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(Wikipedia)   I'm putting together a small survival kit for a car. What would you include? Challenge, must be small enough to fit in a small space like under a seat   (en.wikipedia.org) divider line 117
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2013-02-15 10:27:48 AM  
I've been commuting for 10 years, I know how to live out of a car.  I used to use a slim tackle box to keep a veritable medicine cabinet: aspirin, tylenol, ibuprofin, cold medicine (daytime), diarrheah pills (easy to make fun of, but once you need them...), cough drops, Tums, flossers, Band-Aids, Neosporin, batteries, a pen, sticky notes, and safety pins.  Once the kiddos came along, I couldn't keep the medicine in an unsecured location like that, so I've switched to a smaller system that fits in my man purse, which is really only carried so I can have some basic supplies with me at all times.

One thing I've been meaning to get is one of those solar charger battery things with USB ports.  I like the idea of having an additional power source for pretty much anything, anywhere.

CSB: I keep a mini-Leatherman, wet wipes, papertowels and rubbing alcohol in my car now.  Had a kid go to town on my new cloth interior with a pen when I was 50 miles from home, ran to CVS and got it all out in 10 minutes with papertowels and rubbing alcohol.  If you value your cloth interior and have kids, I can't stress this part enough.
 
2013-02-15 10:28:42 AM  
Some sort of vacuum-sealed sandwich.
 
2013-02-15 10:29:04 AM  
If you're in a cold climate, put in some candles and empty soup tins & a couple of Hot Shots glove warmers.
 
2013-02-15 10:31:15 AM  
Multi-purpose tool
Space blanket
Some parachute cord
Flint/steel
One pair of wool socks.
 
2013-02-15 10:37:19 AM  
If it's intended for Farkers, you'd better include a pint of Everclear.
 
2013-02-15 10:38:26 AM  
All of the above plus:

Solar AND hand-crank emergency radio/USB charger/flashlight combo thing. Never know if you're going to get stuck where the sun don't shine..
 
2013-02-15 10:41:28 AM  
i236.photobucket.com
 
2013-02-15 10:46:41 AM  
For me it isn't about survival, I live in a city and I rarely take my care outside of town, so it's really more about emergencies, worst case- being first on the scene of an accident. Normal circumstance, kids scraped knee, changing a tire.

Basic first aid:
variety pack of band-aids
surgical tape
sterile gauze
butterfly closures
neosporin

Tools
some kind of multi-tool
butane lighter
flashlight (I actually keep a big one in the glove box, and a small spare in the emergency kit)

Misc
mylar space blanket
leather gloves
clean shop towels
wet wipes
1 liter H2O
 
2013-02-15 10:48:52 AM  
A large, New York-style pepperoni pizza.
 
2013-02-15 10:50:20 AM  

Shostie: A large, New York-style pepperoni pizza.


No room for that, but I'd think pizza in a cup isn't out of the question.
 
2013-02-15 10:54:53 AM  

St_Francis_P: pizza in a cup


You'd be a jerk for even thinking of taking that!
 
2013-02-15 10:54:56 AM  
One, single french fry.  Preferably pre-dipped in ketchup.
 
2013-02-15 11:06:10 AM  
Fleshlight
 
2013-02-15 11:13:25 AM  
You need one of these in your life.

The eye loop alone has saved me numerous trips to the ER.
 
2013-02-15 11:14:22 AM  
Err. This.
 
2013-02-15 11:14:28 AM  
You'll probably have to chop it up, but I'd recommend a dead hooker.
 
2013-02-15 11:15:26 AM  
This stuff is kind of a hobby of mine. Wish I didn't have to get to work, I'd talk more.
 
2013-02-15 11:22:08 AM  
If you're a good guy, a gun.  If you're not a good guy, not a gun.
 
2013-02-15 11:34:41 AM  
May 1977 Playboy magazine.
 
2013-02-15 11:37:00 AM  
.45 ACP
 
vpb [TotalFark]
2013-02-15 11:43:48 AM  
I learned from Bear Grylles that you should bring a concierge and a chef.

He also had a dude in a bear suit, so if you are into that sort of thing....
 
2013-02-15 11:52:08 AM  

IgG4: For me it isn't about survival, I live in a city and I rarely take my care outside of town, so it's really more about emergencies, worst case- being first on the scene of an accident. Normal circumstance, kids scraped knee, changing a tire.

