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A little prep goes a long way towards getting yourself un-screwed. As experience adventurers know, many trailheads and backcountry locations lack cell phone signal, and if an emergency unfortunately occurs, you will want your car well prepared to get you out of a pickle! Hopefully not too many of us have been in that situation. Here are our favorite gear picks to include in your car before your next adventure.
Maxtrax MKII Recovery Board
This lightweight and tough recovery board can provide traction into any tire’s tread in sand, snow, or mud. This extraction device is lightweight, and smartly designed to be easily stackable, added to your roof rack, or side profile mounting rack. The 6 handles making it easy to carry and maneuver under your tire for a quick extraction in any elements. One end of the recovery board has a shovel like feature to remove excess mud, snow, or sand. You never know when a flash flood or snowstorm could get even your 4WD vehicle stuck, this Maxtrax MKII Recovery Board is a must for your trunk.
[$299 at Frontrunneroutfitters.com]
DMOS Stealth Shovel
DMOS is well known and respected for your adventure shovel needs. Their American made products, warranty, compact and packable designs is what’s achieved them this reputation in the adventure industry. As you continue to prep your car for adventures, don’t miss out on the Stealth Shovel – this full sized yet fully collapsible shovel is made from premium materials, and is one of DMOS’ most versatile shovel options. It’s a must for those planning on winter adventures in snowy areas especially those in avalanche territory. As one can assume with Stealth in the name, it’s easy to stow in your trunk and won’t take up any unnecessary room.
[$139 at dmoscollective.com]
MyMedic: Auto Medic Storm Proof First Aid Kit
We’ve shared a few other gear picks from MyMedic, here is another trusted item to have in your car for any adventure. MyMedic always has thoughtful products to equip you any safety needs. The MyMedic Auto Medic Storm Proof First Aid Kit is HSA/FSA approved. Featuring safety and first aid items from 8 different categories – bleeding, medication, sport & outdoor, topical, airway, hydration, sprain & fracture, and tool & devices, the kit is organized and labeled for quick access depending on the emergency. The best way to be prepared for the unknown is being prepared for everything and this MyMedic Auto Medic Storm Proof First Aid Kit will provide that peace of mind.
[$149.95 at mymedic.com]
Judy: The Mover Max – The Best Go Bag for Quick Evacuations
The founders of Judy have one simple goal in mind – prep Americans for emergencies. Their purpose for this? – They learned that over 60% of Americans do not have any sort of emergency plan and they want to make prep kits to support this planning. The Mover Max is one of their featured kits and it’s the best “go bag for quick evacuations”. Perfect to throw in your trunk before any adventure, the Mover Max is packed full with over 53 lifesaving survival essentials and can sustain a family of 4 for up to 72 hours. Curated by the #1 preparedness experts who identified some of the best-in-class supplies, such as a hand crank radio, multi-tool, water, meal replacements, and more. These items can provide support for any emergency situation such as loss of power, earthquakes, fire, snow, hurricanes, wildfires and more. Peace of mind is priceless, and the Mover Max can provide it.
[$195 at Judy.co]
ZOLEO Satellite Communicator
The ZOLEO satellite communicator is extremely affordable, and perfect for anyone who wants to stay connected and secure when travelling beyond mobile coverage zones. Iridium® based and designed to withstand harsh conditions, the compact ZOLEO device connects via Bluetooth® with a free companion app on your own smartphone/tablet. The app offers a familiar interface for seamless global messaging to/from any SMS number, email address or another ZOLEO app user, and also supports 2-way global SOS alerting, easy check-in, on-demand weather forecasts, location sharing and more.
[$199 at bluecosmo.com]
MSR® Strike Igniter: Rugged, all-weather igniter for any stove.
Next time you’re packing your adventure pack, camping materials, or backpack for your next trip – skip the lighter and matches and throw in the MSR® Strike Igniter – this ultra-lightweight and weatherproof striker will be your fire starting best friend for lighting canister and white gas stoves. It will also last from 3,000 – 12,000 strikes – much longer than an average lighter.
[$15.95 at msrgear.com]
MSR PocketRocket® 2 Mini Stove Kit
The PocketRocket 2 Mini Stove Kit defines big performance in a tiny package. An ultra-compact cook-and-eat kit for minimalist solo backpackers, it features the fast-boiling PocketRocket 2 stove and is perfectly sized to make hot water for one pouch meal or cup of coffee.
[$84.95 at msrgear.com]
Flat Pack – By Front Runner
Another gear feature from Front Runner, and for good reason. Front Runner Outfitters are proven, tested, and trusted for having the best quality items. The Flat Pack is what you’ll want in your trunk to organize all of your gear, with the ability to have 1 or 2 compartments depending on your storage needs. When not in use it won’t take up needed space because it folds down completely flat!
[$29.95 at frontrunneroutfitters.com]
Re-LED Utility Flashlight – by Kanan Outdoors
A flashlight is a no-brainer and one of the most commonly included items in emergency kits. But what good is a flashlight if it’s not of the best quality? None. The Re-LED Utility Flashlight should be your first choice – featuring 4 operating modes (low, bright, flashing, and SOS) depending on your needs. This flashlight has a USB port to support charging your mobile phone if power has gone out. The Re-LED flashlight is reliable with a 12-hour battery life. You’ll want to throw this flashlight in your glove-box or trunk ASAP.
