Do you keep any survival items in your vehicle at all? If you’re like most people, the answer is probably no.
Even though keeping just a handful of survival items in your car at all times may seem like common sense (because it is), the truth is that most people are not prepared that way at all.
It’s unfortunate, because it means that when those people find themselves stranded in the middle of nowhere (they have a car crash, a tire blows out, engine fails, they find themselves caught in the middle of a blizzard, etc.), their chances of survival will be much lower than if they did have a kit of some kind.
Suffice to say, having a survival kit of items in your car at all times is a major responsibility just as much as it is the wise thing to do. Even if you never have to end up using it, the old saying goes that it’s better to be safe than sorry. In other words, it’s better to have a survival kit and never use it than not have one and need it.
Here is a list of items that you will want to keep in a thirty six hour vehicle survival kit for winter weather:
A backpack should hold most if not all of your survival items within it, so you can take it with you (and everything in it) should you need to leave the vehicle.
To signal for help should you become stranded. Have at least three in your car at all times.
If you crash following a blizzard, attach a red flag to the top of your car so that anyone who passes by will be able to see you.
So long as this is winter survival, you will absolutely need to have warm winter clothing in your car at all times. This includes a coat, snow pants, wool socks, warm winter gloves, and snow boots.
Have you ever tried trekking through extended distances of snowy terrain without snowshoes? It can be done, but it’s also incredibly difficult, exhausting, slow moving, and drains you of energy. A basic pair of snowshoes more evenly distributes your weight across the snow, allowing you to move at a faster pace while also preserving much of your energy.
A basic wool blanket will be a highly desirable asset if you have to sleep in your car overnight. As a backup or alternative option, you can also go with a warm mylar blanket that is designed to reflect your body heat back to you.
Yes, even if you already have a wool blanket in your car, you’ll also want a sleeping bivvy as the two things together can provide you with even extra warmth. Plus, if there’s more than just you in the car, one of you can use the sleeping bivvy and the other the blanket.
A basic snow shovel, rather than a normal shovel, will be imperative for winter car survival. Also, go with a folding model so it is more compact and can fit more easily in your car.
Spreading cat litter over icy terrain before you take your steps reducing your chances of falling and sustaining a major injury.
Hand and Feet Warmers
Pop these open and then place them in your gloves and shoes to reduce the chances of developing frostbite.
Fire Starting Devices
This is an absolute must-have in any survival kit, but it’s even more important for winter survival. Have a minimum of two separate fire starting devices in your car survival kit (magnesium flint striker, matches, lighter, etc.).
Have at least three candles in your car survival kit. This way, you can light one up at a time in your car to provide you with a minimal and containable source of light and heat.
You’ll need one LED flashlight with spare batteries. Having two flashlights would be even more preferable.
Another survival kit must is a knife. For your car survival kit, go with a folding tactical knife that you can easily clip to the inside of your pockets to take with you should you need to leave.
First Aid Kit
A basic but complete first aid kit in your car is another absolute must for your car. A tourniquet, prescription meds, bandages and gauze pads, Neosporin, alcohol wipe pads, ibuprofen/Tylenol, medical tweezers, and medical tape will be among the most important first aid or medical items to have on hand.
Paracord is simply one of the most versatile survival items in existence. Try to have at least two hundred and fifty feet of it in your car at all times. In addition, 550lb paracord is best.
Like paracord, duct tape is also highly versatile. It can be used to fix nearly anything, and yes, that literally means nearly anything. Have at least one roll in your car at all times.
Have at least $100 in your car, divided into $20, $10, $5, and $1 bills. This can be used for bartering and for buying food and beverages after you stumble back into town.
A box of protein or Granola bars in your car will help to satisfy your hunger while also providing you with a quick burst of energy. Protein bars are compact, portable, and filled with valuable nutrition.
3 Water Bottles
Have at least three separate water bottles in your car at all times. In addition, you should give strong consideration to also having a personal water filter or purification tablets as well.
You don’t have to follow that above list exactly. There may be some items you don’t think you need and others you can think of that you would like to add. But at the very least, it gives you an idea of the things that you should consider storing in your vehicle for winter survival.