Last time you checked your car kit????

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  1. adkwalker

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    Well I traded for a new Maxpedition jumbo this past week for the sole purpose of updating my car kit get home bag. Glad I did this bag hasn't seen the light of day in a while. Started to pull it apart and it was eye opening!!!!! First off threw out all the food items coffee bags, oatmeal,hot chocolate,beef jerk, boulion cubes,snickers bars all outdated . I guess in a real emergency it would have helped. Next found my flashlight batteries destroyed my head lamp! Also at some point I must have robbed the kit for paracord,lighter,and $h!T paper ! So the kit is updated and restocked and in its new bag. So when was the last time your car kit has been out in the light of day?
     
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    You are right, it doesn't get used, it gets forgotten about.
    You have to make a point to inspect and rotate it.

    Extreme Temps Kill Gear.

    Summer and Winter are my two harshest seasons.
    Every spring and fall I go through my kit and change stuff out.
     
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    I didn't check my first aid kit which is independent of my car kit . Does the Neosporin degrade with temp and time? What about liquid band-aid ?
    Kevin
     
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    Yes.
    If it freezes or gets above 100 degrees I would rotate it every six months to a year depending on how important it is.
    Vehicle storage really does a lot of damage. Some things can withstand it others can not. You will have to do a little leg work to find out.

    If it is stored in a cool dry place, many things can go past their expiration date but that date is shortened with extremes.

    Gauze type stuff is typically good to go, but liquids, elastics, and chemical compounds are usually greatly effected.
     
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    Good rule also is to not store batteries in the device. Pack them in an airtight container with the ends taped. I have had batteries corrode in a s little as 2 months in my basement from being stored in my shooting ear muffs.
    Adam G
     
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    Excellent reminder! I have a calendar reminder every 4? months to check my 72 hour bag contents.
     
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    Thanks for the reminder. No car kit for me. My bush kit is my only kit as a budget minimalist not by choice but necessity. Everything gets rotated pretty often except meds and batteries
     
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    Yup I left the batteries out this time! Good idea with a reminder on the phone!!
    Kevin
     
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    I check mine fairly often as I'm always making changes; adding stuff, taking stuff out, swapping items, etc. I keep one in the wife's truck and one in my truck. I always check the batteries in the headlamps so they don't corrode and are not expired. Same goes with food items. If the food is close to the expiration date I'll change it out, and eat it.
     
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    I'm kicking my self for not checking more often I trashed one of my good headlamps! Well good excuse to upgrade!
    Kevin
     
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    Every September (Preparedness Month according to the .gov) and April. It's on my phone calendar with a reminder and everything. I also use those months to check out everything else, start up the generator, inventory ammo, etc.
     
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    I swap my Clif bars out about every four months, water and meds get changed out once per year. I also keep an MRE and a few Mountain House dehydrated meals in there that I'll change out maybe every two years or so.

    As far as my flashlights and headlamp, I carry spare alkaline batteries but I keep lithium batteries in the lights... no leaks. It's a bit more expensive that way, but cheaper in the long run than having to replace a light.
     
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    Lithium batteries are on my list. I also swapped out my water container from a hard plastic nalgen type bottle to a collapsible type like for the Sawyer gives me more room to add rain jacket.
    Kevin
     
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    Just checked it. It was seventy-three CDs from high school and a can of Dinty Moore.
     
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    I rotate the contents seasonally at least, & sometimes monthly depending on the weather.
     
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    Checked it last week as part of my quarterly inspection. But the thread is always a good reminder to check that which we could use the most!
     
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    You made Diet Pepsi come out of my nose with that one.
     
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    Yeah I rotate mine every fall and spring because I carry water in the spring and summer and leave my Guyout empty in the freezing months. I really need to take the kit out on a day hike and test it out.
     
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    quite recently :)
    all lot of overdated stuff! ;) also rust on axe and knives (leakage rear window) plus mold on leather sheath so I put a stainless Mora plus plastic sheath (Garberg) in the pack.
    New fresh food, also in! Hope I will never need it!
     
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    What's the time frame for water storage ? What does everyone use I have a empty collapsible water bag in my bag and have a few water bottles stashed in the trunk also life straw in my bag and water filter separate also.
    Kevin
     
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    Just as habit, I refresh the water in the bottles every 6 months. For winter, I usually have a touch less for expansion in case the car gets cold enough (rare but happened once with bad results for me).
     
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    Those of us with an unhealthy obsession for unpacking, sorting, analyzing, adjusting, and repacking don't have that problem. Everything pretty well stays fresh all the time.
     
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    Don't update the gear often but I check it fairly frequently. I suppose I don't have any food or anything, just some warm clothes, tools, and a tarp mostly. Not looking to do any long-term survival with anything in my car, just trying to make sure if I break down on a back road I have a way to make a shelter and keep warm even if it's -50 outside.

    Just last year a lady near here was travelling in a car in high heels and a dress on her way home from some event, car broke down (including engine, so no heat!) and she got frostbite waiting for someone to stop and help her out. Lost a few toes I believe.
     
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    @Siberian Nomad
    You bring up a very realistic situation.

    Working at a job that requires you to dress fashionable (maybe a uniform) is not exactly the best gear to do manual labor in the outside in.
    Hey we all have to do what we have to in order to pay the bills.

    I prepare for realistic "what if's".

    I plan for the next uncomfortable level, making things doable if need be.
    Its okay now, but Ill take a jacket just in case.
    Just in case happens, I am comfortable.
    Something more than "just in case" happens, I can hopefully make do.

    If I did not take that jacket, "just in case" happens.
    I am uncomfortable but hopefully Ill make do.
    If something more that "just in case" happens I am screwed.

    Hope that makes sense.
     
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    Check it often!
    Kevin
     
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    My bag does not stay in the car, It stays with me at all times.
    Even if I happen to ride with some one else, my bag still goes with me.
    No me no bag, no bag no me.
    Once a week or so I empty the bag and sort through what's important and restock as required . It is also my computer bag so several electronics fill the voids too.
    Should there be an EMP or CME and all the electronics are fried they would be dumped, and I carry water filter and bladders that would immediately be filled, when filled, together would weigh more than all the electronics , so the trade off would be a greater load .
    There are things in the car that don't need to be of any great concern, rope, tools and poncho gas water oil and relevant things for the car specifically . during a major event AAA is not going to be there .
    I have been in enough situations wishing I had certain gear/tools It remains an insult to be found in such a situation again.
     
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    I go through mine on the first day of every season.

    I also use my gear quite a bit, so if something happens and I have to get into the kit I will go through it again when I get home and refresh or repack.
     
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    If one is in snow country it is advisable to have something as a flag that can be seen ,on the top of the vehicle ,1 to let snow ploughs know there is something under the snow. 2. to find the body .
    For some unknown reason ploughs cannot see white cars under the snow. I much prefer white cars during the summer months, however during the winter months I cover my car with a blue boat shrink wrap tarp ,it both retains the heat and reduces the amount of snoopy people from access . Sides of the tarp are closed in the door jambs so it can't be blown away. windows stay clear and locks don't freeze and the snow slides right off and it all folds up in the trunk. now there is a tarp that can be used as a tent, if the need arises.
     
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    It has already been discussed before but all my storage batteries have been switched over to lithium batteries. They do better with temp extremes and I have not experienced leaking issues.
     
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    Its good to set at least an anniversary date, like over Thanksgiving weekend to check your kit contents. Check your smoke alarms & change their batteries the same weekend.
     
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