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« on: February 13, 2010, 11:16:02 PM »

I'm putting together a little survival kit to go underneath the cargo floor in my Rav4. I figure it's a smart thing to do to cover most reasonable possibilities and prevent myself or loved ones dying due to something stupidly easy to carry around. Was wondering if anyone has done the same thing, and if anyone can think of anything good I am missing.

1. Car kit with jumper cables, air compressor for tires, gloves, etc
2. Blankets, in case I ever break down somewhere cold and have to spend the night (or 3) in the car
3. Well-preserved food. Probably a few packs of Clif Bars
4. Water
5. Set of spare clothes. Just a generic pair of jeans, shirt and pair of socks.
6. Good quality pocket knife
7. Non electronic compass
8. Backpack (in case I should ever need to abandon car and carry things with me)

Anything I'm missing?
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« Reply #1 on: February 13, 2010, 11:21:45 PM »

a collapsible shovel might be handy.  you can get a tri-fold one that takes up little space, just in case you ever need to try and dig a wheel out of something.  heck, you could probably wrap it in the blankets you listed for cold weather.  also, some sort of firestarter might be handy.
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« Reply #2 on: February 13, 2010, 11:41:42 PM »

A well-stocked first aid kit?
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« Reply #3 on: February 13, 2010, 11:43:22 PM »

Good idea Ceekay. And Brendan thanks for the reminder - I meant to put that one on there.

Also a good flashlight with spare batteries!
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« Reply #4 on: February 13, 2010, 11:43:41 PM »

rope
rags or a roll of Shop Towels
rain poncho

Woops, have to run.  More to come.

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« Reply #5 on: February 14, 2010, 02:03:49 AM »

Bottle opener. In case the apocalypse came while you were on your way home from the packy.
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« Reply #6 on: February 14, 2010, 02:27:44 AM »

PSP/DS, come on this is a gaming forum what else are you going to do while you're wrapped up in your blankets.

I don't know a flare gun?, on the flash light you might want to think about getting one of those lights that go on your head that way changing the tire in the dark is easier.
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« Reply #7 on: February 14, 2010, 02:31:49 AM »

you might want to consider one of those compact battery-powered  jump-start packs rather than a set of cables...doesn't leave you dependent on finding someone else willing to help with their car, the smaller ones don't take up much more room than cables, and a few have other built-in features like air pumps or the ability to power other devices (like a radio or cell phone).
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« Reply #8 on: February 14, 2010, 02:36:52 AM »

Something like a Leatherman would probably be more useful than a straight-up pocketknife.  You might also consider one of those tools you can get for cars that has a point to break windows and a cutter for seatbelts.
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« Reply #9 on: February 14, 2010, 03:41:13 AM »

A car charger for your cell phone and a whistle.
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« Reply #10 on: February 14, 2010, 03:44:15 AM »

Heavy duty tow chain.
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« Reply #11 on: February 14, 2010, 05:44:25 AM »

A corkscrew. Duct tape. Cat food.
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« Reply #12 on: February 14, 2010, 06:18:50 AM »

don't forget a machete in case of Zombie outbreak.
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« Reply #13 on: February 14, 2010, 06:30:40 AM »

Don't forget your towel in case Earth is destroyed to make room for an interstellar bypass.
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« Reply #14 on: February 14, 2010, 12:30:42 PM »

Quote from: heloder on February 14, 2010, 06:30:40 AM

Don't forget your towel in case Earth is destroyed to make room for an interstellar bypass.

There's a frood who really knows where his towel is!
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« Reply #15 on: February 16, 2010, 05:40:16 AM »

You should get one of those little hammers (you can usually get a tire gauge that has them) in case you need to shatter a window that's jammed or if you're under water. Mythbusters FTW!
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« Reply #16 on: February 16, 2010, 10:12:43 PM »

One of those all in one radio/flashlights with the handcrank so you don't need batteries, MRE's, an uzi, mini scuba tank in case a tidal wave comes, some cash, extra duct tape, chloroform, hand cuffs, lego's, a spare postal uniform,....
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« Reply #17 on: February 16, 2010, 10:39:29 PM »

Hand crank radio is a good idea.  We have a few that double as lamps.  Don't forget to add clean underwear to your emergency cloths list.  Or did your Mom not teach you the horror of going to the hospital with skid marks?
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« Reply #18 on: February 17, 2010, 01:42:08 AM »

A p38 can opener:

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« Reply #19 on: February 17, 2010, 05:06:22 PM »

Uh, beer...duh   slywink

Oh and this is cool:

http://www.thinkgeek.com/gadgets/car/9d6f/

The BodyGard Self-Powered Emergency Tool also has a FM radio with easy-to-read LED display with backlighting and automatic scan function. Perfect for listening to emergency broadcasts and weather during crisis situations.

Powerful Hand Crank to Generate Power
Super-Bright LED Flashlight
Red Emergency Flasher
Digital FM Radio
Panic Button with piercing sonic alarm
Motion Activated Security Alarm
Easy to Read Compass
Signaling Mirror
Handy Storage Compartment
Cell Phone Charging Output
AC Charging Adapter Input
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