Car Survival Kits

Roadside Emergency Kit

Car survival kits are safety products that you should keep in your car whether you are prepping for a life changing catastrophe or simply preparing for an ordinary on the road mishap. The best kit for you is one that addresses the weather, the terrain and your personal needs. Sometimes especially for people who face significant temperature changes over the year from summer to winter, you might need a kit for summer time and a separate one for winter.

Car Tools

When selecting or building survival kits for you and your family, you should consider specific emergency equipment for your vehicle such as:

  • Jumper cables
  • Duct tape
  • Tire gauge
  • Gasoline can
  • Triangular folding reflector
  • Mechanics wire to tie up falling mufflers or tail pipes, for example
  • Tow rope
  • Sealant for punctured tires
  • Vise grips
  • Multi functional tool
  • Generator light, a special flashlight that can charge a nickel-cadmium battery with a hand crank
  • Rags for clean up

Keep in mind for what you are preparing as it will help you decide which products are most important to you. If you are preparing against urban riots and the breakdown of society, the folding reflector probably is not useful, but for a flat tire on I-95 or a major highway, it does provide an element of safety. The 1800Prepare.com site offers the Mountain Road Warrior kit, which is a 21-piece kit of car and personal items.

Personal Items

137-Piece Auto First Aid Kit, Plastic Case

Most car survival kits contain a number of items that attend to your personal needs including:

  • First aid kit
  • Hand cleaner
  • Pocketknife
  • Water
  • Battery powered radio
  • Healthy snacks
  • Distress flags and whistles

For about $40, 1800prepare.com offers car survival kits with car tools such as the jumper cables, and personal items such as the first aid kit and emergency survival clothes such as a poncho.

Winter Survival Kits

Winter driving and bugging out in winter conditions requires a few extra provisions such as:

  • Shovel
  • Windshield scraper
  • Hand warmers
  • Space blanket

The Road Warrior Standard Kit includes a compact multi function shovel and ice scraper as well as first aid kit and hand warmers.

Cat Preparedness Kit

Summer Survival Kits

Much attention is spent on keeping warm and surviving the cold but specific summer items should be included in your car kit such as a cooler and rain poncho. Staying hydrated is one of the keys to survival in intense heat and most of the auto survival kits contain water supplies. The Roadside Emergency Kit contains multiple products to address different car problems as well as a raincoat.

Since car survival kits more frequently prepare for warmth, you may need to add items specific to heat and hot weather. Water purification tablets or the 1800Prepare.com Emergency Water Filter that can make almost any water drinkable as well as water filtration bottles would benefit people struggling against dehydration. Emergency survival blankets such as Mylar or space blankets work effectively at deflecting heat as it does to reflect heat back to keep you warm.

Family Road Guardian Kit

You can find auto survival kits in any price range from about $7 for a one day survival kit with an energy bar, survival blanket and a couple of water packets to the $200, 28 pound Family Road Guardian kit that:

  • Feeds four people for a day
  • Provides shelter 
  • Contains a deluxe first aid kit
  • Has various tools
  • Provides hygiene products
  • Includes playing cards

The readymade kits provide a variety of products that address general needs in a survival situation, however you may need to add items to address your specific needs. Anticipation of possible scenarios and preparation to meet your personal needs will help you craft the car survival kits that will meet the requirements of you and your family in a survival or short term crisis situation.

It’s also a good idea to have some extra gas & a funnel in your garage; that you can load in the trunk along with a readymade box of important spares for your particular model of car.


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