We are reprinting this article because it is always a good idea to review where you are compared to where you want to be.
Many Preppers believe that if the SHTF and they need to Bug-Out (B-O), they can load up the family car and go. Do you have all your Preps in Good-to-Go packages? Have you done a trial run to see how much can be loaded, and how fast? It is worthwhile to do some planning around this subject. If the time comes that you need to B-O, you will be glad you did. Some items should be stowed full-time in the vehicle while the others need to be prepackaged for easy loading.
This article is intended to give the Beginning Prepper a general framework for outfitting their BOV with current resources and how to best utilize it.
Let’s look at what should be loaded full-time in your vehicle. Here is a minimum essential list:
• Bug Out Bags (BOB’s) – 72 hrs. minimum survival gear
• Spare belts – fan, serpentine, alternator (depending on vehicle)
• Spare radiator hoses
• Jumper cables
• Minimum mechanic’s hand tool set – screwdrivers, socket wrenches, pliers, vice-grips, adjustable wrenches
• Can of Flat Repair
• Gas can and funnel
• Vehicle Jack and Lug wrench
• Spare tire
With the above items included, you will be able to deal with most common problems that may happen to your vehicle on the road. You may, of course, add to this list if you have the knowledge and expertise to perform more extensive repairs.
Look over your stored preps and make the hard decisions of what must go with you verses what can be left behind. What items are necessary to take? How much room will you have? On the road, you will need in addition to your BOB: food, water and means for water purification for the longer term, shelter, cooking utensils, means of making fire, personal protection items, and lighting for at least 2 weeks on the road in sufficient quantities to support all people in your BOV. More is better if you have enough space for it. Segregate the items into 2 piles and repack. Pack the “Go” pile into your vehicle. Did it all fit? How much space do you have remaining? How many passengers did you plan on? Those seating areas cannot be used for cargo. Do you have rooftop space to use? Repack as required to maximize fit.
If you have a compact or sub-compact car that you are working with, you should consider adding a small trailer to your outfitting. Even the smallest car can tow 1200 lbs. This equates to 200 lbs. trailer weight and 1000 lbs. cargo weight capacity and utility trailers are cheap. Additionally, the trailer can be preloaded if you have a secure location to store it or, quickly loaded at need if you don’t.
If you have a pickup truck to work with, don’t forget the tarp and tie-downs. You sure don’t want your supplies to get soaked or blown out of the bed in inclement weather. That’s no fun for sure.
It is important to plan how you load your vehicle. You need to place the frequently accessed items to the outside of your load and place the less often needed items to the inside or bottom. You don’t want to be packing and repacking every time you need a knife or light to set up camp. Likewise, you don’t want to unload everything to get to your water filter either.
While this is not an “everything” list, nor is it the “Complete BOV Encyclopedia”, it is a place to start your vehicle prep and, hopefully, giving you something to start with. There are many fine articles concerning BOV’s on APN that will give you more ideas but, I have seen few that talk about your getting started with what you currently have available. I hope this helps the Beginning Preppers.