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5 Survival Items You Need in Your Car When Traveling

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A recent snowstorm blanketed southeastern Kentucky and stranded motorists on I-75 for over 20 hours.

What would you do if you were stranded in your car fo hours on end? Are you prepared? Here are 5 items that everyone should carry in their car.

1. Water



Water is perhaps the most important item to always have on hand. In addition to being the building block of life, it is also needed for the next item that you should have on hand.

2. Food

Prepper Journal

Mountian House or other freeze-dried food has a long shelf life, and will last in your car or truck. Most backpacking style foods don’t require additional dishes aside from eating utensils and are easy to prepare.

When stuck in freezing weather on the interstate or side road, a hot meal is just what the doctor ordered.

3. Backpacking Stove w/Fuel

stove with fuel
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A Primus backpacking stove or similar small, portable stove with fuel heats up the water needed for your Mountain House meals. If you don’t have matches on hand, be sure to buy a stove with an ignitor. A stove just like this one can boil water in a matter of minutes.

4. Utensils

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An easy-to-use camper tool like the one above is handy for any situation. It provides you with basic tools for survival and is great for convenience. Be sure to include a military canteen cup or other type of metal 2-3 cups container good for warming water.

5. Blanket


Food and water won’t do you much good if you freeze to death in the process. A decent quality military surplus wool blanket is always a good choice. They are durable and long lasting.

It may seem silly to consistently keep these items on hand in your vehicle or in your bug-out bag, but if the time ever comes to use these things, you’ll be thankful you planned ahead. A smart traveler is a safe traveler.


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5 Survival Items You Need in Your Car When Traveling