September 5, 2019

Survive Being Stranded: Build a Car Survival Kit

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This post is by Bernie Carr,

Since many city dwellers spend a lot of time in their cars, it makes sense to keep a well stocked emergency kit.  Most of these items are easy to find:  you may already have many of these items around your house.  Just fill in what you’re missing.

Basic car kit

  • Fix-a-Flat” or some kind of tire sealant – this has helped me on a couple of occasions.  Replace it as soon as you use one.
  • roadside flares, reflexive tape or safety triangles
  • Jumper cables
  • Flashlight with extra batteries, light sticks

First aid kit

You can either buy a pre-assembled one or build one yourself.  Make sure you include pain relievers, allergy medicine, antacids, adhesive tape, antibacterial wipes, antiseptic cream, and other medications your family uses.


Keep nonperishable food such as protein bars, granola bars or high calorie emergency food bars.  You will need to rotate your food stash – if you leave them in the car too long, they will deteriorate especially in the summer.


Bring enough bottled water for the family.  Just remember to keep rotating the water bottles.

Cold weather supplies

You’ll need emergency blankets, hand warmers, windshield ice scraper, snow shovel, rock salt or cat litter to give you traction, tire chains

Other helpful items

  • Multi-tool or Swiss Army knife
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Gloves
  • Rags
  • Trash bags
  • Tow strap or tow rope
  • Paracord
  • Duct tape
  • Battery operated or hand-crank radio
  • portable stove
  • Matches and lighters
  • Seat-belt cutter/window breaker escape tool

Small amount of cash in assorted denominations and change for toll roads

Umbrella, rain ponchos

Paper maps, compass

Old cell phone (keep it charged at all times) – can still be used to call 911

For Kids:  extra clothes and socks, diapers, baby wipes, small toys

While you’re at it, check to make sure the owner’s manual, spare tire, and jack are still in the car.  These items are often taken for granted as being in the car, until one day you need them and find out they have been misplaced.  Don’t take any chances – get that car survival kit assembled now.  Hopefully, you’ll never need it, but if you ever get stuck, you’ll be glad you have it.


© Apartment Prepper 2014

4 Comments on Survive Being Stranded: Build a Car Survival Kit

  1. Just an FYI…

    Some cars have a first aid kit in the car from the manufacturer, such as my Audi S8. Be aware that although convenient, these kits do not contain medications such as aspirin. Take care to add to them as needed and more importantly, keep the contents current. Don’t assume….CHECK!

    • Hi BobS, Thanks for pointing that out. It’s nice that some cars come with a kit, but it’s wise to check what’s included.

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