Your Car’s Survival Kit

You don’t need to spend a bundle on a survival kit just to feel more secure as you are out and about.  Sure, there are a lot of things that would be nice to have but if you buy them bundled usually you also pay a bundle.  Better to head off to your local discount store such as Dollar tree.  Many of these items can be found there.  A cheap backpack (hit the before school sales) makes a convenient way to transport them.  A good first aid kit is also well organized and easy to get to.

In all cases, tailor your kit to where you are.  If you live in a cold area, include warm blankets and a bag of kitty litter to give you traction on ice.  If in a warm place, pack extra water, disposable cold packs, and sunscreen.  If your car is old and needs repair, pack an extra quart of oil.  Everyone should have jumper cables, a spare tire, a jack, and a lug wrench.

 

First Aid Kit

Band Aids – just a few large ones.  You don’t need a million tiny ones.  They can be cut to fit with your

Scissors, Knife, Tweezers – make sure they’re sharp

Antibiotic ointment like Neosporin, change once a year

Gauze pads

Tape, both duct tape and first aid tape

Feminine pads (like Kotex) they make a great semi-sterile dressing

Gloves to protect yourself from blood borne illnesses should you help someone

Pain and fever relief – Aspirin or Ibuprofen, avoid acetaminophen because of liver damage.

Benadryl gelcaps – for allergic reaction.

 

Survival Kit

A good knife – needs a strong blade that can be sharpened.

Means of making fire – such as matches, lighter, flint and steel, or burning glass.

Compass – never breaks, rarely fails.

Flashlight – LED type is best.

Extra batteries – change them once a year.

Water – at least a quart.

Energy bars – high quality ones that will last.  Cheaper than camping food.

Multitool – not required but great to have.

 

Many other things can be added to a survival kit depending on where you are and what you need.  Mine has rain ponchos for monsoon season and two small umbrellas.  Mine also has mylar blankets – they are good for a sun shade as well as for warmth.  Important in the place where I live!  I also have some instant cold packs in case I have to deal with a case of heat exhaustion.  You might want an Epi-pen if you’re allergic to bees.

I hope this gives a good framework to start your own survival kit!  Remember, it’s better to have a bad survival kit than none at all, and you can always improve as you go along.

Keep calm, be prepared.

 

via Daily Prompt: Survive

https://dailypost.wordpress.com/prompts/survive/

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