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Old 08-22-2013, 05:19 PM   #1
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Jeep Survival Kit

I'm working on a Jeep Survival Kit and have come up with what I think is a pretty comprehensive list. I wrote about my list on my blog and would love to get your feedback.

Mello Mike's Truck Camper Adventures: Making Your Own Jeep Survival Kit

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Wow very nice list and well thought out alot of things you never think about taking with you in case of an emergency. Think ill start putting together my own very soon!

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I personally prefer a flint and steel. Lasts much longer than a pack of matches and you can't break it by stepping on it.
But like I said, that's just my preference. Everyone can choose whichever they prefer!
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Wow very nice list and well thought out alot of things you never think about taking with you in case of an emergency. Think ill start putting together my own very soon!
Thanks, I appreciate that.

BTW, I like your Jeep.
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I personally prefer a flint and steel. Lasts much longer than a pack of matches and you can't break it by stepping on it.
But like I said, that's just my preference. Everyone can choose whichever they prefer!
My Survival Tin has flint and steel as well as regular matches. I like to have a backup.
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Nice! Thanks for taking the time to do this!
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Old 08-22-2013, 11:18 PM   #7
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fairly well prepared kit. I have a very similar one.

One note that I would like to mention as I have seen it overlooked by a few people:

Water has a short shelf life. Check the expiration date of bottled water, Do not store tap water for more than a week if stationary or for more than 3 days if in a moving vehicle, the chlorine in it dissipates faster with the sloshing around. It is a good idea to carry water purification tablets with you even in the desert. You never know what you will find when you need to.

Best of luck, but with solid planning you do not need as much luck. Do you?

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Thanks, I appreciate that.

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Thanks now I can justify buying a gear pack or the tailgate!
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Old 08-23-2013, 02:09 AM   #10
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I'm not ganna lie, usually I just skim through these write ups and mainly just read the lists. I actually read ALL of yours while enjoying a nice cigar. Great write up! Only think I would add in my emergency kit would be a small toolbox. (In addition to the main tools you had listed)
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fairly well prepared kit. I have a very similar one.

One note that I would like to mention as I have seen it overlooked by a few people:

Water has a short shelf life. Check the expiration date of bottled water, Do not store tap water for more than a week if stationary or for more than 3 days if in a moving vehicle, the chlorine in it dissipates faster with the sloshing around. It is a good idea to carry water purification tablets with you even in the desert. You never know what you will find when you need to.

Best of luck, but with solid planning you do not need as much luck. Do you?

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Water does not expire. It can be contaminated but that is a problem with the source of the water or a poorly cleaned container. As far as the chlorine, it's a good thing if it off gasses...why would you want that in your water? Ask anyone with a well if they add chlorine to their water...also, how long does their water sit in the ground before they use it.
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I would agree with you but 10 years in the Army taught me otherwise. I have seen people hospitalized by drinking out of date water. Water straight from a well is different. It has not been exposed to the atmosphere to become contaminated. But it will last less time than chlorinated water.
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fairly well prepared kit. I have a very similar one.

One note that I would like to mention as I have seen it overlooked by a few people:

Water has a short shelf life. Check the expiration date of bottled water, Do not store tap water for more than a week if stationary or for more than 3 days if in a moving vehicle, the chlorine in it dissipates faster with the sloshing around. It is a good idea to carry water purification tablets with you even in the desert. You never know what you will find when you need to.

Best of luck, but with solid planning you do not need as much luck. Do you?

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Great thoughts on water. I absolutely agree. My survival tin has 4 chlorine tablets, but more would be better.
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I'm not ganna lie, usually I just skim through these write ups and mainly just read the lists. I actually read ALL of yours while enjoying a nice cigar. Great write up! Only think I would add in my emergency kit would be a small toolbox. (In addition to the main tools you had listed)
Thanks, I appreciate that. I love tools and found it difficult to stop where I did. Any thoughts on a specific tool to add to my kit? I probably have room for another tool or two.
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Nice kit Mike, I have a similar set up and its all stowed in 3 under seat kits from Bestop. I managed to fit an air compressor and collapsible fishing pole in the rear storage compartment. I've got a decent trauma kit too ( former FMF Doc and Paramedic ). When we're at our place in St Augustine Beach, I carry a danforth anchor. I guess I learned to stow gear on the Iwo Jima and Siapan.
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Nice kit Mike, I have a similar set up and its all stowed in 3 under seat kits from Bestop. I managed to fit an air compressor and collapsible fishing pole in the rear storage compartment. I've got a decent trauma kit too ( former FMF Doc and Paramedic ). When we're at our place in St Augustine Beach, I carry a danforth anchor. I guess I learned to stow gear on the Iwo Jima and Siapan.
Nice!! I REALLY like the idea of having a collapsible fishing pole though my survival tin has a tiny fishing tackle kit that would require a stick for a pole. I'm going to have to take a hard look at a collapsible pole.

