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    Lightbulb Gear Lists for Overland Travel

    This thread is for members to post up their gear lists i.e. what do you keep in your rig full time and what do you take with you on trips or for specific areas/environments?

    I'll start with a fairly straightforward setup that I like.

    REQUIRED Items to have in vehicle 24/7:

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    Jumper cables (the heavier and longer, the better!)

    Spare tire (a good one, fully inflated-full size is best)

    Jack (and the knowledge how to use it.)

    Lug wrench (the ones shaped like an “X” are easiest to use)

    Fire extinguisher rated for oil and grease fires, ABC is best

    Small first aid kit

    Flashlight-Spare batteries

    Headlamp, Spare batteries

    5 gallon gas can (store empty - do not store gas inside vehicle)

    Maps- local, state, and national

    Blanket/Poncho Liner

    Spare set of clothes- Clothes for warmth/layers

    Spare set of boots-good for walking and keeping feet warm

    Gloves- Work and warmth ( Mechanix or nomex flight gloves/fleece contact gloves)

    Long term food - MRE, energy bars, hard candy, nuts-change out every season

    1 gallon of potable water-you can fill it for winter freezing

    Shovel (I recommend a snow shovel in winter, they work good in sand too)

    Duct tape

    Spare key

    TP/baby wipes/wag bags



    OPTIONAL:

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    Tow rope or chain

    Tire chains (if driving in heavy snow and ice)

    Winter camping clothes - wool shirt, pants, socks(2x), a sweater and jacket,

    Tent/tarp

    Toothbrush, razor, towel and bar of soap.

    Backpack/BOB


    WINTER:

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    Ice scraper

    Road salt: Take an empty liquid detergent container-clean-and use for salt-works great



    SUMMER:

    Extra water (bottles are best since if there is a leak, you only lose one and they're portable)



    REQUIRED SURVIVAL KIT/BUG OUT BAG: (Keep these items in the back pack)

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    1 watch cap/beanie (wool is best)

    1 "boonie" cover

    Tactical gloves

    5 heavy duty garbage bags

    1 pocket/sheath knife

    1 Leatherman multi-tool

    GPS w/spare batteries

    Firearm (optional) w/ammo

    Handheld FRS/HAM radio w/spare battery

    Binos, small, 10x25

    MSR pocket rocket w/fuel can

    Camelback bladder (preferably integrated into a quality BOB), 3 liter (full)

    Nalgen bottle x2 (full) - 5 liters of water can last 5+ days if rationed properly IMO in a survival scenario

    Water purification tablets/water test kit/purifier

    MRE x2 or Mountain House meals

    Small individual first aid kit

    1 emergency blanket, Milspec type

    1 emergency poncho (think shade/shelter)

    Tube tent

    1 match safe w/ matches (spare flashlight bulb in here too)

    1 compass/thermometer keychain

    Maps in ziplock bag

    1 whistle

    1 signal mirror

    Green laser pointer for night time signalling

    1 8+ hr candle

    Waterproof/windproof matches

    1 Bic lighter

    1 bunch of heavy safety pins

    1 pack misc. heavy needles

    1 wire saw

    1 50’ Para cord or rope (550 cord)

    1 money container- 3 quarters and 3 dimes for phone calls, $20+ for food and coffee or gas

    Small write in the rain notebook w/pen

    Sunblock/Carmex (lip balm)

    Insect repellent

    Sunglasses

    Socks/UnderArmor type t-shirt

    Warming layer

    1 set of cheap rain gear, yellow or orange

    4 green chemlights

    Magnesium fire starter

    Film container w/4 vaseline soaked cotton balls or some fine steel wool (tinder!)

    1 road flare

    2 good carabiners

    *NOTE* All BOB contents must be waterproofed i.e.bagged and sealed up.

    Good sites for reasearch:
    http://www.equipped.com/
    http://dougritter.com/DR-aviator_sur...k_contents.htm



    REQUIRED MEDICAL: (Keep these items in a small first kit in either the backpack or watertight container)

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    12 Band-Aids

    4 1.5”x2” gauze pads

    5 3”x3” gauze pads

    10yd medical tape (athletic tape - it sticks!)

    2 3” elastic bandage

    1 lg. cling roll, 4.5”x4.1yd

    1 CAT tourniquet

    2 SAM splints

    1 moleskin

    1 small bottle of Betadine

    1 hand sanitizer

    1 tube, triple antibiotic ointment

    1 tweezers

    1 trauma shears (will cut through seat belts, clothes, pennies, etc.)

    1 Bottle of Ibuprofen, 200mg - (analgesic(pain relief), anti-inflammatory(swelling) for aches, strains, sprains, and other muscle and joint injuries, tooth-ache, menstrual pain, etc. Do not take with aspirin. 1-4 tablets up to 4 times daily)

    1 Bottle non-aspirin pain reliever (acetaminophen, 325mg - best drug for fever and flu, headache, minor muscle and joint pain and menstrual cramps, will reduce fever, does NOT work as a anti-inflammatory(swelling) 1-2 tablets every 4-6 hrs) This is generic Tylenol.

