Ok, Here's one that is kinda cliche but should conjure up some interesting responses.

If you were driving along a narrow twisted road in the middle of winter and your car loses control, you crash into a ditch miles away from the road in the forest far from society.

Would you know what to do? Would you have anything with you? If you do, what do you have? If you don't, what could you use in your car?

How many days do you think you could last?

You can add more scenarios as we go...

Tags: cold, lost, stranded, survival

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I'd never be in that scenario cause I don't have my license and I don't drive XD

Lol, seriously though, whenever I do eventually get a car I plan to keep some sort of large fixed blade either in the glove box or under seat. Something like a USMC KA-BAR, or maybe a RAT-7, plus whatever is on my person which would be my Leatherman Wave and a small 2-3 inch folder(Currently a Leatherman C33, later an Ontario RAT-1). I'm a smoker so I would have a lighter to start a fire until I can build a bow drill.

As for if I would know what to do, I'd be better then most people, I think. I'm no expert, and much to my dismay I don't have very much practice at a lot of the bush crafting knowledge I have. I know how to do a decent amount of stuff, but I've never done it, really only fire building. Which is bad.

No idea how long I'd last, probably as long as it would take me to starve. Since It's snowy and winter, there would be no lack of fresh water as long as I can keep a fire going and find something to boil in(likely something in my car cause I'm a slob, lol). No idea what I'd do for food, I don't know the wild edibles in my area(bad), and I've never killed or skinned an animal, though I have a vague understanding of how. Unless this happened while I was on my way to archery practice(most likely, considering my routines), I probably wouldn't have anything to hunt with, and even if I had my bow, I'm not that great of a shot and I probably wouldn't be able to take something small like a rabbit or squirrel until I had lost most of my arrows in the snow(ceder shafts, white fletching. Hides in snow really good).

Overall, I'd probably last a day or two longer then someone who has no idea what to do, but I still wouldn't last long without proper equipment.
I would try my best to avoid being discovered by a woman, living alone in the area, and a nurse by profession. Even though she might provide me with shelter and sustenance if she were to take a dislike to something I did or did not do she might turn out to be something other than my benefactor. Hmmmm, or maybe this is something from a movie I once saw?
wow! see this is something to think about!

you really put a lot of thought into this one!
This is really cool! i could see it all in my head!

you need to document your living out of car experience!
I'd have to agree with Jordan Edwards... on dying from the crash. :D


Let's look at this realistically if I didn't die...

Knowing that it's winter, I'm pretty sure I'd have good set of layers and blankets. That and bottled water in the trunk. Maybe a little food (but not much, as I would probably be expecting to make food at where I was going).

I will probably have my CamelBak and the usual stuff that I have (plus an actual med-kit)

Being in SAR, I'm suppose to have my search pack always in my car... which isn't all that realistic for most folks... so let's say I don't have it.

I think with the Camelbak (usually full with 3 liters of water, plus couple of energy bars) I could probably survive long enough until I was found by a SAR team.

I do have all the tools too get a fire going, get wood, and (if I have enough energy, food, water) a shelter (but I'd stay in the car). I would potentially see if I could trap a like a snow hare or something, but that let's say that doesn't happen.

You can go for 4 weeks without food, but only 4 days with out water.

I have blankets to keep me warm. And I do have water in my Camelbak and bottle water in the trunk (usually a case). I'm guessing I could go for a week or two before I go totally crazy. :D

Though realistically, I'm sure a family member would call, someone would notify the forestry department, and a SAR team would eventually get there before things get really bad (but that's not always the case, I understand that).
I built myself a car survival kit for just such a scenario.

For years, I had been reading about this and that couple or family that invariably followed this formula: (1) got stranded far from civilization (2) man leaves to look for help (3) man dies first from dehydration, hypothermia, sun stroke, etc (4) rest of the stranded group either dies or is eventually spotted and survives, barely.

