4 survival items you should always keep in your car

 

Most of us spend the majority of our time driving in our car. Because bad things might occur out of the sudden, we need to be prepared for any type of situation. It’s important to have some sort of supplies and tools that can help us survive when things get critical. So, here you have a short list containing the basic survival items you should always make sure you have them in your car.

Food and water

Your major priority, when stuck in a situation, is to keep your body hydrated. You can live without food for some days but water is mandatory. Because carrying water can be quite a hassle, it’s best to pack small cases of 16 small boxes of water in your trunk. This way, you don’t occupy the entire space and leave room for other emergency items that we’ll discuss later.

You can always opt for refillable water bottles that you can keep in your carry. Whenever you know you’ll be traveling into remote areas, you can stop and fill them. Even better, purchase some chlorine-based tablets that are extremely efficient at purifying the water. There are plenty of options you can get at any camping store and the majority of these tablets do a great job at killing waterborne organism if you need to fill the bottles with water from a stream or lake.

As far as food goes, a great solution is to pack energy and protein bars that you can easily slip into a backpack or glove compartment. Plus, they’re easy to find and can keep you nourished when food is not available. Just make sure to avoid brands that are too salty or too sweet because you’ll need to much water afterward.

 

Things to keep you warm

Never leave your house without having a wool blanket and maybe chemical warm packs in your car. No matter the season, a blanket is a must if you can’t find a proper place for sleep. Furthermore, an emergency blanket which is a metal-coated sheet of plastic used by athletes to keep warm after a race, come in handy, as well.

Plus, put a flashlight, matches, and candles so you can have a source of light during the dark. A whistle outfitted with two chambers could be useful if you need to shout for help.

Another great item is an emergency radio that can be recharged with solar energy. If you have room, get a new set of clothes, some gloves, and a hat to keep you warm.

First-aid kit

No matter where you travel or how many people you have in your car, don’t forget about the first-aid kit. It should include several types of bandages, a cloth tape, absorbent pads, antiseptic wipes, gloves, scissors, tweezers, safety pins, burn ointment, medicine, and duct tape.

 

Backpack

The best way to carry the supplies is in a small backpack that can be useful even in situations when you need to walk up to a safe place. Make sure to buy one that is spacious inside and has loops so you can attach carabiners to them and then clip the backpack securely inside the car. This way, in case the car crashes your belongings and emergency items remain intact.

 

Tools you need to use when you live on the road

 

Living in an RV is endless fun and excitement because you never really leave home. That said, when you get stuck in the middle of nowhere or in a real emergency, you might start wishing you were living in a regular home just like everybody else. Well, don’t despair just yet because we have information about the tools you need when living on the road.

A reusable flare is a smarter choice over single-use magnesium road flares that have you throwing money away every time you light them up. Plenty of reusable flares are really bright, giving you the necessary visibility to stay safe at the side of the road while fixing your RV.

For handling broken glass, you’re going to need cut-resistant gloves. The gloves provide hand protection when changing a flat tire or handling sharp objects. They should not hinder your hand’s dexterity though so you can still do repairs with ease. High-visibility gloves help other drivers become aware of your presence at the side of the road.

 

 

Working manually while holding a flashlight can easily become exasperating especially if the repair job really needs two hands. Get yourself a good headlamp instead with a bright, white LED light and for night vision, a mode for changing to red LED. go for one with rechargeable batteries or at least something that runs on easy-to-find batteries.

Make sure you also have a means of calling for help or rescue during emergencies. When I got rid of paper maps in favor of a quality RV GPS navigation device, I made sure to subscribe to a service plan called SPOT GEN3 GPS Messenger. This GPS for RV has now become my critical, life-saving communication device when I travel beyond cell service boundaries.

Using 100 percent satellite technology, the SPOT Gen3 enables me to inform friends and family that I am okay or if I need assistance. It tracks my GPS location with the push of a button to send emergency responders. All that in a rugged, pocket-friendly unit that goes with me wherever I go. The extras are even terrific, with five free tows per year, emergency tire and battery service, gas or oil delivery, etc.

 

 

The extra fee is nothing compared to the peace of mind I get for having the device in my pocket.

Aside from that, I recommend that RVers carry a high-amp lithium-ion battery for jump starting any vehicle from a small one to 10-liter diesel or gas engines. Look for a unit with a voltmeter that helps you know whether the battery is really the issue or if you need to call for professional assistance instead.

A pressure-activated glass breaker helps you get out of your small vehicle so you need not be trapped inside till help arrives.

There are still many different tools out there and I may just have scratched the surface with the ones described above. Feel free to ask fellow RVers about any others worth investing in.