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Making a Safe Travel Kit

by Saturday, February 6, 2016

Pack These Essentials Before You Hit the Road

One of my friends is leaving for Michigan today and asked me to help him make up a small “just in case” pack to take with him on the trip. It just so happened that one of my bug out bags was due for inspection and upkeep,  so I had a few spare parts to build a kit for him. Check it out:

This is a small but effective kit that  I built out of extra items that I had lying around, but can easily be copied for little out of pocket cost.

It includes:

  • 1: Insulated lunchbox, the insulation is normally used to keep your lunch cold, but for an emergency kit, can be used to the opposite effect. The insulation will actually keep your supplies from freezing solid.
  • 2: 2400 calorie ration bars.  These mayday ration bars taste a bit like apple pie and don’t induce thirst. They actually taste fantastic with a bit of milk… but be warned, they will sit like a lead pellet in your stomach.
  • 2: Liters of water. These mayday water rations come in individual 4.25 oz Mylar pouches.  I prefer the Mylar pouches over the juice box style containers as they take up much less space, weigh less, are much more durable and they are not damaged if the water does freeze.  The ones that I have come with a Ziploc pouch with a  pour spout.  I don’t like the idea of pouring out every pouch into the container, but it would work well to put snow in and wait for it to melt.
  • ( if you don’t have the food and water supplies lying around you can get a head start by clicking here)
  • 1: Pocket first aid kit. Not much in it but it never hurts to have some band aids and alcohol swabs.
  • 2:  Space blankets.  These emergency blankets work but they make a ton of noise and tear easily which is why I suggest packing a few normal blankets for comfort.
  • 1: Bic Lighter. Sure you could try to start a fire with a couple of sticks… but If you can do it with the single flick of a bic, why the hell would you want to do it any other way.
  • 1: Box of weatherproof matches. Redundancy is key when it comes to fire starting
  • 1: Survival whistle.  If your caught In a snowstorm you need to do everything possible to make sure you are seen or heard, the whistle might not be the most effective means of doing so but it can’t hurt. It also has a flint on the side to help with fire starting.
  • 1: Snack Kit ( not pictured). This part of the kit is completely up to your choosing but I like to have a few sticks of beef jerky, some bouillon cubes and tea bags or instant coffee, basically anything that will help improve the mood of an increasingly aggravating situation.
  • 1: Portable solid fuel camp stove with fuel tablets.  If you’re out in the cold a nice warm cup of soup or tea can really improve your morale and who wants to drink a mug of cold chicken flavored soup?
  • 1: stainless steel mug ( not pictured) Holds the soup and can be used over the stove without harm to the mug.

If you don’t feel like making your own, check this one out:

AAA 65-Piece Winter Severe Weather Travel Kit

Can you think of anything that I missed or anything that you would want to add? Let us know in the comments!

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Dave
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3 years 9 months ago
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A deck of cards and/or a light-weight set of dominoes. Most humans are used to instant gratification and the wait can damage the mind of the toughest.
Hard candy in the snack kit to help with the stress.

TinMan
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3 years 9 months ago
0 I would include at least one small LED flashlight and a stout ‘pillar’ type candle. If you have to spend an overnight in your car (or worse)you’ll be amazed how comforting the light from one candle can be in a hunkering down situation. i always keep a wool mil. style blanket packed in the vehicle, just in case. i also keep a cotton towel handy as well. A towel can be used for many things, in many situations. it can be rolled and used as a pillow, used as sling for a dislocated shoulder (Have actually used it for… Read more »
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Richter
3 years 9 months ago
0 I was Born & Raised in Central Michigan, & you have the Very Basics in your Bag, But you lack a good one for Night time Survival. My Bag Always Contained 1 Roll Gorilla Duck Tape. This stuff is Super Strong, Sticks to almost Everything & Can even be made into a Working Boat if Needed. 1 roll of 50 Lb. Spider wire Fish line & Fish-line swivels/connectors, Lead weights & bobbers. Hooks from All sizes, Great for catching Small Game as well., About 200Ft. of Para-Cord With Assorted Eyelets. 4-Heavy-Duty Mylar Sleeping bags, A small Tube of Super… Read more »
Gordon
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3 years 9 months ago
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Might take a pretty big bag for all that stuff, huh? And what if you have to WALK? You are a target victim. Fire starter sticks, prescription meds, cold weather gear, topo maps, courage…..

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Dee
3 years 9 months ago
0 Hi Joe… Excellent advice , as usual and very timely. I’m including this link to a very sad story that did not have to happen. http://www.thespectrum.com/article/20121219/NEWS01/312190019/Woman-found-dead-near-Enterprise Unfortunately, we are seeing this type of unprepared behavior all too often. This is the second incident within a month that I know of where people became stranded in the snow, LEFT the safety of their vehicle and a death resulted. Sad and completely preventable. Please people, if this happens to you, stay with your car. Don’t take rides into the back country, especially on unpaved and unmaintained roads. If you must go… Read more »
Leigh
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Leigh
3 years 9 months ago
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This is amazing for cold travel, but anything out there like this for those of us who live in the South? Not planning on cold travel, but a kit or ideas for warm would be great. Thanks so much.

Chuck
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Chuck
3 years 8 months ago
0 I am not about to try fishing if stranded in cold weather. If I am traveling by car, it is just a small thing to throw a couple of bags of jerky, some good energy bars and some snickers bars into a gallon zip lock bag. You can be doing a bunch of other stuff like lighting a fire, building an add-on shelter to your vehicle rather than squatting by a stream trying to catch a torpid fish. I would rather carry a wood cutting chain than fish hooks and line. A wood cutting chain will allow you to… Read more »
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Rev. Robert M. Paris, D.Min, D.D.
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Rev. Robert M. Paris, D.Min, D.D.
7 months 16 days ago
0 What no mention of a magnifying glass (or one of the thin wallet size ones? they are great for starting a fire in a pinch, and can aid in the removal of splinters. YOU do not think splinters are such a big deal? Wait til you get one and it gets infected then you need a bigger first aid kit. Oh and you need to check out http://www.readyman.com for their wallet kits with snares, hooks and spears for catching game. also you did not mention paracord which has many uses. I carry it on a bracelet and a paracord… Read more »
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