Friday, as I was in the Strauss Auto Parts Store while they were changing my oil, rotating my tires, and replacing my air filter.  It occurred to me that the auto parts / supply store is a veritable candy store of preps for your home, Bug Out Location, car.  While every one is running to Wal-Mart if the SHTF, I might just make a last minute trip to the auto parts store to pick up those items I might not have thought of or to stock up on a few items where I could have some redundancy.

While my car was being serviced, I walked around the store and made a list of items that are potential emergency items and preps on my iPhone.  Here it is in no particular order:

  • Roadside Flares – for signaling
  • Cans of spray tire sealant
  • Tire repair kit (cork and plug type)
  • Tire pressure gauge
  • Air compressor to fill tires – 12 volt cigarette lighter plug type
  • Extra lubricant (oil) in all weights
  • Extra windshield wiper fluid (ammonia based) in regular, bug removal, and cold weather quick melt
  • DC to AC inverters that plug into your cigarette lighter so you may run AC devices from your vehicle
  • Extension cords
  • Solar shield for your windshield that also can double for a solar oven
  • Gloves
  • Chilton manual for your vehicle for self repair
  • Extra gas cans
  • WD-40
  • Tools and Tool Boxes
  • Shop towels
  • Zip ties
  • Battery charger/booster units
  • Key chain and regular flashlights
  • Antennas (radio, CB, and associated wiring)
  • The club
  • Replacement side mirrors for your car or truck (ad hoc signal mirrors)
  • 12 volt car batteries, 12 volt garden tractor batteries, and associated wiring
  • Jumper cables
  • Rubber floor mats (can be cut into makeshift sandals
  • Seat covers (can be cut and sewn into clothing)
  • Rubber hoses and hose clamps
  • Steel pipe (exhaust pipe)
  • Fuel treatment (combustible)
  • Plastic and steel oil pans that are used to collect used oil that can be used as water basins or medium sized baskets
  • Funnels
  • All size batteries D – AAA
  • Industrial strength hand cleaner (Orange and GoJoe)
  • Bungee cords

There my be more to this list that I may not have added as I was typing as I was walking through the store, and am sure I missed something.  I thought this was an interesting place for preps and emergencies if the SHTF.  I think one of the first things I would grab are inverters, car batteries,  and a few other items to have a little more backup power.  After leaving the store, I took an inventory of auto parts stores in my neighborhood (within a one mile radius), and I found three of them and a plethora of auto service stations…

Take a trip to your local auto parts store and see what else you can find, and make a mental inventory.  I really do believe this could be a good resource if need be.

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