Putting Together your Winter Emergency Car Kit

Between commuting to and from work, running errands, and schlepping the kids around to various activities, the average American spends over 200 hours a year in their cars.

This is more time on the road than we spend in vacation time in a year!

With all that time in your vehicle, the chances of you being stranded in your car due to a breakdown or inclement weather at least once in your lifetime is more likely than not. For that reason it’s an absolute must to have a Emergency Kit for you vehicle.

And with winter now fast approaching, having an emergency kit in your car is doubly important!

How to Put Together Your Winter Emergency Car Kit

What you decide to put into your car kit is really based on your needs, skill and desired comfort. In this post I’ll show you what I put in my kit but in doing so I’ll explain the core principles that you should follow. Ultimately, how you decide to fulfill those principles is up to you.

Throughout every season, I have two kits at all times in my car:

  • a core emergency-car kit and …
  • a watered down version of my Bug-Out Bag (BOB) — it’s more like a Get-Home Bag

When winter rolls around I add some extra gear that would help me through the rougher weather if I were to become stranded.

Following the 5-Pillars of Survival (+ Tools) Approach to Building Your Vehicle Kit

For all my emergency kits (vehicle kit, Bug-Out Bag, Get-Home Bag etc) I organize them according to 5 principles of survival that I call the “5 Pillars”. Once I have all the pillars accounted for I then add extra “tools” that help make survival a whole lot easier.

Here are the contents of my emergency-car kit organized according to these “Pillars” (items with an ** are what I add for the winter season):


Personal Health & Security

Items in this category consist of anything that helps with keeping you safe, secure and healthy. Here’s what’s in my car kit:

  • small club – In addition to my carry pistol, I keep a small club near my seat as backup (this is actually not “with” my kit in the trunk for obvious reasons)
  • first-aid kit


Shelter

The shelter portion of your emergency car kit should contain all those things that help to protect you from the elements and keep your body at a steady 96.8°F. Here’s what I include:

  • **extra winter clothes (snow pants, gloves, hat, heavy wool sweater and winter jacket)
  • **winter boots
  • **sub-zero rated sleeping bag
  • 2 mylar emergency blankets (in the small BOB)
  • tarp tent (in the small BOB)


Water

The water component contains all those things that help to store, filter, collect, and purify water. It also includes, well, of course…water.

  • 1 gallon water jug
  • 2 quart bottles of water (in small BOB)
  • water purification tablets (in small BOB)
  • collapsible water containers (in small BOB)
  • small water filter (in small BOB)


Heat and Energy

This category contains all those items that you need to create fire, light and energy (including fuel). Here’s what I have:

  • matches (in small BOB)
  • firesteel (in small BOB)
  • flashlight (in small BOB)
  • road flares
  • portable 12V jump starter
  • extra batteries (in small BOB)
  • 1 gallon of gas – beyond keeping my tank always above 1/2, I pack a gallon of fuel just in case. This is rotated every few fillups
  • emergency car heater
  • extra 90% rubbing alcohol for the emergency car heater


Food

The food category includes food itself as well as items that might help you procure food. Here’s what I include:

  • Emergency food bars (in small BOB)
  • Ruger 10/22 rifle with 1000 rds .22LR ammunition


Tools

Once the 5 Pillars are met, you’ll also want to include some extras that help you beyond “just surviving”. This makes up the brunt of what I have. Here’s what’s in my “Tools” category:

  • tool kit – for basic auto repairs
  • duct tape
  • hand axe
  • folding saw (in small BOB)
  • windshield washer fluid
  • antifreeze/coolant
  • 1 quart of oil & funnel
  • Fix-a-Flat
  • tire repair kit
  • **small snow shovel
  • **snow shoes – hey, you never know when you have to trek it home in a blizzard
  • **traction skids – you can also use two pieces of carpet, kitty-litter, or sand
  • **ice/snow scraper
  • jumper cables

