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#1 Ephie


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Posted 25 September 2015 - 10:36 AM

While not exactly "carrying", I am curious what gear anyone has permanently in their car and where and how you store it.
Seat belt cutter, first aid, shovel, flares, flashlight, tools, etc.
At the moment I keep the Gerber Hinderer in my car http://www.amazon.co...er Rescue Knife, along with a first aid kit that came with the vehicle that I need to upgrade and some Caylume SnapLights
Given that I live in the NE, I feel I should have a folding shovel and some other winter related items.
I welcome your comments.

#2 Nathaniel P

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Posted 25 September 2015 - 11:37 AM

Don't have a car right now, but if I did I would DEFINITELY throw in my Cold Steel SF Shovel:



This thing is TOUGH. We actually threw these at a marksmanship camp like tomahawks, and they stick in wood very well. I also used it to remove a large tree stump from my front yard, since the edge is quite sharp (sharper if you use a Lansky puck) and works like a hatchet. Goes through 2-3" diameter roots like they were nothing. Super useful.


I would probably also add an ITS Tactical Boo Boo Kit Plus. I have the standard Boo Boo Kit, and it is really nice and high quality, but I would go with something with a bit more for car EDC.

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Posted 25 September 2015 - 02:21 PM

never go anywhere without a phone and a way to charge it, that would be your best tool for help when you need it


when I had my small Hyundai, I was able to keep

toilet paper, a hatchet, jumper cables, first aid kit, fixed blade, firestarter, flares, extra pair of shoes/socks, extra car jack, and flashlights all in my trunk

food and water too


I've got a mercury station wagon now and I can put almost anything in there no problem

now if you've got a sedan you'd want to figure out how much space you're willing to use up and how much space you want to reserve for additional things like grocery shopping, ect.


It all depends on what kind of vehicle you have


in wintery conditions you should always have extra clothing and blankets, you wont always need a shovel, but I've heard kitty litter helps when you're stuck in the snow.

summer conditions, more water, bug spray.


my ideas are that if you don't need it theres a chance someone else might and you can help them out.

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Posted 26 September 2015 - 03:50 AM

Sure fire flashlight, ice scraper, jumper cables, charger for phones, space blanket, bottled water, tow strap (in my land cruiser) car shield and latex gloves, duct tape. In winter kit includes chains, gloves, sand bags, blanket, stocking hat, and flares.

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Posted 26 September 2015 - 04:10 AM

My 2010 Nissan Patrol has two setups


Standard Range (around town driving)

In addition to this i also have a Dual Battery setup and a permanently installed air compressor and inverter


Long Range (anything out of town)

#6 T Shrapnel-Carruthers

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Posted 26 September 2015 - 07:04 AM

Didn't we have a thread like this recently?


Anyway, at the moment I have:

  • first aid kit
  • hi-vis jackets
  • spare glasses (for France)
  • breathalyser (for France)
  • drinking water
  • water for radiator and washers
  • concentrated screenwash
  • funnel for pouring water
  • warning triangle
  • seat belt cutter & window breaker
  • headlight beam adaptors (for visits to UK)
  • USB charger
  • two umbrellas

Most of this is in a cardboard box in the luggage space. Somewhere in the house, waiting to be loaded:

  • portable toolkit (in a Maxped pouch)
  • rechargeable torch & diffusor (Nitecore)
  • foil blankets

For longer journeys we carry food and extra liquid.


Before winter I want to add:

  • shovel
  • container of grit/salt

#7 Dan Post

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Posted 26 September 2015 - 05:04 PM

I have a single-cab Chevrolet S10, so I can't fit much as far as gear goes.. Currently I have:

- Winchester Winframe Multitool/bit set
- Maglite
- Vehicle multi-tool (glass breaker, digital pressure gauge, serrated blade, etc)
- tire gauge
- survival kit (first aid, flares, rope, shotgun slugs, and a ton of other random emergency gear)
- small tool box (tape measure, speed square, etc)

I will be reorganizing my vehicle carry tommorow or Monday. I probably will add a backup blade and maybe a change of clothes. I hopefully will be trading in the truck for a Jeep Liberty or some other SUV soon. I'll have more room, which will mean I will be adding more gear.

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Posted 26 September 2015 - 05:58 PM

In the car:


emergency food :  actually it's several flavors of "work out goo" - that's what I call it anyway - stored in a leak proof container


1 non-metallic knife made by the lovely folks at IDF


a Maxipedition small pack with first aid, small tools, fire starter, space blanket, pen, paper, feminine hygiene supplies, knife


In the trunk:


extra pair of Nikes with socks, work gloves


Ammo can containing:  more first aid, more feminine hygiene supplies, paper towels, hand towel, water purifier

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Posted 26 September 2015 - 09:45 PM

I live in a pretty rural area so my truck kit is alitte more then a few iteams. In my cab i keep a small rapid grab bag wich contains a small first aid kit, a foldible knife. a gerber multi tool, space blanket, lighter.
In my tool box i keep a full tool kit containing sockets and wrenches ect., a small 12 volt compressor, a tow rope, jumper cables, 2 cans of fix a flat, 4 way tire iron. I also keep a larger grab bag containing mres, extra clothes, gloves, a wool blanket, an ultra light stove, small pot. SOL bivvy bag.
Im sure there is are several iteams that i have forgoten, but in my area being stuck or breaking down could be hours if not days without seeing someone.
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Posted 03 November 2015 - 04:49 PM

Nifty thing about Nissan jukes -awesome for stashing. All the space the wasted under the backseat and trunk area is easily accessible. I have everything from every hand tool you could need, diaper/wipes/changes of clothes (I'm a dad) to sleeping bags, collapsible pots/pans, jumper cables, saws, water, water purification tabs, life straw, mre's and ration bars, spare tire, jack, flashlights, batteries, spare phone, flares, rope, chain... And lots more... Find all those books and crannies and stuff em! Lol

