Top 10 Items You Need To Survive On The Road

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Surviving on the road is something every prepper dreads. But, it’s necessary in case of a major disaster or catastrophe that causes you to evacuate your home. In 2004, a record-breaking tsunami struck South Asia, killing more than 300,000 people. The next year, we witnessed the destruction of New Orleans caused by Hurricane Katrina. Then, there were the Southern California wildfires, recorded as the worst in US history. These wildfires caused the evacuation of more than one million people.

During all of these disasters, no one had access to local utility services. Stores were shut-down or ran out of emergency supplies, including food and water. If this happens to you, it’s crucial to your family’s survival to be prepared to survive on the road. So, here’s a list of ten items you need to survive on the road.

1) Bottled Water – You know just how important clean water is while on the road. Make sure your bottled water comes in “food grade” storage containers. Experts advise storing one gallon of water, per person, per day.

2) Procurement Supplies – However, when on the road, it may be difficult to tote around gallons of bottled water. So, as a prepper, it’s just as important to learn how to use contaminated sources to procure your own water. Here are two common methods:

  • Distilling Water: This method requires that you boil the contaminated water. Then, you collect the steam that comes from a “run-off.” This results in clean water dripping into a clean container.
  • Filtering Water: With this method, you simply pour the contaminated water into a “filter” system. Your homemade or manufactured filter system will help to procure the water.

3) Non-Perishable Foods – These are foods that never require refrigeration. The food is packaged and/or processed to give it a long shelf life. Some of these foods include canned foods, dehydrated foods and freeze-dried food, which has a 25-year shelf life.

4) Battery-Operated Flashlight – You should have multiple flashlights on hand. There’s no telling where you may end up at night. Not to mention, some natural and man-made disasters can cause darkness, smoke, etc… even during the day. So, make sure your flashlights are heavy-duty, with the ability to withstand moisture. Also, pack extra batteries for your flashlights.

5) Fire & Other Light Sources – When you’re trying to survive on the road, you’ll need various light sources. If you’re on the road for a long period of time, candles may be your on source of light. This is especially true if you run out of batteries for your flashlight. Be sure to pack candles that burn for longer periods of time than traditional candles. You should have a large supply, along with other light sources. Some of these include matches and lighters. These will also come in handy if you need to start a fire to cook or stay warm.

6) Battery-Operated Radio – While on the road, your only source of communication may be your radio. If radio news stations are still broadcasting, you can stay updated on the current status of the emergency situation. Battery-operated radios are very common in these situations, if you have enough extra batteries on hand. However, there are other non-electrical options, such as a wind-up radio. They generally last about 30 minutes without having to be cranked up again.

7) First Aid Kit – Every savvy prepper owns a basic first aid kit. Check yours regularly to ensure that it stays well stocked. Most kits comes with basic supplies. But, there are a few things you may need to add in order to be prepared to survive on the road. Some of these include:

  • Fever reducer
  • Pain reliever
  • Antiseptic spray
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Anti-diarrhea medication

8) Shelter – No prepper should ever be caught trying to survive on the road without shelter. Most use heavy-duty tarps. Experts advise that you choose a dark colored tarp, so you stand out less. You never know. The emergency situation may require that you hide out for a while. Tarps can be used to build shelters outside, as well as underground.

9) Sleeping Bag – Many natural disaster effect the weather. That’s why it’s very important that you’re prepared to survive extreme weather conditions while on the road. Pack sleeping bags made specifically for cold weather. Prepare for twenty degrees below zero to be safe.

10) Outdoor Clothing – The clothing you pack should be appropriate for heavy, outdoor-use. Be sure you have an assortment of clothing to last for a while. Pack wool socks, thermal underwear, hooded sweatshirts, sweat pants, jeans, heavy-duty boots and a heavy coat.



  1. m

    February 16, 2018 at 1:20 am

    Your list of necessary supplies are suitable only for cold weather areas. I live in the desert southwest where temperatures inside a closed vehicle (where I would want to keep my jump bag) will be 165 degrees after 15 minutes and 180 degrees sometime later. Those are temps inside the vehicle. Temps in the trunk will be higher. Spray cans of anything will explode. Batteries will exhaust themselves first, then leak. Canned foods will also explode. Water in plastic jugs will acquire the taste of the plastic and be undrinkable. Mid summer air temps are always 115+ and maybe more. I worked the day it was 126, and as a paramedic I responded to an auto accident where people had been ejected onto concrete. All those ejected had third degree burns on their parts touching the concrete. One had a fourth degree burn on one elbow. Can you come up with some better ideas for those of us working/living in Hell?

  2. mark bradshaw

    February 16, 2018 at 8:21 pm


    • Paul Werner

      February 18, 2018 at 9:47 am

      No mention of a firearm? Seriously?

  3. To the Right of Atilla the Hun

    February 17, 2018 at 11:47 am

    Where I live there is triple digit heat and high humidity. The heat in the trunk will be near or a little above 120. I would like to see some information on heat tolerant foods. I tend to leave my GHB in the trunk and I’m concerned about the food shelf life. What foods hold up well and still have some taste?
    I’m going to put hard tack and store something separate to flavor that teeth breaking food.
    How about an in depth article on options for food storage in a car trunk as well as in an attic?

  4. Danny Lee

    February 18, 2018 at 9:05 am

    We carry a fully stocked ‘Bathroom Kit’ in a bucket. A tarp for privacy, TP, Baby wipes and plastic bags. Also GHB for each of us.

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