That's cool you were on the Iwo Jima and Saipan. I was on the New Orleans for 3 years.
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Every one has their own ideas. Just to add my 2 cents, I carry tools in a black zippered bag from Home depot. It doesn't take up much room and fits right behind and kinda under the drivers seat. In the bag I have a rag I wrap wrenches 5/16-to-3/4"(so they won't rattle), multi-tip magnetic screw driver,led test light, silicon rubber sealer, black electrical tape, low temp solder, water proof matches, vise grips, dykes, needle nose plier,20 ft # 12 electrical wire, tie wire, wire ties, wire terminals, fuses. this stuff is always with me. Anything else is added for camping. I did not notice, but I would add a snake bit kit and some of those break/glow light sticks. Also just an FYI some of the newer LED flash lights come with a S-O-S flashing option. Great Info on camping gear from Mello Mikes site.
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my survival kit is slowly getting bigger.. ive always had a medical/first aid kit in all my vehicles. just need some of the bigger stuff now, like a shovel, axe, and jumper cables
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I also keep a couple of mre's for good measure. MC-JKU(mission capable)
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I also keep a couple of mre's for good measure. MC-JKU(mission capable)
MREs are a great idea.
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I pretty much have most of the OP's list in my storage box. I might add to the list: rain gear is another item which could prove very useful in the right (rainy) conditions.
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Call me a noob, but what's an mre?
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Call me a noob, but what's an mre?
Meal ready to eat
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Removed my 2006 TJ Rubicon rear seat and replaced it with an aluminum diamond-plate tool box about the same dimensions, secured with a steel bar across the inside bottom drilled to accomodate the stock seat anchor bolts.

Under a false bottom to keep my tools separate, I have the following items:
24 cans 5.0oz tuna
12 cans 7.0oz sardines
12 cans 3.0oz smoked oysters
3-10oz bags dried fruit
3 pair thick boot socks, new
1 wool balaclava
1 wool-poly blend keffiyeh
2 pair thinsolite gloves

All the equipment in the world won't help if you are in no shape to use them. I live in a four-season environment - desert or alpine would pack a little different
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Meal ready to eat

Meals rejected by Ethiopians - blah
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Meals rejected by Ethiopians - blah
I eat them quite often. Chili and Mac by far is the best. As well as the old buffalo chicken. Not the new one
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i think it's cool that you took the time to do this.

i learned survival skills in the military where i also taught them. i personally don't care for fancy leathermans or any complicated tool in a survival kit. think about it. your in a roll over and broke some bones. now how hard will it be to use one of those? the most important thing you can do before hand is practice with the items in your kit. know how to use the items when your not at full capacity. all of the tools you list will be helpful in a lot of situations I'm only suggesting there will be some REAL survival situations where it's vital to have simple tools for your own survival not just jeep repair. 100 ft of paracord goes by real fast. i wrap my nalgene bottles in para cord then in duct tape. i noticed you had orange para cord. this is good. any chance you have to get bright colored items that contrast your surroundings is good for a survival kit. i normally carry flint and water proof matches both in more than one location. also cotton balls and vaseline. extra batteries that you change when they expire will be a good thing to add. the thing that kills most people is hypothermia and hyperthermia so proper clothing is most important. i could go on but those are a few things to get everyone started.
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i almost forgot knives. a good knife is vital. the blade should go all the way into the handle. also on a knife of axe or any blade you use in a survival situation you want the sharp edge to go all the way up the side of the blade. not just a small thin edge put on by a machine. that way it's easier for you to sharpen in a make shift manner.

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the overall shape should be straight with no special bends. generally serated teeth are a bad idea. it's also important to have a comfortable handle because again we're talking worst case scenario here not camping with buddies.
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SERE school certainly taught me skills ill never forget....be prepared!!!
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The expiration date has more to do with the bottle the water is put in than it does with the actual water. All foods (and water is considered a food) are regulated by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration). In 1987 the state of New Jersey started requiring all food and drugs manufactured in the state to have an expiration date on them. After bottled water companies in New Jersey started putting expiration dates on their bottles, the rest of the industry followed suit.


Does Water Expire?



Water itself never expires. The bottles that water is put in are usually made of high-density polyethylene (HDPE), which is a type of plastic that is slightly porous. The plastic protects the water from outside elements to a point, but because it is slightly porous, it allows things from the environment to pass through to the water. For example, if you have bottles of water stored in your dusty, musty basement, your water could have a dusty, musty taste. The water will be safe to drink but might not be as refreshing as if it had just been purchased.



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