[$34.95 at frontrunneroutfitters.com]
Weatherproof Solar Power Bank / Dual USB / 16 000 mAh – by Kanan Outdoors
Another thoughtful, yet smart tool to have in your emergency kit in your car should be a solar power bank. If you’re in the backcountry and hours away from electricity, keeping a phone or other devices charged could be lifesaving for rescue. The Weatherproof Solar Power Bank can charge your smartphone and features two USB charging outputs. It’s rugged, shock-resistant, dust & weatherproof. The solar panel keeps the power bank charged at all times. Even beyond your charging needs, the power bank has Ultra-Bright LED lights that can be used as a flashlight or emergency SOS signal.
[$29.95 at frontrunnersoutfitters.com]
ADVENTURETEMP Flask – By Front Runner
The ADVENTURETEMP Flask is rugged and durable – perfect to keep you hydrated on any adventure. Whether you’re keeping your water cool for a long hike or keeping your coffee warm during those chilly winter months. The double walled and vacuumed insulated flask will keep drinks cold or hot for hours.
[$14.95 at frontrunneroutfitters.com]
Therm-a-Rest Oberon™ 0F/-18C Sleeping Bag
The Oberon™ 0F/-18C Sleeping Bag from Therma-Rest was made for those who do not shy away from frigid backcountry adventures. Serious adventurers know that winter temps and extreme conditions won’t stop them and that’s why the Oberon will offer you the warmth and protection needed. The 800-fill Nikwax Hydrophobic Down will repel moisture and keep you warm even in damp conditions. Best used in the temp range of 14 degrees Fahrenheit down to 0 degrees. The Oberon also has an ergonomic toe box that will keep your feet warm. Reviews of this bag speak for itself – most users rave about the warmth and comfort they felt during snow camping. You will want to order this sleeping bag ASAP!
[$499.95 at thermarest.com]
The SEVENTY2® Pro Survival System
The window of survival for most emergencies is the first 72 hours. Whether you’re evacuating, sheltering in place, or in the backcountry, it’s critical that you have the supplies and tools to survive the first three days. The folks at Uncharted Supply took the world’s best Survival System and made it even better. Due to overwhelming demand by government, experts and professional groups, they went back to the drawing board and rebuilt the Seventy2 from the ground up for professional daily use.
[$565 at unchartedsupplyco.com]
THE ZEUS – Portable Jump Starter & USB Charger
This portable battery charger can get you back on the road when no one’s on the other end of the jumper cables, fully recharge your power tools, and revive your dead devices if no power supply is near. Charge the Zeus at home or on the road, and feel safe knowing you have a backup light source during any emergency situation.
[$150 at unchartedsupplyco.com]
SealLine Zip Duffel
SealLine bags were created specifically for the maritime industry, but now they are focused on providing the best in industry waterproof dry bags to any adventurer. Thoughtfully designed with the best materials, the Zip Duffel is the perfect combination of convenience and protection. How reliable is the Zip Duffel? It’s been tested and proven to withstand full submersion in 1 meter of water for 30 minutes and all items packed will stay dry. Offered in a 40L and 75L sizes you’ll want this duffel for your next adventure – no matter what the season!
[$159.95 at seallinegear.com]
Showers Pass Transit Jacket CC – Waterproof, reflective jacket.
Everyone needs a transitional jacket that is protective for any element. That’s why you’ll want this Showers Pass Transit Jacket CC – designed to be versatile for any adventure. This jacket will provide you waterproof protection for cycling, hiking, or running. The Showers Pass jacket features Artex™ which is a waterproof-breathable membrane technology to give a strong barrier against the elements. Showers Pass has a company goal to make all products sustainable, and this jacket features Clean Color Technology. Offered in Alps Blue, Black, and Yellow – this jacket will match with any of your other outdoor apparel.
[$199 at showerspass.com]
Midland ER310 Emergency Crank Radio
A must for emergency preparedness, the ER310 emergency weather alert crank radio keeps you informed in case of severe weather or civil emergency with multiple sustainable power options. Recharge your USB compatible devices, use the Cree LED flashlight for power outages or navigating low-light areas, be found in an emergency with the high frequency dog whistle.
[$69.99 at Midlandusa.com]
VSSL CAMP Supplies Pack
VSSL Camp Supplies Compact Adventure Kit is arguably the world’s most versatile outdoor adventure kit – thoughtfully stocked with 70 pieces of essential gear. Weighing in at 1.32 lbs this kit won’t add unnecessary weight to your pack but will keep you prepared for anything. The flashlight, multi-tool, compass, fire starter, a fishing kit, and more are all packed in a cylindrical and durable kit. Backed by a lifetime guarantee and high customer reviews, this supply pack is a no-brainer.
[$135 at vsslgear.com]
VSSL Fire Starter Supply Pack
Once you’ve ordered your VSSL Camp supplies pack, to complete your adventure kit you’ll want the VSSL Fire Starter pack. The need to start fire is a must on any adventure especially in adverse conditions. Items include a ferro rod, ceramic striker, and two types of synthetic kindling will allow you to start a fire with little to no effort. This kit also features pyro putty, a wire saw, and razor – all essential items to build a strong fire and keep it roaring.
[$35 at vsslgear.com]
Global Rescue Membership
Skyblue Overland Strongly Recommends That You Enroll With Global Rescue Prior To Embarking On Your Next Adventure.
With more people outside now more than ever, Global Rescue expanded services to include field rescue within 100 miles of home. With Local Field Rescue — automatically included in any travel protection services membership — Global Rescue is there whether you’re hiking, kayaking, snowmobiling, fishing or simply enjoying the outdoors and get ill or injured and you’re unable to get to safety on your own. Purchase a Global Rescue membership for your next adventure and travel with peace of mind. Single trip, annual and family options are available.
Memberships start at $119.