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What's in your Bailout Bag?

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Published Tuesday, June 01, 2004

You might think this summer's editorial is about flying F-16 fighters over hostile territory or maybe even a B-2 high above the earth. Well, we're not taking the plunge at 20,000 feet, but we are trying to keep you from experiencing 20,000 leagues under the sea. So, if you have a few minutes, sit back, read on and you'll even get to take a peek at what's in our bailout bag.

Bailout BagUnfamiliar with bailout bags? No doubt you've heard of safety kits or survival bags. Those small waterproof sacks stuffed full of all manner of safety and comfort equipment. Before you go "Whoa, I don't take those kind of trips." we all bring safety gear paddling. Most states require a PFD (Personal Flotation Device-Life Jacket) and noise-making device. Most prudent people will wear, or at least carry both, with or without state law. Most also have some sort of rope, a small first aid kit, a few matches and cell phone.

With those basic supplies, putting together a bailout bag is not difficult. Want to take a peek in my bailout bag?

Here's the gory details:

  • Marine Medical Kit including Bandages, Medical tape, Aspirin, Anti-seasickness pills, and other good stuff
  • Small fishing kit with Hook, Line, Sinkers, Bobbers, Jig, Dry flies and Plastic Worms
  • Survival Kit in a [sardine] Can including Fire starter, Compass, Bandages, Thread, Needle, Razor Blade, Candy, and Fish Line and more
  • Handheld Marine Radio with weather band
  • Tie wraps
  • Cylumne sticks
  • Pen Flare Launcher - 3 flares
  • Small flashlight - AA battery
  • GPS - Global Positioning System - AA battery
  • Small AM / FM / TV radio - AA battery
  • Folding knife
  • Duct tape
  • Permanent marker
  • Monocular
  • Emergency strobe
  • Emergency blanket
  • Power Bars / Quick energy food
  • Waterproof matches
  • 20 feet braided rope
  • Carabineers

Convenience Items:

Bailout bags are not only for survival purposes. You don't know how many times I've shared my sunscreen, insect repellent, energy food bars and even toilet paper. Of course, the last item I didn't really share. Gave it away is more like it. So add the following:

  • Toilet Paper
  • Insect repellent
  • Sunscreen
  • Small mesh bag - for collecting shells

Finishing Touches:

The top layer of my bag is loaded just before leaving land:

  • Extra pair of eyeglasses
  • Wallet / Money
  • Car Keys
  • Cell Phone

By now you're probably wondering if I look like Santa Claus trying to carry all this gear. Actually my SealLine(TM) Baja 10 Dry Bag is quite small. It measures about 8x14 inches, holds 10 liters of stuff and fits neatly behind most recreational kayak seats.

So, there you have it, a complete bailout bag. I'm sure some of you have much better and tighter kits, but this one keeps me feeling secure whether I'm paddling for 2 hours or 2 weeks. As a bonus, your bailout bag works nicely for long car trips or part of your hurricane preparedness kit.

Enjoy your day.

Ed Schessl

Last update Monday, March 09, 2015

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jimmydurant on 3/9/2015 7:37am
If you need to hike out to civilization, you donít want to be overburdened on your way, so donít get carried away with too much gear. Your purpose is not to camp out and thrive in the woods for the proverbial forty days and forty nights, but rather to survive long enough to be rescued or to walk out under your own power. Depending on the terrain of the backcountry, and your usual paddling footwear, you may want to add some more durable, lightweight hiking shoes.
larryb on 3/5/2014 9:16pm
When we say bailout some of us freak.Well probably we should. Bailout means giving a loan to a company or country which faces serious financial difficulty or bankruptcy. When recession beats nation some large companies file for bankruptcy. Resource for this article: investigate