• Mar 19, 2007
We've never had the pleasure of being stranded in our cars, relying on our dormant Order of the Arrow skills. Turns out, though, you only need $25 to ensure your co-pilot doesn't turn into a giant pot roast before your eyes. The resourceful folks over at Backwoods Home have given considerable thought to the possibility of riding out a stranding and coming out of it well-fed, clear eyed, and rested.
You'll only need to spend $25 at your local grocery store on foodstuffs to hold you ten days , and a few extra dollars on ancillary supplies. You could go nuts and head to your local camping supply store and get some fancier survival gear, but you can find everything you will need at more common shopping locations. You'll be eating a lot of reconstituted "just add water" meals, but that doesn't mean it won't be yummy. Packing ten days worth of food that will stay stable in your car isn't that tough -- it all fits in a small cooler, along with your Sterno heat source, matches, cup and a few extras like plastic, the ever-handy duct tape, and seasonings to make those MSG-laden delights more palatable. The plan has been laid out really well, and the supplies don't take up much room in the trunk of a car or behind the seat of a pickup truck. Even if you never use it, it's cheap insurance to have a few gallons of water, some food and a sleeping bag (government surplus mummy bags rock) to help you weather a bad situation by merely keeping your wits about you and chilling for a while. Plus, it's small enough that you can bring it with you should you need to leave the shelter of your car. It almost makes us want to go camping. Almost.

[Source: Backwoods Home]


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      • 7 Years Ago
      My sister spent over 30 hours stuck on I-84 just outside of Milford PA about 10 years ago (she and a lot of other people). She had a 18 month old and a 4 year old with her. She always carrys something with her now. In the N.E. storm about a month ago, her neighbor got stuck over 18 hours on I-81 near Wilkes-Barre. The article makes a lot of sense for people who live in an area where the weather can turn on you real quick.

      • 7 Years Ago
      Does people in Hawaii need this kit? Maybe we'll be stranded in a 2 hour rain storm. LOL
      • 7 Years Ago
      Autoblog - Survivor Man Series.
      • 7 Years Ago
      it also helps to not blindly follow sat/nav devices.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Mmmm, mmmm - how a tasty! This guys packed more "Herb-ox beef bouillon" and instant coffee than anything else. I think I'd take my chances living off the the car's upholstery or leather, or some old french fry or two in the seat's track, instead of what he's put on the menu! Gughk!
      • 7 Years Ago
      OA doesn't give skills...BSA does.

      As for 10day survival, I could fit mine inside a paper bag, and chew on pieces of birch wood to keep me full and happy during the day. Sterno? lmaoooo...only someone who is overly clumsy and is likely to get lost would need one of those :P