Military space blanket- Also known as a casualty blanket. This item is made of a heavy duty thermal reflective plastic with reinforced grommets along the edges. The primary use of this item would be conservation of body heat, but it can double as a shelter should she need to abandon the auto. Parachute cord- About 50’ of 3/16” to provide attachment for above. Numerous other uses.
Leaf bag- A heavy duty leaf bag to serve as emergency rain coat when holes are cut for head and arms. Can also be used as a ground sheet.
Clothing Unit Military BDU pants- Made of a reinforced cotton/polyester blend, these pants are made for rough usage. I picked a size large enough to accommodate thermal underwear.
Turtleneck longsleeve shirt- Cotton/polyester blend. A light to medium weight wool shirt would be better. Will upgrade soon.
Underwear- A complete change of lingerie is worth its weight in gold to a lady. Forget the stuff from “Frederick’s”, we’re talking utility.
Socks- Two pair, light weight wool/nylon.
Shoes- A pair of athletic shoes in their mid-life stage with good laces.
Gloves- Wool, military issue glove liners.
2 Hats- One is a “boonie” style for rain, the other is a stocking type for maximum heat retention.
Bandanna- Plain old cotton hankie, 1001 uses.
All items are stored in a plastic trash bag.
Soap- Small bar of “hotel” soap.
Shampoo- Single use “hotel” packet.
Toothbrush- Kid sized.
Toothpaste- Sample size.
Dental floss- One of those ity-bity types the dentist gives you. Can be used for heavy duty sewing, suturing, snares, garrote, rappelling rope for insect, etc.
Mirror- Small, for vanity or signaling.
Sanitary napkins- For obvious and not so obvious uses i.e. tinder for fire making, bandage compress.
Sponge- The dehydrated variety.
All items packed in a Tupperware container.
Water- Two 20 oz. softdrink bottles (plastic), two drops of bleach in each. Individually packed in a ziplock bag. Food beans, potatoes au gratin, crackers, peanutbuter, jelly, hard candy, cocoa,accessory packs and a package of “Datrex” food bars. When stocking your “pantry” remember that people under stress need more carbohydrates for energy, they will want to munch to help relieve stress and they will quite often refuse unfamiliar foods. Pack in ziplock bags for visibility/resealable.
Spoon- Large and long, tough plastic or Lexan.
Cup- I prefer the metal military canteen cup because you can cook or boil water in it.
Water purification tablets- The chlorine based are better than the iodine based. Check the expiration date on the bottle and replace when needed.
Fire Making Unit
Matches- A small box.
Lighter- Butane, childproof lock prevents fuel from escaping. Magnesium bar w/ striker- Air crew survival firestarter.
Birthday candles- Stays lit long after a match would, indispensable for getting a fire going.
Packed together with lighting unit.
Cyalume sticks- Two 12 hr. green. Flameless, no batteries, they are dated but I have used sticks that were years out of date and they still worked.
Flashlight- Any flashlight that is small, tough and you can hold in your mouth to free both hands. One set of batteries should last for the duration, replace them yearly.
Candle- For light/heat, I prefer the type used in candle lanterns because they stand up to high temperature better than most, sold in camping stores.
First Aid Unit
Bandages- Assorted fabric backed.
Tape- Small roll, fabric backed, 2” width.
Pain reliever- Whatever you use at home, several doses in 2 pill packs.
Anti-diarrhea- A case of the trots while safe at home is a nuisance, when you are in a stressful situation you can not tolerate the potential dehydration much less the hygiene problems. A blister pack of Immodium should suffice.
Antibiotic ointment- Small tube of opthamolic ointment, could be used in eyes, skin cuts, or warmed and poured in ear for earaches. I am not a doctor, this is not medical advice, proceed at your own risk.
Antihistamine- Diphenhydramine (Benadryl) is a good choice for a runny nose, hayfever, or better than nothing for insect stings. Diphenhydramine will make you drowsy, keep this in mind.
Prescription drugs- In a waterproof container, pack a 3 day supply of any medicine that you can not do without.
Compass- A good basic model will give you enough information to help orient yourself.
Map- I chose a detailed highway map of our state.
Whistle- Unless help is within speaking distance use the whistle for attracting attention.
Swiss army knife- An ersatz version of the original with a passable cutting edge.
Sewing kit- One of those promotional items with a couple of needles, some thread and a button or two.
Pencil and paper- For leaving notes, a pencil will not smear when wet.
Toilet paper- A half used roll in its own baggie.
Money- About 25 bucks in small bills, some coins too.
Phone numbers- A small list of friends and relatives.
Survival manual- Army manual soon to be replaced by the military survival cards.
Book Of Mormon/Holy Bible- A palm sized version for inspiration in dark moments.
This kit is stored in a military, medium sized “Alice” pack without the frame, its home is in the trunk of her car. The total weight is approx. 25lbs.