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Who here carries an OH S(#* Bag in their vehicle? I'm just wondering if I'm overly cautious or if most of you have one, and if so what do you have in it? I've got 2 200+ piece first aid kits and a big water bottle filled with survival gear. Please let me know what your thoughts on it are.

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from Clay Cooper wrote 5 years 10 weeks ago

Brad , I use to carry a bunch of stuff in my younger years like you. In my truck I carry a full size shovel, hand winch with 30ft line, 6 and 20 ft chain, water and something to eat. I don’t plan to be out there long if I really needed help so one item I carry in my truck, on my ATV or when I’m on foot I carry these items. Element K2 Luxeon Super Bright High Output LED Flashlight, Army compass, iFINDER® Hunt™ C Handheld GPS, EPRB or Emergency Personnel Radio Beacon called “SPOT” http://findmespot.com/en/ and 8 “AA” and 4 “AAA” batteries .

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from Charley wrote 5 years 10 weeks ago

I have a backpack with a tarp, some fire starting stuff, a tomahawk, wire, knife, a collapsible spin fishing outfit with some small lures and basic first aid supplies. I keep this in the back of my truck.

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from kolbster wrote 5 years 10 weeks ago

i have a truck with a toolbox in the back. so i have everything but the kitchen sink.

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from beagleboy wrote 5 years 10 weeks ago

I have a small roadside emergency kit that has a first-aid kit, tow rope, jumper cables, a space blanket, and some other handy stuff. I don't its necessary to carry too much survival stuff with me because I live and Illinois and am never to for from civilization. However, I almost always carry a knife.

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from george dalton wrote 5 years 10 weeks ago

i do not think you atoo cautious sir.not at all. most of my hunting and fishing trips are day trips 60 miles or less from my home and less than 10 from from civilization. some never put me more than 1 from a house or a gas station where i may find help if needed. nonetheless, year round in the jeep you'll find first aid gear, a sleeping bag,water bottles, ashovel, 2 knives, flashlights a tool kit rain gear, waterproof boots, and a fleece jacket.this gear all packs into a medium sized packand goes every place the jeep goes. this is in addition to whatever gear is required for the trip at hand. it only took one night in a broken down car in a furious snowstorm without the right gear to appreciate the value of planning for contingencies.

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from hnestle wrote 5 years 10 weeks ago

I keep pretty much the same stuff as everyone else first aid kit, tow rope, a knife, and jumper cables. But I have added a suture set and a snake bit kit to my first aid kit. The only kit that I have found that actually has a suture kit in it is a first aid kit for hunting dogs, but if you know anyone in the medical field you can get them for free. Plus the snakes are bad in the south, and when you're hours from a hospital the kit might help you make it there.

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from mdhager115 wrote 5 years 10 weeks ago

Never think twice when packing a survival kit. Anything you can find could be a lifesaver. You cant pack too much survival gear.

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from Cheap Shot wrote 5 years 10 weeks ago

We used to call them "bug out bags". Mine changes with the season. No sense burning the extra gas in the summer in order to haul what's in my vehicle now: snacks and water, extra set of pak boots and heavy socks, insulated overalls, snow-shovel, salt, come-along, chain, CLEVIS (everyone forgets the clevis!), old set of used lifting straps to protect trees I winch from...

I used to haul a LOT more than I do now. Once my company vehicle was hit from the rear and was totaled. Then I had a VERY interesting time transferring all my gear to the cab of the wrecker, THEN from that to the rental car at a airport.

So, I've scaled back my gear to what I can carry or don't mind leaving behind or caching in the woods.

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from sere9501 wrote 5 years 10 weeks ago

If you are an Army Capt, as is my suspicion, forgive me if I'm wrong then you know you can never have to much gear. When deployed I used to walk around with my 3 day assault ruck and people used to wonder why. It was because I could survive for 3 days with what was inside. Also it did me no good in my tent if the fit hit the shan and I was at the HQ or somewhere else. Being that prepared to help yourself or someone else is a good thing.

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from CPT BRAD wrote 5 years 9 weeks ago

well yes Sere how'd you guess? Thanks.

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from ETangler wrote 5 years 9 weeks ago

I carry a Backpack with t.p., matches,lighter,flashlight,water,firstaid kit,small mirror,150' rope,and extra batteries.

