After the everyday carry kit, used for everyday work and the Personal Survival Kit we now come on to the Car Survival Kit. Basically, a toolkit to enable you to get home or to your refuge whilst providing shelter and a base to work from.
The kit here is basically the same as your Personal Survival Kit but more of utilising the storage and carrying capabilities of the car. The kit, excluding the food, water, fuel and car tools, can easily fit in a rucksack in the boot and be left there for when required. Checking use by dates on the few items that require it.
The items that should be stored in there are;
Same as the Personal Survival Kit, simply different amounts.
- The knife or knives you selected in this article. Wrap largest knife in plastic bag with smaller knives inside another bag. If you do not have a large fixed blade knife then get one for this kit.
- Knife sharpener.
- Flint or magnesium fire starter – For starting fires.
- Waterproof anywhere strike matches (2 boxes) – For emergency use when you need them.
- Compass on lanyard – For keeping you heading in right direction.
- Whistle – Plastic. For attracting attention. Attach to compass lanyard.
- First aid kit attached to outside of kit – Containing;
- Disinfectant (Medium bottle)
- Cotton wool (Also used as Tinder)
- Elastoplasts (24)
- Bandages 2inch rolls (4)
- Aspirin (12)
- Ibuprofen (12)
- Anti diarrhea sachets (20)
- Vaseline (Large tub)
- Parachute cord 50ft. – Tying things, Drying line for clothes
- Small Cooker – For portable warm meals and instant use instead of building a fire. Uses fuel tablets or twigs.
- Fuel tablets for cooker (2 boxes) – Instant emergency use instead of twigs and things.
- Safety pins (box) – For holding things together. Clothes, paracord, branches.
- Energy bars (12) – For quick food.
- Condoms (12) – Waterproof storage. Wrap matches in these. Can also be used as water carrier.
- Water purification tablets (2 boxes) or straw – Pref both for sterilising water.
- Gardening type gloves (2) – For protecting hands while travelling through woods or working.
- Thick socks (2) – Replacement if feet get wet, double up in cold or as gloves.
- Poncho (2) – To keep you dry in rain. Covering for sleeping, covering for ground.
- Space blanket (2) – For keeping you warmer in your shelter.
- Brass wire – For snares or tying things together.
- Aluminium foil. Heavy duty 6sq feet – Waterproof wrapping, used to cook in.
- Duct tape (normal roll) – Used for holding things together, secure trouser bottoms, waterproofing containers.
- Pocket survival book, or cards, with first aid section – Valuable and handy knowledge.
- Notepad and Pencil.
- Metal tin – To keep the kit together, use as a water container, pan for cooking, etc.
- Large bin bag with handles – Use to store kit in until required. Used to carry things.
Plus the following items;
- Hikers maps of your area plus areas you may pass through.
- Cash. 4 x £5 notes. 5 £1 coins. 5 x 20p. In sealed film containers.
- Credit card. If you have one.
- Bottles of energy drinks (3L minimum) – For drinking.
- Chocolate bars (12)
- Chewing gum (3 packs) – Chewing gum keeps you mouth moist and forces you to keep your mouth closed.
- Dried soups (6)
- Biscuits (2 Pk)
- Breakfast cereal (Bag)
- Barley Sugar sweets (1lb)
- Stock cubes (24) – For flavouring.
- 250ml bottle alcohol of your taste. (Whisky)
- Complete change of clothes.
- Thermal underwear (2)
- Thermal socks (2)
- Small sleeping bag (2) – For sleeping.
- LED torch and batteries – For night work and signalling.
- Wind up radio with earpieces – For listening out for information.
- 12V heating coil. – For boiling water in car.
- Wire saw.
- Folding Shovel/Axe.
- Chemical light sticks (6) 12Hr
- PAYG Mobile Phone with credit. If you don’t already have a mobile phone.
- Wind up or solar cell charger to charge the mobile phone.
- A list of emergency numbers. Car Breakdown, if you subscribe to one. Home numbers.
- Rucksack – For carrying this kit.
Plus the following items for the vehicle itself.
- Spare tyre.
- Tools to change tyre.
- Pump to refill tyre with air.
- Spare fuel in a 20L Jerry Can.
- Spare light set.
Ensure that if you use anything from above you replace it as soon as you get home, if not sooner.
The fuel and water are bulky and will take up most of the space. Add as much as you feel you can to the water and the food depending on the space available in the car.