A closer look

Here’s a detailed look at my car kit:
I keep my core car kit in a storage container for easy access:
Here’s what my kit looks like year-round in the trunk — plenty of space for extra things
When winter rolls around, I unfortunately have to sacrifice space for security. This is a trade-off I’m always willing to make:

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Comment by Eve
2012-11-26 19:20:17

another good item to have with your water supply is some Electrolyte packets, or you can make your own. Electrolytes keep you hydrated. Pedialyte, gatoraide, tang, all have ekectrolytes. getting powdered is best, but my favorite flavors are strawberry, grape. I always keep pedialyte for children and pets.

Comment by Tactical Intelligence
2012-11-26 19:32:50

Eve,

Thanks for the great tip! Electrolytes are a great addition to any emergency kit.

 
 
Comment by Morris
2012-11-26 20:42:35

Thanks for your efforts. Good tips, BUT 1,000 rounds of ammo? Takes way from the
credibility of your otherwise worthwhile message.

Comment by Tactical Intelligence
2012-11-26 23:00:36

Hey Morris,

Appreciate the comments.

Actually 1000 rounds hardly takes up any space since it is .22LR (500 rounds fits in a 3.5 x 3.5 inch box). I originally had it in my trunk for an Appleseed event I attended and have kept it in there since then (again, since it takes up hardly any space).

thanks for visiting!

- Erich

 
 
Comment by Jason Mainville
2012-11-26 20:49:14

Not really. Ever tried to hit something when you are cold? wet? shivering? .22 is small and in a car 1000 rounds is nothing. If he was wanting to carry this in his pack all the time I would say it was a bit much but in a car? no sweat IMO

Jason

 
Comment by millenniumfly
2012-11-26 20:54:46

I like the winter vehicle kit but there really is no room for anything! I eventually compromised with my wife only sequester about half of the trunk space these days. :)

 
Comment by Jason
2012-11-26 21:15:46

That is a very detailed list. Nice job. Your first 2 images aren’t loading. Definitely interested to see what your car kit looks like. Thanks again :)

 
Comment by bigbadwolfe
2012-11-26 21:16:55

I have adjysted mine to assume there will be 4 occupants, so you end up needing to increase blankets, hats, gloves etc, but it doesnt take up too much space, also 5 hour hand warmers or those heating back pads are great for keeping core temp up.

The hardest part for me is water. It stays below -10c for 6 months or so, and bringing fresh water in every time I drive would be annoying. Any advice on how to keep a reasonable amount of non-solid water handy? Some have suggested a cooler, but that will only work for a short period of time before, I am swaping out water jugs.

Comment by Tactical Intelligence
2012-11-26 23:13:50

Wolfe,

I’m not sure you can really get away from it becoming frozen (sure a cooler/thermos may keep it from freezing for a little while but it isn’t a permanent solution). What you’ll want to instead focus on is how to thaw it once it does become frozen.

I keep much of my water in individual 1-quart bottles. These seem to thaw out easier and faster than 1-gallon jugs (this can be done through body heat, the heat of a running car, an emergency car heater, sunlight through the car windows etc).

Hope that helps.

- Erich

 
Comment by Tom
2012-11-27 00:55:02

You should be able to make some changes by making normalized saline solution at 0.9% Na Cl. Not sure of the exact bump down but a little more research should find it.

Also I would think adding some spirits i.e. drinking type would also create a change just don’t get carried away. Check this article out
http://www.ehow.com/facts_7365307_freezing-point-80-proof-whiskey.html

Comment by Tactical Intelligence
2012-11-27 10:53:42

Interesting points Tom. I’ll have to try that out.

