Truth be told, you should always have a survival kit handy in your car. You never know when you may need it to survive a night on the road. You could be simply leaving the house for a grocery run, and the weather can turn awry, or you may be evacuating from a natural disaster. Either way, there are many hazards to consider such as poor road conditions or running out of gas.
Check out our essential travel tips and survival essentials, just in case your scenic drive turns into an overnight stay:
- If you’re leaving for an extended trip, always check weather and road conditions before departing.
- Let someone know when you are leaving, which way you will be traveling and when you should arrive at your destination.
- Fill your car with fuel and make frequent stops to stretch, relax and refill your tank.
- Never allow your tank to get too far below a half tank (should you need to spend the night in your car, the extra gas will allow you to start your car throughout the night and briefly run the heat if needed).
- Don’t leave your car and begin walking for help. You stand a much better chance of being found if you remain with your car, which can also provide the best shelter from the elements.
- Do not run your car constantly, especially if it is snowing. If your exhaust pipe fills with snow you car can fill with carbon monoxide. Be sure the exhaust pipe is clear and roll down a window enough to vent the car.
- Ration your food and water, especially if you are stuck somewhere where help cannot easily find you.
- If you are going to need to drink snow, try to heat, boil or strain it first to remove any bacteria.
Essential items to include in your car survival kit:
- Bottled water (at least four quarts)
- First-aid kit
- Portable radio
- Snack foods, such as energy bars or nuts
- Strike-anywhere matches
- Flashlight with extra batteries
- Jumper cables
- Folding knife and multi-tool
- Emergency flares
- Waterproof jacket or coat
- Heavy-duty boots
- Toilet paper
- Blanket or sleeping bag
- Tow rope
- Car kettle
We hope you start building your vehicle go bag so that you will be prepared in an emergency or disaster situation.
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