Keep an emergency survival kit in your car-truck-vehicle containing items that will help you, as in the following examples:
If you become stranded (for any reason) and have to make it on your own for a time.
If you have to evacuate, or bug-out (for any reason) and have to make it to your destination, or at least until you find a destination.
There are plenty of pre-assembled kits that are available from a variety of manufacturers and distributors, or you could assemble one yourself.
Part of the fun of assembling your own emergency kit is that it really forces you to think about the scenarios while you consider each item and it’s potential usefulness.
You can be very minimalist and simply keep a few basics in the kit, or you can spend more time and really get into being creative about what you put in it.
One challenge is that of size and weight versus practicality and risk probabilities. In our normal day-to-day lives, so long as nothing catastrophic happens (SHTF), most of us will be okay with a minimal kit containing some extra food, water, and a few other supplies.
When you begin to hypothesize about other more serious scenarios, like becoming stranded for 24-hours or longer, or setting out on foot, or bugging out to a survival location days away – not only will you need more food and water, but you will need other things… things to keep you warm, make a fire, purify water, etc.
Here are a few ideas to get you started…
strike-anywhere matches in watertight container
magnesium fire starter tool
magnifying glass lens
small container of cotton-balls soaked in Vaseline
quikclot, battle dressing
4×4 sterile gauze pads
2×2 sterile gauze pads
waterproof gauze tape
triple antibiotic cream
sterile gauze wrap
FOOD AND WATER
count the calories: 6,000 calories of food per person
high calorie food-bars
high calorie canned food
manual can opener
small cooler for vehicle food-water storage to help stabilize temp. extremes
bottled water (12 per person)
backpack – rucksack, in case you have to walk with supplies
designated walking shoes – if you don’t normally wear appropriate shoes
local topo map, state map, regional atlas
large Ziploc bag to protect map from rain
LED flashlight, extra batteries
portable water filter
water cup (metal is better for boiling if necessary )
paracord – as much as you can
emergency blankets -Mylar foil
roll of TP in Ziploc bag
hand towel, bandana
small notebook (or paper) and pen in Ziploc bag
hard copy of emergency numbers, addresses, hotels, etc..
zip ties – medium and large
rain gear – poncho
hat and gloves
cash and coins
don’t forget your protection: concealed carry, etc..