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Comment by Ray
2012-11-26 23:01:17

I think all your suggestions are great, one cannot be over prepared these days. I have haft of the things you have listed and I am working on getting more things. I have had the car heater in my car since you frist suggested a while back., it throws really good heat. I also have a small tent. I know there are going to be tough times ahead for all. Super storm sandy along with other events that have occurred should be a eye opener for everyone, it sure is for me. I survied a category five tornado many years ago and as a result I have much respect for nature. Some people blamed it on above the ground nuclear bomb testing that was going on at the time, who knows, there must have been some negative effects to nature as a result. The atmosphere sure got heated up in places, not to mention the nuclear fall out. Cancer has been on the rise ever since not that could be the only cause of it. No one can deny globle warming any more or the rise in the population of the planet. The population of the earth has tripled since I was a young teen ager. There are people in the world who are starving, droughts are on the incease. The revolution tv series that is currently on tv depicts what it would be like if all of a sudden there was no electricity anymore. protecting ones self and family is a number one issue in the movie. Better to plan ahead and be prepared rather than sit back and say the worst will never happen. Ray

Comment by Tactical Intelligence
2012-11-26 23:16:55

Ray,

Well said brother. Tough times are here and I think worse are coming.

- Erich

 
 
Comment by brenda from ar
2012-11-27 00:05:40

For camping, you can open a gallon of water, pour out (use) maybe 1/10 of it, freeze it and re-lid it. This keeps the ice chest cool and as it thaws you have drinking water. It seems like you could do the same thing for water kept in the car. If it freezes overnight, it has room to expand, and the daytime solar heat in the car should bring it back to drinkable. You could even replace it a few times during the winter, if you felt the need.

 
Comment by Nayda
2012-11-27 00:27:58

Enjoy your sight and tips. A friend from Canada once told me a small candle lit will help keep the inside of a car warm if your stranded. Do you think there is any truth to this?

Comment by Tactical Intelligence
2012-11-27 10:52:51

I’ve never tried it personally so I cannot say exactly. I did try with a much larger source of flame in the following experiment: http://www.tacticalintelligence.net/blog/testing-out-the-survival-stove.htm

Given that the candle is so small (and thus the BTUs are minimal), in all but the most mild temperatures I don’t think it would be very effective.

I have however had success while out camping on cold nights with a candle. What you do is wrap yourself in a blanket while sitting indian style. Place the candle in between your legs and drape the blanket over your head and body while keeping a small portion open near the candle for air. This will warm you up fairly well. This might work for a car as well. Try it out we’d love to hear about your experiences.

 
 
Comment by Carolann
2012-11-27 00:46:30

Thank you for the great article. I agree that everything in your kit is important but unfortunately in my state, having a weapon or ammunition carried around in the car 24/7 will get you a free ride in a cop car and most likely some jail time even with an ID card.

 
Comment by Hollis
2012-11-27 01:18:38

A small candle and an emergency blanket. Just keep a window cracked for ventilation.

 
Comment by EmKay
2012-11-27 09:40:32

Unless I missed it, I think the core car kit should also contain some sturdy shoes for walking and an old garage jumpsuit for doing utility work if necessary. Changing a flat tire in high heels and party dress is not the best scenario and near next to impossible to do. A few pairs of nitrile gloves would be handy too.

Comment by Tactical Intelligence
2012-11-27 10:56:37

Some great thoughts EmKay and you should definitely add it to your kit. I don’t think there’s a time that I don’t have a pair of good shoes on (I’ve since left the corporate world so I’m done wearing dockers).

The jumpsuit (or at least some old clothes I could quickly slip on) is a fantastic idea. Thanks!

 
 
Comment by Ashley
2012-11-27 11:32:48

You mentioned road flares I think, but those go out eventually. I think the crank-chargeable flashlights or the ones with the copper coil inside that you shake to charge would be more reliable and sustainable if you travel country roads and want to be able to get noticed for help. Just a thought, let me know what you think.

Comment by Tactical Intelligence
2012-11-27 21:02:33

Those are some good thoughts Ashley. I do have the crank-flashlight in my small BOB that sits in my car but never thought of using it as a signalling device. Besides for signalling, I also like flares because they help prevent people running me over if I’m working on a broken-down car and they are excellent fire starters in a pinch.

