Basic Car Kit
Many of us have a substantial commute daily – sometimes one that can take us dozens of miles away from home. You just might face the next major natural or manmade disaster behind the wheel of your car, and if so, you should have some basic supplies on hand in order to tide you over. Each year, motorists are stranded in gridlock – sometimes for hours at a time. Also, keep in mind that a disaster that occurs while you’re in your car can force you to walk home, and therefore you need to be prepared for that contingency as well. We’ve prepared a kit that will get you home safe. Click on the items below directly from this sheet, and the link will take you right to our website, where you can order the goods directly. Quantities listed are for one adult.
Water is essential to life, and without it, you’re not going to survive for very long. Here’s what you need:
This is a water bottle with one of Berkey’s legendary water filters built in. Simply pour water into the bottle and drink from the nozzle, which gives you clean and filtered water instantly.
50 Water purification tablets that will render 25 quarts of water safe to drink. It will be hard to carry the necessary amount of water you need to survive for days, but luckily, Potable Aqua tablets weigh just a few ounces and can be used to augment the Berkey bottle above.
There’s no guarantee you’ll get to remain with your car in the event of a disaster, so you need to prepare by having an easily accessible bug out bag.
This kit contains everything you need to survive for 72 hours, including food, water, emergency lighting and communications. The best part is that it’s all packaged within a rugged hiker’s backpack so you can throw it on your shoulders and go.
You might have to spend the night outdoors, and if so, you’ll need to avoid hypothermia:
Mylar sleeping bags are designed to reflect and retain up to 90 percent of your body heat, meaning you’ll stay warm even if it’s freezing cold.
These chemically activated heating pads are great for when you bed down at night; stick one of these inside the mylar sleeping bag above, climb in, and stay toasty warm. You’ll need three of these.
Getting stranded in your car after dark is no fun. You’ll need a heavy duty flashlight to help see:
not only is the Auto Guardian a remarkably bright flashlight, it also features an integrated glass breaker and seatbelt cutter for the most dire of automotive emergencies.
Your car’s radio should keep you pretty much up to speed on what’s going on with the disaster you’re facing, but if you have to take to walking, you’re going to need another method of stating in touch:
This little wonder is a shortwave radio with built in NOAA weather alert. It never needs batteries, and is powered via solar power or hand crank. The best part is, it can also charge your cell phone