I’m good with planning for the Zombie Apocalypse and for EMPs… but on a more practical level, the winter before we bought our farm they had a baaaad ice storm and were without power for a bit more than 3 weeks…
Here’s my inventory of supplies specifically targeted to being stranded in a vehicle - most of which I actually do have in my truck. (and yes, there’s an even longer inventory for things like extended power outages or disasters. Also suitable for Zombies and EMPs).
Here’s my truck list:
- Water - supply for 4 people, 4 days (I don’t always have this much) or 4 people 1 day and water treatment kit (iodine, filter, refillable water bags), collapsible bucket and rope.
- Food - peanut butter, jerky, hard candy, usually also corn chips. emergency food bars (although I’m having trouble finding ones that I’m not allergic to some ingredient, may have to make my own.)
- Shelter - space blankets, emergency tent, ground pad, tarp, paracord, rain slickers (count by # of people traveling, 1-4)
- Cooking/heating - folding camp stove, 3 kinds of fire starter (matches, blow-torch lighter, striker and steel) and tinder (cotton fluff, char cloth, magnesium shreds). Steel camp cup. Knife/spoon/fork kit.
- Light - 2 flashlights, LED camp lantern, extra batteries, headlamps.
- Medications - minimum 3 weeks supply with me always (BP meds), epi-pens, benedryl, sudafed, asprin, advil, antacid, anti-diarrheal, anti-nausea.
- Medical supplies - trauma kit for 4, bandaids, splint, ace bandage, wound treatment, cortisone cream, antibiotic cream, silver burn cream, blister pads, moleskin, How-To booklet.
- Personal care - deodorant, skin lotion bar, sun screen, bug repellent, nail clippers, cuticle clippers, tooth picks, tweezers.
- Clothing - Tshirt, long shirt, long-johns, pants, 2 sets of socks, jacket, 2 sets of gloves, well broken in boots or shoes, seasonal hat.
- Navigation - printed maps of the area from where I am to home, compass.
- Communication - paper, sharpie, pen, grease pen, emergency whistle, back up battery charger for phones, solar or crank radio and/or equipment charger.
- General Supplies - paracord, duct tape, paper towels and rags, baggies, trash bags, folding knife, basic automotive tool kit, wire cutters, wire saw.
- Road supplies - spare and jack, brake fluid, transmission fluid, steering fluid, extra belts, radiator fluid, WD-40, flat fix and inflation kit, jumper cables, tow cable, load tie-down straps, load net, flashers, flares, extra gas.
- Animals - depending on what type we have with us, 3-4 days of food and water, collapsible dog dishes or buckets, extra leashes and collars (dogs) or leads and halters (horses), emergency first aid kit for critters.
Things I don’t have, but intend to add to my kit:
- CB radio, walkie talkies
- Leak stop for radiator, oil, steering, transmission
- Binoculars or monocular
- Paper list of phone numbers and addresses I need to know
- Dog packs
- Zombie repellent
and of course, EDC, extra mags, ammo.
Everything except the tools, animal supplies and vehicle supplies are mostly packed into two backpacks so those could go walkabout if needed.
and YES I do get how paranoid all that looks
I’m good with looking paranoid… and paranoid I’ll be, right up until it turns I that what I really am is prudent.