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Vehicle Emergency Kit - My 1st Attempt

Discussion in 'Back to Basics' started by D-Roy, Feb 3, 2010.

  1. D-Roy

    D-Roy Monkey+

    I decided my first step in preparedness is to build a basic vehicle kit, which should be an easy first project to get the "prepper" ball rolling. If anyone wants to look my list over and offer up any additional ideas/things I may have forgotten, have at it!

    This is with winter in Michigan in mind. During summer months I would drop the hat/gloves/boots and slightly change the extra clothing.

    My Truck Kit (Winter)
    -Basic First Aid Kit
    -knife/glass breaker
    -550 rope (always potentially good for something, right?)
    -Firemaking (debated on this for a vehicle kit, but figured I might as well have it since it won't take up much space)
    -Extra pair of warm clothes
    -Gloves, hat & boots (usually have at least gloves on in the winter, but in case I don't have all 3 on me at the time of an incident ie: on my way to work I'm not wearing boots)
    -Food/water - Granola bars/basic food and enough bottled water for 2 days.

    My theory behind the kit (which might not be sound [loco]): this is a very basic kit that should cover me for incidents that would happen on my normal day-to-day commutes/driving. Obviously if I'm heading somewhere remote or out of the ordinary I would supplement this kit with additional stuff anyways.
  2. E.L.

    E.L. Moderator of Lead Moderator Emeritus Founding Member

    I would add a good multi-tool, a knife, a good blanket since you are in Michigan, and a way to defend yourself. It wouldn't be a bad idea to throw in a tarp in the event you had a window break, or if you had to walk you could use it for shelter purposes. I'll let the rest of the crew add other things.
  3. dragonfly

    dragonfly Monkey+++

    A roll of duct tape or gorilla tape and some roll plastic....comes in handy too!
  4. ghrit

    ghrit Ambulatory anachronism Administrator Founding Member

    I'd love to tell you to add some water, but I know what happens to that in the winter. A small gas fired heater to make tea out of snow melt would be a good thing. Like a jet boil, maybe, and a filter to take the sand out. Dehydration will get you faster than you think in cold weather, much faster than dysentery, and if you boil it for a few minutes, that won't be a problem either. Take the snow for tea from a ways off the road so you don't get road salt in it.
  5. ppbenn

    ppbenn Monkey++

    Battery charger/ jumper. No need for another car to jump. I can charge the cell phones and plug in small electrical in mine. Also has an air pump. This is always in my trunk charged and ready to go. used it countless times. Usually helping others out.
  6. monkeyman

    monkeyman Monkey+++ Moderator Emeritus Founding Member

    I dont know if you have additional stuff you just hadnt considered parts of the emergency kit but heres a few additional items that wouldnt have to be in a pack but would be good to have in the vehicle. As mentioned the rolled plastic and duct tape for shelter, poncho, water catching, cover broken window, etc. Battery jumper and (built in or not) 12 volt air compressor, can be a life saver if the battery dies and add a tire plug kit for under $5 and you can repair and reinflate half a dozen tires that picked up nails, particularly a life saver if a box of nails or other debris on the road punctures 2 or 3 tires at the same time and only takes a few minutes to fix. A tool kit to match your skills for road side repairs but at least an adjustable wrench and a couple screw drivers. A fire extinguisher can keep damage to a minimum if your car catches fire and save lives if you happen on an accident with a burning car thats occupied. Particularly in cold climats a set of cramp ons or the chains on a rubber ring that go on your feet can save a lot of falls. I also like the idea if possible of a handgun and some ammo for protection particularly if you have to walk. Dont know what you drive but since I drive a truck and have the extra room I also keep a 5 gallon can of gas in the back in case I run out or had to BO unexpectedly and gas stations were closed, it gives an extra 75-100 miles or so.

