We spend a lot of time in our car. Odds are in your lifetime you will be in an accident. Are you prepared? What if your car breaks down? What if you get lost? What are the things you need to always have in your car?
101 Minutes a Day
In Our Car.
What Should We
Have To Be Properly
Over the course of our lifetime, we will
average 3 to 4 accidents; most will not
Besides accidents, we will all
experience breakdowns, flat tires,
detours, getting lost, running out of
gas, having to help another motorist,
Combine how much time we spend in
our car, with the odds of something
going wrong, and it makes sense that
we be prepared for potential problems.
Buy a pre-packaged Roadside Emergency
Kit. (click on image for link)
The Simplest Way?
10' Jumper Cables Tow Rope with 10,000 lbs
Reflective Safety vest 100% cotton gloves
multi use 4" wrench reinforced wire connectors
replacement fuses electrical tape
First Aid Kit with plasters, gauze, antiseptic cleaning wipes,
adhesive tape, non adhesive sterile pad, cotton swabs
plastic cable ties safety whistle
compass 8pc Hex Wrench
LED squeeze rechargeable flashlight, no batteries needed
electric current detector needle nose pliers
aluminum foil blanket rain poncho
polyester carry bag with reflective warning triangle
That Kit Contains
Even with that kit (or making sure you have
all items on that list), there are some other
things you should always have.
Proof of Insurance.
Insurance company contact number.
Cell phone charger cable.
Extra bulbs for turn, brake and backup lights.
The following slides provide an extensive list
of items where you can build your own kit
and also items you could have beyond those
in the previous kit.
How much or how little you want to carry
depends on space and your personal
You can go light or you can Cool Gus Jeep
mode or you can go Mad Max mode.
Remember, unlike in Walking Dead, gas
goes bad. There are no hard and fast
rules on time (use 6 months for gas, a
year with Stabil added).
I add Stabil whenever I fill up my spare
gas cans and I rotate them every three
I always top off when I reach half a
Gas with a lower level of Ethanol lasts
Put it in any spare gas cans.
Also helps winterize things such
as lawn mowers if you don’t
completely drain the gas.
STA-BIL Fuel Stabilizer
I have a four gallon Rotopax gas container
on my rear, spare tire. Rotopax comes in
gas, diesel, water, and equipment carrier.
They are stackable and also lock to each
Below is a four gallon gas container.
Click on image for link.
Click on images for links
On the side of my spare tire I have a 2 gallon Rotopax gas can.
e passenger side in front of the Jeep door is a 1 gallon Rotopax ga
When I head out Jeeping, I add a 4 gallon Rotopax to the back
of my spare tire.
On top of my Jeep on the rack I have a 1.75 gallon water Rotopax
and 2 two gallon equipment Rotopax.
The equipment Rotopax contain an array of survival
items including emergency rations, snares, poncho, etc.
Remember that gas expands and contract with the temperature.
tainers flat. You need to release pressure as the temperature changes and
You can see the two gas containers on my spare tire carrier.
At the very least, carry some water inside your car.
I recommend a case of bottled water in the trunk.
Remember, what you have in your car is also at your
work and your home and your school, wherever you
drive and park, so it’s part of your overall emergency
A rule of thumb in an emergency: a case of water can
supply a person for three days.
Be very careful though— do not have loose water
bottles rolling around on the floor. One could stuck
under the brake or gas pedal.
I carry water in an MSR Dromeday Water Reservoir
inside the Jeep— often that ends up being for the dogs
in their water bowl after a hike or run.
I also carry a couple of bottles of Gatorade in the rear
cup holder. I have Datrex Emergency Survival Water
Pouches stashed in various places.
They last a long time and you don’t have to keep
worrying about replenishing them.
•I have the filter on the left inside my Jeep.
•The one on the right is gravity fed.
I recommend keeping a basic Grab-n-Go Bag in your
trunk or storage area. It contains a number of basics
that you will find useful if you break down. Since you
are almost always where you car is, your bag is always
Below is the one I bought my son to keep in his car.
This unique tool does two life-
It can cut your seat belt. Often in a
crash, it is difficult to unbuckle.
It will also allow you to break your
side window to get out.
The link gets a package of two.
Jumper cables require another
This compact Jump Starter can
get you going if you’re all alone.
It’s also easier than using jumper
It holds a charge for a long time. It
can recharge your cell phone and
other devices. It also has a built in
I’ve found it to be a very
worthwhile investment and have
Battery Jump Starter
I carry a pair of broken in hiking boots with thick socks
stuffed in them inside my Jeep.
I hadn’t thought of this until Atlanta had a huge ice
storm and many people had to abandon their cars and
walk home— in their work shoes.
So carry a pair of broken in boots or walking/running
shoes just in case.
Blanket/Sleeping bag— I keep my
sleeping bag in the Jeep all winter.
Do you have a spare tire?
Is it a regular or temporary?
Where is your jack and lug wrench?
Do you know how to change a tire?
Where is your battery?
Do you know how to hook up jumper cables correctly?
How many miles do you have left when your gas
warning light goes on? (But you never got there, right,
because you always top off at halfway)
Things To Know
We rely on GPS, but always have a physical road map.
There are several topo map Apps you can get. I’ve used a
number over the years but the best one I’ve found is
Gaia. The basic app is free and then there are two levels
of membership. The premium, which is discounted 20%
via my affiliate link, is $32 for a year but for the number
and types of maps you get, it is definitely worth it. One
useful thing to using any map app is to download the map
tiles you want to use beforehand (when you’re out in the
wilds with no signal) and you learn how to use the app.
They also send interesting email updates on various
outdoor activities that are very informative from outdoor
If you take medication, add a pill fob to your keychain or
put one in your glove compartment with important
It also is a good backup if you forget to renew on time.
Keychain Pill Fob
I have my Jeep
loaded for cross-
country, out in the
I once had some
trouble 120 miles
from the closest
paved road in
southeast Utah and
was quite glad I
The following are
neat things that can
come in handy.
GoTreads. These look cheap, but have actually turned
out to be very useful on occasion, particularly when
dealing with a tire spinning in mud. Get one (left) or two
Cool Gus Jeep Stuff
Winch and associated gear.
I carry a pair of tire blocks since Jeeps don’t weigh
much and instead of winching that dead tree, I could be
pulling the Jeep to the tree.
Universal Snatch Block
Cool Gus Jeep Stuff
Funnel (for gas)
Bivy Sack/blankets/sleeping bag
Rain pants and Jacket
Assorted zip ties
Star sockets (jeep owners will understand)
Cool Gus Jeep Stuff
A flexible 100W solar
panel on top of my Jeep.
It’s attached by six wing
nuts and can be removed or
the second 100W panel can
be placed on top and both
displayed at a base camp.
The wire runs inside the
Jeep where a Yeti400 and
extra battery are installed.
A free slideshow on
Solar is HERE
The cylinder in the
forefront contains my
tent, poles and also a two
strap for the winch.
The cylinder to the
right, holds camping
The two Rotopak
equipment containers to
the right contain survival
Mad Max Mode
It does tend to be a bit of a gas guzzler.
I’ll be posting a more detailed slideshow on all the gear
I have on the Jeep as I’ve added quite a bit.
More Free Information
I constantly update free, downloadable
slideshows like this on my web site for
preparation and survival and other
Also, I conduct Area Study workshops
for those interested in properly
preparing for their specific
The guide on the left is the complete preparation and
survival guide. The one on the right is a pocket-size
manual with just the survival portion. Useful in your Grab-
n-Go bag, car and kitchen drawer.
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