What emergency tools should a person have in his car?

Discussion in 'Chris Caracci's Urban Jungle' started by survivor, Dec 2, 2001.

  1. survivor


    Sep 9, 2001
    I am trying to diced on what emergency equipment should I put in my car. At preset I consider this to be a good kit that will cover most emergencies. My question is do people who visit this forum have simular stuff in there car? And can anyone suggest improvements?

    First Aid Kit (large)
    Fire Extinguisher
    Seatbelt Cuter
    Change of Cloving
    Some Food
    My Bug Out Bag (all the necessary equipment to survive in the outdoors)
    A bottle opener
    A small tool kit

    Ok I'm trying to make this kit so that I can deal with anything life throws at me.:rolleyes: :cool: :D
  2. Hawkins


    Aug 5, 2001
    bottle openner? might you also want a can openner? i can do without the beer in an emergency :)

    also, perhaps one of those tungsten-tipped punches for breaking your window.

    reflective stuff (a vest?)
    blankets (specifically, my father gave me an old OD wool blanket that i think was from his NatGuard days. its very warm, and dense enough that it could smother a fire.)
    jumper and tow cables
    maps appropriate to where you are. (state/province maps, nearby state maps, city maps)
    spare batteries for the light
    cell phone if you've got one.

    also, thanks to the guys on the PracTac forum, i've just discovered for myself the wonders of those tiny LED flashlights (specifically, photon lights). i'd toss a white one and a red one (photon II and IIIs because they can "lock" on) into the first aid kit, and also have a similar pair around for general use. (i've got 'em on my keychain).

    also, make sure that extinguisher is *charged*. my mother had one in her trunk- one day i was getting something from back there and noticed that it had zero pressure left according to the gauge.
  3. Peter


    Oct 7, 1998
    You really need a nail setter or similar item attached to your dashboard via string and velcro. It is a necessity for busting open the window when in water ect...
  4. bae


    Nov 21, 2001
    Jumper cables
    Folding reflective triangles
    Reflective vest
    Tow strap
    2 quarts oil
    Oil filter
    Fuel filters
    Fan belt
    Spare fuses
    Paper towels
    Fire extinguisher
    Tool kit
    2 mini maglights
    1 big mag light
    1 Surefire 10X light
    10 12-hour light sticks
    Glock entrenching tool
    Cold Steel Kukri
    Cold Steel SRK knife
    Spyderco Rescue knife
    Leatherman Wave
    Compass, paper maps
    GPS, electronic maps
    2 Motorola FRS radios
    Signal mirror
    Magnesium firestarter
    Metal match
    2 wool army blankets
    Sleeping bag (in winter)
    Tube tent
    4 rain ponchos
    6 survival blankets
    4 heavy-gauge contractors' garbage bags
    9 days lifeboat rations
    Water purification tablets, filter
    First aid kit, large
    100-hour lantern
    Box of .38 Special ammo
    Pencil, notepad, disposeable camera
    AA batteries
    Parachute cord
    Daypack to hold most of this
    Winch, snatch block, chain, ...
    Hi-lift, anchor
    Chainsaw, wedges
    Spare boots, jacket, socks, heavy pants
    $200 cash

    Hmmm - looks like I better get a bigger truck.
  5. Bodyhammer


    Oct 10, 2001
    bae: your list puts one in the mind of Ash's trunk (army of darkness. if you haven't seen it, shame on you). Something to aspire to, certainly.

    I'm working on stocking up my trunk. Something that might come in handy: I keep a 5 gallon bucket in my car's trunk, strapped in place with a bungee cord so it won't roll around. The bucket only cost me $2, and would come in handy for carrying water, or a particularly disgusting piece of roadkill that you might put to entertaining use on someone you don't like. (Wait...wrong forum. Ignore that last one)
  6. akabu


    Jul 11, 2000
    seeing where your from a large insulated cooler put your items in it. will protect your perishables from heat.Cameras,film ,food.Get a couple of 2 liter soda bottles fill with water add some water purifier.A mover's blanket come's in handy, add some cordage ,duck tape,wire coat hanger,road flare can be used to start fire in wet condition's,long handled steel shafted ripping hammer 20 or 23 oz. can be used as pry bar or war club :D
  7. scotjute


    Aug 7, 2001
    a knife
    a mag flashlite

    tools :
    2 screw drivers
    set of wrenches
    "Gator" socket and wrench (fits several
    sizes of bolt heads)
    can opener
    crescent wrench

    Car fluids : oil, transmission fluid, power
    steering fluid,

    spare fan belt

    (If i lived up north, would carry 3-day
    supply of food, candles, matches, etc.)
  8. ChuteTheMall


