Survivor Jack's Ultimate Emergency Car Pack

About: I'm "Survivor Jack™", since my NatGeo's "Doomsday Preppers" (S1E9) episode. Help me Please by viewing "Survivor Jack auditions for Ellen's DJ" -----

Recent Blizzards have left hundreds stranded in their cars for hours, days - up to a month in one European situation.

Join Me in a real world, thought-game like "The Ultimate Altoids Survival Kit".  That one's for a pocket; this game is for Vehicles.

PLEASE give me your feedback about "The Ultimate Emergency Car Kit" that fits in a #10 Can with the Plastic Lid.  An empty ‘long-term food storage can’ or a family-sized Coffee can are good examples of this size.

The first photo is an overview of my first one I've assembled.  As you read the article, I'll explain why I chose the items I did.  As You continue reading, think of other items you'd wish you had IF stuck in your car, especially with others.   Post your suggestions.

I appreciate your time & your help!  

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Step 1: Start With the Basics and Customize to Suit Your Needs

My Kit started with a #10 Container with a tight Lid,  4 large, plastic, double Zip Lock bags.  3 were folded and put into the bottom of the can.  I make sure I have a lid that fits tightly to keep moisture in - and out.  This is the basis for a simple, inexpensive "Trapped in your vehicle" portable toilet.

Step 2: "I Spent Two Days Trapped in My Car During the Blizzard"

The 4th bag contained an 'over-sized' roll of toilet paper and is sealed to prevent moisture contamination.  This becomes your family's toilet in a 'trapped in your car' scenario, like stuck-on-a-roadway during a Blizzard, or while fleeing a Hurricane, Chemical Spill or Wildfire.  You do not want to getting out of the traffic - or out your car - in many of these situations.

In the core of the toilet paper, we usually keep several tampons for: 
  • their original purpose
  • 1st Aid major bleeding wound plug
  • fire starting material
In the event of a disaster, you can remove other survival gear from the can and put those items in one of the spare plastic bags.  Unzip the bag with the Toilet Paper and set the whole bag down into the can.  Fold the top of the bag backward around the top of the outside of the can.  Remove the toilet paper and you have a workable emergency car toilet for men or women.  After use,
the bag can be 'double sealed' and the lid snapped back on.  When the first bag is 'full', you have several spares.

Step 3: What Do We Do With the Empty Space? PT 1

In packing my Emergency Car Kit Can, this 'toilet' section only takes part of the space.   
I added:
  • Cotton - 1st Aid / fire starter material
  • Lighter for starting fires or light 
  • Medicine Bottle - water resistant method for storing cotton & .........?  (Needle & dental floss, or ...)
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Razor - shaving face or around a wound / small blade
  • Magnesium Fire Starter - IF I have a chance to build one (warmth, cooking, melt snow, bring water to a boil, defense)
  • ALL of the small liquid items will be stored in the small plastic bag.  In case they leak, it won't ruin the toilet paper.

Step 4: Empty Space? PT 2

I also included:
  • Small, prepackaged 'Hotel/Motel' soap
  • Foot Warmers
  • Liquid Hand Soap - green bottle in photo (I later replaced it with one of my Wife's asthma inhalers)
  • 2 Tampons
  • Jumbo, Double Zip Lock Bag that toilet paper will be sealed inside before packing the rest

The Trick in this Mind Exercises is ---- What would you add?  We're running out of space at this point.
  • A Spare Folding Knife?
  • A deck of playing cards?
  • LED flashlight and batteries? 

I am going to add two 'dry' granola bars, for example.  A Hand-cranked .Radio was too bag.  Small Ham Radio?

Step 5: Packing Your "Survivor Jack Ultimate Car Pack"

Much like packing your 72 Hour Bag (or Get Home Kit), you want to think "What might I need first?"  Those items go on the top.

We know our "Survival Toilet" scenario is a last resort so "spare bags" on the bottom is Okay BUT remember IF you needed water, you carry spare water containers.  (Drinking or a low radiator, for example)

Foot warmers & sanitation supplies can be at the bottom also.

The PHOTO is a little misleading.  In real world, the liquid soap, hand sanitizer and lighters are placed in the small plastic bag to prevent leakage damage.

I really want your suggestions below.

Since "finishing" this article, I've decided to add four emergency blankets to this Jack Pack.  My trade off is - I'm going to remove the cardboard core from the center of the toilet paper roll and compress it.  (I'm thinking of trying a 'Vacuum Seal' to maximize the space.)

FYI - In my car, I also carry a 72 Hour Bag, a 'gym bag' with a change of clothes & blanket or 'Winter Gear".  Those tend to wind up in a trunk when the car's full.  The #10 Can is easily accommodated in the passenger cabin during an Emergency..

What Would You Add?

Ask Yourself Right Now - IF I were stuck in a vehicle in a blizzard (worst case scenario), what else would I want within reach that fits in our #10 Can?

PS: IF you are curious about What lead to my Creating "Survivor Jack™", take a look at "Letters From Haiti & Japan".  It's 8:30 - all education - no commercials.  Learn what I saw and Didn't See about these major disasters.

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    5 years ago

    What stores will you products be sold at? Will your products be for sale soon? :)

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    Survivor JackMattakers

    Reply 5 years ago

    My Survival Tool is a hold for the moment. I got to the 3-D prototype stage but I ran out of money. I'm working on some new projects which I hope will put me on track again - including a Basic Survival Series I'm writing now..


    6 years ago

    Awesome!! You got one customer!!! If you could go into the wild with one thing what would it be?

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    Survivor JackMattakers

    Reply 6 years ago

    When I walk out of my house (into the wild), my normal (EDC) Every Day Carry is 2 knives, a multifunction tool, two knife sharpeners, a whistle and four small LED flashlights on my belt. I have a poncho, emergency blanket, dust mask & ear plugs in my back pocket. Around my neck, I wear a whistle, rechargeable glow stick, water purification pills and a fire starter. In my wallet, I have a Dental tool - a pick and floss plus additional yards of flavorless floss & a needle (sewing & 1st aid kit). I also wear a solar watch and two paracord bracelets. I'm adding non-latex gloves, anticeptic pad and duct tape - more 1st Aid.

    IF you mean I could add One more thing, I'd lean toward a 'smaller' machete, water or food - depending on 'landscape' I'll venture into.


    6 years ago

    Awesome! When will your products be in stores? Will they come to Canada?

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    Survivor JackMattakers

    Reply 6 years ago

    I'm hoping to begin selling by next spring. I should be able to ship to Canada. Thanks for your interest! Survivor Jack


    6 years ago on Introduction

    another stellar post Jack. Keep up the good work.

    I would definitely suggest some sort of method for passing time .. a deck of cards is a great idea since there are so many different games to play.

    Another good idea is a small notepad or note cards and some sort of writing implement. It can be a great psychological advantage to be able to organize and write down your thought while in a "stranded" situation.

    The granola bars are a great idea .. never forget the snacks :) You can even store those in the vehicle but outside of your can (glovebox is one place) so you don't have to worry about space.

    How about a small LED light so that if the vehicle interior light fails ( or the battery dies) you still have a light source after dark.

    I'm glad you added the emergency blankets. In most of the winter storm stranded situations, Hypothermia is the biggest immediate danger.

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    You are right about the writing tools & LED. I saw another suggestion to fill the "last empty spaces with thin, plastic bags like you put veggies in at the store. These 'take no space and weight nothing' but can be put over socks to keep heat in or over hands inside mittens or pockets.