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Postby unjonharley » Mon Feb 21, 2011 10:13 am

Seem we drifted the Survival thead.. So, lets start a gear thread..

I carry a whole camp in a box in the van at all times..

One item is for wet fire fuel.. It's a very old trick..Pine tree pitch/sap.. It burns like gas once started..

One of our trees drip sap all year.. All I need do is pick it up..If you get ti on your hands it's a mess.. So I dirp twig bunddel ends in it.. Then wrap the twiggs in wax paper.. Great for the fireplace..Ad a bunch in the van kit.

Sooo. Whats in your kit?? :?:


p.s. i plan to bring some of the sap this year.. hope you all steal a street sign heh heh :twisted:
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Postby phil » Mon Feb 21, 2011 11:43 am

Unjon said derp! :->

Hi, Unjon, Louise and I carry our earthquake survival gear in our vehicles, too. We have shelter (a tube tent in the car with rope to string it) and a regular tent in the van.

Instead of tree sap, you can dip cotton balls in vaseline (petroleum jelly) and put them in a film canister if you're old or a small bottle if you don't have film and have something that will catch fire with one match. We carry sailor's matches, which will strike when wet and burn longer than kitchen matches.
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Postby theCryptofishist » Mon Feb 21, 2011 2:29 pm

Plus they don't get sea sick as easily, and know lots of tuneful chantries.

The myth that they make good EMTs is an eplaya rumor and not to be trusted.
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Postby graidawg » Mon Feb 21, 2011 3:22 pm

Ray mears uses a bic lighter and bike inner tube to start a fire when all else fails

i dont have a car so its a multi tool and improvisation in the event of an apocolypse for me
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Postby Trishntek » Mon Feb 21, 2011 5:07 pm

Flashlight, compass, maps, all pupose knife, extra batteries, magnesium/steel firestarter, matches, bic lighters, film can of fire starter, .32 automatic pistol, bottled water, gatorade, trail mix, jerkey, towel, roll of visqueen and a self-generating multiband radio.
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Postby AntiM » Mon Feb 21, 2011 5:07 pm

MyLarry. That is all.
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Postby LLQchasm » Mon Feb 21, 2011 5:51 pm

I use SOS brillo pads with a magnesium flint striker. When I'm lazy, I just arc the steel wool over the terminals on my truck or deep cycle battery. In a lot of places it's too windy in the desert so I keep a shovel to dig fire pits with.
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Postby unjonharley » Thu Feb 24, 2011 10:56 am

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Put two bags of cat litter in the trunk of the kids car.
When it snows in Or. valleys it turns to ice.. We live on a steep hill..
When the streets clear the litter is use in the cat boxes..

My VW has enough weight with the rear engine.. I carry a small bag of litter for a pottie and under the wheel for traction..
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Postby lucky420 » Thu Feb 24, 2011 11:29 am

I am totally unprepared. I need my own "MyLarry"... :lol:
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Postby mudpuppy000 » Thu Feb 24, 2011 11:48 am

I've got quite a bit of crap as I go 4x4ing out in the desert/mountains fairly often. Shovel, axe, pick, extra car battery, come along, tow straps, food, water, med kit, hi-lift jack, tools, wrist rocket, matches, walkie talkies...
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Postby AntiM » Thu Feb 24, 2011 12:28 pm

lucky420 wrote:I am totally unprepared. I need my own "MyLarry"... :lol:

I lend him out on a very limited basis. :wink:
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Postby robotland » Thu Feb 24, 2011 1:03 pm

Don't forget the duct tape!

Zip strips are handy, too.
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Postby lucky420 » Thu Feb 24, 2011 1:44 pm

AntiM,
He sounds totally precious and you are one lucky woman.

robotland,
That sounds almost like the makings of a serial killer starter kit :wink:
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Postby FIGJAM » Thu Feb 24, 2011 2:06 pm

Well, you gotta be able to catch those whiley cereal to survive! :wink:
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Postby Boijoy » Thu Feb 24, 2011 3:24 pm

cel phone & AAA card.