 
 
Comment by David
2012-11-27 19:45:00

One tip for storing water in sub zero temperatures is to store your water containers upside down. Water freezes from the top down, so storing it upside down ensures that you can still access the liquid if only half of it freezes. Also, this may be a little far-fetched, but restaurants and catering companies use insulated heating bags that plug into a standard electrical outlet and produce heat; maybe you could rig one up to a cigarette lighter AC adapter and passively thaw/keep water thawed while you’re driving…

Comment by Tactical Intelligence
2012-11-27 21:03:42

Some great ideas David. Thanks!

 
 
Comment by Cheryl
2012-11-29 10:54:21

Hi BigBad,

I live in ND and my mom taught me to carry a can and a candle (like one of the old coffee cans, altho now they are plastic :( ) That way you can heat CLEAN snow in the can if you really get into a pinch, and the candle works for some warmth. If you don’t need the water, you can put the candle in the can for a mini-heater. Always remember to crack your window a tish away from the wind and to keep the tailpipe free from snow if you are running the car for heat. Extra candy bars are good too for fast calories to help heat the bod.

 
Comment by William Marchand
2012-11-30 03:50:25

I broke down once in northern Arizona, not the coldest place there is, but it was near zero. We had to wait four hours for a friend to bring us a battery. We had nothing for such a problem. We had some snacks because we had been in town to shop. We had nothing toward keeping warm; then came the idea of using trash bags. The three of us pulled a bag over our feet and legs, ant put holes in another like a no sleeve shirt. We had to keep them open in the center to keep from getting overly warm. Now I always keep trash bags in the car kit for both rain and cold. I would recommend adding them to any winter kit at least.

Comment by Tactical Intelligence
2012-12-03 23:23:16

Great tip William, thanks!

 
 
Comment by Deborah
2012-11-30 09:05:04

Great article, but I had read somewhere (I think a comment on a YouTube video) that fiberglass insulation could be used instead of TP because it wouldn’t burn away and so therefore last longer. Any thoughts/opinions on that? I haven’t tried either out yet since I’m still in research mode. Some use insulation to make their alcohol stoves and wondered if it would be okay for an emergency car heater.

Also, how can I get a hold of your free eBook since I’m already subscribed. I would love to check it out since I’m always reading about this kind of stuff in my quest for survival knowledge, tips and know how.

Deb

Comment by Tactical Intelligence
2012-12-03 23:23:01

I haven’t tried out insulation but what you say does make sense. Regarding the TP burning off, it really would take a long time to do that. I’ve had multiple lightings with mine without any significant burning off.

 
 
Comment by BVM
2012-11-30 18:59:17

Hey,
Thank you for the advice. I have revamped my own vehicle kit along those lines as well. I too have to acquiesce to my wife’s trunk space requirements, and I can’t keep too much stuff in the trunk. Thankfully, we live in SoCal and ice/snow isnt really a big issue. The bigger issue is packing for the Toddlers. Keep up the strong work, love this site.
-BVM

 
Comment by Brandon
2012-12-04 23:10:21

This is great stuff. It doesn’t snow where I live too much, but minus the snow gear there rest is stuff I need to put in my vehicle!

I’m still new to this whole survival/prepper concept (thanks to Neil Strauss and then Rawles), and I wanted to take some training. I found a Surival school nearby and wondered if anyone here has heard anything about it? It is called Sigma III. Here is their page: http://www.survivalschool.us

Thanks for any feedback!

 
Comment by RamboMoe
2012-12-12 12:43:17

Good article! It’s very important to update your car kit for winter time. This is a very comprehensive list, and I like that you included picture on how you stored it.

