Did you know the most likely place for you to experience some sort of survival situation is in your car?

Don't believe me? Think about it for a second…

You’re hurling down a road in what's essentially a big metal can, half the time you don’t even have cell phone service…

And how often do you actually not travel somewhere due to “inclement weather”.

Honestly… bad weather never stopped me.

Otherwise, how would you get to the ski slopes, hiking trail head, or snowmobile trail?

It’s just a reality of life.

But, despite the risks I’m willing to take to get where I want when I want, it doesn’t mean I’m reckless.

And that’s why I’ve put together a survival kit for my car.

Now, I don’t only have a full-blown car survival kit…

I’ve also got a mini-survival kit I keep right inside in my glove box to help me get through the majority of survival situations I could face while driving.

So for example, if I break down or get stranded in a snowstorm driving home from a long day of skiing in an area with no cell service, I’ve got what I need to get through the night alive…

And I’ve got everything packed within a stuff sack smaller than the size of my palm so I’m not carrying anything I don’t need (see item #1 on the list).

In the post below, I’m going to show you the 5 piece glove box survival kit I put together to ensure I’m ready for most basic emergencies.

Let’s jump in.

#1: life bivy emergency sleeping bag

One thing I’m always prepared for whether I’m going on a day hike or simply driving to and from the ski slopes is the situation where I would have to spend the night somewhere that wasn’t planned.

Because if you’re not ready for an unplanned night out in the winter, even in your car, it can mean you’re not going to make it…

That’s why the first item on my list is a survival bivy… and specifically the Life Bivy.

The Life Bivy is a durable emergency sleeping bag that once you climb inside, will reflect up to 90% of your body heat so it's capable of keeping you plenty warm

It’s made from extra thick polyethylene material for added warmth and durability so it is tear and puncture resistant if you’re spending a night rolling around in the woods.

The sealed seams keep out rain, wind, and snow so even in the harshest conditions you give yourself the best chance to stay dry, warm, and alive.

And making it even more convenient…

The stuff sack for the Life Bivy serves as the bag for the rest of my glove box survival kit.

Here’s what I put inside:


Whether you’re trying to change out a flat tire in the dark, inspect a broken part inside your engine compartment, search under your seat, or signal for help, having a reliable flashlight in your glove box survival kit is a must.

Again, you’ve got several options here, but I have a multi-mode LED flashlight with a 12+ hour battery life in my kit that's USB rechargeable.

If you’ve got a rechargeable flashlight or spare batteries in your glove box, more power to you.

#3: Survival Whistle

If you were to get stranded in your car, whether it’s due to a major winter storm or a breakdown in the woods, there is no more reliable tool to signal for help than a survival whistle.

A good survival whistle can cut right through dense forest and high wind to alert people and rescuers up to a mile away.

And if you know the basic techniques to signal for help using a survival whistle, you’ll maximize your chances of alerting someone.

For me, I look for a survival whistle that can blast out at least 120 decibels.

Fortunately, the Life Bivy emergency sleeping bag I use as the base for my glove box survival kit has a high-quality survival whistle attached right to the end of the drawstring stuff sack so I don’t have to include anything extra in my kit.

If you're not using a Life Bivy, find another high-quality survival whistle to include in your kit.

#4: Fire Starter

Whether you choose a lighter, stormproof matches, or one of a variety of fire strikers, you need a method to start a fire.

Obviously, the more versatile and reliable the tool you choose the better.

But if you’re significantly more adept with a standard lighter during a survival situation, make that your baseline device and add a striker for backup.

I personally use a fire striker because I’m plenty comfortable getting a fire going with it and it stands up best to the elements.

Plus, as you’ll see below, I include a little extra “help” to be sure I have no problems getting a fire going using my striker in even the harshest conditions.

#5: Fire Starting Tinder

If you’re putting your glove box survival kit into action, there is a good chance you’re facing inclement weather.

And when you’re facing life or death, in bad weather, and you need to get a fire going, you’re going to be thanking your lucky stars you’ve packed reliable tinder right into your kit.

I simply toss a few WetFire Tinder Cubes right into my Life Bivy stuff sack.

In my experience, there is no better more reliable form of tinder to get a fire going.

The WetFire Tinder Cubes instantly ignite when they come into contact with a spark or flame, each cube burns for up to 10 minutes so you have plenty of time get your firing going, and they will literally burn even if you completely douse them in water.

They’re the ultimate survival tinder and the most reliable tool you can use to help you get a fire going.

Toss a couple WetFire Tinder Cubes into your glove box survival kit.


Putting together a glove box survival kit takes just a few minutes, but can mean the difference between life and death…

And if you spend the time to put together one of these small kits and never get stranded in a winter storm, guess what?

I pull out some component of my glove box survival kit almost every week to use it for something.

It could be grabbing the flashlight to find my keys between the seat…

Or I might toss my glove box kit in my backpack as I head out for the day if I forgot to include some extra survival gear in my day hiking pack.

I never regret having something hidden inside my glove box, totally out of the way, that in a moments notice comes in useful so often and could save my life in an emergency.

And that’s why I put this post together for you today.

Take a few minutes, round up the gear you need, and toss a mini-survival kit into your glove box so you’re ready for a vehicle emergency.

Here are a few of the essentials to get you started:

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