What to Pack in Your Car Survival Kit

Being stranded in your car is one of the most likely survival scenarios you’ll face.

Despite the technological advances in new cars, breakdowns are actually becoming more common.

Today’s cars have a lot more features than older cars, so more things can go wrong with them.

As a prepper, you need to realize that being stranded in your car is a real threat and take simple steps to prepare for it.

I wrote a list of several survival tools and supplies that you should keep in your car to be prepared in case it breaks down and leaves you stranded.

Car Battery Jumper:

Did you know the biggest cause of car breakdowns is caused by battery failures? That’s why it’s so important to have a tool that can jump-start your battery. A car jumper is better than jumper cables because you can jump-start your battery yourself without the help of another vehicle.


It could take a while before you’re able to fix your car or help arrives, which means you might need to spend the night in your car. Having a flashlight can provide a little light during the night and make your overnight stay much more comfortable.

Spare Tire:

A flat tire is another common reason cars break down.  That’s why you should always keep a spare tire in your trunk.

Jack & Tire Iron:

Of course, that spare tire isn’t going to install itself.  You need special tools to change your tire, such as a jack to lift the car up and a tire iron to take the tire off.

Tool Kit:

It’s a good idea to keep a basic tool kit in your car just in case. Make sure it has all the essentials, such as pliers, screwdrivers, wrenches, ratchet, and sockets.

Food & Water:

Since you don’t know how long you’ll be waiting, you should make sure you have enough food and water to last at least a day or two. Snack bars should be good enough, along with a case of bottled water.

Emergency Blanket:

If you’re stranded during cold weather, hypothermia is a serious threat.  You could stock lots of blankets and extra clothes, but those take up a lot of space. Emergency blankets are really warm and don’t take up much space.

Glass Breaker:

Imagine being trapped in a car as it slowly sinks under water with a door that won’t open. That sounds terrible, which is exactly why I always keep a glass breaker in my car with me.

Power Bank:

Your #1 survival tool in this type of situation is your smartphone…but it’s worthless if the battery’s dead. A power bank will give your phone’s battery an extra charge to make that important life-saving phone call.

Gas Siphon:

Gas siphons are thought to be a thief’s tool, but you should also have one just in case you run out of gas. You could flag down a helpful passerby and pay him for a couple gallons of gas from his tank fair and square. You wouldn’t be able to do that without a siphon.

First Aid Kit:

Having a first aid kit on hand is always a good idea. Being stranded in your car is a bad time to be hurt because there’s no way to get quick medical attention. If you’re hurt, you need to take care of it on your own with the help of a basic first aid kit.

Do you keep any other survival tools or supplies in your car that you think should be on this list? Tell me in the comments section below!


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