72 Hour Vehicle Kit Prep List
A 72 hour vehicle kit is a great addition to your preps as it travels with you wherever you drive. This prep list lays out for you the basic survival gear, car tools, and food you need to stay alive over three days. This will come in handy if you get stuck in a storm, break down on a road trip, or even for something as simple as a navigating basic car trouble.
The question you need to ask yourself is: “If a storm hit today while away from your home would you have everything you need in your vehicle to survive for a few days? ” If you were suddenly asked to evacuate the area would you have the basic supplies to take with you? Some may argue that they always have their EDC bag or their Get Home bag on them so why is there a need for a 72 hour vehicle kit? Isn’t it just a little overkill? The answer is no, it’s not if you really think about it, here are a few reasons why this gear redundancy is called for:
- What if you are separated from your get home bag? Maybe you left it in the office, maybe the building has been evacuated before you could grab your bag?
- What if you have to pick up a friend or spouse or take a fellow employee with you? (The extra gear may come in handy)
- What if your stranded for more than 3 days?
- The old saying still rings true: “One is none and two is one”…besides training redundancy is great way to increase your odds of survival!
Here’s my basic 72 hour vehicle prep list highlighting everything that I have in my car at all times.
72 hour kit Prep List for your vehicle:
- 3 Day Supply of Food
- Water – 3 Day Supply
- Water Purification Tablets
- Emergency shelter or bivvy sack
- Flashlight- (2pack)
- Extra batteries
- Rain poncho or Rain poncho
- Work gloves
- Gerber Strongarm Knife
- Gerber multi-tool
- Chains for tires
- Collapsible shovel
- Air compressor (to air tires)
- Extra tire
- Entrenching tool
- Waterproof matches
- Signaling device such as a Lifeguard Led Signals, road flare, mirror, whistle or light stick
- Extra clothes compatible to the season you are in.
- Hand and foot warmers (optional but very effective if you need to be in the cold weather for a long period of time)
- 2 extra pairs of socks
- Extra jacket
- Toiletries (Toilet Paper, Soap, etc.)
- First aid kit
- Survival book
- Maps and navigation devices (compass, GPS device, etc)
- 5-10 gallons of extra gasoline * Be sure to store properly safety first!
Bonus Gear Prep List
Having a solid 72 hour vehicle kit is a great way to help you feel more prepared for disasters or the unknown. If packed properly, a 72 hour kit will give you everything you need to keep you alive for 3 days. Having one of these for your car can be useful in the case of an emergency evacuation or if your car simply breaks down in a remote location.
Adding a few items to the trunk for one of these unforeseen disasters or events will not only help you prepare, but also keep you safe and focused on finding a solution when you actually find yourself in one of these situations.
What’s in your kit?
Let me know in the comments below!