Preppers always try to anticipate the needs they may have in any situation and plan accordingly. It may seem obvious, but that should go for your mode of transportation too.
The Bug-Out Vehicle
Your personal transportation in the case of emergency travel is often referred to as a “bug-out vehicle.” For some, this would be a large truck that can carry lots of cargo. For others, it’s the family car. We live in our “retreat site,” so our goal is always to get (and stay) home in case of emergency rather than pack up and leave. For this reason, I think in terms of what I may need to get from wherever I am back home during whatever circumstances arise and carry those things always.
If you have worked out a plan to meet with other extended family members at Uncle Bob’s cabin, you would be wise to pre-position your food, clothing, etc at the cabin and use your trunk space for the last minute items (documents, perishable food, and so on). Bug-Out Bags are another whole topic for another time.
Keeping Your Vehicle in Tip-Tip Condition
You need to take good care of your vehicle, especially with regards to its routine maintenance. Oil changes, tire rotations, and the like should be done regularly. We try to keep at least a half tank of gas at all times too.
If your BOV (bug-out vehicle) is not something you drive everyday (like maybe an older model EMP-proof Jeep), it’s important to make sure it gets driven occasionally so you know it is in good running condition.
The Odds and Ends
In addition to the items I listed in a previous piece, I also carry a number of other things in various places throughout the van. I almost always travel with quite a few children, so providing for their safety, needs, and some tranquility is very important.
In a medium-sized tote, I have a jar of peanut butter, a folding frying pan, Light My Fire sporks, plastic bowls nested together, hot pads, Mountain House Chili Mac with Beef freeze-dried meals, and enough water bottles to rehydrate and cook them, plus extra water. If we were stranded overnight, I’d be able to cook this using the firestarting supplies in my regular emergency kit.
In a storage pocket of the van, I have gloves, a tire patch kit, and pump, and a magnetized light that can be plugged into the lighter. Another battery operated one would work well stuck on the underside of the hood if I needed to attach jumper cables, etc).
Money and First Aid Supplies
In several places, I have money hidden in small bills (in your vehicle, think about removable panels, taping to the underside of things, etc). There is a well-stocked first aid kit as well. I purchased a standard one and then crammed as much other stuff in there that I could, like QuikClot, Pepto-Bismol, hydrocortisone cream, and so on.
The door pockets also have a number of handy items. On the driver’s door, I have a small umbrella, a multi-tool, hand sanitizer, EMT shears that could cut a seatbelt, band-aids, headache medicines, and a good sized folding pocket knife that I keep mostly as back-up to the pistol I carry. I make sure it is positioned so I can grab it easily.
The glove box has the usual assortment of maps (you should have at least one for anywhere you may travel), van owner’s manual, proof of insurance, and tire gauge. There is another flashlight in there as well.
The visors have CDs of children’s tunes, praise music, and the audio book we are listening to at the time. I keep a “spank spoon” up there also.
In a console drawer, I have nail clippers, pencil, and other odds and ends. There is a basket beneath it that contains spare sunglasses, sunscreen, insect repellent, bottled water, crackers, and granola bars.
Since I travel with small children, I keep a well-stocked diaper bag that usually includes a change of clothes for the ones in diapers. I have small diversions like Go Fish cards, crayons, and little pads of paper for waiting in doctor’s offices.
What do you keep? What have I overlooked? Please add your ideas to the comments section.