Well, I was determined that I would study up on what I could do to prepare myself if, God forbid, my family falls into a similar scenario. I'm still working on my kit (much that has to be improved, but only so much $ at a time to improve it). Here is my kit-in-progress [individual items marked ** are going to be updated in the future, as money comes in to do so.]:

My entire car survival kit

Most of my fire-making items
[Top row (L to R): ziploc bags of (1) lint, (2) dry coconut fibers from the husks, (3) dry pine needles & cones]
[2nd row: waxed paper, cheap firestarter sticks, FireRibbon]
[3rd row: 2 prescription bottles (one filled with matches and match striker -- the other with petroleum jelly impregnated cotton balls), more lint & PJ-cotton balls, waterproof matches, LightMyFire (Scout) firesteel and Fox40 whistle on neck lanyard]
[4th row: (3) 9-volt batteries w/ electrical tape covering terminals, steelwool, BIC lighters, magnesium bar & flint and hacksaw striker, charred cloth]
[5th row: Germ-X (obviously a mult-use item), vial of Potassium Permanganate (aka KMnO4 -- mixed w/ a little of the antifreeze taken out of the radiator, becomes an instant firestarter {instant exothermic reaction}), generic cotton balls and small containers of PJ]

A fantastic product by Ultimate Survival Technologies: BlastMatch firesteel, StarFlash signal mirror, WetFire tinder, SaberCut emergency survival saw, JetScream whistle

Esbit stove (and fuel tablets) and extra survival kits (take these with me when I go backpacking -- otherwise they stay with the car kit)

[Top left: standard cheap mess kit filled with Emergen-C (each folded and taped to minimize space)]
[Top right: 24-tealight candles, Gorilla-brand duct tape (there is none better), extra duct tape wrapped around a plastic card]
[2nd row: 300 ft. new 550-paracord, lots of garbage & trash bags]
[3rd row: rudimentary First-Aid kit**, 8" cable ties, vials of salt & sugar]

[Top row: Mountain House freeze-dried meals**(nothing wrong with this or MRE's but I've just discovered MainStay Rations, which are less bulky and provide nine pre-measured 400-calorie bars, i.e., 3600 calories total), 2 bandanas, 3 pairs of gloves]
[2nd row: 4 solar blankets (the ones produced by Adventure Medical Kits are excellent)]
[3rd row: toilet paper (why not?, lol), OFF! towelettes, Anti-bacterial wipes]

[Top right: Bag**(where everything except blanket goes), Reynolds Oven Bags (excellent water storage -- you wouldn't believe how robust these bags are), plastic canteen]
[Botttom right: Fleece blanket**(will still keep this but I need to get some wool blankets)]
[Books: SAS Survival Handbook by John "Lofty" Wiseman (excellent book -- carefully tabbed. Even though I've read this front and back, a great number of sections many times, under duress I don't want to feel forced to recall much of what is written from memory) -- A smaller, more carry friendly version is also available
Edible Wild Plants by Lee Allen Peterson (there are many books out there like this -- I won't pretend that this is the definitive volume to pick up on the subject...but it has proved useful to me)]

[Top row: bastard file, Leatherman Kick, hatchet, CheaperThanDirt Rough Use knife**(need to get something more dependable), Gerber folding shovel, small can WD-40]
[2nd row: emergency razor blade (orange) and saw (black), CRKT Stiff Kiss, basic sharpener, Benchmade Houdini (this actually stays in the car's center console), Cold Steel Roach Belly (took my Dremel and tiger-striped the handle to get more traction), semi-custom Svord fixed blade (made by a buddy from New Zealand -- 'knivesandstuff' on YouTube)]
[3rd row: Stanley folding saw, LED flashlight (have others in the car as well)]

LOL!! My mini-survival kit on my keychain. Included are: keys, kubotan (on S-biner), modified BIC pen (on S-biner), Split-pea lighter (from countycomm.com), LightMyFire Mini, LED's, Byrd Starling knife (on S-biner)

Finally, this is an extremely helpful book if one is curious about customizing survival kits from small EDC kits to gargantuan home kits:

Sorry this is so long. But I hope it helps. I'm still learning myself but I think it's a good start...
Hey Tom. Love the Sawvivor! After a complete revamp on my painfully substandard First-Aid inclusion (As money becomes available, I'm going to make a separate bag entirely for the medical kit), I'm going to upgrade to the Sawvivor. Like your kit!
THIS WAS ABSOLUTELY AMAZING! I totally want to build an awesome kit like this/these!!!

