A lot of us are excited to celebrate Independence Day this weekend! Many may be going camping for the first time in a long time thanks to last year’s unprecedented restrictions. Amid all of the excitement, take a moment for some mental training and be sure to share your emergency plans with those camping with you.
You’re on your way home from a relaxing camping weekend with a sunburn and empty food coolers. You got a later start to the day than expected, so it’s already dark and you’re still hours from home. Good thing you took off Monday to recover from the camping trip!
Your 10 and 7 yo kids are in the back seat asleep and your spouse is nodding off, completely shirking their navigating responsibilities - fortunately, Google Maps never sleeps. Unfortunately, you have no cell coverage on the back roads in the middle of nowhere that you insisted just an hour ago would be a shortcut.
You check on your kids in the rearview mirror, only taking your eyes off the road for a moment when something fast and large slams into your car. A huge deer has hit your car, destroying your windshield and blowing a tire.
Your kids are ok, startled, but not hurt. The same can’t be said for your spouse. The deer hit worse on their side of the car and they’re covered in blood.
You grab your survival kit to help your spouse, thankful you’ve double-checked your kit recently.
What items are always have in your vehicle survival kit/bug out bag?
- Israeli Bandage
- Other, please share below
You’ve stopped your spouse’s bleeding thanks to your emergency first aid training and your survival kit. What do you do next?
I have all of those in my car, plus another set in my bag.
I am the same way! Do you have bags setup for others that may be riding with you as well?
No, don’t usually have others with me
All of the above plus a bunch of other stuff.
Flashlight, assorted size bandages, coban, surgical scissors, alcohol wipes, burn cream.
I’m never without flashlights.
I also have a first aid kit.
After getting stuck due to a highway closure (construction), I also have extra drinking water and snacks.
All the above and much more.
I hope I don’t offend with this bit of humor.
Next thing, start a fire and get the venison backstraps going…
All of the above plus 2 IFAKs and a large First Aid kit. Emergency blinking lights with a magnet that attach to the car, and a large knife, extra ammo and a few other goodies depending on day and destination.
All that plus a Garman InReach satellite GPS with SOS and texting. Just push the button and help is on the way.
you’ll need my number to help eat at that strap
I keep an up-sized STOMP kit in my vehicles (and downsized one on the ATV) along with large fire extinguisher, cell phone, GPS, ACR-PLB-425, blankets/sleep gear, emergency food, weapon, tools and relatively complete survival/bushcrafting gear.
I grew up and have lived in remote areas most of my life. I have learned you have to be responsible for yourself as much as possible. There have been times when my being prepared has helped others less prepared get to help.
And, yes, I would enjoy some of that venison. You can check “food” off your list for this situation. : )