    Jun 23, 2000
    Spare mags & ammo, hearing protection (might want to plink)
    Shovel or E-tool (might have to bury something)
    Disposable flash camera (intimidates, documents, records)
    Hiking boots and real good socks, canteen. (go for help)
    Good book, portable radio. (wait for help)
    Bug repellent and the usual first aid and overnight gear.
  9. parisifal


    Aug 20, 2000
    Wow that is alot of stuff you guys carry in your car. This is what i have:

    1 can of Fix-o-flat
    1 pair of headlight bulb
    1 jumper cable
    1 Tire guage
    1 packet of automobile paperwork
    1 Air freshner (Tweety bird figurine)
    1 Sog Sealpup

    And that is all i should need to survive the urban jungle. Cause come on now, your in an urban jungle, couldn't you just go to a supermarket or convienent store for all that stuff?????? And heck, call a tow truck.

    Let say earthquake, bomb attack, riot, or whatever situation you might be involved in, i doubt you will be far away from shelter or food source.

    And of course some will argue with "what if i was in a desert?" Well if you were, you should be bringing eveything with you, preferrably a motorhome. Realistically i do not see the need for too much equipment in an urban enviorment. Anythign you need should be in an arms reach, if it is not there anymore due to a catastrophic event, chances are you'll be dead too.
  10. bae


    Nov 21, 2001
    Cause come on now, your in an urban jungle, couldn't you just go to a supermarket or convienent store for all that stuff?????? And heck, call a tow truck.

    Perhaps *you* live in an urban jungle. I live in a quite remote spot, and the nearest city is quite some distance away, especially if you include the hour-and-a-half boat ride to get to the mainland...
  11. Chad Ward

    Chad Ward

    Nov 13, 2001
    Hmmm, lesee if I can recall what I've got in my trunk...

    Jumper cables
    Gas can
    Hiking boots (it occurred to me that if my car breaks down I'll probably be wearing dress shoes -- not the best way to keep your tootsies warm if you have to walk a mile or two through snow)
    Huge emergency blanket (Cheaper Than Dirt had 'em on sale for $5!)
    Plastic tarp (8x10 w/grommets)
    Small air compressor w/flat fixing goo (powered from cigarette lighter)
    Folding camp shovel

    Those things are held in place by a cargo net. The rest of the list fits into my old college bookbag -- very handy.
    First aid kit (large Atwater Carey Expedition kit)
    Bottled water
    Duct tape
    100' 550 para cord
    Power bars
    Wet Wipes
    Leather work gloves
    12 hour lightstick
    Shop rags
    Rain poncho
    Magnesium firestarter
    Water purification tabs

    In the driver's console & glove box:
    Surefire 6p flashlight w/spare batteries
    Fire extinguisher
    Leatherman Wave multitool
    Wooden matches

    And I generally have a cell phone, a Zippo, a Chris Reeves large Sebenza and a Swiss Army Knife on me. There's an ASP saphire light attached to my keychain with a spare in the car door compartment.

    This stuff actually takes up a lot less space than it sounds like. The cargo net helps a lot -- and keeps the stuff out of the way of the groceries when I go shopping.

  12. tw


    Sep 20, 2000
    I'd like to have one of the compact MOD Dieter CQD
    knives in the car. Serrations for seatbelt cutting
    and a tungsten window punch built into the hilt.

    Unfortunately, it looks a little more "Ninjatron"
    than I'd prefer for a in-car-24/7 tool. My kingdom
    for a Spyderco Rescue Jr. in orange, with a window
    punch! :)

  13. texascarl


    Jan 27, 2002
  14. ChuteTheMall


    Jun 23, 2000
    In the big cities, a likely emergency scenario involves getting
    stuck on an interstate in a massive traffic jam. No chance of
    changing lanes, pulling anywhere, just sit and wait. And wait.
    Look at all those cars, everybody else is stuck too.
    So food and water and blankets are the ticket.
    Watch the beginning of "Falling Down" starring that idiot Michael Douglas for the frustation factor.
  15. nounderscores


    Oct 18, 2001
    I'm not sure if this counts as an emergency tool, but how many people remember to check if they have a working jack and tire iron in their car? My car got stolen not long ago, and I just went out to check under the trunk carpet. My spare tire's still there with all the spare nuts thank God, but the tire iron and jack are gone... Damn. Guess I'll have to go shopping.
  16. bae


    Nov 21, 2001
    I don't usually have a spare tire handy for my truck, because the tires/wheels are too big and clunky. I've got run-flats on, though.

    When I go out into the deep boonies, I take one or two.

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