I have a split pea lighter and byrd starling on MY keychain as well! cheers!
Yep, it's a CKC (Custom Kyley Cutlery) hiker [that's what he's calling it now]. Kyley is awesome!! He just joined iKnifeCollector this morning after I sent him a link to this thread.

As far as your following questions go, yeah, all this does in fact stay in the car. I know that the blades may seem a bit overboard but everyone of us have had blades fail us before (One of the reasons I want to replace the CheaperThanDirt knife with a more robust beater -- maybe a ScrapYard?).
I actually use the different knives for different tasks:
-Kyley's knife will just give me piece of mind knowing I have another strong knife to carve/process thin pieces of tinder, should I need to.
-The thin blade on the Roach Belly helps me process thin, toothpick-like pieces (which is laborious, if not impossible, with thicker blades) of dry wood from the center of standing trees -- especially during a downpour.
- The skeletonized CRKT Stiff Kiss will make an excellent head for an improvised spear.
- The Benchmade Houdini is a fantastic extractor device and helps to safely remove clothing from an area where an injury needs to be treated...it also has a spring-loaded carbide tip to break the window (e.g., when car is submerged in water).
- hatchet (for obvious reasons)
- Leatherman Kick...I think we've all seen what Les Stroud can do with one, lol!
- The CheaperThanDirt knife is for batoning/processing wood and for heavier tasks that I don't want to subject any of the other knives to (hence my current apprehension on using a $10.00 knife for this purpose -- and I've had one of these fail me before...only so much $ though)

As far the fire-making resources, you're probably right. Options are always good though, as far as I'm concerned. Depending on the severity of the situation, I'd use a different method. If I have to provide my wife with immediate heat, I've got something for that (e.g., emergency stove and fuel tablets, that is, if the car is no longer operable) -- meanwhile I can go and gather materials together to build something more sustaining/substantial. If, for whatever reason, I have to go and get us some water or some other resources, necessitating my need to venture a little ways from her and the car, I'll take some of these with me...just in case. I just want to make sure that, running through every possible "what if..." scenario in my head, I have another option ready & available.

Not only that, but many of the fire-items are multi-use. The best example is the Potassium Permanganate [KMnO4]. I can use it as a firestarter, sure -- but it can also perform the following functions:
(1) water sterilizer -- adding just a pinch to water such that it turns bright pink
(2) antiseptic -- adding even more KMnO4 to the water until it reaches an even deeper pink
(3) antifungal solution -- adding even more KMnO4 to (2) -- water becomes full red -- excellent for athlete's foot
Other items like the Germ-X, coconut fibers, and cotton balls can also be called upon to fulfill other purposes.

But yeah, once I slowly perfect (year by year) the system, some of the items may no longer be necessary. For example, Kyley suggested this morning that I put everything into a SealLine Waterproof Bag (he said that not only does this kind of waterproof bag keep everything dry from outside but it works to dehumidify the inside too). I thought that was an excellent idea!, definitely worth looking into. So yeah, I'm always open to suggestions.

Thanks for the kind words Jordan,
I've received a few personal messages asking me whether or not everything really does fit inside that wee little duffel bag. Believe me, it takes every nook and cranny, but I do get it all to fit. In fact, I just finished getting everything back in, so I figured I'd show everyone what the bag looks like when it's full:

Bag, blanket, and the only child of my wife and me so far (lol!). She's a 2-year-old pomchi named Karli...she loves her daddy!

With regard to heft, it's no featherweight. Weighs in at about 25 pounds (a little over 11 kilograms).
I should do this as well. Get some good bag(maybe something from maxpedition), and build a kit like this.
Yeah I dont think any of us are prepared as much as Matt K! Great job with the survival pack. I am sort of a minimalist when it comes to survival. I try to take as little as possible, that way I am not weighed down. I will have a detailed list of my survival kit posted later.


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