If the worst happens and the world ends, you’re not going to navigate the wasteland in a soccer-mom minivan.
You need something that’s able to withstand the rigors of off-road travel while protecting you from anything that might cross your path.
With that in mind, what do you need to know to mod a car for the apocalypse?
Useful Car Modifications for a Bug-Out Vehicle
First, let’s take a closer look at the modifications you might want to consider when you’re planning your ideal apocalypse vehicle.
The stock body panels on your car aren’t going to cut it if you need to muscle your way through abandoned vehicles or run down hostiles that might stand in your way.
Body armor for your vehicle will increase its weight and decrease your fuel efficiency, but it can help protect you and keep your apocalypse ride on the road.
A snowplow attached to the front end of your vehicle isn’t just good for moving snow.
It can also help you move obstacles or, again, mow down hostiles.
If you’re handy with wiring and electronics, you can design it so you can lift and lower the plow, so it’s only on the ground when you need it.
It doesn’t reduce the weight, but it will help to lessen the drag.
You’ll need heavy-duty suspension to handle off-road travel and obstacles.
That’s why options like the Mustang are so popular — not only are they easy to modify, but there are also a lot of stock and aftermarket options available.
Choose something that can stand up to the unpaved wilderness and wastelands you might end up facing during the apocalypse.
If mowing down your enemies isn’t an option, a quick getaway should be.
With that in mind, adding a supercharger to your apocalypse vehicle can do just that.
It won’t do anything for your fuel economy, but it can give you that extra boost you need to leave any hostiles in the dust.
5. Biodiesel Conversion
You won’t be able to drive to the gas station for a fill-up once the apocalypse starts. Gasoline might be hard to come by and even harder to make.
If you’re concerned about fuel, consider converting your apocalypse vehicle to a system that runs on biodiesel.
This is a fuel source you can make, even if the world has fallen apart, and will ensure you can keep moving after other fuel sources run dry.
This is a lot easier if you start with a vehicle that already runs on diesel, but you can convert nearly any car on the market.
The last thing you want to do in a SHTF scenario is to drive through a deep puddle and ruin your engine.
A snorkel seals your air intake, putting it above the water line and keeping water from damaging or destroying your engine.
They’re fairly easy to install and can save you a lot of trouble if you’re sheltering in a swampy area or one that gets a lot of rain.
You also need to protect yourself once the world ends. Mounting large-caliber firearms on your vehicle can be a deterrent for human enemies.
For anything else, you have a stable firing platform for your passenger.
Under normal circumstances, the average shopper doesn’t have access to the kind of weapons you might mount on a vehicle, but we’re talking about the apocalypse here.
So as far as we’re concerned, anything goes.
Picking Perfect Automotive Storage
If you’re bugging out in your vehicle, you’re going to need to carry everything with you. That means you need efficient storage.
Choose something that fits in your vehicle without taking up too much space, is easily accessible without exiting the vehicle, and carries everything you need.
You’ll need somewhere to store your supplies in your vehicle, from food and water to survival gear.
The exact options you choose will depend on the make and model of your bug-out vehicle and the available storage space within, but you’ll want to keep a few things in mind.
First, keep your rig organized. You’ll be able to store more. Plus, you don’t want to have to dig through a chest of stuff to find one specific item.
Next, make sure you keep your items secure. You don’t want them rolling around — especially if you have items stored in glass jars or containers.
Finally, make everything easily accessible, preferably without leaving your vehicle.
Gas stations aren’t going to be an option. If you’re making a long trip, you’ll need to store fuel to make sure you can reach your destination.
Hanging fuel tanks on the exterior of your vehicle is a great option as long as no one is shooting at you, partially because it frees up interior storage and also because it prevents fumes from building up in your vehicle.
If you do not want to store fuel on the outside, make sure it is properly sealed on the inside.
Survival Gear for Your Bug-Out Vehicle
Finally, let’s briefly talk about the kind of equipment and survival gear you’ll need in your apocalypse vehicle.
1. Food and Water
Food and water are essential for survival, so you should have a space dedicated for them in your bug-out vehicle.
Things like MREs (meals ready to eat) are ideal for prepping your apocalypse vehicle because they don’t take up a lot of space, they last for a long time, and provide you with all the nutrients you need to survive.
If you don’t have space for lots of water, stock up on water purification supplies.
2. First Aid
Build a first-aid kit and keep it in your apocalypse vehicle at all times.
You can also buy a pre-built first-aid kit, but make sure it has all the supplies you need to stay alive.
3. Survival Supplies
Matches. Batteries. Spare clothes. Weapons and ammo. Everything you need to survive will need to fit into your apocalypse vehicle. Choose wisely.
4. Car-Specific Items
You’ll probably want to stick a few car-specific survival items in your bug out vehicle as well, from tire chains and repair kits to a CB radio to help you communicate with other survivors.
Bug-Out Vehicle: Be Ready
If things go south and the world ends, having an apocalypse-ready bug-out vehicle could mean the difference between life and death.
Start prepping now, so you’re ready if things start going pear-shaped. Being ready for anything means nothing can ever surprise you.
How would you prepare a bug-out vehicle? Let us know in the comments below!