Coffee Can Survival Kit: Don’t Travel Without It

Always have a coffee can survival kit handy in your car, and learn how to complete one with this guide!

How to Make a Coffee Can Survival Kit for Your Car

Why You Need a Coffee Can Survival Kit in Your Car

Emergency preparedness in transit spells the difference between surviving the unthinkable and becoming part of a tragic statistic. You should have an emergency kit as well as the basic tools and gear that come with the car.

Cars have become an integral part of life, they're practically home. We use them to go to work, bring the kids to school, and for just about any transportation need we may have.

And if we stay in our cars for long hours every single day, there is really a good chance we will get caught driving or in the car when an emergency survival or an SHTF situation occurs.

So it only makes sense our car should be just as prepared with survival gear as our home. With that said, here's how to make a car survival kit with a coffee can!


When caught up in an emergency situation, having the right tools will increase your chances of survival. Tools with multiple functionalities will make it a lot easier and faster to do the things you need to survive.

  • Multi-tool
  • Pocket knife


In any outdoor survival situation, the ability to make fire is vital. Whether you're preparing your shelter in the dark, cooking food, purifying water or keeping you warm, these tasks are impossible to achieve without the use of fire.

  • Strike Anywhere Matches or Lighter
  • Ferrocerium rod
  • Tinder or fire starter (Vaseline cotton balls)
  • Candles (wrapped in aluminum foil)

What Is a Ferrocerium Rod? It is a synthetic substance that sparks when struck.


One of the essential things we can't live without is water, most especially in a survival situation. It prevents our body from dehydration and other health complications that it brings.

That's reason enough to have a water bottle with potable water for drinking, cleaning, and whatnot.

  • Water filter
  • Iodine tablets
  • Water bags


Even though you can live for several weeks with nothing to eat, you still need a sufficient amount of food to stay well. Emergency food, like survival protein bars, will give you the energy to do what is needed in an emergency.

Be sure to have ample food supply in your food storage and periodically check its shelf life for expiration. You wouldn't want to end up in a worse situation.

  • Protein or energy bars
  • Some dried fruits
  • Packets of instant soup
  • Other small food items

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First Aid Kit

From simple cuts and bruises to more serious injuries, having a first aid kit helps reduce the severity of the wound and pain. Including first aid items in your coffee can survival kit and gear is not an option, it is a must.

That said, below is a short list of the items you must have in your car emergency kit checklist.

  • Steril pads
  • Bandages
  • Steril gauze
  • Antibiotic ointment
  • Medical tape
  • Aspirin and painkillers
  • Personal medicine

Supporting Items

Accidents happen anywhere, anytime but preparation is key to your survival. Portable ham radio in your emergency survival kit will also make a great addition to your cell phone. A wool blanket will be very useful for winter survival.

With these additional items, here are some more essentials you might want to include in your emergency roadside kit or coffee can survival kit.

  • LED Flashlight
  • Compass
  • Nylon rope or paracord
  • Poncho (bright colors to attract attention)
  • Duct tape
  • Extra batteries
  • Signal mirror
  • Mylar emergency blankets
  • Whistle
  • Paper and pencil
  • Toilet paper
  • Garbage bag
  • Plastic spoon
  • Small film canister fishing kit (fishing lines, hooks, dry flies, a few lead weights)
  • Money (a couple of nickels, dimes, quarters and $20 bills)

Watch this video from Survival Lilly and find out how to turn your car into a bug out vehicle, too:

Now you know how to make a car survival kit in a coffee can. So wherever you find yourself, and whatever situation you get into, you will have them ready when you need them. Remember, “it is better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it.

Do you have a coffee can survival kit? Tell us what's inside your kit in the comments section below!

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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on April 9, 2018, and has been updated for quality and relevancy.

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