Tips For Storing Emergency Supplies in Your Vehicle

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Listen up, all you preppers out there! It’s no secret that emergencies and natural disasters seem to be happening a lot more often these days, and with greater intensity. Some say it’s due to global warming, while others will tell you it’s a judgment that’s coming to pass. But one thing is clear, these traumatic events show no partiality to anyone. This is why many of you, like myself, have gathered supplies and made certain preparations so we’re ready for when it does happen. Let’s talk about tips for storing emergency supplies in your vehicle. In case you missed this post, How To Make Your Own Emergency Car Kit

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Tips For Storing Emergency Supplies in Your Vehicle


Tips For Storing Emergency Supplies in Your VehicleTips For Storing Emergency Supplies in Your Vehicle

Unfortunately, you just never know where you’ll be when a disaster strikes, whether you’re away at work or out on the highway with your family on a vacation hundreds of miles away. What good are those emergency supplies that you’ve got stored in your basement or bug out location going to do you if you’re not there to use them? Or maybe you are at home when an emergency takes place, but you’re forced to evacuate your home in a hurry, without the necessary time to gather critical supplies that you might need. What then? 

Storing Emergency Supplies

This is what I have in my Honda CRV which is a very small car, but this works great. I put a RED first aid symbol on the DeWalt tool kit so people walking by would not think I had tools in it. Mark and I picked up the tool kit at HomeDepot years ago.

Unless your vehicle is prone to spending a lot of time in the shop, for the most part, it’s something that is always close by. That being said, your vehicle is something that you can not only escape quickly in, but you can also have critical supplies stored in it for a less stressful evacuation. Here are a few tips and emergency supplies to keep in your vehicle. 

Surviving In the Outdoors

Being forced to live out in the wilderness can be dangerous for most of us. Even if you go camping every year, surviving out in the wilderness can still be a challenge for you if you don’t have the proper skills and supplies to do so. Here are a few of those supplies that you need to consider storing: 

  • Flashlight and flares
  • Camping stove with fuel
  • Cooking pans, plates, utensils
  • Multi-tool with a knife
  • Waterproof matches and camping fuel canister  
  • Appropriate clothing for the current season    
  • Rain gear
  • Hiking boots 
  • Bug repellant 
  • Camping tent
  • Sleeping bags (can handle colder weather) 
  • Water filters
  • Trash bags (sanitation and trash) 
  • Toiletries 
  • Food and water (Store in an ice chest and rotate regularly). 
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Remember A First-Aid Kit

A first-aid kit is another item that you’ll want to have with you during any emergency situation. It will need to include band-aids, gauze dressings, iodine wipes, scissors, antiseptic cleaning wipes, hydrogen peroxide, and Benadryl lotion. Pain relievers, anti-diarrheal medicines, cold packs, and heat pads are something else to consider having in your first-aid kit. 

Pack Baby Supplies

Do you have a baby that requires you to think about storing other supplies? Fortunately, when it comes to a baby, they require items that shouldn’t take up too much space. As long as you don’t overdo it, that is. Their basic needs are fairly similar to ours, which include shelter, food, water, and sanitation. These are a few of the items that they’ll be needing: 

  • Baby formula and water (Keep in an ice chest or have ready in your home. Your vehicle’s temperatures should never exceed 99 degrees) 
  • Baby food (again, keep in an ice chest) 
  • Bottles
  • Diapers and baby wipes
  • Trashbags
  • Appropriate clothing  
  • Blankets
  • Diaper rash ointment 
  • Gas relief drops
  • Infant Pain relievers 
  • Sunblock 
  • Baby shampoo 

Rotate From Season to Season

Emergency supplies can already take up a lot of room in your vehicle, so rotating those supplies from season to season may be something that works best for you. For example, in the summertime, your blankets, snow boots, coats, and winter gloves aren’t items that you’ll be needing, so take them out to make room for other supplies that make more sense for the current season.    

Keep an Ice Chest Handy

You may have certain emergency supplies that you don’t want to overheat or freeze due to extreme temperatures. This is why having an ice chest for insulating those items is so important for you to consider. Failing to do so can leave your family extremely disappointed when you go to use spoiled or destroyed supplies.   

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Provide Your Kids with Comfort

A disaster can be extremely difficult for anyone, especially when it pertains to your kids. They’re sure to be wrestling with several fears and insecurities and more than likely will have a rough time coping with all of it. Provide your children with comforting things that can keep their minds preoccupied elsewhere, whether it’s a coloring book, a stuffed animal, games, or some of their favorite (non-perishable) comfort foods.  

Don’t Forget Face Masks, Hand Sanitizer, and Clorox Wipes

No one knows how much longer we’ll be living in a pandemic world, so if you want to be granted access to grocery stores, restaurants, and other public facilities, you’ll need to be sure to have plenty of face masks for you and your family. There may be times that you aren’t able to wash your hands with soap and warm water, so remember to pack hand sanitizer that will carry you over. Clorox wipes will be necessary to wipe down other surfaces that may have been touched by someone that was sick.   

Other Vehicle Supplies 

These are a few items that you should have in your vehicle regardless of whether you decide to store emergency supplies in your vehicle or not: 

  • Jumper cables
  • Flares
  • shovel
  • Windshield scraper
  • Tow rope
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Duct tape 
  • Fix-a-flat
  • 12-volt air compressor
  • Heavy work gloves
  • Flashlights and batteries
  • Paper or Cloth towels and cleaning solution to clean windows
  • Car Anti Slip Tire Chains Zip Tie Kit

Final Word

You have to remember that the emergency supplies that you have stored in your vehicle may look a little different than what other people have tucked away in theirs. That’s because everyone’s situation looks a bit different, whether you have a baby, pet, or a family member that requires certain medical supplies or medicines. 

