Bugging Out: Is Your Bugout Survival Vehicle Missing These 4 Critical Items?

Jeff Anderson
Jeff Anderson, Editor

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 me.

Is Your Bugout Vehicle Missing These 4 Critical Survival Items?

Bugging Out: Bugout Vehicle Survival Gear
Ryan Lee Price

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. Air Pumps And Jacks

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.

An air pump, like 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.

Having a jack and a tire iron to replace your tire and put on the spare is also critical.

You would be amazed how many people are driving around without these.

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.

Having these critical fluids on hand could save you when the alternative is breaking down.

3. Jumper Cables and a Siphon Pump

If you aren't carrying a siphon pump or transfer pump, you should be.

These don't take up that much room.

They 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.)

Jumper cables are another item that lets you essentially “transfer electricity” from one vehicle to another.

And just like jacks and tire irons, you would be surprised how many people don't have jumper cables in case their batteries die.

4. Traction Mats And Tow Cables

Vehicles can get stuck even if there's nothing wrong with them.

Keeping a tow cable in your vehicle makes it possible for someone who isn't stuck to pull you free.

This may or may not work depending on how badly stuck the vehicle is.

In some cases, a traction mat might help.

These, too, don't take up a lot of space in the car.

Throwing down a traction mat can make it possible for the wheels to gain enough traction to get you out of a tough spot.

It works on the same principle as throwing down cat litter, or even a plank, when your tires are swamped in soft ground, snow, or mud.

The items listed here are all very important.

You should be carrying them if you aren't already.

They don't add up to much additional cargo, but they can really help prevent you from breaking down.

Keep that in mind.

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Bug-Out Vehicle Survival Gear: Don’t Make These Common Mistakes

Bugout Vehicle WROL SHTF Survival Gear Mistakes
Jeff Anderson
Jeff Anderson, Editor

Lots of preppers fantasize about preparing bug-out vehicles to survive the apocalypse.

Even if you have the best bug-out truck in the world, if it's not equipped right, you won't survive.

In a survival scenario, failure equals DEATH.

So… have you forgotten to cover some life-or-death survival items?

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 me.

Bug-Out Vehicle Survival Gear: Don't Make These Common Mistakes

Bugout Vehicle WROL SHTF Survival Gear Mistakes
Bugout Vehicle WROL SHTF Survival Gear Mistakes
Ryan Lee Price

When you're bugging out, just getting out isn't enough.

Your vehicle has to be able to handle the travel, yes.

But getting there won't help if the people INSIDE your vehicle aren't well when they get there.

In other words…

…You have to be able to take care of the passengers in your bug-out vehicle.

Here are three things to make sure you cover so that you can do that.

1. Do You Have Food And Water… That You Can Prepare?

You’ve got to stay hydrated and you’ve got to stay well fed.

Otherwise, it’s going to be a pretty short trip.

You can last for a couple of weeks without food, and you’re not going to really enjoy your trip.

But you’re only going to get a couple of days, or three or four days, without water before it becomes a serious life-or-death situation.

Keep food for three days for each person in your truck.

It’s not as much as you might think.

On the market there’s nutritional bars that you can do that have 2,500 calories, or a block of them that can feed a group of people.

Granted it’s not great eats, but you’re going to stay well fed.

Don't forget water, either: keep at least three gallons in your vehicle, which isn't a lot.

The standard is one gallon per person per day, but that includes water for hygiene, too.

In an emergency, you can cut back on that, because a gallon will last for three or four days if you're only drinking it.

Besides, water is very heavy, so you can't necessarily haul a lot of it.

Remember, also, that you have to be able to prepare the food you bring, so make sure you have the necessary tools and means to start a camping fire.

3. Do You Have ENOUGH First Aid?

In an emergency scenario, the first aid equipment you have may be the ONLY medical gear you've got.

There is real danger someone could get hurt in a bug out situation, too.

You’ll need first aid, or a decent first aid kit, to help the people that are hurt along your way.

  • You probably won't be able to go to a hospital.
  • There won’t be emergency services to come help you.
  • You’ll have to take care of yourself.

Include a few different first aid kits, including a trauma kit, because these are a little more robust.

You also need things to handle cuts, bruises, and burns.

Ninety percent of the accidents you'll experience are cuts and burns in emergencies.

As long as you have something to handle that, you'll be okay.

A tourniquet and a suture kit are also good ideas.

2. Do You Have Shelter?

Shelter might be one that takes you by surprise, but you’ve got to stay somewhere.

You could easily say, “Well, I’ll just sleep in my truck,” or, “I’ll sleep in the back of my car.”

But say you have four people in your car.

With full gear for four people, there’s not a whole lot of comfortable places to sleep the night.

You can get away with it for a couple of nights, but…

  • What if you have to abandon your vehicle?
  • What if it’s stuck in the snow, or stuck in the mud, or stuck in somewhere, or it’s stuck behind a barricade you can’t get around?
  • What if you've got to abandon it, but you’ve got to keep moving?

You'll need some sort of tent or some sort of emergency shelter, a sleeping bag, or just an emergency tube tent.

Another alternative is a tarp with some paracord that you can fashion a tent out of.

You also have to keep warm, which is why sleeping bags matter.

(Thick wool blankets are another option.)

Make sure, when you're bugging out, that you pay attention to your needs for food, first aid, and shelter.

These sound like basics, but you would be surprised how many people overlook these details.

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MCS 181 – Bug-Out Vehicle Prepping

Survival Vehicle For Bugging Out
Survival Vehicle For Bugging Out
Is Your Bug-Out Vehicle Ready For A Forced Evacuation?

There isn't a prepper on the planet who hasn't fantasized about it…

… a rolling “battle fortress” on wheels – complete with spiked rims and a mounted .50-cal on top – gassed up and ready to plow through the hordes of zombies gathering outside your home's picket fence!

Of course, this makes it a bit awkward when dropping the kids off at soccer practice, but hey… I'd sacrifice a few sneers from snobby parents to feel the unleashed power of a tricked-out battle tank any day, wouldn't you?

The reality though is that this type of an approach is NOT only impractical… it's downright dangerous when you're trying to go unnoticed while getting to safety in a natural disaster or crisis.

And this week, a new trainer in our network, Ryan Lee Price, is here to show us the best ways to prep your “bug-out mobile” on a budget!

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Here's What You'll Discover In This Week's Episode:

  • The #1 BEST “bug-out vehicle” you should own right now! (The answer may just surprise you!)
  • Getting to safety… no matter WHAT obstacle is in your way!
  • Bug-out vehicle gear checklist! Make sure you have these specific supplies for the dangerous trek ahead of  you
  • Little-known “crisis items” that can save your life on the road!
  • “Recovery gear”! What it is… and why you need it! 

When a disaster or other crisis forces you to evacuate, that's not the time to figure out what to put in your vehicle to get to safety.

The time is now to prep your supplies and have them ready at a moment's notice – and once you listen to this week's episode, you'll be well on your way to… well… getting on your way!

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