Assembling an Emergency Survival Kit for Your Car

An emergency survival kit is designed to help you survive for a short period of time in the event of a disaster or other unforeseen circumstance. The kit should contain only the basics that will ensure that you can survive until outside help can reach you. Many people install these kits in their homes, but it's also a good idea to place a kit in your car as well. This will become very helpful if you're ever stranded with your car or in your vehicle during a natural disaster or other event. Read on for a brief guide to setting up an emergency survival kit in your car.

Tools and Materials Needed:

  • Basic car repair tools (jumper cables, spare tire and tire changing equipment, ice scraper, etc.)
  • Canned food and can opener
  • Bottled water sufficient for 3 days
  • Change of clothing
  • Blanket
  • Small first aid kit
  • Flares
  • Small propane stove
  • Resealable box

Step 1 - Gather Basic Car Repair Tools

It's essential that you always be prepared for a car breakdown or for difficulties with your vehicle. This is especially important if you live in an area or frequently drive through areas that are dangerous or extremely isolated. However, repairing a broken vehicle quickly can be crucial in the event of a natural disaster or other emergency, regardless of where you live. You should keep a spare tire and the tools required to change it, as well as car jumper cables, in your vehicle at all times. An ice scraper is helpful if you live in an area where snow storms are frequent. Tire chains can also be very helpful.

Step 2 - Assemble Basic Necessities for 3 Days

Three days is generally the longest period of time that you should expect to wait before outside emergency assistant services can reach you in the event of a disaster. Ensure that you have canned food and a can opener so that you can eat during that time. Bottled water (about 1 gallon per person per day) is also a necessity. A propane stove is helpful at both preparing food and keeping you warm. A single change of clothes for each person will be helpful, as will a blanket or two.

Step 3 - Put Together a First Aid Kit

Put together a first aid kit to help in the event that someone becomes injured and you don't have access to a medical facility or treatment. The kit should be small and should contain bandages of various sizes, medical tape, any medicines that you or another family member take, antiseptic solution, antibiotic cream, small scissors, and any other items that you think may be helpful based on your own medical conditions.

Step 4 - Assemble the Kit

Place all of the items together into the resealable box and close it. Ensure that the box will be sufficient for keeping the items inside it clean and dry. Bring along flares for your survival kit as well, so that you can alert people to your predicament.