EMERGENCY SURVIVAL KIT
Warmth, of course,
is a major concern in cold climate and snow emergencies.
Since you'll be with your car, you'll have that as protection
against the elements. but extra clothing (preferably wool),
some blankets, and a sleeping bag will keep you warm if
you are stranded for several days. It's no fun being stranded
and cold, and hypothermia is a real danger in cold weather.
- EMERGENCY PREPARATION
EMERGENCY SURVIVAL GETAWAY KIT
Warmth, of course, is a major concern in cold climate and
snow emergencies. Since you'll be with your car, you'll
have that as protection against the elements. but extra
clothing (preferably wool), some blankets, and a sleeping
bag will keep you warm if you are stranded for several days.
Store these items in a plastic trash bag in your trunk or
behind the seat of your pickup. I recommend wool clothing
because it sheds moisture, just in case you have to leave
your car during wet or snowy weather. It's no fun being
stranded and cold, and hypothermia is a real danger in cold
WARM AND SAFE
If stranded, you may not want to run your vehicle heater
for very long so you can conserve gasoline. But if you do
run your car engine to operate the car heater, be sure you
aren't breathing in carbon monoxide fumes from the exhaust.
In a snow emergency, you must make certain that the car's
exhaust pipe is not clogged with snow, and be sure the exhaust
is not being sucked into the car through an open window
at the rear of the vehicle. Opening a front window a bit
will help admit fresh air into the passenger compartment.
You can't smell carbon monoxide, so don't rely on your nose
EMERGENCY SURVIVAL ITEMS CHECKLIST:
Durable canvas bag to store supplies
No-spill gas can (5-10 litres.)
Jumper cables (12-20’, be sure to get the right gauge
for your vehicle)
Roadside flares/glowsticks, LED flares)
Flat tire inflation canister (non-explosive)
Spare tire and jack
Spare car fuses
First aid supplies kit
Bottled water (10 litres.)
Protein / energy bars
Small tool kit (screwdrivers, pliers, vise grips, adjustable
wrench, tire pressure gauge, etc.)
Flashlight and extra batteries or flashlight that doesn’t
Small, foldable shovel
Car escape tool (incl. seatbelt cutter and window breaker)
Extra gloves, boots, wool socks, stocking cap (for colder
Fire extinguisher small (ABC type)
Oil (5 litres)
Roll of duct tape
Paper towels / rags
Pen and paper
Seasonal supplies (rain gear, umbrella, ice scraper etc.)
Towing strap or chain
Sanitation (hand sanitizer, towelettes, small trash bags)
Emergency car battery charger
Solar battery charger
Extra pair of shoes, gloves etc.
Toiletries, soap, etc.
Cell phone charger (left in car at all times)
Battery powered and/or Hand crank radio
Window Scraper: Window scrapers are needed
for your survival kit as well as every day use during the
winter in many parts of the South Island. It helps remove
the snow and ice from all of your windows and mirrors. I
have used this more than anything in my winter survival
Tow Rope: A sturdy tow rope is helpful,
if friendly truckers or motorists offer to pull a stranded
vehicle from a snow bank or ditch in a storm.
USEFUL ITEMS AROUND YOUR HOME:
Some Old Sleeping Bags or Blankets –
Many of us have old sleeping bags, quilts and blankets around
the house. Remember to include enough for multiple people
if you have a family!
Some Warm Clothing - Most of us have old
jackets, gloves, hats, boots raincoats. Throw them in the
At Least One Lighter! – Look in drawers
and cabinets. If not... spend a couple bucks for a pack
A Few Rubbish Bags – Any large trash
bags will work. These can be worn as a poncho, or opened
up as a tarp to help make a shelter. If you have an old
tarp laying around, definitely use that.
A Small Cooking Pot – That old beat
up pot you never use, ... throw it in the boot!
Packs of Instant Noodles – Most people
have a few of these stashed in the cupboard. Pack enough
to keep you fed for at least a few days.
*You can get creative on what food items you keep in your
kit, BUT remember that in most areas, food items will be
subjected to temperature extremes when left in a boot of
a car, so stick to dry food items. Even canned food will
be damaged when repeatedly frozen and heated. Some other
dry food items to consider are individually wrapped dry
(not chewy) granola bars. Also think about instant coffee,
tea, hot chocolate, and other powdered beverage mixes (provide
quick energy and/or heat).
Bugging out by bike is always an option if you're prepared.
With a few modifications you can turn an ordinary mountain
bike into a bugout bike, or you can buy a collapsible
bike to get you home if a catastrophe happens while you're
at work and you can't bugout by car. If you're older or
need more stability in a bicycle, then you can bugout
A fold up bicycle in your car for emergencies.
While preppers have elaborate schemes to bug out with
vehicles ranging from ATVs to school buses and to boats
or goats, they often fail to prepare for an escape from
their car, truck or SUV. Ultimately, survival might depend
on a bug out bicycle
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