the snow and ice.  

Consider keeping a crank-style cell phone charger in your car emergency survival kit.  This item may make it possible to charge your cell phone and call for help in the event of an emergency.


No one ever wants to use a car emergency survival kit, but it can save your life.  Check your kit often to make sure all items are in place. Replace any items that have been used or removed.  Consider practicing a mock emergency to refresh your memory on how to use some of the items in the kit. Taking the time to adequately prepare for an emergency can help you to survive in a serious situation.  

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