Have you ever thought of packing a coffee can survival kit for your car? Cars have become an integral part of life. We use them to go to work, bring the kids to school, and for just about any transportation need that we may have. And if we stay in our cars for long hours every single day, there is really a good chance we will get caught driving or in the car when an emergency survival or an SHTF situation occurs. So it only makes sense that our car should be just as prepared with survival gear as our home. With that said, here’s how to make a car survival kit with a coffee can!
Coffee Can Survival Kit | Don’t Travel Without It
Emergency preparedness in transit spells the difference between surviving the unthinkable and becoming part of a tragic statistic. You should have an emergency kit as well as the basic tools and gear that come with the car. It would also be a good idea to have some potable drinking water and non-perishable food. A wool blanket will be very useful for winter survival. Also, a portable ham radio in your emergency survival kit will make a great addition to your cell phone. Below is a short list of survival gear you should consider for your coffee can survival kit.
When caught up in an emergency situation, having the right tools will increase your chances of survival. Tools with multiple functionalities will make it a lot easier and faster to do the things you need to survive.
- Pocket Knife
In an outdoor survival situation, a fire will always be of great use to continue an important task. Whether you’re preparing your shelter in the dark, cooking food, purifying water or keeping you warm, these tasks are impossible to achieve without the use of fire.
- Strike Anywhere Matches or Lighter
- Ferrocerium Rod
- Tinder or Fire Starter (Vaseline cotton balls)
- Candles (wrapped in aluminum foil)
One of the essential things we can’t live without is water, most especially in a survival situation. It prevents our body from dehydration and other health complications that it brings. That’s reason enough to have a water bottle with potable water for drinking, cleaning, and whatnot.
- Water Filter
- Iodine Tablets
- Water Bags
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Even though you can live for several weeks with nothing to eat, you still need a sufficient amount of food to stay well. Emergency food, like survival protein bars, will give you the energy to do what is needed in an emergency. Be sure to have ample food supply in your food storage. And periodically check it’s shelf life for expiration. You wouldn’t want to end up in a worse situation.
- Protein or energy bars
- Some dried fruits
- Packets of instant soup
- Other small food items
First Aid Kit
From simple cuts and bruises to more serious injuries, having a first aid kit helps reduce the severity of the wound and pain. Including first aid items in your coffee can survival kit and gear is not an option, it is a must.
- Steril pads
- Steril gauze
- Antibiotic ointment
- Medical tape
- Aspirin and painkillers
- Personal medicine
Accidents can happen and it can strike anywhere, anytime. But your preparation can be your passage to survival. Here are some additional items you might want to include in your coffee can survival kit. Remember, it is always better to be safe than sorry.
- LED Flashlight
- Nylon Rope or paracord
- Poncho (bright colors to attract attention)
- Duct tape
- Extra batteries
- Signal mirror
- Mylar emergency blankets
- Paper and pencil
- Toilet paper
- Garbage bag
- Plastic spoon
- Small film canister fishing kit (fishing lines, hooks, dry flies, a few lead weights)
- Money (a couple of nickels, dimes, quarters and $20 bills)
Other than a coffee can survival kit your car also needs to be ready when caught in an SHTF situation. Watch this video from Survival Lilly and find out how to turn your car into a bug out vehicle!
What’s so great about a car is that there is always enough space for a little survival kit. You can safely put a coffee can in more than one slot or cubbyhole in a car’s interior. You can put it in the glove compartment, under the seat and even in the trunk. There is no excuse for any prepper not to keep one stored safely in their car. It is also worth noting that you can put whatever you need in there without following the list. Each one of us has different needs so feel free to put the things you know you will need in case you are stranded in the middle of nowhere or got stuck in the car.
Do you have a coffee can survival kit? Tell us what’s inside your kit in the comments section below!
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Editor’s Note – This post was originally published in September 2014, and has been updated for quality and relevancy.