Have you ever thought of of packing a coffee can survival kit?
It has been said that there are more cars on the road than there are licensed drivers.
We use them to go to work, bring the kids to school, and for just about any transportation need that we may have.
Cars have become an integral part of life and we spend a lot of time in them.
Sometimes it feels like we live in them!
At times we can say that we always find ourselves in just three places: at home, at work or in the car.
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Obviously, they are our primary mode of transportation and if we stay in cars for that long every single day, there is a really good chance that we will get caught driving or in the car when an emergency or the SHTF occurs.
So it only makes sense that your car should be just as prepared as your home:
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Coffee Can Survival Kit List for Your Vehicle
It seems like every time I turn around there’s a spot that could use another survival kit. Home, work, vehicles, camp… everywhere! I hate putting a lot of money into something I probably won’t use, but on the flip side I want to have stuff good enough to save my ass in case TSHTF and I DO need to use the kit.
Anyway, I was staring at the French Roast coffee can I talked about in one of my posts and the thought popped into my head to fill it with items that could help out in case I get stuck somewhere. Keep in mind this is just for basic survival in an overnight situation and also keep in mind I wanted to keep the kit as low cost as possible so it can be attained on any personal budget or even with stuff you already have around the house.
Here’s what I’ve come up with so far:
So far I’ve added a compass, multi-tool, pen, paper (to write a note or start a fire), nails, spoon, stove, paracord bracelet, flashlight, knife, matches, and some small food items. One thing I’m thinking about putting in there is one of those cheap Walmart ponchos (thus the nails to help make a temporary shelter if necessary). They’re less than $10 the last time I looked and if you go easy on this poncho you might get a few uses out of it and it should fit in quite handily.
Another thing I need to put in here is some fuel for the stove – not a whole lot, but enough to boil a few cups of water or maybe to help start a fire when the wood is wet.
Being prepared when in transit can spell the difference between surviving the unthinkable and becoming part of a tragic statistic. You should have a first aid kit as well as the basic tools that come with the car. It would also be a good idea to have some drinking water in store. A wool blanket will be very useful in extreme weather. A portable ham radio also makes a great addition to your cellphone.
What’s so great about a car is that there is always enough space for a little survival kit. A coffee can can be stored safely 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 that you know you will be needing in case you are stranded or get stuck in the car.
All contents except the plastic bags and the optional items will fit in a 1 lb coffee can. (Or you can flat “Spam” cans or oval-shaped containers available at outdoor stores.) The plastic bags can be affixed to the outside of the can with a rubber band. To keep things from rattling in the can, wad up some wax paper and stuff it around the items. The wax paper stays dry and also doubles as a fire starter. To save weight the contents can be placed in a stuff bag and a metal cup can be used instead of the coffee can.
Here is a short list of a few more items you should consider for your coffee can survival kit.
Car Survival Kit List:
Braided nylon rope (25 feet)
Matches (2 boxes)
Poncho (bright orange to attract attention)
Candle (wrapped in aluminum foil)
Paper and pencil
Fishing line, hooks, split shot leads
Money (2 nickels, 2 dimes, 2 quarters, $20 bill: helpful for making phone call or paying for gas if broken down along highway)
Garbage Bags (2 large size bags)
Bright orange surveyor’s tape
Dental floss (It’s strong and useful as thread for sewing, or a fishing line or for lashing branches for improvised shelters.)
Wire (bailing wire)
First Aid Kit (Also see Lightweight First Aid Kit)
Sterile pads (2 x 2 and 4 x 4)
First Aid Tape
Honey Packages (available in small foil packages available at convenience stores)
Instant Soup or tea (a couple packages)
Compass (learn how to use)
Coffee Can (1 lb size) or nylon stuff bag
What would you add into this kit?