Should You Keep Food in Your Car?
You don’t typically think of your car as a place you would keep shelf-stable foods. It’s usually something you think of as a tool–a way to get from point A to point B. But what if your car suddenly became a tool in your emergency toolbelt?
Did you know that lifeboats come with food rations? One great thing about these is that they are non-thirst provoking. If you run into a scenario where water isn’t available, lifeboat rations–which look like a solid bar–will help prevent thirst while providing survival sustenance. It’s an option to consider for your car in addition to the other options we’ve outlined below.
One thing you should always have in your car is water, and it isn’t just for drinking. Jugs or water bottles will work. It can come in handy for cooling an overheated radiator. If you’re in an emergency situation, the water could also quench your thirst. Finally, if you need to clean something, you have water to assist you.
There are some downsides to keeping water (or food) in your car in extreme temperatures. In the heat of summer, water stored in plastic bottles or jugs can absorb the flavor of the plastic, and if you plan to keep water in your car at all times, it is a good idea to replace it regularly to prevent the taste of plastic leaching into your water. On the flip side, winter’s cold temperatures can cause water to freeze if left in your car’s trunk. If you need the water immediately, this becomes a problem because you’ll have to wait for it thaw. If possible, you should store water in your vehicle’s cabin because running your heater will thaw any frozen water as you’re using the heat.