Whether you are on vacation, traveling to your next duty station or simply enjoy a weekend road trip, disaster could be just around the next turn. Each year unsuspecting travelers fall victim to bad weather, poor road conditions or mechanical problems that leave them stranded. Keep yourself from being a victim by being prepared.
Modern travelers take for granted that getting from point A to point B is a simple, straightforward process. If something does happen they rely on help being as close as a call to roadside service or a friend. Unfortunately, that is not always the case. Things go wrong, and sometimes help is too far away to be your only source of assistance and you need to rely on yourself. You can never have too much survival gear, but the following five items are the minimum every traveler should have on hand.
- First Aid Kit – EVERYONE should have a basic first aid kit available – if not on their person, then in their vehicle. Even a minor injury can become life threatening without proper care or can complicate an otherwise simple survival situation.
- Small Tool Kit – Most modern vehicles require more than basic tools to fix even the smallest problem, but a small tool kit can be used for a whole host of survival situations. The kits should include an assortment of small tools, duct tape, small cord and a flashlight & extra batteries.
- Extra Clothing – Most people travel in what is comfortable when inside a vehicle with heat or air conditioning available. When stuck in the middle of nowhere, a second or third layer may also be necessary to ward off overnight temperatures, even in area where the daytime temperature reaches triple digits. Due to the risk of carbon monoxide, it is not safe to run your vehicle’s engine all night. Be sure to include waterproof jacket and footwear.
- Food & Water – The average person can survive almost 3 weeks without food and 2-3 days without water, but I guarantee it will not be a pleasant survival. After missing only a couple meals, a healthy person will begin to feel weak and find even simple tasks draining, both mentally and physically. Of course, this time table is accelerated if you are injured or sick to begin with. A small supply of bottled water and easily stored food can literally keep you alive when all else is against you.
- Emergency Power Supply – There was a time when this meant a spare battery or auxiliary jumper to get your vehicle running again, but today it also means having the ability to power your tablet or smartphone as well. Like it or not, everyone depends on their phone or tablet for everything from emergency communication to being a compass, and if the battery dies, you are literally without any resources.
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