5 Great Gear Items for a Vehicle-Preparedness Kit

posted on September 26, 2018

In any kind of disaster situation, having the ability to be mobile and get out of dodge can be essential. Having a car or truck loaded with all of the gear you need when that moment comes can be invaluable, as well as having built-in storage options that allow for casual storage of a concealed-carry gun or hunting rifle. Here are five pieces of gear that can get your vehicle ready:

Designed for pickup trucks without tonneau covers, the Extreme Series TruckVault combines cargo-hauling with security and organizational enhancements. A tough, spray-on coating resists scratches and dings. Bulb-sealed, compression-locked drawers and folding T-handle locks safeguard contents from dust, dirt and whatever the elements may bring. Choose from drawer-height options, type of interior and assorted security measures.
MSRP: $3,000 to $4,000 (depending on options); truckvault.com

B. From its dual-charging options to its variable illumination modes and multi-purpose base, the Streamlight Stinger Switchblade Multi-Function Work Light brings needed versatility. The high-output CRI LED bulbs are capable of an impressive 800 lumens of bright-white light for more than 3.5 hours. Pushing the button transforms output to a UV beam for detecting HVAC leaks. A built-in hook in its base and magnetic base allows it to serve as a drop light. MSRP: $170; streamlight.com

C. The 5.11 Tactical UCR IFAK Pouch allows you to store vehicle-blowout kits or essential medical supplies close at hand by conveniently mounting the pouch to a seat’s headrest via included bungees. The zippered compartment features a light-colored interior to aid in quick and easy identification of contents. MSRP: $34.99; 511tactical.com 

D. The Hornady RAPiD Vehicle Safe offers quick access to your firearm without sacrificing security. Its mounting system is compatible with virtually any vehicle, thanks to an inflatable air bladder that, once inflated, secures the safe either between the seats or adjacent to its center console. RFID technology enables access to the safe via the included wristband, keys, stickers and a key fob. MSRP: $226.51; hornady.com 

E. Measuring slightly more than 8 inches long, the Gerber Crisis Hook Knife is a must-have addition for your car. The hook in its fixed, 420SC stainless steel blade has a single-bevel edge with a blunt hook that easily cuts through seatbelts, cord and rope. Thanks to its blunt tip and elongated profile, those being rescued need not fear injury. An integral glass-breaker is located in the pommel. MSRP: $33; gerbergear.com



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