In Part 1 we discussed various aspects of selecting an emergency evacuation vehicle (Bug Out Buggy). Once you have selected a vehicle that will evacuate you and your family if you decide to bug out,, there are some additional considerations you need to address.
OK, so you have decided on which vehicle to rely on to evacuate (bug out) if necessary. It may be the family sedan, a dedicated bug out vehicle, 4WD or not, or a truck. Now there are some things you need to carry in it. Some of these items will be generic to all vehicles and should be a part of your vehicle kit in normal every day use. Some will be specific to the type of vehicle you have and the terrain you plan on driving through.
- A good jack, tire iron and a full sized spare. If you have a small doughnut spare, I highly recommend that you get a full sized spare. Check the air pressure in your spare often!
- A tool kit which should include wrenches, a socket set, a screwdriver set, pliers, duct tape, and jumper cables
- A good vehicle first aid kit is essential. You can put together your own or buy one ready made.
- A spare quart of oil could come in handy
- A portable jump starter could prove invaluable
- Flares or other emergency notification device would be handy for night breakdowns.
- An old blanket to lay on while fixing the car would be a good idea also.
- A small shovel to dig your tires out of sand or snow.
- A tow strap
- An emergency escape device/seat belt cutter/glass breaker.
- A small gas can
- A cell phone charger
- A good flashlight or trouble light.
Many people will carry a get home bag or even a bug out bag in their vehicle at all times which will contain food, shelter, water and other life support items for things like fire starting . I personally think that this is the best option. Even a vehicle breakdown in a remote area could leave you stranded for a couple of days or more.
The most important thing you can do with your bug out vehicle is to insure that it is always ready to roll at an instant’s notice! Keep your gas tank at least 3/4 full. Insure that all scheduled maintenance is done on time. Oil and filter changes. Other fluid changes. Test your battery often in hot areas like here in Arizona. Extreme heat is a battery killer.Know your owner’s manual and know your vehicle.
The above suggestions can be added on to based on your individual needs and area you live in. In areas with lots of snow, tire chains and ice scrapers would be needed.
Think this through and ensure you have the emergency items you need prepositioned in your vehicle. You may not have a lot of time to saddle up and ride off into the sunset.