In this article, I’m going to give a simple break down of what you should be including in your Jeep emergency tool kit and how you can make your own, however, if you don’t want to make your own, I’ll save you the time by linking to some prebuilt emergency packs below!
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Now, I’m not going to go in-depth on why you need an emergency tool kit, because since you’re reading this article, you probably understand that already. However, I’m going to just go over a small list of the sceneries you could find yourself in where an emergency tool kit would come in helpful.
The first scenario is pretty obvious, but if you break down, you don’t want to be out of supplies, especially if you’re in the middle of nowhere. If stranded in your Jeep, food, water, and basic tools are going to be the most important supplies you’ll need on hand.
Secondly, if you’re on the road a lot in your Jeep, you want to be prepared in case you have to sleep in your Jeep overnight. If you live where you get really cold nights, it’s not going to be comfortable sleeping in your Jeep without anything for warmth.
If you’re out hunting or camping out of your Jeep, it’s very important that you have the proper supplies on board in case of a hunting/camping accident. And don’t fall into the trap of thinking that a series accident could never happen to you, trust me, it could. And if it does, you’ll wish you would have been prepared.
Anyway, those are just a few scenarios that could happen and that you should be prepared for. In fact, there’s a really cool quote by Benjamin Franklin that says:
“If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.”Benjamin Franklin
Making a Jeep emergency tool kit will vary depending on your location, however here is a brief list of what you should include:
- Basic tools such as an adjustable wrench, jumper cables, and a shovel.
- Food and something to filter water.
- A First Aid kit.
- Sleeping Supplies.
- Something to start a fire.
- A small generator.
- A knife.
- An ax.
Your Kit Based on the Elements
Like a said above, you’re Jeep emergency tool kit will vary depending on where you live. For example, if you live in Alaska and there’s always snow nearby, you probably don’t need to carry a lot of water filtration supplies because you can easily melt snow. However, on the other hand, if you live in the desert, you probably don’t need to be bringing a heater because its, well, hot.
So before starting to build your emergency kit, first think about the elements you would be against when experiencing trouble in your Jeep. Is warmth going to be an issue, do you live in a snowy environment where chains would be helpful, do you live in a desert and you’re going to need water?
What to Include in Your First Aid Kit
Including a first aid kit in your Jeep emergency tool kit is a must. And make sure you don’t skimp on a first aid kit, it could be what saves your life or not. Here are a few things to make sure your first aid kit includes:
- Small, medium and large sterile gauze dressings.
- At least 2 sterile eye dressings.
- Triangular bandages.
- Safety pins.
- Disposable sterile gloves.
- Alcohol-free cleansing wipes.
- Sticky tape.
- Thermometer (preferably digital).
- Cream or spray to relieve insect bites and stings.
- Antiseptic cream.
- Painkillers such as aspirin or ibuprofen.
- Antihistamine cream or tablets.
Always make sure your first aid kit is easy to get to. The last thing you want to be doing is trying to dig around for your first aid kit when severely injured. When severely injured, seconds can be the determining factor on whether or not you live or die.
The Size of Your Emergency Kit, and Why it Matters
The size of your Jeep emergency tool kit is greatly determined by personal preference and the elements that you are preparing for. When creating your Jeep emergency tool kit, keep in mind that you want to include enough of supplies that you’ll be able to survive if you have to, yet small enough that you’re not taking up any unnecessary space in your Jeep.
If you’re someone who is living out of your Jeep in the wilderness, then you going to need a kit way bigger than someone who stays relatively close to civilization. One would need supplies to survive the elements while the next person just needs a few basic tools in case of a breakdown.
So when making your kit, make it as big as it needs to be without taking up space that it doesn’t need to take up.
A Few Basic, but Important Supplies You Should Always Include in Your Emergency Tool Kit
While your Jeep emergency tool kit will vary greatly depending on the elements that you live in, there are still a few basic supplies that every Jeep owner should include in their tool kit, no matter the location they live in. They’re as follows:
- Spare tire.
- Jumper cables.
- A small wrench set or an adjustable wrench.
- A gas can.
- A flat head and philips screw driver.
- A tow rope.
- Flashlight and extra batteries.
How / Where to Store Your Emergency Tool Kit
Storing your Jeep emergency tool kit is as simple as placing all your items into an old cardboard box in the back of your Jeep. This doesn’t cost anything and it gets the job done.
However, if you’re wanting something more durable and something that looks a lot cooler, you can consider purchasing something such as a cargo storage bag & tool kit organizer for your tailgate, here’s a good option on Amazon. Or even just a storage bag to sit in the back of you’re Jeep.
3 VERY Important Things to Include in Your Emergency Kit
When creating a Jeep emergency tool kit, it’s easy to think of the basic things like jumper cables or a spare tire, however here are 3 things that you might not have thought to include in your Jeep emergency tool kit.
Are you planning on camping in your Jeep anytime soon? Check out my other article entitled, A Complete Guide on Sleeping / Camping in your Jeep!