A+!
:D

 
Comment by Jon Davis
2012-12-16 15:46:46

interesting that in all winter storage articles havent seen one that detailed emergency kit. a few years back I used to take for granted storage…. just parking the car in my fathers barn, sometimes I go so far as to cover it with a tarp. But I learned the hard way as corrosion got the underbelly pretty bad and had a mouse problem in the interior…all in the same winter! found this to help also… http://www.thinkinsure.ca/car-auto-insurance-tips/Insurance-and-Winter-Storage-Tips-for-your-Classic-Car-in-Ontario.html

Jon D.

 
Comment by iris
2012-12-18 21:04:45

You forgot to mention red underpanties to hang on the antenna…just kidding. I add a saw to mine and a baceball bat for out of the city trips and a pea pot. A while back, my car broke down. Apparently, the wire to one of the battery cables pulled off enough not to give juice after going over a 2″ bump. My flashlite didn’t work and it was dark. I had plenty of clothing & coats. After 3 hrs in the nite, all of a sudden there was this flow of ice blood that travelled past my heart and down the other arm. I pulled my arms out of my sleeves and placed my hans across my heart & under my armpits. I was only a five minute walk from a house but waited & was picked up around 6. Next trip, I made sure that I had my sleeping bags & I purchased a water heater insulation blanket as camping gear for future adventures and Hothand Hand Warmers that heats up to 55 degrees C or 130 degrees F by breaking or shaking to place over my heart. Wool socks, wool mitts, wool hats, wool scarfs and wool underwear are still better than the others.

 
Comment by iris
2012-12-18 21:11:09

You know what else mite be good to add would be kids ski’s that could be made in such a way as to add, maybe 6, pieces of thick planks, to form a tobaggan of sorts by lacing rope back and forth. The ski’s would have to have a screwed on upper piece of wood with holes in them for this to work. Hmmm?

 
Comment by iris
2012-12-18 21:18:10

A saw, axe and rope cannot be diminished in their value. If one had these items they could make their own sled from branches, or if on a boat going down, a raft which is a little off topic.

 
Comment by mason
2013-01-31 00:48:17

for those who cannot carry the firearm in the trunk, may I suggest a quality pellet gun. A break open or pump (no requirement for a CO2 cartridge) plenty of punch for small game and carrying a few thousand rounds are very light and cheap. I do all my small game hunting with my pellet gun (grouse, rabbit, squirrel).

 
Comment by Pat
2013-04-03 19:14:46

I have found that if you can vacuum seal things like blankets and warm clothes you shrink down the size by at least 50%. I have a queen size superwarm fleece blanket which I folded top to bottom in quarters and rolled like a sleeping bag. After vacuum sealing, it is a tube five inches wide by 12 inches long and as hard as a brick and is water proof, bug proof as well. Think of anything that can take up less room by vacuum sealing. I also have done lots of my medical supplies. Keeps them secure and dry no matter what.

 
2013-04-03 19:59:18

Pat,

Great tip. What type of vacuum sealer do you use for this?

- Erich

 
Comment by RKF
2013-11-11 01:37:42

Better to have too much and not need it, than to have too little AND NEED IT!

Comment by Tactical Intelligence
2013-11-11 20:32:59

Amen brother.

 
 
Comment by DaveM
2013-11-26 19:42:14

Possibly some duplication of the above here but I have a good pair of snow boots (military surplus mukluks, insulated to the knees so useful even if staying with the car–they are lightweight and roll up small for storage), two wool blankets, two “space blankets”, and two large “survival candles” (each good for 72 hours or more). Most of my “stuff” is in a plastic milk crate which could be cut apart for use as traction mats (yes, I have a saw). A multitool is always helpful–have two of different sizes with different tools in the gloev compartment.

Rather than an obvious “club”, I have a MagLite flashlight and a “rescue hammer” (which includes a whistle–you never know when that might come in handy). Both have obvious purposes and will not offend passengers or law enforcement, but, in a self-defense situation they will be most useful as well.

The most important survival “gadget” is located between your ears. An entire carload of resources is useless if you don’t know how to use them. It’s also worth learning which parts of a car can be cannibalized for various uses in an emergency–there are a lot of them.