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from ETangler wrote 5 years 9 weeks ago

I carry a Backpack with water,flashlight,batteries, first aid kit, t.p.,lighter and matches,rope,cange of clothes,and 3 MRES

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from Sportsman Matt wrote 5 years 8 weeks ago

I carry the basic survival gear, knife, parachute cord, plastic space blankets, first aid kit, shovel, basic tools, ham radio, throughout my truck. I know that I'm usually within range of civilization, and that the chances of anything catastrophic happening to me are like my chances of winning Powerball. I have used the first aid kit for a bandaid or 2, the shovel for snow pile removal, and the knife has been by my side since I graduated High School. No paranoia, no waiting for zombies or 3rd world warlords to attack. I know where to get food, clean water, and how to live out of my rig if I need to for days or months at a time.

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from Jeff Bowers wrote 5 years 7 weeks ago

I agree with several people that the area or season should dictate what you need.

Seasonal would be the warm clothes or hat/shade cover.

Universal is first-aid gear (I have a Corpsman B2 bag), those tools right for the situation. Shovels can help with either sand or snow.

But remember this is the modern world. Don't forget to have some cash handy. You won't need hammer and saw to build a shelter if you can call AAA. I've been in north Georgia and the mountains of west Virginia (That's the mountains on the west side of Virginia, not the West Virginia), and still have carrier signal. Truly paranoid? Get a satellite phone.

Disclaimer: These suggestions are not for the apocalypse.

But remember the "Rule of Three" when thinking about when and where you go and what to take:

You can live;
Three minutes without air,
Three hours without shelter,
Three days without water, and
Three weeks without food.

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from hjohn429 wrote 5 years 7 weeks ago

Ther is nothing wrong with being prepared. Alwas keep a sturdy knife, fire starter, and space blanket in glove box.

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from S30V wrote 4 years 45 weeks ago

Be prepared... Gear gives you options.

Each of my vehicles have a pack with just the basics in it.

First aid kit, some cash, LED headlamp, LED flashlight, whistle, compass with mirror, multitool, flattened roll of duct tape, a bottle of water, and a lighter.

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from bamaoutdoorsman93 wrote 4 years 23 weeks ago

I think you got the 'survival pack' thing covered.

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from Jeff Bowers wrote 5 years 7 weeks ago

I agree with several people that the area or season should dictate what you need.

Seasonal would be the warm clothes or hat/shade cover.

Universal is first-aid gear (I have a Corpsman B2 bag), those tools right for the situation. Shovels can help with either sand or snow.

But remember this is the modern world. Don't forget to have some cash handy. You won't need hammer and saw to build a shelter if you can call AAA. I've been in north Georgia and the mountains of west Virginia (That's the mountains on the west side of Virginia, not the West Virginia), and still have carrier signal. Truly paranoid? Get a satellite phone.

Disclaimer: These suggestions are not for the apocalypse.

But remember the "Rule of Three" when thinking about when and where you go and what to take:

You can live;
Three minutes without air,
Three hours without shelter,
Three days without water, and
Three weeks without food.

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from Charley wrote 5 years 10 weeks ago

I have a backpack with a tarp, some fire starting stuff, a tomahawk, wire, knife, a collapsible spin fishing outfit with some small lures and basic first aid supplies. I keep this in the back of my truck.

+2 Good Comment? | | Report
from kolbster wrote 5 years 10 weeks ago

i have a truck with a toolbox in the back. so i have everything but the kitchen sink.

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from george dalton wrote 5 years 10 weeks ago

i do not think you atoo cautious sir.not at all. most of my hunting and fishing trips are day trips 60 miles or less from my home and less than 10 from from civilization. some never put me more than 1 from a house or a gas station where i may find help if needed. nonetheless, year round in the jeep you'll find first aid gear, a sleeping bag,water bottles, ashovel, 2 knives, flashlights a tool kit rain gear, waterproof boots, and a fleece jacket.this gear all packs into a medium sized packand goes every place the jeep goes. this is in addition to whatever gear is required for the trip at hand. it only took one night in a broken down car in a furious snowstorm without the right gear to appreciate the value of planning for contingencies.