Basic first aid:
variety pack of band-aids
surgical tape
sterile gauze
butterfly closures
neosporin

Tools
some kind of multi-tool
butane lighter
flashlight (I actually keep a big one in the glove box, and a small spare in the emergency kit)

Misc
mylar space blanket
leather gloves
clean shop towels
wet wipes
1 liter H2O


Tourniquet should be on there
 
2013-02-15 11:52:20 AM  

St_Francis_P: Shostie: A large, New York-style pepperoni pizza.

No room for that, but I'd think pizza in a cup isn't out of the question.


Dude. Fold it. Like real New Yorkers.
 
2013-02-15 12:00:08 PM  
Is the car going on Outward Bound?
 
2013-02-15 12:01:53 PM  

vernonFL: May 1977 1975 Playboy magazine.




FTFY
 
2013-02-15 12:11:14 PM  
LUBE


/you need it when people out there realize you're at a disadvantage.
 
2013-02-15 12:18:01 PM  
I learned about this item when travelling a stretch of interstate during an icestorm at night.

A reflective vest.

You could barely make out various vehicles that had slid into the ditch or been overturned, but you could see the cops and paramedics moving around them in their vests from hundreds of yards away.

The reflective vest takes up very little space, and it makes you very visible when changing a flat tire in the dark.

I also carry a tire iron and bottle jack instead of relying on the cheap pressed metal lug wrench and screw jack that comes with the vehicle.
 
2013-02-15 12:23:51 PM  
Clean underwear.
 
2013-02-15 12:24:36 PM  
an etch-a-sketch

you'll never know you need it until you don't have one.
 
2013-02-15 12:24:38 PM  
- One forty-five caliber automatic
- Two boxes of ammunition
- Four days' concentrated emergency rations
- One drug issue containing antibiotics, morphine,
  vitamin pills, pep pills, sleeping pills, tranquilizer pills
- One miniature combination Russian phrase book and Bible
- One hundred dollars in rubles
- One hundred dollars in gold
- Nine packs of chewing gum
- One issue of prophylactics
- Three lipsticks
- Three pair of nylon stockings.
 
2013-02-15 12:25:24 PM  

St_Francis_P: If it's intended for Farkers, you'd better include a pint of Everclear.


Just a pint? What if you're there for more than two hours?
 
2013-02-15 12:26:28 PM  
Full tank of gas, half a pack of cigarettes and sunglasses.
 
2013-02-15 12:27:06 PM  
a center punch is recommended in case of water landings
 
2013-02-15 12:34:03 PM  

KarmicDisaster: - One forty-five caliber automatic
- Two boxes of ammunition
- Four days' concentrated emergency rations
- One drug issue containing antibiotics, morphine,
  vitamin pills, pep pills, sleeping pills, tranquilizer pills
- One miniature combination Russian phrase book and Bible
- One hundred dollars in rubles
- One hundred dollars in gold
- Nine packs of chewing gum
- One issue of prophylactics
- Three lipsticks
- Three pair of nylon stockings.


WTF?  He's not preparing for his next date...
 
2013-02-15 12:34:34 PM  

CrotchBeard: One, single french fry.  Preferably pre-dipped in ketchup.


Submitter said he has kids, so there's already dozens if not hundreds of french fries stuck in the back seat cushions and under the floor mats.
 
2013-02-15 12:45:44 PM  
My emergency kit:
three or four links of bike chain
patch kit
presta/schraeder adapter
co2 cartridges
spare tube
multi tool (leatherman and park tools)
cash
cliff bar
tire levers
band aids

Yeah... i commute by bicycle. Don't hate me. I'm trying to make YOUR gas cheaper.
 
2013-02-15 12:48:19 PM  
Those Starbucks Via packets are very small and would be very pricey in a post apocalyptic world (or just nice to have if you're stuck in a snow drift).  Put those in a high quality bag that can withstand boiling, throw in an MRE that has a heater component and you have a hot meal and a hot cup of java anywhere.  Its worth having, I can tell you that from experience.
 
2013-02-15 12:49:02 PM  
two bags of grass,
seventy-five pellets of mescaline,
five sheets of high powered blotter acid,
a salt shaker half full of cocaine,
a whole galaxy of multi-colored uppers, downers, screamers, laughers...
a quart of tequila,
a quart of rum,
a case of Budweiser,
a pint of raw ether
two dozen amyls
 
2013-02-15 12:49:26 PM  

Mirus: KarmicDisaster: - One forty-five caliber automatic
- Two boxes of ammunition
- Four days' concentrated emergency rations
- One drug issue containing antibiotics, morphine,
  vitamin pills, pep pills, sleeping pills, tranquilizer pills
- One miniature combination Russian phrase book and Bible
- One hundred dollars in rubles
- One hundred dollars in gold
- Nine packs of chewing gum
- One issue of prophylactics
- Three lipsticks
- Three pair of nylon stockings.

