You don’t have to be an aspiring “Doomsday Prepper” to be able to appreciate that you could be stranded away from home at the worst possible time (think Murphy’s Law) and an emergency car kit in your trunk could save your life. SHTF takes over and you’re stuck!
Preppers and survivalists call them “bug out bags” or “Get Out Of Dodge Bags” and FEMA refers to them as a “72 hour kit.” Whatever the name, the supplies in your kit should enable you to hunker down for up to three days with minimal discomfort so that you aren’t tempted to try to get home when it is not safe to do so.
Recall the case of Reginald Denny, the poor trucker who was pulled from his truck and beaten half to death during the Los Angeles Rodney King riots. If an economic collapse happens, or civil unrest for any reason, you don’t want to be in a position where you feel compelled to risk driving home in the thick of it.
Your emergency car kit will enable you to hunker down and stay at work or wherever you find yourself when it all hits the fan. Then you can calmly decide when to make a run for the safety of your home.
Another scenario that preppers and survivalists plan for is either an EMP or a Solar Flare that takes out the power grid and could also take out all electrical circuits – including disabling cars with electronic ignition. In that scenario, we would all be pedestrians and, if you commute more than 20 miles to work, you will have a long hike home.
In this case, a backpack with food and water and means of self-defense and even a backpacking tent would be in order, as you might not be able to hike home in a single day. Whatever the scenario, if you have thought out your emergency car kit and been wise enough to take it to the next level and even do a rehearsal, you will sleep better at night.