Just remember to take into account that certain items won’t do well in extreme cold or hot temperatures. Putting them in the trunk of your car may not be a wise action on your part. With these few tips and supplies set aside, they’ll provide you with a temporary solution, instead of your family having to go without. What tips for storing emergency supplies in your vehicle do you have to share? May God Bless this world, Linda.  

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14 thoughts on “Tips For Storing Emergency Supplies in Your Vehicle

  • October 22, 2020 at 7:55 am

    I have all sorts of emergency stuff in the car. Doesn’t take up too much room especially considering the peace of mind it gives. I’d add a candle lantern or other emergency candles to the list. When I lived in the Yukon you had to be prepared for breakdowns in really cold weather in some out of the way places so I’m always ready to start up a fire or little spirit stove and have some tea and food while thinking about what to do next. If you can’t stay with your car and there’s no way for you to contact help by cell phone leave a note that can be read through the windshield explaining where you went, when you left and contact information.

    • October 22, 2020 at 10:15 am

      Hi Matt, I’m going to add this to my list. Thank you!!! Linda

      • February 27, 2021 at 11:27 am

        So something interesting happened to me the other day in the wife’s car. The battery went dead. No problem I’ll get the cables out and beg a jump.
        Except I can’t get the cables out of the back when the battery is dead. No keyhole to access the rear.
        I’m going to keep a portable jump unit up front from now on.

        • February 27, 2021 at 11:47 am

          Hi Matt, oh my gosh!!!!!! My car is so old, now I need to think about it. Thanks for the reminder!!! Linda

  • October 22, 2020 at 9:58 am

    What size pickup is this all to fit in? I don’t believe it will fit in most trunks. Probably wouldn’t hurt to fine tune the system a little bit. Pack it all up, take it out for a couple of days, come back and re-evaluate,

    • October 22, 2020 at 10:15 am

      Hi Thomas, I have a Honda CRV and I put what I need it in for me. You decide what items work for you. It’s a list to give ideas. Linda

  • October 22, 2020 at 11:16 am

    My vehicle is a small SUV (Hyundai Tuscon) so the whole thing is open for anyone to see in. I don’t feel comfortable leaving very much if anything in my car. When I do drive somewhere other than right here in town, I always pack what I need for my stay elsewhere as well as a bin that has my emergency items. But, for around town, I simply take a get home bag with some necessities if I need to walk home. I think, though that I will get a bucket to carry in the back end! It would provide storage as well as a seat if I cannot stay in my vehicle should something happen.

    • October 22, 2020 at 11:55 am

      Hi Leanne, good idea on the bucket for a seat and some storage! Linda

  • October 23, 2020 at 11:07 pm

    Dear Linda, with mud on my face, I missed an extremely important eye appointment due to a flat tire….it was only low…. until my husband tried to pump it with his small (broken) compressor. Who knew that the “fix” would let ALL the air out of the tire? There we sat in a parking structure that had nary a Good Samaritan anywhere, though many folk passed by watching me wring my hands.
    What’s worse, the spare tire was nowhere to be found…and I’m not kidding. We hadn’t unloaded the van from our stage 2 fire evacuation several weeks ago, so the cat and dog food, blankets, flares and suitcases and old donuts made us even more of a hilarious spectacle as everything was hauled out. Still no spare.
    Eventually, after reading through the MANUAL (!) the tire was located, underneath the vehicle, in the area behind the passenger seat. Just another learn-as-you-go experience, 5 hours from home.
    My marriage is still intact, mercifully, but travelers beware!
    With love from S. Oregon,

    • October 24, 2020 at 6:55 am

      Hi Shirley, this is the best comment ever!! The broken compressor, darn!! I sure hope your stage 2 fire evacuation came out all right. I don’t remember this many fires ever! I can actually visualize the stuff in the back of your car. The donuts are the best! I LOVE LOVE LOVE your comment. Our car is a 2009 Honda CRV and we have never had a flat tire. Well, about two months ago we did. We pulled off into a church parking when we heard the infamous thud, thud, thud. We started unloading my emergency prep stuff, so we could get to the spare tire and the jack. The 12V compressor was nowhere to be found. WHAT???? The jack didn’t work for me, and I’m 70 years old with white hair. I bet it’s been 50 years since my dad taught me to change a tire. Here comes a guy out of the church and hops into his minivan and drives right past us. Hmmm. My granddaughter was with me and I just shook my head looking at the guy. I’m self-reliant unless the jack doesn’t work. LOL! Then we realize the spare is flat. Boy, could 2020 get any better! LOL! Anyway, I called my husband and he used my granddaughter’s car to come and rescue us. She’s been living with us while she goes to school here. Anyway, we got the car jacked up with a better jack from her car and used a compressor to fill the tire. I think sometimes, we need these experiences to remind us to be prepared for the unexpected. We did not know the spare was flat or that the jack didn’t work right. Life is so funny sometimes! Thanks for sharing your car experience, I totally get it! Love you, my friend, Linda

  • July 3, 2021 at 7:27 pm

    Wondering if anyone can help me with this problem. I would prefer to store all my emergency items in a trunk but neither of my vehicles has one. I worry about those heavy objects flying around the inside of the vehicle in case of an accident. Any suggestions?

    • July 3, 2021 at 8:20 pm

      Hi Becky, it depends on which items. I have 3 tool kits and they are Bungie corded in the back of my Honda CRV, it’s a small car. I don’t have all my preps in the car but I could survive if I had to. Here is what the back of my car looks like. This post shows the large tool kit and the two small ones. I took the Bungie cords off for the picture. Linda


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