It’s likely that regardless of what state you live in, you’re using a car, truck, bus or bike to get around. With the exception of some Alaskan families, operating primarily off of snow mobiles and dog sled, the rest of us often find ourselves in personal or public transportation vehicles, daily. If something happens on a major scale and you happen to be in transit, have you prepared for the worst-case scenario?
While a person could fill their backseat or backpack with a world of things that could help, depending on circumstance, there are some items you must absolutely make sure to have with you in a SHTF situation, on the move.
Newer, rechargeable flashlights are capable of putting out serious lumens. Advancements in battery life and sheer output of light have changed the game when it comes to flashlights. You don’t have to spend a hundred bucks on some sort of space-aged piece of equipment that is “guaranteed to work” in perfect conditions. Just make sure you invest in a light that offers you a great deal of illumination, as well as the ability to recharge or input standard store-bought batteries.
If you are stranded and you have to work on your car, your injured friend, or on building something that will get you through the night, you are going to need your hands to be free. This is where a headlamp comes in handy over a flashlight. Similar to your choice of flashlight, make sure that your headlamp is capable of being recharged, or fed with standard issue batteries that can be easily obtained.
Sure, having an entire tool case with you would be great when things go awry, but that’s a lot of metal to lug around. If you happen to be backpacking, cruising on a bike or just trying to keep things minimal, a high quality multi-tool isn’t just a good idea… it’s essential. There are a lot of multi-tools on the market right now, some of them are very well made. Make sure to take the time and fully extend all the limbs of your multi-tool so you know what you are working with.
This one is pretty self-explanatory. Paracord, other times referred to as 550 cord, is vital if you find yourself in a position where you have to fix things, people or otherwise rig up an impromptu device to get you through the rough and tumble, rope is going to be crucial.
And let’s face it, getting lost isn’t fun. Sure, you can use the stars, sunlight, the growth of moss on tree stumps and other methods to determine where you are. But the simple solution is having a compass on you.
Sure, you could fill the trunk of your car or the backseat with gallons of water, but that sure does take up a lot of space. Also, your SHTF travel pack needs to be light enough to travel in any vehicle. Try getting your hands on a survival straw and lightening up your load.
There are few tangible things in life that can’t be fixed with duct tape. Whether you need to keep a part of your car attached to itself, or you have to patch up a hole in your water jug, duct tape is a fundamental resource and tool.
If there is one thing you need more than anything else on this list, it is a knife. Yes, if you are super hardcore you can flint-knap a blade out of sharp rock, but it sure isn’t too difficult to toss a sharp fixed-blade or folding knife into your SHTF vehicle pack. Putting a sharpening stone in there isn’t a bad idea either.
Fire, it is a cornerstone of civilization and sometimes the absolute key to survival. While a Zippo lighter or a standard cheapo gas-station lighter can do the job, go the extra mile and toss some waterproof matches into your SHTF vehicle pack.
Okay, this is where a person can go overboard. Sure, any number of awful things can occur out there, but you can’t bring an entire hospital with you. Below are utter essentials for you and yours to survive most of what can and will be thrown at you in a SHTF scenario.
- Trauma shears
- 15g Celox Hemostatic Granules (one package)
- One-handed tourniquet
- Latex gloves (10 pair)
- Ibuprofen (1 bottle)
- Alcohol Swabs (50)
- Gauze (2 rolls, 3-inch)
- Medical Tape (2 rolls)
- CPR facemask
- Tylenol (one bottle)
- DeRoyal 25-3001 35w Surgical Skin Stapler