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from hnestle wrote 5 years 10 weeks ago

I keep pretty much the same stuff as everyone else first aid kit, tow rope, a knife, and jumper cables. But I have added a suture set and a snake bit kit to my first aid kit. The only kit that I have found that actually has a suture kit in it is a first aid kit for hunting dogs, but if you know anyone in the medical field you can get them for free. Plus the snakes are bad in the south, and when you're hours from a hospital the kit might help you make it there.

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from Cheap Shot wrote 5 years 10 weeks ago

We used to call them "bug out bags". Mine changes with the season. No sense burning the extra gas in the summer in order to haul what's in my vehicle now: snacks and water, extra set of pak boots and heavy socks, insulated overalls, snow-shovel, salt, come-along, chain, CLEVIS (everyone forgets the clevis!), old set of used lifting straps to protect trees I winch from...

I used to haul a LOT more than I do now. Once my company vehicle was hit from the rear and was totaled. Then I had a VERY interesting time transferring all my gear to the cab of the wrecker, THEN from that to the rental car at a airport.

So, I've scaled back my gear to what I can carry or don't mind leaving behind or caching in the woods.

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from CPT BRAD wrote 5 years 9 weeks ago

well yes Sere how'd you guess? Thanks.

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from S30V wrote 4 years 45 weeks ago

Be prepared... Gear gives you options.

Each of my vehicles have a pack with just the basics in it.

First aid kit, some cash, LED headlamp, LED flashlight, whistle, compass with mirror, multitool, flattened roll of duct tape, a bottle of water, and a lighter.

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from Clay Cooper wrote 5 years 10 weeks ago

Brad , I use to carry a bunch of stuff in my younger years like you. In my truck I carry a full size shovel, hand winch with 30ft line, 6 and 20 ft chain, water and something to eat. I don’t plan to be out there long if I really needed help so one item I carry in my truck, on my ATV or when I’m on foot I carry these items. Element K2 Luxeon Super Bright High Output LED Flashlight, Army compass, iFINDER® Hunt™ C Handheld GPS, EPRB or Emergency Personnel Radio Beacon called “SPOT” http://findmespot.com/en/ and 8 “AA” and 4 “AAA” batteries .

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from beagleboy wrote 5 years 10 weeks ago

I have a small roadside emergency kit that has a first-aid kit, tow rope, jumper cables, a space blanket, and some other handy stuff. I don't its necessary to carry too much survival stuff with me because I live and Illinois and am never to for from civilization. However, I almost always carry a knife.

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from mdhager115 wrote 5 years 10 weeks ago

Never think twice when packing a survival kit. Anything you can find could be a lifesaver. You cant pack too much survival gear.

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from sere9501 wrote 5 years 10 weeks ago

If you are an Army Capt, as is my suspicion, forgive me if I'm wrong then you know you can never have to much gear. When deployed I used to walk around with my 3 day assault ruck and people used to wonder why. It was because I could survive for 3 days with what was inside. Also it did me no good in my tent if the fit hit the shan and I was at the HQ or somewhere else. Being that prepared to help yourself or someone else is a good thing.

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from ETangler wrote 5 years 9 weeks ago

I carry a Backpack with t.p., matches,lighter,flashlight,water,firstaid kit,small mirror,150' rope,and extra batteries.

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from ETangler wrote 5 years 9 weeks ago

I carry a Backpack with water,flashlight,batteries, first aid kit, t.p.,lighter and matches,rope,cange of clothes,and 3 MRES

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from Sportsman Matt wrote 5 years 8 weeks ago

I carry the basic survival gear, knife, parachute cord, plastic space blankets, first aid kit, shovel, basic tools, ham radio, throughout my truck. I know that I'm usually within range of civilization, and that the chances of anything catastrophic happening to me are like my chances of winning Powerball. I have used the first aid kit for a bandaid or 2, the shovel for snow pile removal, and the knife has been by my side since I graduated High School. No paranoia, no waiting for zombies or 3rd world warlords to attack. I know where to get food, clean water, and how to live out of my rig if I need to for days or months at a time.

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from hjohn429 wrote 5 years 7 weeks ago

Ther is nothing wrong with being prepared. Alwas keep a sturdy knife, fire starter, and space blanket in glove box.

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from bamaoutdoorsman93 wrote 4 years 23 weeks ago

I think you got the 'survival pack' thing covered.

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