Comment by Tactical Intelligence
2013-11-26 19:44:44

Amen on the importance of skill brother.

I think too many preppers relay on their gear and not enough on how to use it as well as how to find resources in those common things around us (like our cars).

Thanks for the great comment.

 
 
Comment by Eddie
2013-11-26 20:15:10

Great info. One thing I always carry is a 12 volt portable air compressor to air up tire repairs. Over the years I’ve needed it about once every 18-24 months after removing a nail on the side of the road or airing up lie tires away from help.

Comment by Tactical Intelligence
2013-11-26 20:44:23

I totally agree Eddie. My portable jumper/battery-pack also has a built in compressor which has come in handy a few times.

 
 
Comment by Colt
2013-11-26 21:32:07

my vehicle kit is simple, aside from my 4.5 inches of lift and 32 inch mud tires i have work gloves, recovery gear, spare tire, 8500lb warn winch, as far as electrical power i have an 800 watt inverter under the passenger seat wired to the batt with 2awg wire, for comms i have my cell phone, and a 40channel Citizens Band radio (this is a 4×4 and its not uncommon for modified vehicles in my area to have a CB radio), i am about to add an on-board air system, then in my EDC kit that i have in my pack i have my get home gear, fire starting, candling, signaling, shelter, etc. this is a pretty good article you’ve got going, it definitely covers the necessity for being prepared, esp in this time of the year where winter weather can go from bad to catastrophic in the blink of an eye, be safe out there

 
Comment by Don
2013-11-26 21:44:45

MAGIC TANK Emergency Fuel is one safe way to carry extra fuel in your vehicle.

Check it out at http://www.mymagictank.com/

(and I have no vested interest in this product whatsoever).

 
Comment by Rick
2013-11-26 21:49:36

For you folks who live where having a firearm in your trunk is not allowed (unconstitutionally), a handy item for you would be the phone # of your local U-Haul dealer

 
Comment by Janet
2013-11-26 22:04:03

Caution keeping emergency kits in the trunk can result in not being able to access your supplies if you happen to spin off the road with your trunk in a bank where you cannot open it. We know someone who almost died when that happened and was unable to access their emegency supplies,

 
Comment by oldfood
2013-11-26 22:39:12

Sugar lowers the freeze point of water almost as well as salt but sugar is not as detrimental to your health and the extra calories could help a lot. I use zipfizz as well which is like cool aid powder only it contains vitamins which is another plus. And though it may not seem important now, the comfort and enjoyment of drinking tasty “cool aid” instead of plain water can be a morale booster at a time when the stress level is through the ceiling.

 
Comment by Valerie
2013-11-27 05:12:59

I am making car kits for relatives for Christmas. I also add hose tape….. saved my butt one time. And kotex pad which can double as a pressure dressing, and tampon for nosebleeds or wicking. I am also including a page that explains safety tips for women, how to use your phone in an emergency, when to stay put and when to leave, etc.

 
Comment by CargoPants
2013-11-27 07:46:10

No Snow chains / tire chains?

I think you’re overthinking the DIY car heater, a cheap gas ring looks to me like it will do the job safer, better, easier and maybe even cheaper. Like this one:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Yellowstone-Portable-Gas-Stove-Black/dp/B001W78P0W/

 
Comment by stephanie
2013-11-27 13:05:09

I would think that since you have flares on board and they burn rather hotly, a small pot or metal canteen bottom near them to absorb the heat and putting the water bottle in the pot would be enough to melt the ice water. Just be careful not to melt the plastic bottle. Better yet store the water in metal containers and no worry then of melted plastic or need for the pot. this would also help to keep your core temp up because you would be drinking warm/hot fluids instead of icy cold fluids. Just a thought from the basic laws of thermodynamics.

