6 Ways to Store Extra Fuel for Long-Range Bug Outs

How far can your Bug-Out Vehicle (BOV) go on the fuel you have on-hand?  You need to get the maximum mileage possible so you can get further away.

A disaster could leave you going the “route less traveled” and you may not find a gas station.  If you do finally find one, you shouldn’t be surprised when it is out of fuel.  You need to have all the gas you need to get you where you are going.

Some ways to carry extra fuel with your vehicle are:

  • Larger Fuel Tanks
  • A Second Tank
  • Jerry Cans
  • Flat Fuel Cans
  • Barrels
  • Roof Racks

Install a Larger Gas Tank such as a Long-Range Fuel Tank

Obviously, if your vehicle can fit it, you can install tanks specifically that will give you more room, thereby allowing more distance.  A typical tank will provide about 300 to 350 miles.  I think a long-range tank will give you another 100 miles between fill-ups.

Add a Second Tank with Flip Switch

Many trucks, and some cars, will have space for a second tank.  If you can do this, it can double your mileage.

Install a Jerry Can Mount


If you mount a Jerry Can to your vehicle, you can add around 5 gallons per can to your vehicle, giving you extra mileage.  The cans just add to your exterior, so no room is needed.  I don’t recommend keeping these inside the cab of your vehicle.

Install a Flat Gas Can Mount

There are flat-gas cans that provide you a low profile addition.  These usually carry 3-4 in a small can, and 6-8 in a large can.  These can be mounted to the back or roof of your vehicle.  They can also be mounted to bars of ATVs.

Keep 15 or 50 Gallon HDPE Barrels in Bed of Truck

If you have a pickup truck, you have bed space.  You will be able to get a lot of miles in on your Bug-Out Vehicle (BOV) if you have these.  Each 15 gallon barrel could give you from 150-300 miles extra, and each 50 gallon barrel could give you an extra 500-1000, based on your fuel mileage.

Make sure you have a battery operated, and a manual pump for refilling your vehicle’s tank from the barrel.  I do not recommend syphoning gas, but if you kept a syphon on hand, it is possible.

Keep Containers Strapped to Roof Rack

This is the normal 5-gallon gas can.  You can strap these down to the roof of a vehicle for filling up on-the-go.  These cans also should never be inside the cab of a vehicle, as no gas container should.  The off-gas is poisonous.

Keep Extra Fuel for Long-Range Bug Outs

If you keep enough extra fuel with each vehicle, you will be able to make a long range trip to your Bug-Out Location (BOL).  Using these low-cost options, determine how you will extend the range of any vehicle.

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