    6 nasal decongestant (pseudo ephedrine, 30mg - shrinks mucous membranes and opens airways. Use with caution in hypertension, heart disease, thyroid disease, or diabetes. Also useful as a stimulant to counteract drowsiness. 1-2 tablets every 6-8 hours)

    4 antacid (calcium carbonate, 420mg - take as needed. chalk is the same thing and can be used as an expedient)

    4 diphenhydramine aka Benadryl

    2 electrolyte tablets (to replenish electrolytes in case of vomiting, diarrhea or heat exhaustion)

    1 laxative

    1 manual: First Aid manual: Wilderness one is best

    Epi-pen (epinephrine) if you are allergic to bees!


    REQUIRED TOOLS:

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    1 pliers

    1 channel locks

    1 crescent wrench

    1 vice grips

    1 hack saw blade

    1 wire cutters

    1 screwdriver, standard

    1 screwdriver, Phillips

    1 tire gauge

    Set of Stauns tyre deflators

    1 BFH (a good hammer)

    Work gloves (White Ox cotton/canvas)


    OPTIONAL TOOLS :

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    Full set of recovery gear (gloves, straps, block, chain, shackles, line extension, etc.)

    1 small socket set-add a spark plug sized socket if not in it

    1 spark plug gap gauge

    1 fuse puller

    1 circuit tester

    1 waterproof flashlight

    1 collapsible shovel/pick

    2 spare AA flashlight batteries

    1 spare flashlight bulb

    Automotive manual for your make and model of truck


    OPTIONAL ROAD SIDE REPAIR:

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    1 emergency fan belt kit

    1 radiator and gas tank repair putty can be replaced with “liquid metal”

    1 radiator hose repair kit

    1 heater hose repair kit

    1 hose bandage tape

    misc. hose clamps

    misc. nuts, bolts and washers

    misc. cotter pins

    2 rolls, bailing wire

    1 fine sandpaper

    12.5’ electrical wire

    4 alligator test clips

    1 roll, electrical tape

    1 set of replacement fuses

    A quality tire repair kit

    1 can, “Fix a Flat”, JIC

    1 siphon pump

    3 road flares

    Thread locker

    JB weld

    2-part epoxy

    Zip ties

    WD-40

    Rags

    Large Funnel

    "The explorer would do well always to have on his person a compass, a light waterproof bag containing matches, a waterproof box of salt, and a strong, light, linen or silk fish-line with several hooks, a knife, and an automatic at his belt, with several loaded magazines for the latter in his pocket. Thus provided, if accidentally lost for several days in the forest, he will be provided with the possibility of getting game and making himself shelter and fire at night."

    -Theodore Roosevelt

    From "Through the Brazilian Wilderness" 1914
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    We pack our 'survival' gear in a rucksac "grab bag" that is stowed behind the passenger seat where it is instantly accessable and can be thrown out of the vehicle in the event of a "crash and burn".
    It is pointless having all this stuff if it is destroyed 1 minute before you need it.

    Cheers,
    Peter
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    There is an old thread somewhere with some great lists, I'll try and dig it up.
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    Nice list Tacodoc!

    I would consider adding an Axe and a saw.
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    I am currently putting together a master list and now that I see this thread, I will wait 'til we hear back from Kurt on the other thread. Good Idea though and I can always improve my list.

    Rather than actually printing the listing in the post, how about attaching a word or excel type doc to save on space and easier for all to use?

    Will post up/attach mine once I get it all together.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CanuckMariner View Post
    I am currently putting together a master list and now that I see this thread, I will wait 'til we hear back from Kurt on the other thread. Good Idea though and I can always improve my list.

    Rather than actually printing the listing in the post, how about attaching a word or excel type doc to save on space and easier for all to use?

    Will post up/attach mine once I get it all together.
    I searched and searched and can't find it. It is here on ExPo and I believe it was started by Flying Wil but had no luck. I stumbled a crossed it again a few months back, as I recall there were a couple of list attachments in it.

    Anyone remember the thread?

    I'll see if I can't attach mine. I've got several different ones depending on the type of trip I'm heading out on and a special spare parts on for my 40 based on low, medium and high priority parts.
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    I have pretty much have the same as TACODOC but added a BOB at work as well in my personal filing cabinet. In my home I have another just in case I need to bail out from home. A total of three each. for diffirent situations.

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    dont forget your TRUNK MONKEY in case of serious problems..
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    I just keep one list which is pretty comprehensive and then tick off or cross off stuff as I go through it packing the truck. That way I rarely forget anything. Hope to get it posted after the holiday season.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trail Monkey View Post
    dont forget your TRUNK MONKEY in case of serious problems..
    In TacoDoc's line of business he needs one of these...



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