9 Most Overlooked Things You Should Have in Your Vehicle’s Bug Out Bag

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Many people, especially city dwellers, complain about the lack of space to keep their preps. Things like keeping food under the bed or inside furniture are seen as weird, so they’re stuck renting extra storage space or simply not prepping as well as they would like.

What about your car’s trunk? If you have an average sedan or even a larger 4×4, you should have room to store additional preps. I’m not talking about food or water, but non-perishables that are essential to your survival. I’m not going to talk about having water, flashlights or jumper cables, either. I want to dig a little deeper and give you a few suggestions you may not have thought of.

In this article I want to tell you about some of these “overlooked preps” that you can keep in your trunk and not worry about anyone finding out about them.

#1. Gloves

Not just work gloves, but other types as well. They are small, lightweight and you never know when you’ll need them. Consider wool gloves to keep you warm and nitrile gloves as part of your first aid kit.

#2. A HAM radio

The cool thing about it is, no one will suspect you own one because you’re a prepper. Many folks enjoy communicating using these portable radios, especially when they’re on the road.

#3. Chem lights and hand-crank flashlights

Confession: I don’t like batteries. I hate it when they stop working, I hate replacing them and I want something reliable. Obviously, chem-lights and hand-crank flashlights don’t have these problems.

#4. A battery-powered radio

If you have a radio in your car, why would you need a second one? Well, you never know when you might abandon your vehicle. Of course, if you have one of those transceivers, they can tune in to FM radio stations, but not AM radio.

There are plenty of emergency radios on the market that have additional features, such as LED flashlights, lanterns, phone chargers and even solar panels.

#5. Trash bags

Trash bags aren’t just for trash. Not in survival situations, that is. They have numerous alternative uses, so it doesn’t hurt to keep some in the trunk. They’re small, lightweight and aren’t affected by extreme temperatures, so why not?

#6. Toiletries

Keeping clean when SHTF is mandatory, so why not add basic toiletries, such as wet wipes, soap, hand sanitizer and paper napkins? The added benefit is, if you’re going somewhere on vacation (or even to visit friends or family in another town), you’ll have them with you in case you need them.

#7. Items to signal your location

Whether you’re stuck in snow or for some other reason, you might need to tell others where you’re at without using a phone or HAM radio. Some of the things that could help you signal your whereabouts include a flare gun, a siren, a signaling mirror, a Fresnel lens or even a large sign that spells “HELP!”.

#8. A portable water filter

A Sawyer Mini, Lifestraw or Berkey are small enough to be concealed somewhere in the trunk. They’re also dirt-cheap, you can get one for 20 bucks, and the Sawyer Mini can purify a whopping 100,000 gallons of water.
The downside of these filters is that they do NOT filter heavy metals. If you want that, you’re going to need the more expensive Brita filters that only work for a few hundred gallons before they need to be replaced.

#9. Fire starters

Matches, lighters, ferro rods etc. Enough said.

Additional Concerns

There are two things to worry about as you expand your “car’s bug out bag”. First, security. If someone breaks into your car, they might steal everything. One way of solving this is to be a smart shopper and only buy things that are on sale or in bulk.

Another thing you can do is install GPS monitoring on your car so, if it is stolen, you not only get your vehicle back but, hopefully, everything in it.

Second, you need containers to keep everything in. Keep in mind that, at some point, people will look into your trunk. You don’t necessarily want them to see all your supplies, so make sure you hide them among the other, common things one might have in their trunk.

What I got was a couple of those Velcro bags that stick to the fabric in the trunk, making them stable while driving, but if you want to go the extra mile (pun intended), you should put some of these essentials in zipper bags to keep them waterproof and bubble wrap for shock absorption. Not because your car may land in a body of water, but you might have to take them out of the car and put them in your survival bag, your pockets, on your bike and so on.

Regardless of what you choose to pack, one thing we can all agree to, is you should be stockpiling. Remember, you won’t be using these items just when you’re bugging out. It’s likely that you’ll bug in and still have access to your car and these extra supplies. So start stockpiling today.

Courtesy of Dan F. Sullivan
chief minuteman over at www.SurvivalSullivan.com

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