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Car/Truck emergency bag

Discussion in 'Where, When, & How Do We Carry All This Stuff?' started by rbarrett87, Sep 23, 2012.

  1. rbarrett87

    rbarrett87 Loaded Pockets

    Jul 26, 2012
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    Hey guys,
    I am starting to build a emergency bag for my truck. A bag that will always remain in my truck at all times. I tried searching a little bit for any other car bags on the forum but did not really find any so I apologize if this is a repeated thread. I want to create a bag that has a tow strap, first aide kit, jumper cables, etc. I know you can pick up small kits from the local auto store but I wanted to create my own. Has anyone else made one of these bags? If so, what kind of stuff do you have in there? Pictures are always nice. For now I am gearing it more towards winter with extra clothes and stuff. Thanks for all your help.
  2. ac7ss
    • In Omnia Paratus

    ac7ss Loaded Pockets

    Aug 25, 2012
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    Mine is in two parts:
    • Vehicle assistance:
      • Tow rope
      • Jumpers
      • Tarp (for damp tire changes)
      • Can of "Fix A Flat" or spare air.
    • Personal emergency:
      • Blanket (textile)
      • Blanket (mylar)
      • matches in holder.
      • tuna can with coiled cardboard and wax melted in. (great emergency heat.)
      • small can opener.
      • Small knife.
      • hank of 550.
      • Candle (sabbat candles are perfect, second choice is tea lights.)
    Add into that the EDC on my body, and I have most stuff covered.

    The BOB has canned/shelf stable food and only gets thrown in when I am out of my normal stomping grounds.
  3. shmook

    shmook Loaded Pockets

    Sep 5, 2010
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    Similar thread here, and some more help here :)
  4. thatotherguy

    thatotherguy EDC Junkie!!!!!

    Feb 19, 2012
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    Well, I'd say
    Vehicle assistance (thanks AC7SS for names!)
    Tow rope (I'd say 2, just in case)
    Tire repair kit
    Small pump
    Tire change kit
    Personal Emergency-
    Mag-Lite with a good LED drop-in, tape the batteries together and keep them outside of the light if possible without the possibility of corrosion damaging other gear)
    550 cord (50-100ft)
    E-Tool (I like the surplus German ones)
  5. rosshs

    rosshs Loaded Pockets

    Dec 31, 2009
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    I usually have a brew kit in my car, especially in winter time, nothing fancy but a warm drink can work wonders for your morale.

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  6. rosshs

    rosshs Loaded Pockets

    Dec 31, 2009
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    also a couple of light sticks/cyalumes come in usefully,

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  7. Mudinyeri

    Mudinyeri Loaded Pockets

    Apr 24, 2012
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    I carry tow straps rather than tow ropes. Generally, the tow ropes that I've seen are not of particularly good quality. I also carry a couple D-ring shackles and a pair of good work gloves.

    Here are the other things I carry in my vehicles (some are in a bag, others aren't):
    - First Aid Kit
    - Small Hand Tool Kit
    - Fire Starting Tinder
    - Storm-proof Matches
    - Cold Weather Gear (late fall through early spring)
    - Hiking Shoes
    - Bottled Water (rotate every 6 months)
    - Water Purification Tablets
    - Wool Blanket
    - Space Blanket
    - Flashlight
    - Knife with Glass Breaker
    - Snacks (~2000 calories)
    - Bandana or Shemagh
    - N95 Mask
    - Sunscreen
    - Insect Repellent
    - Cash
    - Anti-bacterial Hand Wipes
    - Travel Kleenex
    - Pen, Pencil & Notebook
    - Small Backpack with Hydration Bladder
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  8. echo63

    echo63 Loaded Pockets

    Apr 2, 2006
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    I need to take pics of the stuff in my car.
    I have a bunch of gear in small boxes under the seats (safe and out of the way, but easy to access when needed)

    In the glovebox - spare sunnies, phone charger, flashlight and headlamp

    Under the passengers seat - Snack Box
    3x 600mm bottles of water (not much, but if I'm doing a long trip there is more in the car).
    Dehydrated fruit snacks
    Muesli bars
    Fun size packs of nuts (similar size to airplane peanuts, but mixed nuts in a box)
    And some other reasonably long life snack foods
    They get eaten/rotated every few months, at least every 6 months

    Under the drivers seat is the tool box
    It includes a Ryobi one+ impact wrench, impact sockets and a thin impact socket for the wheel nuts and a battery
    1/4 and 3/8 drive sockets, spanners, screwdrivers, ratchets, pliers, cable crimpers, electrical tape, fuses, gaffa tape, wire (both electrical and fencing/tie wire) crimp lugs. Flashlight, flashing marker strobe and flouro/reflective vest

    In the boot I have a first aid kit, tow rope, jumper leads, tow ball (hayman Reese style removeable) reflective triangles, jack, lug wrench, 1/2 drive 60cm breaker bar, spare tyre, tow hook (screws into hole on front and rear bumpers, jacking plate (40cm diameter plywood board that supports the jack on soft surfaces - and fits neatly into the centre of the spare tyre.

    I still need to add a fire extinguisher, a spare flouro vest for passengers

    I also have a "go bag" in the boot - I occasionally get sent away for a few days when I'm at work, sometimes there is time to pack, but frequently I have to go ASAP and having the bag in the boot with a spare change of clothes, 2pairs socks and undies, rain gear, warm jumper and toiletries is helpful to me being comfortable

    (as is typical with EDCers - I learnt the hard way - just starting to think about home time and dinner - an hour from the end of the shift and I get a phone call telling me about an incident about 3 and a half hours drive away.
    I wound up having to wash my shirt and undies in the motel sink and drying them overnight - the pants were cotton and wouldn't have dried by morning - 4 days after I went to work I finally made it home)
  9. BadgerX

    BadgerX Loaded Pockets

    Jan 19, 2012
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    Great info! Thx all

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  10. rbarrett87

    rbarrett87 Loaded Pockets

    Jul 26, 2012
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    Yes I agree. Thank you for the response guys. I really appreciate it.
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