Stock Your Ride: Must-Haves to Prepare for Anything on the Road

By Cherie

Prepper lists are officially out of hand. Articles like “10 Ways to Survive the Zombie Apocalypse” are fun to read, but escaping imminent death in a $1.5 million Bugatti Veyron is not a realistic option. Anyone who can spend seven figures on a car probably has a place in the billionaires bunker already.

There’s nothing wrong with preparing for all possible, even if improbable, scenarios. There are several reasons why a zombie apocalypse could never consume the earth, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t practical ways to prepare for all the worst case scenarios. Bugattis and UNICAT tank vehicles just aren’t the realistic answer.

You want to prepare for a real scenario with real gear? Let’s start the most important asset — your vehicle. We know it’s not a Bugatti Veyron (and even if it was, we recommend you go with something else). Here’s what you need most to stock up your SUV or off-road vehicle.


Even the most spacious cars, trucks, and SUVs are short on room for cargo when there’s a full passenger load. Utilize every inch on your vehicle, especially the roof.

Companies like Thule make durable cargo boxes and racks for the roofs of nearly every sport vehicle that are easy to attach and hold a ton of gear. The boxes are waterproof and range from $500 – $1,000, depending on size and quality of material. If you want a cheaper option, there are also bags for $200 or less.

Pro tip: Keep one stocked like a bug-out bag, making it easy to attach and go in emergency situations.


There are some pretty epic tires on the market, but if they aren’t on your vehicles at all times, they won’t do much good when you need to leave within minutes. Quality, all purpose, all-terrain tires are what you should keep on your SUV. Nothing more, nothing less.

Popular brands like Bridgestone are a safe, affordable option for all-terrain tires and available on most online retailers. Keep you vehicle stocked, don’t let the tread get too low, and always keep a full-size spare on hand.


In an emergency situation, cell phone service or even standard AM/FM radio might not be the most reliable method to communicate or stay updated (if it’s available at all). CB radios are perfect because the signal is peer-to-peer, meaning it doesn’t rely on towers or satellites to bounce the signal. The size of the antenna will affect your range, but typical CB’s can extend many miles to other drivers on the speaking on the same channels.

Like your tires, CB radios can be purchased on online retailers across America. The Uniden Bearcat 680 is a good choice because it packs a quality range and features a digital interface, so you can stay locked in one the channel of your choice.


Even if you consistently conceal or open carry, you never know when you might find yourself in a situation where you need to protect yourself from the driver’s seat and are without your sidearm. An attachable holster for underneath your steering column in the perfect way to keep a gun with the vehicle and have a concealed weapon for any need in self defense.

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6 thoughts on “Stock Your Ride: Must-Haves to Prepare for Anything on the Road”

  1. Couple of additions:

    Cargo: as most SUVs have a 2″ receiver hitch, a small trailer (with spare tire(s) or one of the “bumper hitch baskets” would be prudent.

    Communications: “one is none and two is one”, you should have CB, FRS/GMS, and Amatuer radio in your vehicle. You might want to include a good “Police Scanner” (Uniden Home Patrol2) to keep ahead of the goings on.

  2. I’ve recently applied for my concealed and needed quick access for my pistol instead of the glove box. Here’s what I came up with that you guys might find interesting. I’ve talked to several people who validated this works for them. The solution for me was a quick draw magnet and their under $20. You can place one of these by making/drilling some really small holes in your car and then mount one. The holes are so small no one would ever notice or be an issue if you ever traded/sold your vehicle. You can also stick one side of a velcro, the soft part, on the end of the magnet to keep it from scratching up your pistol. They are strong enough to hold a weapon in place, but release when pulled off. Here is a link to a good one.

  3. The average vehicle just doesn’t work well for hauling people and the necessary cargo safely. At a minimum I recommend a 4wd truck such as the Ford F150. One can put a metal tool box in the bed to securely store your emergency supplies and even a bulk fuel tank. A 4wd one ton truck with crew cab and large engine is even better as it provides greater hauling/towing capability and a body that is higher.

    One of the better ways to carry a pistol in a vehicle is on the seat under your opposite dominate hand leg.


  4. For “on-the-go” trip intelligence, I recommend, you can long in online and listen to what is actually being dispatched in the areas you are heading to, or desiring to visit. It’s a valuable free resource, let’s you know what is really going on real time.
    Panhandle rancher, carrying a loaded hand gun under one’s non-dominant leg is foolish. Better to legally wear your cross draw/driving holster, that way the handgun STAYS on your person in the event of a collision, or other emergency.Plus, it doesn’t tick off the local gendarmerie who initiates a traffic stop on you. Yeah, we are trained to LOOK in someone’s lap, under the legs for weapons that can kill us. Far more tactically efficient to have a holstered handgun ON your person, than fishing around for it in the middle of an emergency. However, we are all responsible for our own “salvation” and as adults can risk our own freedom, injury or worse, however we choose. So be it.
    I do love the idea of the steel tool box in the bed of a pickup 4WD to camo a hidden fuel tank as well as other supplies. Great idea.

  5. I keep my tank as full as possible at all times, cuz u never know, also i like to back in parking places in case i ever need a jump, a tire plug kit and inflator can be real handy, tools of any kind u can think of, i keep a hideout key under the veh in a very hidden spot, food water oil new cars dnt come with spares, get one.


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