If you are doing a lot of driving, particularly in remote regions, then you should definitely consider carrying a survival kit in your car.
Why have a Survival Kit
Why would you carry a travel kit or a survival kit? It may seem unlikely, but think about the driving that you do on a daily basis, or perhaps you are planning a holiday or a trip that involves driving into unfamiliar territory. You might need food, like a protein bar or trail mix. It doesn’t happen very often, but if you break down somewhere where help or roadside assistance is a long way away, then you need to be prepared.
What is a Survival Kit
A survival kit or travel kit is just a package of the basic tools and supplied that you might need if you find yourself in an emergency situation. It really is just a bit of planning ahead. There is nothing worse than breaking down in the middle of the night and wishing that you had a torch with you. There is nothing better than being in that same situation and knowing that you have a torch packed in your survival kit.
Be Prepared for the Season
Your survival kit can vary depending on where you are traveling and what the potential dangers or risks might be. If you are with your car, then it is unlikely that your survival kit needs to be able to provide you with shelter, but you might need some supplies that will assist with first aid requirements, provide basic food and water, and provide a signal to rescuers (especially if you are somewhere that doesn’t have phone signal.
As a boy scout I was always told to pack a knife, matches, tinder, first aid, a bandana, fish hooks, sewing kit, and a torch. I’m not really sure what the bandana was for, but it was good to know that there was one available if we needed it.
Wherever I am driving to I always pack a bottle of water and a gluten free protein bar – even if I don’t break down, odds are that I will hit some traffic at some point and will be desperate for a snack of some kind.
Of course the contents of your survival kit will vary depending on where you are driving to and the weather conditions that you may be facing -what you need in your survival kit in summer is quite different to what you need in your survival kit in winter. In winter there will be an added focus on keeping warm – having a sleeping bag in the car is a good idea as well as practical items such as hand warmers. In summer your focus is more likely to be on sunscreen and carrying additional water to prevent dehydration.
Hopefully you will never need to use your survival kit, but it is always better to be safe than sorry.