We see it too often in the news: someone gets stranded in their car and they weren’t prepared for the situation. Some barely make it out alive while others aren’t so lucky. To avoid such a situation, there are five things that you need to keep in your car at all times.
The most important thing you should keep in your car and always charged is an external battery. You can keep an external battery always charging and ready in your car so that it is ready for whenever you need it, whether it is just when you are out and about and you need a small charge to your smartphone or if you are on the side of the road with a flat tire and a dead phone. Your phone is your key to getting help when you are stranded. Without a way to charge it you are forced to choose between two options: wait for help, or go find help. If you have a phone and you have cell phone reception, you can completely avoid the thought of having to survive in your car just by calling for help. The other great thing about extended batteries is that they are usually universal to all smartphones since they just have a USB port to plug your phone charger into. Some extended batteries can charge your phone several times over before it needs to be recharged.
The next most important thing you need to keep in your car at all times is a case of water. The human body can survive for weeks without food but only days without water. If your car’s trunk is big enough, then try to keep a case of water on hand at all times. Worst case, you will have enough water to get you through an emergency situation, or at least you will always have a bottle ready for when you are stuck in traffic. In addition to quenching your thirst, carrying a case of water in your car will also provide you with the plastic containers you could use in emergency situation. Plastic water bottles can be used to collect rainwater, cook food, boil water, filter water, catch small fish or bugs, and much more.
It wouldn’t hurt to have some food in your car that can last for a long time. If you can swing it, have a few MREs in your car at all times. Or if you want to keep it more budget friendly, go with a bunch of packets of instant oatmeal. You will have enough water in your car to mix with it, and it will be a good source of both simple and complex carbs which will help you feel more full. Keep the oatmeal packets in a zipped plastic bag to maintain freshness. If you want to go the extra mile, throw a few packets of Kyani in your bag too so you have the vitamins and nutrients you need in a convenient serving size.
Keeping a blanket in your car can prove to be life-saving if you are ever stranded overnight or in an area with frigid temperatures. You can’t depend on your car to provide the insulation and heat necessary to keep you alive in a survival situation. A blanket can also provide shelter or shade, so invest in a blanket that will do the best for you in the area you live and travel.
Fire Starter Kit
While having a fire starter kit with you or in your car at all times might sound a bit extreme, it is a small item that could get you out of an ugly situation. In addition to providing you with light and heat, a fire can help you signal for help, purify your water, and cook your food. Invest in a kit that you are comfortable with. There are several different setups available for every level of skill. From waterproof matches with fuel-soaked cotton balls, to flint and steel, or just a lighter. Pick a solution that works for you and that you can depend on.
These five things that you need to keep in your car can not only save your life, they can keep you alive. Take the time to think about all of your needs and create the kit you feel is best for you.