Thursday, January 26, 2012

The benefits of keeping preparedness supplies in your trunk

I drive an older model Camaro as my daily driver, and I have very limited trunk space, so what I keep with me for a day to day basis in the car has to be vital. Having a bag similar to a BOB (Bug Out Bag) in your car is a very wise idea. Most preppers call this a "Get Home Bag". The items kept in such a bag and your trunk will vary depending on your location and how far you typically travel from your home. I have to drive nearly an hour away from my home almost every day, so I keep a rather well stocked GHB and trunk.

Some good items to have in your GHB and trunk:

  • Extra Shoes (good hiking shoes are preferred)
  • Extra Socks
  • Extra Change of Clothes (Earthy colors)
  • Snack Bars
  • MRE's
  • Jumper Cables
  • Tool Kit
  • Flashlight
  • Jacket
  • Poncho
  • Emergency Money (for a tow, cab ride, etc)
  • Bottled Water
  • Gorilla Tape
  • Heavy Gauge Rope
  • Cigarette Lighter Outlet-Powered Air Compressor
  • Tire Plugging Kit
  • Knife/Multi-tool
  • Cell Phone Charger
  • BIC Lighter x2
  • 550 Paracord
  • Road Flares
  • Gas Can
  • Gloves
  • Binoculars
  • SAS Survival Guide
  • Emergency Contact List (if your phone dies, it would be nice to have all your important phone numbers written down)
  • Compass
  • Local Maps
  • First Aid Kit
  • Large Trash Bags (they can make a good poncho for your passengers)
  • Self-Defense Item
  • 5-Hour Energy (for me, these are a MUST. If you get sleepy while driving they are a lifesaver.)
  • Shemagh
  • Head-Light (trying to change a tire on the side of the road and hold a flashlight at the same time is quite a task)
  • Mylar Emergency Blanket
  • Phone Book
  • White Rag (to mark your vehicle as broken down)
As I said before, some of this depending on your area you may not need, or you may need other items. This is just to give you a good starting point. You never know what may happen day to day, so do yourself a favor and be prepared for anything!

NCPrepper10 out.


  1. The written emergency contact list is a great idea! Most people depend on their phone t obail them out, but what happens when the phone quits?

    And whats a shemagh?

  2. A Shemagh (pronounced "Shem-og") is like a very large bandana. It is used heavily in desert regions as a head/face-wrap. If in the field, I keep one wrapped around my neck all the time. I have many of them and they come in handy all the time. There are a million uses for one, as a towel, scarf, wrap, particulate filter, bandage, etc. You can get one online for less than $10, or in bulk for much less.

    Thanks for the comment and for reading Ed!