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Postby Sail Man » Thu Feb 24, 2011 3:45 pm

Here is an inventory of my GHB (get home bag) that I have put together for ea truck, they are constantly being updated and added to and is probably not up to date, but anywho...

Tarp clamps x4 (f150 x4)
compass (f150 x 1 plus spare mini)
cord-olive drab-approx 10'
cord-white-approx 10'
throwing knife-composite
lighter x2 (f150 x2)
carabiner x1 big x1 small (f150 has 1 ea sm med big)
knife x3 (f150 has 3 plus a multi-tool)
emergency poncho x1 (f150 x2)
space blanket x4 (f150 x4)
zipties
paracord
Tarp
rope-approx 50' in lengths-3/8th “ 4 in rgr 5 in f150 plus 2 t.box ropes in 150 and 1 in rgr
rope-2 long lengths in each truck
small leg trap
hand warmers x 6 in each
waterproof box with hot cocoa mix, soup, oatmeal x2 in each plus bottle of boullion cubes
pencil x 2 and 1 wrapped with approx 2' duct tape (f150 has same)
compass/whistle kit containing waterproof matches (f150 has waterproof match case)
water pure tabs (f150 has 1 also)
small aa flashlight w/2 spare batts (f150 has larger aa light with 2 spare batts)
fishing line on sewing thread drum (f10 has 1 also with more line)
candle x2 (f150 has 2)
fishing lures, weights, hooks, bobbers (f150 has equiv)
fire starter sticks (f150 also)
film canisters with cotton balls/vaseline/dryer lint mix x2 (f150 has equiv)
firesteel (f150 has equiv)
wire 8-12' (f150 has equiv)
canteen and canteen cup/stove (f150 has equiv)
silverware set (f150 has 4 sporks)
razor blades x2 (f150 x2)
floss x1 (f150 x1)
sewing kit: 2 needles, 3 var. buttons and 2 safety pins in ea kit
f150 also has in the tool box a military shove and the multi hammer tool
6 inch tent stakes x8 for each truck
P-38 (f150 has equiv)
toothbrushes (f150 has equiv)
backpacker shovel (f150 has equiv)
frog gig (f150 has equiv)

medical supplies (also in f150 kit unless noted)
5X9 X1
4x4 x2
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Postby teardropper » Sat Feb 26, 2011 12:00 am

phil wrote: you can dip cotton balls in vaseline (petroleum jelly).


That's the simplest fire starter, works well, cheap and easy to carry.

I can hardly add anything to the above really comprehensive lists. I have a pretty complete box in the ancient motorhome I take to the playa a few times a year. That one has some basic tools and belts and hoses. Sometimes I think I should add a second spare tire. The aerosol tire patch and mini compressor will do little for the gashes the desert can make in tires. And I have a small bag with minimum supplies I keep in the Subaru for travel in winter in the mountains. Go up and across often and know many horror stories to not have something. The two are somewhat different. One is for getting a big rig out of the desert, with not much thought about freezing or starving. The other is to keep from freezing and starving.
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Postby moonrise » Sat Feb 26, 2011 12:39 am

unjonharley wrote:.
Put two bags of cat litter in the trunk of the kids car.
When it snows in Or. valleys it turns to ice.. We live on a steep hill..
When the streets clear the litter is use in the cat boxes..

My VW has enough weight with the rear engine.. I carry a small bag of litter for a pottie and under the wheel for traction..


unjonharley et al, did you know ashes work better than cat litter for traction in; ice, snow, wet snow, sloppy deep wet snow, deep powdery snow & all types of snow b/c the carbon LOCKS the rubber tires to the snow.
Be sure it is free of nails etc.
I carry a lidded 5 gallon bucket of ashes with me as part of my kit, works like a charm and is free! Pour it over the drive wheels and in front of and in a line of intended driving direction and you'll drive out like it is a hot summer day on dry pavement, no joke, keep moving forward once the vehicle has momentum or you get stuck again.

carbon is also used for gold extraction mining, it 'grips'
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Postby robotland » Sat Feb 26, 2011 12:35 pm

Dang! I want to participate in a big Regional Event with YOU!

