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Old 01-06-2022, 03:35 PM
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Default RV Survival Kit

What's in your survival kit? (Kinda like the credit card commercial...what's in your wallet?). The latest AVweb article about the guy who crashed in Europe got me thinking.

Mine is probably lacking with just a PLB, flashlight, lighters, some space blankets, first aid kit, and a couple bottles water. Really only enough to survive until help arrives and assuming you're not really injured.

What's your rational for what you carry vs what it weighs?

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Old 01-06-2022, 03:56 PM
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Default My kit

I put together some stuff in a small-ish pelican case:

Signal mirror
Thermal/mylar blanket
Fire starter
Compass
Advil
Shock Cord (10')
Ruger SP-101 in .357
.357 bullets, .38 rat/snake shot
Glow stick
Ice pack (water + sodium nitrate variety)
Water purification tablets
Leatherman "Surge" multitool
Bandaids (variety of sizes)
Bug spray (small size)
Nitrile Gloves
Mini mag light with the "SOS" feature


Always looking for other good ideas.
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Old 01-06-2022, 04:06 PM
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WOW I was just researching this same item night before last, Because my youngest daughter got her private license a couple months ago and is now working on her instrument.
I says, Do you have yet? She goes no.
So her birthday is coming up and I was a lookin and found the better ones are out of stock and not to be in stock anytime soon. I'm gonna get her a Personal Locator Beacon now.
So the answer to your question is. Get a backpack or vest, Look at what they advertise that they are supposed to have and make your own.
Mine cost $980.00 about 12 years ago. It needs updating every 3-4 years to keep food, stuff, batteries, etc. viable.
You can get something that will work for $500.00 or so.
But, may find junk you do not need.
I could go on about what it should have But you can make your own mind up about that.

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Old 01-06-2022, 04:13 PM
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Keep in mind that if there's a handgun concealed (or even in open sight) in your emergency kit, there are a lot of states in the Union you'd best not land in or risk serious prison time. The whole USA is NOT Texas, though I hope that day comes soon.
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Old 01-06-2022, 04:18 PM
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Picked up a couple kits from Amazon and added power bars and water as well as a couple water filter “straws”.

Some items:

Thermal/mylar blanket and tent
Fire starter flint and cotton fuel packs
Compass
Shock Cord (10') and a couple bracelets made of them with compass as well
4 Glow sticks
Small first aid kit with basics, and a tourniquet
Leatherman like multitools, 2 different sizes
Nitrile Gloves
Small flash light one battery one hand crank powered
Survival knife
Small axe/pick doubles as a canopy breaker
Cable saw for cutting large wood branches
A couple lightweight ponchos
Small finishing kit

My guess is they come in at about 14 lbs, and if it were 20 I’d still have it all on board.
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Old 01-06-2022, 04:20 PM
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Keep in mind that if there's a handgun concealed (or even in open sight) in your emergency kit, there are a lot of states in the Union you'd best not land in or risk serious prison time. The whole USA is NOT Texas, though I hope that day comes soon.
Excellent point -- I check for reciprocal agreements in the states I might be flying over...If none, I either re-route or leave the weapon at home.
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Old 01-06-2022, 04:52 PM
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Well, I carry a lot of stuff and it is there every time I strap the plane on. I try to make sure I can reach most of it if I am pinned in.

Survival Gear

406 Elt with GPS wired in
Back up charged handheld radio
Phone
Quick pull pins on canopy
small Aircrew survival guide
life jackets
canopy breaker tool
Gun & 2 extra clips(1 clip SBR tracer rounds) & ear plugs - can get to if stuck in seat (also a canopy breaker tool)
chem lights
knife & razor blade
sunscreen
mosquito repellant
small butane stick lighter
Fire starter (magnesium)
Firestarter cubes
Life Straws - H2O
Compass
NoCry Flashlight - great for taxiing in unlit taxiways/waterproof floats
Flashlights & extra batteries
Small hand/bone saw (will cut tree limbs)
Signal Mirror
Pretty extensive First aid Kit - can reach this if stuck in seat
small hatchet in tool kit
Gum & hard candy (chocolate melts)
2 Small bottles of Jack Daniels in First Aid kit(1 for drinking)
2 vacuum sealed granola bars (First Aid kit)
2 space blankets
Parachute cord
2 parachute panels
mosquito repellant
cigarette lighter
TP & tissues
large zip lock bags (also use these to put stuff in within pouch)
Fishing kit (Line, lures, etc.)
Lithium battery backup - phone/light
15 feet of Duct tape
2 plastic ponchos
booney hat
fire extinguisher
2 bottles of H20
I know it seems like a lot and I hope I NEVER use it! It's nice to know it is "there". I hope my 406 has rescue coming very soon. You will be surprised by how small these can be. People have asked why no flare gun and it is just a matter of space. Tracer rounds if you are looking at them get your attention. Of course you probably cant find them these days. And Jack Daniels is better than Jeremiah Weed and they don't sell weed in "airline bottles"
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Old 01-06-2022, 04:57 PM
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Default Trauma kit

Good ideas on a survival kit for the plane. I also add, beyond rations and protection from the weather, a trauma kit that can support basic lifesaving efforts.

PPE to include gloves, glasses and masks
SAM splint
CAT (tourniquet)
Israeli bandages
Tape and gauze
Scissors
Some good out back medical training

This kit is always with me at the range and is also good in the trunk of your car. More skills means more equipment, but this is a great start.
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Old 01-06-2022, 05:12 PM
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Originally Posted by bjdecker View Post
I put together some stuff in a small-ish pelican case:

Signal mirror
Thermal/mylar blanket
Fire starter
Compass
Advil
Shock Cord (10')
Ruger SP-101 in .357
.357 bullets, .38 rat/snake shot
Glow stick
Ice pack (water + sodium nitrate variety)
Water purification tablets
Leatherman "Surge" multitool
Bandaids (variety of sizes)
Bug spray (small size)
Nitrile Gloves
Mini mag light with the "SOS" feature


Always looking for other good ideas.
I forgot to mention/include the most important survival tool of all --- A corkscrew with bottle opener.

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Old 01-06-2022, 06:23 PM
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I put together some stuff in a small-ish pelican case:

Signal mirror
Thermal/mylar blanket
Fire starter
Compass
Advil
Shock Cord (10')
Ruger SP-101 in .357
.357 bullets, .38 rat/snake shot
Glow stick
Ice pack (water + sodium nitrate variety)
Water purification tablets
Leatherman "Surge" multitool
Bandaids (variety of sizes)
Bug spray (small size)
Nitrile Gloves
Mini mag light with the "SOS" feature


Always looking for other good ideas.
Hi Brian, What's a "shock Cord??"
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