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I was watching a show where someone was wilderness tripping in a canoe and was dumped. The water carried him underneath some ice that was extending from the shore. When he popped out the downstream side, the item(s) attached to him were gone, stripped away and his canoe was seen leaving him in the cold water, dutifully continuing the trek downstream.
He managed to get to shore in BFE, cold, wet, and with nothing. He wasn’t due to check in for a few days, so he was on his own. That got me to realize the need for a small, waterproof container of items that will fit into someone’s front pocket and contain necessary things for an absolute, bare bones survival kit.
I made one, but due to injuries and moving, discarded it and not went back. Now retired, with a wife not too keen on my adventures again, I figure it’s time for me to build one again. I/we go out and do things during the week and stay home weekends/holidays to avoid crowds/people, so me being dumped and not have someone around for a day or three, five, etc. can be a real possibility.
Do you have an emergency kit that will fit into your front pocket? What’s in it? What would you put in it?
What I’ve done is to put my name, home town and phone number on the inside of my canoes in case my boat makes its grand appearance w/o me somewhere. I let my wife know where I’ll be going and don’t know if I’ll get cell reception, or it’ll be with me…or working. I can tell ya that a samsung s8 with a cracked face can survive being in 3 feet of water tho.