...oh, wait- I ALREADY DO!

[quote="Sail Man"]Here is an inventory of my GHB (get home bag) that I have put together for ea truck, they are constantly being updated and added to and is probably not up to date, but anywho...

Tarp clamps x4 (f150 x4)
compass (f150 x 1 plus spare mini)
cord-olive drab-approx 10'
cord-white-approx 10'
throwing knife-composite
lighter x2 (f150 x2)
carabiner x1 big x1 small (f150 has 1 ea sm med big)
knife x3 (f150 has 3 plus a multi-tool)
emergency poncho x1 (f150 x2)
space blanket x4 (f150 x4)
zipties
paracord
Tarp
rope-approx 50' in lengths-3/8th “ 4 in rgr 5 in f150 plus 2 t.box ropes in 150 and 1 in rgr
rope-2 long lengths in each truck
small leg trap
hand warmers x 6 in each
waterproof box with hot cocoa mix, soup, oatmeal x2 in each plus bottle of boullion cubes
pencil x 2 and 1 wrapped with approx 2' duct tape (f150 has same)
compass/whistle kit containing waterproof matches (f150 has waterproof match case)
water pure tabs (f150 has 1 also)
small aa flashlight w/2 spare batts (f150 has larger aa light with 2 spare batts)
fishing line on sewing thread drum (f10 has 1 also with more line)
candle x2 (f150 has 2)
fishing lures, weights, hooks, bobbers (f150 has equiv)
fire starter sticks (f150 also)
film canisters with cotton balls/vaseline/dryer lint mix x2 (f150 has equiv)
firesteel (f150 has equiv)
wire 8-12' (f150 has equiv)
canteen and canteen cup/stove (f150 has equiv)
silverware set (f150 has 4 sporks)
razor blades x2 (f150 x2)
floss x1 (f150 x1)
sewing kit: 2 needles, 3 var. buttons and 2 safety pins in ea kit
f150 also has in the tool box a military shove and the multi hammer tool
6 inch tent stakes x8 for each truck
P-38 (f150 has equiv)
toothbrushes (f150 has equiv)
backpacker shovel (f150 has equiv)
frog gig (f150 has equiv)

medical supplies (also in f150 kit unless noted)
5X9 X1
4x4 x2
4â€
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Postby ygmir » Sun Feb 27, 2011 12:05 am

moonrise wrote:
unjonharley wrote:.
Put two bags of cat litter in the trunk of the kids car.
When it snows in Or. valleys it turns to ice.. We live on a steep hill..
When the streets clear the litter is use in the cat boxes..

My VW has enough weight with the rear engine.. I carry a small bag of litter for a pottie and under the wheel for traction..


unjonharley et al, did you know ashes work better than cat litter for traction in; ice, snow, wet snow, sloppy deep wet snow, deep powdery snow & all types of snow b/c the carbon LOCKS the rubber tires to the snow.
Be sure it is free of nails etc.
I carry a lidded 5 gallon bucket of ashes with me as part of my kit, works like a charm and is free! Pour it over the drive wheels and in front of and in a line of intended driving direction and you'll drive out like it is a hot summer day on dry pavement, no joke, keep moving forward once the vehicle has momentum or you get stuck again.

carbon is also used for gold extraction mining, it 'grips'


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Postby moonrise » Sun Feb 27, 2011 1:23 am

ygmir wrote:
moonrise wrote:
unjonharley wrote:.
Put two bags of cat litter in the trunk of the kids car.
When it snows in Or. valleys it turns to ice.. We live on a steep hill..
When the streets clear the litter is use in the cat boxes..

