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After you’ve fortified your home and stocked up on survival gear and supplies, you have one more prepping task ahead of you. Before SHTF, you need to turn your vehicle into a bug-out car that can get you out of the neighborhood if you need to evacuate immediately. (h/t to OffgridSurvival.com)
If you have the money to buy a car that you’ll only use as a bug-out vehicle, feel free to invest in one. However, the practical thing to do is to prepare your current car for various natural and man-made disasters. (Related: Prepping 101: How to make your own fool-proof SHTF plan.)
Even if your car is fairly new, there’s a chance that it can break down at the most inconvenient moment. While modern cars are more reliable compared to older vehicles, prepping for disasters ensures that you have what you need to repair your car even if you’re in the middle of nowhere.
Keep your car bug-out ready by performing regular preventive maintenance.
Keep a dedicated bug-out bag (BOB) or get-home bag in your car at all times. Since your vehicle lets you carry more than you can normally fit into these bags, here are some car-specific items to consider:
Once you’ve prepared your BOBs, set up a vehicle-specific preparedness kit. Your kit should include the tools that you may need for roadside emergencies and vehicle breakdowns.
These vehicle-specific items deserve some space in your emergency road kit:
In the event of a large-scale survival scenario, most communication channels could go down. If this is only a temporary thing, there’s nothing much to worry about.
But preppers don’t just keep their fingers crossed and hope things turn out okay, so you need to plan for the worst-case scenario.
You should always have multiple ways to communicate in your bug-out car, such as:
Prep your vehicle as if you’re going to use it as a bug-out car so you can drive to safety whenever SHTF.
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