I’m sure one of these days I’ll break down and blog about the “Get Home Bags” in our vehicles. But it SHALL NOT be THIS day! I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again—bags have been done to death.

In prior posts, I’ve highlighted “The Can” and “A Cool Way to Store Your Vehicle Med Kit.” “What else is there?” you ask. Oh, so much more, young Padawan…

Of course, the type of vehicle is a big factor. We have a pick-up, a small SUV, and an old beater gas-saver. Basic get home gear aside, you need to find and take advantage of those other nooks and crannies. Remember—if you employ “The Can” then your HAM radio and any food has a home already. As we move through this, you may find items that you’ve tucked into your Get Home Gear. Unless money is an obstacle, I would advise you to get out of the habit of pulling commonly used items—like backup electronic batteries or flashlights—from your emergency kit.


LEFT: I use these securing devices several times per month, so I keep them in easy access.  RIGHT: There’s a rain coat stuffed in there!

You can search for comprehensive lists on-line, but I’ll throw out some common and some should-be common items. First, let’s review some vehicle basics:

  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • Tire pressure gauge
  • 4-way lug wrench, especially if you pull trailers
  • Jumper cables
  • Blankets
  • Microfiber cloth
  • Tools


LEFT: Notice the spare back-pack under the stuff. That will let a passenger help with the burden.  RIGHT: Keep gloves, ice scrapers and such inside the door.

Note: This vehicle has under-foot storage containing jumper cables and a flat-tire kit that I did not photograph.

And some things maybe a lot of you don’t think about:

  • Cribbing blocks, (for jacks), especially if you pull trailers
  • Infrared thermometer, (for tires), especially if you pull trailers
  • Tire kit/12V air compressor (only use fix-a-flat if you hate your tire guys)
  • Spare empty pack
  • Boots/socks
  • Plastic spoon
  • Hand warmers
  • Compass
  • Atlas
  • Rope/tow strap/Securing straps and bungees Yes, even in cars)
  • Coat/rain coat

Thermometer, air-pressure gauge, dental floss and spoon are commonly used items within reach.


There is rope, two blankets, a toll roll, and an atlas kept under this bigger piece of the rear bench.


What kind of cool extra items do YOU carry? Leave ‘em in the comments!


REMEMBER: Not If, But When… Our DUTY is to Be READY.