Is this a fear of yours? Most people have a fear of being stuck out in the woods, desert or snow all alone and not knowing what to do. The news media reports all the time about how people who get lost, broke down or stuck in the woods, desert or snow end up either dead or severally malnourished. I will not end up a statistic for the news; I will survive and be very comfortable too.
Once again if you just take a few small steps of preventative measures this would not happen to you. Just learn to budget things into your home made 72 hour Car kits a little at a time and before you know it, you can survive this situation. The number one question you need to ask yourself: Where do I start? First things first, start by understanding where do you live? In the high country or desert area? Then start putting your kit together. I live in an area that can support both the High Mountain and deserts areas, so I need to add a little more than normal to my kit, but this is my preference. Please what I have listed below is something you need to think about, you can always add to and take away from this kit. WHAT WORKS FOR YOU! Just remember the Emergency kits are very important because they can save your life.
My kit has the following:
Radio/batteries or solar Plastic flashlight /batteries
Fleece Blankets or sleeping bags Auto Booster Car Jumper (picture below)
(jumper) cables Fire extinguisher (5-pound, A-B-C type)
Bottled water (case) Sack of sand or cat litter (for tire traction)
Telephone card and quarters Tire repair kit,
Air pump, basic tool kit
Pencil and paper (journal) Folding Knife Shovel
Tow rope or chain Road Flares
Reflectors Metal cup for water
Duct tape First-aid kit
Hand sanitizer Baby wipes.
Bar of soap Disinfecting wipes
Rain ponchos Tarp
Multi-purpose knife Extra batteries
Hand/foot warmers Multi-tool / Knife
Binoculars Light sticks.
Maps first-aid kit
Walking shoes Floppy cotton hat.
Face mask (dust mask) Bug repellent.
Survival/first aid manuals (op) whistle
Disposable Pepper spray
Deck of cards Foam ear plugs
Books paperbacks Lip balm
Battery-powered fan (op) MRE’s
Cell phone jumper (comes with most smartphone)
Small stove Jetboil with fuel if you in to cook anything
Emergency phone numbers on a laminated card.
Water filter – Life-Straw
Toothbrush, toothpaste and dental floss. Travel sizes make these easier to pack. Pack a set for each member in a zip-top bag labeled with each person’s name.
Toilet paper- remove the cardboard tubes and flatten
Large plastic garbage bags to insulate feet
Matches/ Lighter/ Strike Force (Fire starter) and 100 hour candle
Rope, different kinds (550 cord, nylon & etc.)
High-energy foods: granola bars, raisins, peanut butter, Almonds.
V-8 juice, Sport drink, premade or a mix, Peanut or other nut butters in foil packets, Jerky, Dried fruit, Applesauce/fruit cups, Hearty, whole wheat crackers, Hard candies, Tuna packs, Dry cereal, Jam/jelly cups, Trail mix, Shelled sunflower seeds.
If you have Pets:
Pet carrier if necessary Pet food for three days
Water Warm Blanket
For Children, add these extra things to a child’s pack
Books to read Games or puzzles
Coloring book Small stuffed animal
Comfort foods Warm clothing, hats, gloves and a warm coat.
Warm blanket (lightweight)
Baby carrier (backpack or front pack) Diapers
Wet wipes Water
Baby food Rice cereal
Extra clothing Warm coat, hat and gloves
Note: There are a few items I would make sure you do carry in your car like the Auto battery jumper (see the picture) you can pick this up for cheap at any auto store. I have this because if my car battery dies I do not want my wife all alone waiting for someone to jump start her car. She can do it and be back on the road at no time at all.
A car power air pump: now I do not mention stores in here because you can always find a cheaper place to buy things, but I found a very small car pump at Harbor Freight Tools for $4.00 dollars and it airs my car tires up. It is only 6 inches long, easy to put in your kit!
Last; 100 hour candle, for those of you who do not want to buy this item I will show you in my next article how easy this is to make and will cost you under $2.00 dollars to make! Yes, that easy. I like given you this information because someone out there will use it and I know it will save someone’s life one day. Please enjoy the information. Until next time.