    Like I say, you my already have some of this stuff and just not think of it as emergency kit stuff but to my mind its even more basic than the get home kit.
  7. dragonfly

    dragonfly Monkey+++

    In Colorado I always had a spare set of snow tires that were studded, plus 2 sets of chains....I had a lot of ice up there in Golden Colorado, and lived halfway up a mountain! ( kept them covered in the back of the pickup!) Extra links and chain pliers x2.
    Many people carried cans of ether, (starting fluid) but it caused more damages than it did good!
  8. monkeyman

    monkeyman Monkey+++ Moderator Emeritus Founding Member

    Yeah studded tire chains are awesome when things get nasty with ice. Make stuff thats otherwise totaly impassable no problem at all.
  9. D-Roy

    D-Roy Monkey+

    Thanks for the responses thus far everyone. The tarp/plastic is a must for me that I completely missed. I also really need to get the battery jumper/compressor. Secured space is fairly limited for me (2000 Ford Ranger non-extended cab). I should get some sort of lockable storage for the truckbed (considering it is empty 70% of the time anyways).

    I'm currently in the process of getting my CPL[winkthumb]

    My main concern is the first aid portion of the kit. This is the area that I am the least familiar with. I'm trying to make a basic DIY kit vs. buying a pre-made 1st aid kit, which seems over-priced. I might as well list the contents of my first aid for review too......

    First Aid
    -2-3 5"x9" surgical pads/absorbent compress dressings
    -2-3 3"x4" non-adhering dressing
    -Variety of basic band-aids
    -5 4"x4" and 3"x3" gauze pads
    -1 3" & 4" roller bandage
    -2 triangular bandages
    -medical tape
    -5 alcohol swabs & batadine packs
    -5 antiseptic wipes packets
    -2 hydrocortisone ointment packs
    -eye wash
    -1 instant cold compress
    -2 pair non-latex gloves
    -breathing barrier

    Seems like a lot, but I think it is mostly focused on controlling bleeding.
  10. Sherman

    Sherman Dog Eat Dog

    Your smart to build your own 1st aid kit. Nothing but bandaids in em. I say if you need a FAK, you don't really need a FAK. You want a trauma kit, throw some celox in there.
  11. D-Roy

    D-Roy Monkey+

    Thanks for the heads up on celox, Sherman.

    Also, the 1st aid kit would be more effective if I knew what I was doing [doh] :rolleyes: so I'm going to look into a class or two.
  12. SLugomist

    SLugomist Monkey++

    repair parts, air pump,jacks, shovel,fluids,beltschains,sand/kittylitter...

    first aid kit,....

    batteries, solar, inverter, ...

    tin pot, MRE, bars, jugofwater, water filter,...

    blankets, catalytic heater, warm pads, coats gloves, fire making,...

    flash light, radio, flares, signs, CB,...

    reading material, protection, maps, compass, portable safe, money/pm, tin pot,...
  13. Andy the Aussie

    Andy the Aussie Monkey+++ Founding Member

    Here is a list of the gear that lives in/on my truck all the time......

    spare belts/filters
    basic tool kit
    spare h/light and d/light globes
    cyalume sticks (red green and blue)
    disposable overalls
    orange safety vest (so as not to get run down changing a tyre, we do't wear 'em shooting here)
    Glock folding shovel
    small axe/large Fiskars axe
    folding bush saw
    tread plates
    various folding knives (no fixed blades due to silly laws)
    cam cream
    water/food for about three days
    Milbag filter/water purification tablets
    thermal blanketx2
    large tarp
    hexi stove and fuel
    small fry pan, steel canteen cup/canteen
    basic (to match my skill level) first aid kit plus additional wound dressings
    snatch strap
    3000kg drag chain, hooks and shackles
    Wallaby Jack (on external rack)
    Winching kit for the jack
    Wallaby Jack adapter (connects wallaby jack to bullbar or rear bar)
    small compressor
    toilet paper, several rolls and single packets (beats the hell out of leaves and sticks)
    matches (in bulk) including waterproof/windproof type
    Para (550) Cord x 50m
    Hootchie Cord x 100m
    cheap nylon 6mm rope 50m
    Couple of torches and spare batteries (Magcharger Torch in charger when on a trip)
    Wet/Antiseptic wipes (for when bathing is out of the question)
    Antiseptic soap
    eye/ear protection
    condoms (my other 1/2 looking over my shoulder noted these were out of date)
    playing cards (a sign of a man who has been up "that" creek without his paddle in the past...!!!)
    M65 Jacket, gloves, balaclava, socks. Belleville boots
    sleeping bag (US modular sleep system complete)
    tubeless repair kit
    100 CDs (these complement the playing cards when stranded, other 1/2 just noted music selection was crap....she has been directed back to the kitchen)
    Duct tape, insulation tape and cloth tape
    a second spare tyre and rim
    telescopic fishing rod and reel plus associated gear
    bush shower bag
    lots of large plastic bags
    unfilled sandbags
    Arktis patrol pack (just got an Eagle Becker Patrol Pack that I am sorting out)
    riggers gloves
    nomex gloves
    insulated beenie
    gortex jacket (British DPM)
    fire extinguisher (cage mounted)
    canvas swag
    jumper cables (stopped carrying the APU when I got the second battery).
    Which extension strap
    tree trunk protector
    chamois (cleaning windows and also makes a useful "towel" for me if I need to pack out)
    candles (both full size and "tea light" kinds)
    army KFS set
    zip ties (and something that looks remarkably like flexi-cuffs [​IMG] )
    black window socks (pull over the upper door frame to create a shade effect, lest you sleep with the windows down without getting attacked by bugs/squitos)

