Have you ever thought about how nice it would be to have your hiking gear with you in case of an emergency? Hikers and backpackers already have most of the essentials needed, so will you have them ready if that storm or earthquake comes?
For peace of mind, I just keep a backpack in the trunk of my car with most of the hiking essentials and a few other critical items. Since the Atlantic storm “Frankenstorm” is all over the news this weekend, it is the perfect time to do a show and tell of my car kit:
What’s in the Gear Bag
Many readers have already seen the detailed Hiking Lady backpacking checklist, which has a convenient check the box format of the Essential gear for all hikes, as well as apparel and gear for overnight backpacking trips.
- Water. 1 liter of water in a Nalgene. I put in fresh water every other week. This has come in handy many times!
- Clif Bars. 3 of my favorite Chocolate Brownie Clif Bars! I’ve raided my backpack more than once when I’ve been hungry for a snack!
- Roll of toilet paper, feminine products, and wet wipes/Purell. Can’t leave home without it! Enough said.
- Comfortable shoes and socks. I keep an old pair of broken in running shoes in the bag, just in case I’m wearing a heels or sandals.
- Roll of duct tape. Came in handy last week when the car mechanic forgot to replace my oil tank cap!
- First aid kit. My “modified” Adventure Medical Kit. I also include water purification tablets, an Ace bandage, Midol, and sunscreen. (Hiking Lady review: Adventure Medical Kit)
- Face mask. To keep out debris if it is dusty.
- Headlamp. I love headlamps! Hiking 101: Headlamps.
- Solar iCharge for my iPhone. Hiking Lady review: Solar iCharge.
- Box of matches.
- Coghlan Magnesium Fire Starter. If the matches get wet…
- Coast Multi Tool. I love this multi tool. It even has a light built in. Hiking Lady Review: Coast Multi Tool.
- Fox 40 Sharx Whistle. Small, loud = great whistle. Hiking Lady Review: Fox 40 Sharx Whistle.
- Coghlan Emergency Poncho. Better than an emergency blanket and it only costs a few bucks more.
- Notebook and pen. I always seem to need one, so why not toss one in my emergency kit!? The first page has emergency contact info for family and friends.
- Warm top.
- Black plastic garbage bag. Lots of uses, just like when out hiking – an emergency shelter, hygienic waste disposal, carrying gear, etc.
- Coghlan hand crank light. This little keychain sized light only needs to be cranked for 1 minute and the bright beam will last 30 minutes before cranking it again!
What else is in the trunk of my car?
Jumper cables…a fire extinguisher…a roll of paper towels…a hat…a car kit with flares, bungee cords, electrical tape, flashlight, and reflectors…a fleece blanket…
So if you want to be ready for anything, keep some of your hiking gear with you at all times in a backpack like I do. If you drive a lot, keeping it in your car is a good idea, or else at your workplace.
Happy trails! And to those of you on the east coast, stay dry in the storm this weekend!