Survival kits and emergency bags are not usually top of mind for most of us daily. But if you’ve ever been unexpectedly caught away from home without your essentials or repair tools, an inconvenience can turn into a major problem.
There are several different types of survival kits and emergency bags that you should keep in your car or have ready to go at a moment’s notice. And while it may seem redundant, all have their own useful and in some cases lifesaving purpose. So let’s look at the three most common types of survival kits and emergency bags.
Did you know that nearly 70 million cars break down or get stuck on the road every year in the United States. That’s a lot of cars and if you happen to find yourself as part of that statistic, you better be prepared.
Car Emergency Backpacks include tools you may need in the event of a roadside emergency in one convenient carrying case. Often these kits include first aid materials, jumper cables, a tire repair kit, blankets, flares and even non-perishable food items and water.
You may be asking yourself why this is all necessary. Afterall, between OnStar, AAA and cell phones, help is right around the corner (no pun intended). But this isn’t always the case. Sit back and let me share a personal story.
Anyone who has ever driven I-70 W from Denver knows about the Eisenhower Tunnel, which traverses the continental divide at an elevation of over 11,000 feet. You may be saying to yourself “gee, thanks for the geography lesson,” but bear with me for just a second longer.
The road up and down is steep to say the least. The only exit ramps you’ll find are of the runaway truck kind. There are no gas stations or restaurants and it’s not uncommon for the transportation department to require chains on your vehicle tires (perhaps something else your Car Emergency Backpack should contain).
The weather can change in an instant. It might be sunny in Denver and blizzard conditions at the tunnel and sometimes as a result the road is shut down for several hours – stranding people at the top.
No amount of cell phone service (if you have any) can get you out of this type of jam. But let me tell you - having supplies like food, water, and a way to stay warm can go a long way to help keep you safe while you wait for the road to reopen, repairs to be made or help to arrive.
While a Car Emergency Backpack is meant to help in the event of a roadside emergency, a Grab and Go bag is a small emergency kit that is easy to take with you in the event you need to evacuate quickly. Grab and Go Bags are more centered around short-term evacuation instead of repair.
No one can predict the future and you never know when you may need to leave quickly. Flash floods, fires, natural disasters and those that are human caused all may require you to leave with very little notice.
Therefore, it is important to make sure you always have 24-hrs of supplies and important items you will need away from home packed and ready to go at a moment’s notice.
Wow, how many emergency bags are there, right? A Bug Out Bag is similar to a Grab and Go Bag in that it includes supplies you will need in the event you have to evacuate immediately.
However, unlike a Grab and Go Bag, a Bug Out Bag is meant for longer term evacuations during events where it may not be safe to return for several days at a time.
Bug Out Bags should include the same items as your Grab and Go Bag, however since a Bug Out Bag is meant to last for a longer period, you’ll need a greater quantity of items. In addition to those items listed above, your Bug Out Bag should also include:
Whether it is a Car Emergency Backpack, a Grab and Go Bag, or Bug Out Bag, organization is key. It is important to pack efficiently and only take those items which are essential. Do not overpack!
Make sure you can carry your emergency bag over a long-distance if necessary. Your items should be easy to find in all situations and should be compartmentalized and labeled.
It is also imperative that you know where your emergency bags are and that they are replenished frequently. There’s nothing that says you can’t stow them in your car – you’ll always know where they are and have them with you. In fact, most survival experts would recommend doing so.
Premier Body Armor sells a variety of Vertx backpacks ideal for emergency bags. Additionally bulletproof inserts can be utilized in conjunction with these bags to add an extra layer of armored protection.
From the basic to the most advanced, all our bags are made of the highest quality materials, comfortable for all to use and are made entirely in the USA.
No one expects to be in an emergency, but wouldn’t it be nice to know that you’re prepared just in case? There is a lot we can’t control, but what we can control is making sure we have what we need should one occur.
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