    Sounds like heaps I know, but it all resides in the side compartments of my "Crusier", under the back deck and in a medium size sealed top plastic tub in the cargo bay.

    Due to the laws out here there are no firearms/ammunition carried except when I am going away hunting or to the range

    I sometimes get asked why I carry all this “junk" around with, well I guess it is just in my nature generally but there is one situation that sticks in my mind as reinforcing it…

    I got "caught" without anything in the truck back in '93. Sydney was ringed by large bushfire and I was traveling home to my place in the country (3 hours north). It was just prior to Christmas. The main north/south freeway (F3) was closed right in front of me due to fire and smoke. At this time there was NO place that you could turn around and return to the city. I and several thousand others (being a Friday afternoon everyone was taking off for the weekend) spent the night there on the freeway in the summer heat. It was an interesting social experience, water was a real issue, in hind sight I am still amazed that *I* was not carrying any. I think it was a case that having come from the bush down to the city I was trying to “tone myself down” a little. How one little bit of the world can be so different in a short period was amazing, there were some “entrepreneurs” that used an old service road to drive out some wheelie bins full of cold drinks and ice who then tried walking them down the km/s of parked cars (families and kids for the most part) wanting to sell them for ridiculous prices….they ended up giving away all their stock for free…. [​IMG] Then there was a guy who owned a little convenience store near the start of the freeway who (with a little help from Police) loaded all his transportable stock into a car and trailer and drove down the long lines of cars GIVING it away, especially to the kids. I and a couple of others collected up some clean containers from the group around us and walked down a few kms through the (already burnt) bush to an abandoned service station and loaded up on tap water. There were a couple of cases of heat stroke just near us that we managed to arrange (CB radio as of course mobile phones were not at all common then) ambulances for. What the whole deal left me with was a bad feeling deep down, knowing I had the gear and know how to have made the whole thing much more comfortable and safe I didn’t have it with me… [​IMG] so therefore it was useless. On the other hand I could tell I was in a much better state psychologically than many who found a “night out” like this was something to fear…some went to water. I was in no great peril, although the fires flared nearby once. I make sure now that summer or winter I can spend a few night in something which actually approaches comfort … [​IMG]
  14. ghrit

    ghrit Ambulatory anachronism Administrator Founding Member

    Andy, what flashes on me about your experience is wondering just how long your supplies would hold out for you against the hordes once they found out you had it. Scary. You were (in a way) lucky that there were some resources (the service station) that could be tapped.
  15. Andy the Aussie

    Andy the Aussie Monkey+++ Founding Member

    They have to *know* you have it to make a problem and it has been my experience that most Aussie crowds are pretty tame in this regard. I always keep my cards close to my chest though.

  16. RevJammer

    RevJammer Monkey++

    Holy Crap Andy... what kind of truck do you drive? an 18-wheeler?

    I"m not sure I have that much stuff in my house/garage!!!!!

  17. Andy the Aussie

    Andy the Aussie Monkey+++ Founding Member

    ....just like GOD :) I drive a diesel Landcruiser ... [beer][beer]

    It sounds like lots but the majority lives under 1/2 my rear deck and behind the back seat (against the cargo barrier). Other than the jacks and such bolted outside most have no clue what is inside That includes my passengers).

    The pic below shows the gear stowed under the deck.

    Andy [boozingbuddies]
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