People that read regularly will notice that I am working on a series of posts on what to carry in a car. I did this because I’m often asked what I carry for emergency gear and what I recommend others carry. Basically, I think about what I would want if I had to spend the night in my car due to adverse weather conditions, as well as what I could use in the way of tools and spare parts, and keep those items in the car. The reason for the series of posts instead of one is that I don’t feel like writing a post that long, nor do I think most people would read a post that long. It also gives me the opportunity to explain how some items could be utilized in more detail than I otherwise would. Anyway, moving on…
I recommend everyone that commutes any distance or drives regularly in adverse conditions carry a change of clothes, blanket or sleeping bag, and an extra pair of shoes or boots.
To give a person an idea of what I’m talking about, in addition to a change of clothes (including long pants, because shorts don’t count), I carry the following:
- Stocking cap
- Extra socks (2-3 pairs)
- Small toiletries bag (toothbrush/toothpaste, some soaps, razor and shaving cream, etc.)
- Tennis shoes
- I also carry a set of BDUs, which includes
- Tan undershirt
- Thick socks
- A heavy coat
- Hat (more properly referred to as a “Cover”
The BDUs fit loosely enough that they could be worn over my other set of spare clothes, which would be ideal if it were really cold and I were stuck somewhere, or outside having to work on something.
In the cold months, I also keep a sleeping bag in the trunk. Depending on where you drive to and how often, it might not be a bad idea to carry a small folding cot or air mattress. Hotels are nice, but you can’t always get to one. If your work or school has a place you can camp, you have a nearby friend or family member, or you drive a van/truck with a topper, a cot could make your night a lot more comfortable.
Wool blanket in a plastic bag. Wool is good because it’s warm even if it gets wet, and it doesn’t take up much space.
See other posts with items I recommend carrying in a car. Click on the tag Roadside Emergency Kit.