 
Comment by Annie D
2013-11-27 13:49:54

Don, thank you so much for this link! I just placed my order for 3 1/2 gallon containers. I find myself often stuck on I-95 in Virginia in traffic backups. I try to never get on 95 with less than a 1/2 tank because if you’re stuck, you never know if you’re going to be there for 8 miles or 8 hours, which has happened to me in the past in an ice storm when the whole interstate was shut down with overturned sand truck.

 
Comment by Red
2013-11-27 14:10:31

May I also recommend tire chains for tools. I know they are required in most mountainous regins in Washington state.

 
Comment by Cheryl
2013-11-27 16:43:48

Yes, the candle in a can works very well at heating a car if stranded. Be sure to crack your window that is downwind, don’t want that CO building up. I always carry a candle and a can, about a 3″ around candle and a can like a metal coffee can, in the winter. (I live in North Dakota so we are well accustomed to the winter survival kit that should be carried.)

 
Comment by Martin C
2013-11-27 17:50:58

Hi all,
It’s great reading all of your ideas of how to survive a bad winter, but here in the UK, we rarely get the opportunity to fit snow chains or need to carry a survival pack. But if we did At least I would know what to do…….thank you all for the fantastic advice….

 
Comment by Brian
2013-11-28 11:01:46

Great kit, Erich. Thanks for sharing.

I live in Canada, where winter temps can reach -40 and lower. I always keep a ‘Trangia’ alcohol stove, a ‘Vargo Titanium’ portable wood stove, a fuel bottle full of isopropyl alcohol, two 40-ounce st. steel water bottles of water, and a few freeze-dried backpacker meals in my vehicle kit.

The Vargo wood stove serves as a pot stand / windscreen for the alcohol stove. The steel bottles of water can be thawed over the stove for drinking, or heated to a boil and added to the f-dried food. The alcohol stove can also be used (with constant care and attention) to heat the interior of my SUV.

During a winter roadside emergency, the importance of a warm meal in keeping our core temp stable, and spirits high, cannot be overstated.

Keep up the excellent work, brother — and happy Thanksgiving! :)

 
Comment by Billy
2013-11-29 00:23:54

That’s a great idea. I used to vac seal all my clothes for deployments. It is a great way to save space. Thanks for reminding me.

 
Comment by Mike
2013-11-30 19:12:52

Any great ideas for those of us in northern climates to keep our water from freezing in BOB

 
Comment by Greg
2013-11-30 22:26:01

As a cyclist, always have a few gel packs (around a 100 cals each) in the car or truck, little space is taken up, just rotate them a couple of times a year.

 
Comment by Andrew J. Jackson
2013-11-30 22:29:24

I keep two poncho liners…weigh less than a sleeping bag, can be used by the wife or the kids on car trips and can still be combined with ponchos to make the sleeping bag.

 
Comment by RICKOSHAY
2013-12-01 06:11:06

About 10 days ago, stuck after sliding sideways on slippery mud, (at 2 mph) helpful strangers helped push me and the 4wd back onto the dirt road. They also noticed many feet of steel wire wrapped up out of the mud by the wheel spin. Sure the wire was thin but the possible cutting of flexible brake lines jumped into my mind.
Don’t know if you have cutters in your kit, but that morning they really did the job of clipping all that wire into short removable bits that were easy to remove without damage. I used a “Leatherman” from my belt holster but dykes, compound tin snips, or lineman’s pliers would all be adequate. Wire is also the typical handcuffs you may find yourself put into if ever detained. Off subject, I know, but keep it tucked away, the brain never gets too full.
Best of luck to all,
Rick
PS Have also used dykes to cut a battery cable to prevent fire after a friend’s head on crash into a drunk’s pickup on the freeway.

 
Comment by Javelineer2
2013-12-04 01:09:24

Socks, Socks, Socks!

Shout Out to Iris for reminding you!

 
2013-12-15 13:14:47

There is definately a great deal to know about this subject.
I like all the points you’ve made.

 
2013-12-17 07:48:24

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