My VW has enough weight with the rear engine.. I carry a small bag of litter for a pottie and under the wheel for traction..


unjonharley et al, did you know ashes work better than cat litter for traction in; ice, snow, wet snow, sloppy deep wet snow, deep powdery snow & all types of snow b/c the carbon LOCKS the rubber tires to the snow.
Be sure it is free of nails etc.
I carry a lidded 5 gallon bucket of ashes with me as part of my kit, works like a charm and is free! Pour it over the drive wheels and in front of and in a line of intended driving direction and you'll drive out like it is a hot summer day on dry pavement, no joke, keep moving forward once the vehicle has momentum or you get stuck again.

carbon is also used for gold extraction mining, it 'grips'


*knowing all the while, there are folks thinking of monks and gasoline*


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Postby unjonharley » Tue Mar 15, 2011 12:10 pm

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So how many of you grasshoppers have checked your KIT after the Japan shake?

Did you see the vidio of people emptying a swimming pool for there water?
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Postby CornStar » Tue Mar 15, 2011 1:04 pm

I can fit close to 24 cans of pbr around the spare tire in the hidden compartment under the trunk. Just in case I run dry during that god awful 2am to 6am dry period in WA state!
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Postby robotland » Tue Mar 15, 2011 3:24 pm

unjonharley wrote:'


Did you see the vidio of people emptying a swimming pool for there water?


...That's one of the first things I thought of when we bought a house with a pool...And to have an "emergency reservoir" has helped keep me inspired when I have to do underwater repairs (!) to the liner....
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Postby moonrise » Tue Mar 15, 2011 3:37 pm

I missed the swimming pool video. I have a few cases of water, hm, maybe I need more?

Could some one please explain WHAT ARE THE IDODINE POTASIUM PILLS for and where can I get some?


Thanks in advance!
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Postby unjonharley » Tue Mar 15, 2011 4:01 pm

moonrise wrote:I missed the swimming pool video. I have a few cases of water, hm, maybe I need more?

Could some one please explain WHAT ARE THE IDODINE POTASIUM PILLS for and where can I get some?


Thanks in advance!


It cuts the risk of thyroid cansar from radation. not a cure.. get the pills from a health food store..

i carry 5gal of drinking water in the van.. We have some stored in the house and shop.. There is a very large fish pond in the front yard..
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Postby phil » Tue Mar 15, 2011 4:05 pm

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Postby phil » Tue Mar 15, 2011 4:10 pm

> Did you see the vidio of people emptying a swimming pool for there water?

Louise and I were on the Caribbean island of St. Barth when it ran out of water.Literally. It's a desert island, and the ship that brings in drinking water had to be repaired. You don't drink out of the swimming pool, of course, but it works to rinse off in after a hard day at the sandy beach and the salty sea. And you use your empty water bottles to bring pool water back to your commode so you can flush it.
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Postby Major Krash » Tue Mar 15, 2011 5:21 pm

unjonharley wrote:'
So how many of you grasshoppers have checked your KIT after the Japan shake?

Did you see the vidio of people emptying a swimming pool for there water?


I never let a good opportunity to practice go by. Discovered some old/dry gloves, questionable tape, and 10+ year plastic sheeting which LOOKS good in it's packaging still, but the stuff is pretty cheap....so it's now on the Burner pile.

Decided to finally get a mask that allows me to wear any prescription glasses, checked my counter & dosimeter (wearing it daily for practice...zero roentgens so far...)

Also rotated some canned food, and re-filled my water (it was still "good", although plastic tasting).

Also tried to walk to the nearest high ground in less than 6 minutes...I just made it (my hip has issues, so I would have likely perished had I been in one of the cities with little warning time)
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Postby Martiansky » Tue Mar 15, 2011 5:29 pm

@Major Krash
Do you know if any of those used geiger counters on eB*y are good?
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