Trip Survivalist: What to Take Traveling- Packing List by epSos.de
When traveling on holidays or for personal or family reasons, many people are at their most vulnerable. We could easily be thousands of miles away from home, or command central, without any provisions when something goes wrong.
Many preppers have families, and that may even be what got them into prepping, because they want their family to be safe and secure during a disaster. So, because of this, most preppers probably travel with family. I personally drive just about everywhere, if possible, because it is cheaper, you can pack what you want without much limit, and you always have a vehicle to get back home. Do you know what to take traveling? Are you a trip survivalist with in insane travel packing list? If so, you can skip this post, but if you need some guidance, read on.
So what do we do before the trip?
- MAINTENANCE- Before a long trip, everybody knows that you must have a trustworthy vehicle with all of the preventive maintenance done. Have all fluids changed. Have good, balanced tires that you know will make the trip, with an alignment, if needed. Having a blowout is inconvenient, and with the news stories about criminals posing as police, it would just be nice to avoid any possible interactions with a wall-meaning police officer. Let’s be honest, prepping isn’t all about just surviving. It is also about surviving and doing so comfortably.
- GET HOME BAGS – Speaking of comfort, probably the most uncomfortable thing that we plan for is a bug out scenario, so we keep our bug out bags. Well on our trip, we take them as well. Generally everything is packed for a 72 hour emergency travel. The items in a bug out bag are VERY similar to the prepper nation’s “get home bag,” so I don’t really see the point in having both. Just pack the BOB accordingly the first time and it will be multi faceted. It is designed to keep a person alive and secure for 3 solid days with no other provisions available. You should have one for each person on the trip.
- TOOLS – Keep an all inclusive automobile mechanics tool set in your vehicle. Not a 2 dollar set either. If you are willing to pay 40 bucks or more you will get a set that is good for basic maintenance on your vehicle. If you don’t know how to work on a vehicle, you should still have some tools, because you never know if some good semaritan will stop and have the knowledge required, but no tools. Luck is where opportunity meets preparedness. You miss either one, and you lose out on a potential “lucky” scenario. Other tools would be duct tape, hose clamps, a portable lighter air compressor, jumper cables, and a tow strap.
- MAPS – Have a map bought, or printed for your travels, because electronics do fail. It is good to have a map of the state(s) that you will go through, with hospitals, and other important locations marked. You can also have fuel stops marked.
Now we have pre-prepped for our trip, what do we do during our travel?
- Always have CASH. None of us believe in cash, but the rest of the world does, so cash is king, for now. We brought cash on our last trip and BOY DID IT SAVE THE DAY. My card wasn’t anywhere to be found, which is a violation, but I had cash and paid for dinner. Found the card later. You never know who will not take card, or what machines will go down. Just have a good amount of cash.
- KEEP PERSONAL PROTECTION – We crazy preppers love our guns, but at home it does us no good if we are traveling. So look up the state laws for how to carry your handgun, and bring it. You could be lucky that you did.
- AVOID SKETCHY AREAS – Just because you brought your personal protection, doesn’t mean that you want to use it. Take the time to get out of a bad area prior to stopping. If you fail to plan your stop, you could place you and the family in unnecessary danger.
- DON’T TELL EVERYONE YOUR DETAILED PLANS – Keep it off of facebook, twitter, or any other social media. If you stop at rest stops, and decide to have a normal conversation with the people there, don’t tell your extensive plans and other information. Just keep the conversation on small talk, and don’t give personal info.
- KEEP HALF FULL – Keep the tank at least half full. I ususally keep mine about half full, but I am one that messes up on this with long trips. I don’t stop until a quarter tank sometimes, which is another violation.
I wanted to keep this list short and simple, if you want an extensive list of what to keep in your vehicles most of the time, then check out my bug-out-vehicle post. With this list of stuff, and the fact that most vehicles are already packed to their fullest with the women’s clothes (joke), you may need a car top carrier.
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