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Emergency preparedness is something we all need to think about, but also something we hope we never need. Well today, I’d like you to be thinking about it.

I wonder if they went back for the Bud Light...

I wonder if they went back for the Bud Light…

We’ve been asked by Essential Packs (you’ve probably seen them at to help design an Emergency Preparedness Kit for RVs. And while we’re happy to help, we also realize that we’re just one couple with one situation, and our opinions are based on our reality. For example, we don’t travel with pets, or kids, or medical devices – but many of you do. What special considerations do those require in an emergency?

That’s why we’re asking for your help! We’d like to collect opinions from our readers about what you might include in an emergency kit, and why. We’ll also be discussing the kit contents with emergency preparedness experts in our community offline. At the end of the process, we should have a few sample kits to give away to those of you who helped in its design.

We all know about car emergency kits. But an RV is much different than a car.  A car, for example, doesn’t typically travel with 30 gallons of fresh water.  But a car is also less likely to find itself stuck in snow at an alpine lake because of a freak storm.  Most people also wouldn’t take their car 30 miles into BLM desert with the intention of living out of it for a week.  So, when we’re thinking about RV emergency kits, keep in mind the kinds of emergency situations you might face in your RV.  Ideally, we want to be prepared for everything from the routine (a flat tire on the interstate), to the extreme (an RV ransacked by a bear in the wilderness).

RV Zombie Attack

Uhhh… We can probably stop short of preparing for this RV emergency…

To help guide the comments, I’ll post this starting list of items. The list is divided into two sections: Survival items, and Roadside Repair items.  These are based off existing automotive kits, and I’m already thinking about changes I would make.  And depending on how this shakes out, there might be a couple levels of kits, from basic to extreme.  Here’s the list.

The RV Emergency Kit Contains These Emergency Preparedness Supplies:

  • Emergency Food Bar – 2400 Calorie , (x2)
  • Emergency Drinking Water Pouch – 4.22oz (x6)
  • AquaTabs (20 Tablets) – Water Purification Tablets
  • First Aid Kit (10 Person)
  • Emergency Hand-Crank / Solar Radio with NOAA / FM / AM, LED Flashlight, USB Mobile Phone Charger
  • Duracell LED Flashlight (300 Lumen) with 5 Year Duracell Batteries
  • Hand Warmers (4 Pairs)
  • Waterproof Matches
  • Emergency Candles (x6)
  • Waterproof Poncho (x2)
  • Green Lightstick – 12 Hour (x3)
  • Essential Packs Emergency “Coast Guard” Whistle (Loudest 2-Tone)
  • N-95 Dust Mast – Flat (x2)
  • Emergency Communications Planning Cards (x2)

The RV Emergency Kit Contains These Roadside Emergency Supplies:

  • Jumper Cables (12′)
  • Tow Rope (6,500 lb Capacity)
  • Fix a Flat – Tire Repair
  • Ice and Snow Window Scraper
  • Window Breaker / Seatbelt Cutter Tool
  • Heavy Duty Work Gloves
  • Latex Gloves
  • Utility Knife
  • Duct Tape (50 Yards)
  • Emergency Reflective Triangle
  • Emergency “EMERGENCY HELP” Distress Banner for Windshield
  • Blue Tarp (5′ x 7′)

So there you have it. Have a look at these lists, and see what you think, what would you add, and how do these stack up against the supplies you already travel with in your RV.  Let us know in the comments.  We’ll be collecting input for a couple weeks, and helpful commenters will be entered in a drawing for completed kits when we get some samples!


Here’s a quick update on where we are in the process with the emergency kits. I’ve collected all the comments from the website and forums. (We’ve got quite a few of you in the running for free kits! Thanks for responding!) I’ve had a meeting with our city’s Emergency Preparedness coordinator, which was pretty enlightening. And this week, I’ll be running the consolidated list past our friends at Winnebago for a sanity check (what size jumper cables, that kind of thing). After that, we’ll be working on the kits with the folks from Essential Packs.