You’ve seen it in countless survival and disaster movies:
Volcanoes are erupting, great chasms are opening up in the Earth, and fire, brimstone, and plagues of frogs are raining down from the sky.
But don’t worry; here comes the hero, Strongjaw McHandsomeface, riding to the rescue in his pimped out monster truck complete with roof rack, snorkel, and mounted fifty-caliber machineguns!
But do the movies REALLY tell you what you should be carrying in your bug-out vehicle?
Recently I spoke with expert Ryan Lee Price about the critical bug-out vehicle gear he recommends.
Here is a summary of what he told Warrior Life…
Is Your Bugout Vehicle Missing These 4 Critical Survival Items?
There isn’t a prepper on the planet who hasn’t fantasized about creating the ultimate bugout vehicle to see him through the zombie hordes and safely to his survival retreat.
But do you really know what you THINK you know about bugout vehicles and equipment?
People often overlook whether their bug out vehicle can physically reach its destination.
You have to be able to get there physically or there’s no point in going.
If your vehicle can’t handle the terrain physically, you’re stuck and worse off.
If it breaks down, you’re again stuck and worse off.
What this means is, you have to be able to take care of the vehicle itself.
This requires you to carry certain items to maintain the vehicle and get you out of trouble.
1. A Portable Air Pump
Your bug-out vehicle is only as good as its tires.
If you can’t roll, you can’t get where you’re going.
Most of us don’t have run-flat tires.
That means you’ve got to have the ability to maintain and replace your tires on-the-run.
So, in addition to having your standard jack, tire iron, and spare tire… a portable air pump (the kind that connects to your car’s electrical system), can be invaluable, especially if you have a slow leak and you’re miles from help.
You don’t want to assume that all you’re going to need is the spare tire that came with your vehicle and sometimes, repairing the one that’s already on is a faster, more reliable way to go.
2. Critical Fluids
If your car runs out of fuel, you won’t be getting anywhere.
If it runs out of oil, it will seize up.
If it runs out of coolant for the radiator, it will overheat.
All of these are things you can be carrying with you just in case.
Keep in mind, though, that in the case of gas you can’t just throw a gas can in the back seat.
It’s best to keep fuel outside of the vehicle, such as on a tow rack on the back, to prevent fumes from accumulating inside the vehicle.
(Just be sure to keep them camouflaged so others who weren’t as smart as you don’t try to beg, borrow, or steal your own supplies!)
3. A “Jumper Box”
All of us have had that moment in our lives when we’ve left the lights on… trunk slightly open… or had a winter freeze that killed our battery while we were away from our vehicles, right?
Normally, that means putting a desperate look on your face in the parking lot where you’re stranded – just hoping that someone will come “save your day” with a quick jump-start to get you back on the road.
But not in a forced-evacuation.
For one, people who are in the same stop-and-go traffic you may have found yourself in are going to be especially reluctant to stop to help you out.
But also, this would give anyone who stops – friendly or not – to see what supplies you do have… and perhaps ask for (or take) “payment” in whatever way they think is justified.
To stay self-reliant and safe, add a rechargeable “jumper box” to your vehicle’s gear that will let you be your own “roadside assistance” when your batter is dead.
4. A Siphon Pump
If you aren’t carrying a siphon pump or transfer pump, this is a complete “must-have”.
They don’t take up that much room and will give you the ability to take fuel from broken down cars that might still have gas in them.
They also make it possible to transfer water quickly from one container to another.
(Obviously, you wouldn’t use the same pump for both things in that order.)