WTF?  He's not preparing for his next date...


No, a weekend in Las Vegas
 
2013-02-15 12:49:26 PM  
- Two bags of grass
- Seventy-five pellets of mescaline
- Five sheets of high-powered blotter acid
- A saltshaker half-full of cocaine
- A whole galaxy of multi-colored uppers, downers, screamers, laughers
- A quart of tequila
- A quart of rum
- A case of beer
- A pint of raw ether
- Two dozen amyls
 
2013-02-15 12:49:58 PM  

vernonFL: two bags of grass,
seventy-five pellets of mescaline,
five sheets of high powered blotter acid,
a salt shaker half full of cocaine,
a whole galaxy of multi-colored uppers, downers, screamers, laughers...
a quart of tequila,
a quart of rum,
a case of Budweiser,
a pint of raw ether
two dozen amyls


God DAMMIT
 
2013-02-15 12:53:12 PM  
All of the time:

First aid kit (w/space blanket and water purifying tablets)
reflective vest
change of underwear
toothbrush
Leatherman
flashlight
headlamp

Winter additions:

mittens and gloves
hat
jar of peanut butter
chocolate bar
wool socks
 
2013-02-15 12:53:26 PM  
There is nothing so depraved as a man on ether.

Langston: - Two bags of grass
- Seventy-five pellets of mescaline
- Five sheets of high-powered blotter acid
- A saltshaker half-full of cocaine
- A whole galaxy of multi-colored uppers, downers, screamers, laughers
- A quart of tequila
- A quart of rum
- A case of beer
- A pint of raw ether
- Two dozen amyls


But I know you will end up having to use it.
 
2013-02-15 12:56:27 PM  

liam76: Tourniquet should be on there


Also: don't forget to write a 'T' on their forehead in blood so emergency personnel know it's been applied.
 
2013-02-15 12:58:19 PM  
Other things to consider would be:

a change of shoes/clothes that you can walk comfortably in
black and silver sharpies for making signs
a whistle for signaling
road flares
extra gas
DUCT TAPE!
 
2013-02-15 01:18:01 PM  

cgraves67: I learned about this item when travelling a stretch of interstate during an icestorm at night.

A reflective vest.

You could barely make out various vehicles that had slid into the ditch or been overturned, but you could see the cops and paramedics moving around them in their vests from hundreds of yards away.

The reflective vest takes up very little space, and it makes you very visible when changing a flat tire in the dark.

I also carry a tire iron and bottle jack instead of relying on the cheap pressed metal lug wrench and screw jack that comes with the vehicle.



What a coincidence!  I also always carry a tire iron and a bottle of Jack.  Or Jim Beam, or Old Grand-dad .  Whatever.  I'm not picky.
 
2013-02-15 01:25:21 PM  

vernonFL: two bags of grass,
seventy-five pellets of mescaline,
five sheets of high powered blotter acid,
a salt shaker half full of cocaine,
a whole galaxy of multi-colored uppers, downers, screamers, laughers...
a quart of tequila,
a quart of rum,
a case of Budweiser,
a pint of raw ether
two dozen amyls


I hate you for beating [all of us] to this. Your superior internets - I bow to them.
 
2013-02-15 01:26:09 PM  
I keep an emergency kit in my car, but it's bigger than under the seat. In my trunk I keep:

2 gallons of drinking water.
4 MRE's
First Aid Kit (off-the-shelf kit supplemented with a small pharmacy worth of OTC meds and a CAT-5 Tourniquet)
Ka-Bar Knife
Multitool
Flare Gun & 3 flares
4 Emergency Blankets
Hand-cranked flashlight
Hand-cranked radio
Entrenching Tool
Matches
100 feet of 550 Cord
50 feet of nylon rope.
Large roll of duct tape
 
2013-02-15 01:27:10 PM  

Bob_Laublaw: and empty soup tins


What do you use this for?
 
2013-02-15 01:27:49 PM  
For colder weather: 1 pound of butter (3,178 calories for $3-4, and it keeps quite well if stored below 68º).
Keep it in the trunk (so it won't melt so much) for when you are stuck in the snow. Salted is a little easier to choke down.

Also: nobody mentioned water yet. At least a gallon.

/This advice is for long highway trips, particularly out west. People do get snowed in out there.
 
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