First responders and soldiers know the world is full of bad people and bad things. We know that on any given day things could go south fast and it pays to be prepared. So it goes without saying that many of these professionals spend both their professional and personal time being prepared for the things that go bump in the night. But no matter how prepared you may be there is always something else that could go wrong – Murphy is always thinking of new ways to get you where you’re least protected. One of those areas, something many of us forget to consider, is how dangerous water is. If you spend any amount of time on the water, professionally or personally, it is in your best interest to be prepared.
Before we get into what should be in your overboard bag, lets discuss the bag, and how to store it, first.
- Obviously the bag needs to be waterproof. Many of the items you will need once you ditch will need to be protected both during storage and during your adventure. Place each perishable item in its own waterproof bag or container and then place your entire kit in a larger waterproof bag.
- Place your bag in an area where it will be easily accessed in an emergency and where it is most likely to survive an accident. For added security clip the bag to the life raft, or a nearby fitting, with a carabineer AND add a float to make sure it doesn’t sink if you lose your grip during a panicked departure.
- Keep your water in a separate container, tied off to its own float. Water takes up a lot of space but is an essential survival item, storing it separate allows you to carry more without losing vital space needed for other equipment.
What should your bug out bag include? There is no way to know what you will or will not need until the storm hits and you are in the middle of it, but it is better to have something you don’t need than to need something you don’t have. So pack as much as possible. Some items will only be needed if your survival time extends past a few hours – so pack your bag with long term items on the bottom, might need items on top of those and items you will need immediately on top.
Survival Bag Items
- Flashlight, headlamp or chemlites
- First Aid Kit
- Emergency Blanket
- Raft Repair Kit, air pump
- Bailer or sponge
- Radio with extra batteries or satellite phone
- Signal Kit
- Containers for storing rain water
- Knife, multitool
- Cutting Board (no good place to use a knife on a raft)
- Extra clothing – include hat, shoes and sunglasses
- Map of area
- Fire starting materials
- Fishing kit
Water covers the majority of our planet and, if you spend enough time on it, you will eventually face the possibility of an unplanned trip into it. Survival on the open water is hard but if you are properly prepared it can be done successfully.
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