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Posted 03 November 2015 - 06:37 PM

2010 Nissan Xterra 4 wheel drive has a below rear compartment which contains a flat case tool kit with wrenches,, emergency road kit, gloves, battery cables, box  with bungees for securing cargo.  Above deck has a cargo box with spare L.L. Bean rain jacket, Xterra ball cap, car cloths, dusters, etc.  Side compartments with compact 12V air compressor, truck tire gauges, emergency strobe light.  Interior: spare eye glasses, photo film container with quarters, rechargeable DC flashlight.  SUV has Bluetooth, Sirius Radio, and I-Pod connectivity.  Nearby in garage: portable air tank.  Also a battery jump box/air compressor is available as required.  You can also get a super small compact battery backup/ USB port Cobra JumpPack device.  It's a USB power pack and jump starter:  400A Peak and 7500 mAh battery capacity.  Model is CPP7500-GM.  It has small jumper cables and the pack fits in your pocket.  I just keep it available for road trips.

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Posted 15 February 2016 - 06:33 PM

Not too much. Usually a flashlight, a few dollars cash, a pen and paper, some quarters, and a basic car emergency kit and jumper cables.

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Posted 16 February 2016 - 05:43 PM

I have 2 kits. One summer, and one winter, both live in locking truck boxes. The winter one has the most gear, and it would take a page to list all the stuff I have in there, but it probably weighs 200 pounds or so.(There's even a chain saw in there)

The summer box is (thank God) lighter, at probably half the weight. The other "stuff" that stays no matter what lives under the rear flip seat of my truck, and in an EDC quick bag that just hangs out either on the floor or on the seat. 

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Posted 20 February 2016 - 08:46 AM

Just read this in GA and thought it was pretty good.



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Posted 10 December 2016 - 02:08 PM

Jeep Cherokee Sport

I'm on the road a lot for work so I like to be prepared

S&W Bodyguard 380, extra mag
Jumper cables
Light sticks
Nebo Slyde 250 lumen flashlight
Four 20oz bottles of water
Couple of bungee ropes
Few zip ties
Stainless steel water bottle
First aid kit---customized by me :)
Foldable shovel
Bug spray---removed in winter
Travel blanket (waterproof on one side/fleece on other side)--it's a Thirty-One brand, you can find them on eBay and Amazon
Moving blanket--for extra warmth during winter
Extra fleece jacket
Osprey Mira 18 pack---New Balance shoes, socks, change of clothes for season, beef jerky, Kind bars, honey (multiple uses), bandana, spork, notepad/sharpie, Gerber Crucial, Gerber knife, Nite Ize S carabiner, Bic lighter, dryer lint coated with wax, water purifying tabs, platypus water bag, "space blanket".

This is in addition to my EDC I carry! Will post on that in another thread.

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Posted 10 December 2016 - 04:41 PM

I keep in the back seat of my 01 mazda b3000, jumper cables, mini shovel, hatchet, two straps of all types of sorts, hunting pack (snake garters, 550 cord, hat, knife, bottle of water, cant remember the rest), small little sharpener, my walther p22 (unless I decide to conceal carry it, which i rarely do), hi lift jack (for a winch, or jack), 2 sets of chains, tire patch kit, small air compressor that runs off the 12v, small tool box with assortment of small tools, rain jacket, my snow boots (boggs), and probably a ton of other stuff I forgot

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#17 Mason Delpino

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Posted 10 December 2016 - 06:52 PM

In my car I keep jumper cables, a flashlight, a blade, a blanket, a case of water and a map. There may be a little more than I'm not remembering right now haha

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Posted 13 December 2016 - 09:39 AM

I don't keep a lot of expensive stuff in my vehicle, just in case. I do have a daypack that goes in the rear end "James Bod compartment" of my Durango that contains some basic supplies:


Poncho with liner

10X10 blue tarp

100' paracord

12" machete

Gerber folding saw

Esbit stove with fuel

Small stainless steel pot

2 Bic lighters and a small box of Strike Anywhere matches cushioned with cotton balls

Small Northbound Train first aid kit

Two cheap LED flashlights with extra batteries

Pair of leather work gloves

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Posted 05 September 2017 - 03:17 PM

I have a duffel bag with a complete change of clothes (shoes, belt, and cap included), towel, toiletries, sleeping roll, and at least 100 dollars cash. Nothing tactical about it. I just know that sometimes I might have to stay the night somewhere or I might get messy and need to shower and change my clothes at a friend's house.


I also keep my cot in there just because it makes no sense to have it in my apartment where I have a perfectly good bed and couch to nap on. If I ever need it, I will be on the road.


I carry a lot of the other stuff listed, but this is stuff that focuses less on survival and more on boring, every day emergencies that could happen.

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Posted 13 September 2017 - 12:33 PM

I keep in the back seat of my 01 mazda b3000, jumper cables, mini shovel, hatchet, two straps of all types of sorts, hunting pack (snake garters, 550 cord, hat, knife, bottle of water, cant remember the rest), small little sharpener, my walther p22 (unless I decide to conceal carry it, which i rarely do), hi lift jack (for a winch, or jack), 2 sets of chains, tire patch kit, small air compressor that runs off the 12v, small tool box with assortment of small tools, rain jacket, my snow boots (boggs), and probably a ton of other stuff I forgot

Recently added a Mora 511, council tool Hudson Bay axe, a plumb double bit axe, and one of those cheap emergency blankets. Removed hunting pack for now, but will put together a similar kit later.

A lot of this stuff is not for emergency, as it is for work type ordeals. A truck is just a good place to keep a lot of my stuff.

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