Supplies For Your Bug Out Vehicle
We’ve talked about bug out bags extensively on this site but we haven’t discussed properly preparing your bug out vehicle. Courtney Gordner has written for us before and always has an interesting take.
When it finally happens, when the proverbial S hits the fan – as most preppers would say – it’s going to be at a moment’s notice. It will be much too late to prepare, and much too late to gather supplies.
That’s the entire point of prepping beforehand.
If you have a few bug out kits prepared in advance, then you can just grab what you need and get the heck out of dodge.
Chances are relatively high that you’ve incorporated a bug out vehicle into your getaway plan. While most people are busy preparing bug out kits and survival kits for personal items, they’re usually forgetting crucial items for their car. What should you remember to pack in your car in the event of an SHTF situation?
First Aid Kit
You can never have enough first aid kits, and no matter how many you already have stored in your bug out pack or survival kit, you should still pack another in your bug out vehicle. There’s no way to know what kind of dangers or accidents you might experience while out on the road.
Better yet, the whole point of being prepared is to pack enough supplies to help you survive. In the event that you run out of a particular item like bandages, antiseptic or something else you’ll still have more in your bug out vehicle.
If your getaway plan incorporates a bug out vehicle, you will need one thing above all else in order to keep it running, which is obviously gasoline. Without gas, you’re not going anywhere. To be perfectly honest, a full tank of gas is not going to get you very far either.
You should always have plenty of extra gasoline on hand, ready to toss into your bug out vehicle in the event of an emergency. Not to mention, gas is a great source of fuel for generators and campfires, as well.
One of the most common problems that may arise when traveling in a bug out vehicle cross country is a flat tire. In a post-apocalyptic world, clean tires may be a bit difficult to come by. You’ll want to have more than just one spare stored in your bug out vehicle though, because you never know what could happen.
I suppose in a real emergency you could always take a tire from an abandoned vehicle, but you don’t want to open yourself up to that kind of vulnerability if you don’t have to.
Gas and tires are absolute essentials sure, but if you can’t change the oil filters (and oil) in your bug out vehicle regularly then it’s going to stop running at some point. If your survival plan incorporates a vehicle for any extended amount of time, you’ll need to remember to pack plenty of oil and the related filters too.
Don’t forget to pack necessary tools that will be needed to change out filters or perform basic maintenance.
Without a doubt, you should certainly pack extra batteries in your bug out vehicle. They can be used for flashlights, small electronic devices like radios and much more. Also, make sure they are fresh and be sure to check for any kind of corrosion.
While you’re at it, you should keep up maintenance on your bug out vehicle battery too. It would even be a good idea to keep a spare one around just in case. If you do decide to keep an extra battery around, you will need to make sure it’s charged and ready to go.
The last thing you need is to replace a dead battery, only to find out your spare is dead too. When you are talking about batteries, you should consider tools you need to change it and maintain the car. Be sure to keep some car and home tools in your trunk for safe keeping.
Propane or Natural Gas
Propane can be used for a lot of different things, but I’m sure you already know that.
When the main gas lines turn off, portable grills and travel units will still work provided you have the right amount of fuel – which is generally propane. If you bug out in a vehicle, you will definitely need to keep some kind of cooking unit around.
What better option than a portable camping grill? By powers of deduction that means you will need to stock up on propane.
You can also use propane as a natural fuel, and in some cases you can even rig engines to run on natural gas. That being said, the latter option will take some serious modifying to accomplish. If you plan something like that, make sure you have all the necessary tools and components for the job.