Thursday, January 10, 2013


If you have been following my blog for any length of time, you've probably already realized that I'm not your typical female.  You probably guessed this when you saw that I like to shoot game birds out of the sky or swim across a freezing river half naked to fetch a downed pheasant instead of getting dolled up and headed to the mall.  (Not that there is anything wrong with that!).  So on that note, being out and about in the wild outdoors like I/we are, we take a safer approach to things.  I am a planner and like to be prepared, especially when I am by myself.  Living in central Oregon and being it's the dead of winter, it is especially important to be prepared.

In the back of my rig, I have my JIC (just in case) box.  It is a Rubbermaid Action Packer filled with essentials that I know I would like to have in case I were to get stuck somewhere for a period of time.  I never want to have that "it will never happen to me" syndrome.  Besides the contents of the JIC box, I almost always carry a gallon of water, a small shovel, sturdy shoes or boots, a backpack, a backpackers tarp, and a blanket or sleeping bag.  There have been a couple of incidents that I was very happy to have some of these items available.  Situations can happen anywhere and anytime...either in the city or the wild outdoors.  It's better to have it, than not have it and wish you did.

What I carry is probably a little exessive and more extensive than some but, I also use it as my "that looks like a great place to explore, let's take a hike" box as well.  Having what I do, I can throw a few things in a pack and head out without reservation.

As for the we go:

Mid-sized Rubbermaid Action Packer.  Although a little more expensive than the standard plastic bin, they are made with better quality materials and have locking handles.  I have had this one for years.

All of the contents fit nicely and weighs about 30 pounds.

(from left to right)
I try to keep several meals on hand in this bag.
My own homemade airtight meals, a can of tuna, Snow Peak titanium cook pot with small fry pan lid, canister of fuel (nestled inside pot), and small canister stove.

Heavier rain gear, both jacket and pants.

First aid kit in a water tight box

I am big on keeping the extremities comfortable.  Due to the possible weather severity change of central Oregon, I always try to carry extra wool socks, a beanie, and gloves on hand...all year.

MSR water filter and Nalgene bottle.  The bottle screws into the bottom of the filter for easy collection.

(from left to right)
Mesh bag to hold all the items, Leatherman multi-tool, neon light stick, headlamp, flashing emergency beacon, hand crank rechargeable flashlight, folding saw, garden trowel, duct tape, small plastic bags, Ziplock bags, and a heavy duty garbage bag.

(left to right)
Hand wipes, emergency flare, bungee cords

Food bag that has at least five days worth of food.  
Includes teas, Emergen-C drink packets, and a spork. 

We live on the Cascade Mountain Range. 
Remember Mount St. Helens? 

Another girls best friend

1 liter CamelBak water bag

Lightweight self-inflatable mattress

Hygiene and miscellaneous kit
(contents are shown below in the following two pictures)

(first row, left to right):  
Band-Aid's and Neosporin ointment, shampoo and conditioner, Claritin allergy tablets, floss, toothbrush

(second row, left to right):  
deodorant, Q-tips, toothpicks, toothpaste

(third row, left to right):  
tampons (besides the obvious, they are also great for fire tender and massive wound bleeding), leaf soap (looks like little pieces of paper, just add water.  Genius!), lotion, mouthwash

(first row, left to right):
Small bungee cords, AA batteries, AAA batteries, duct tape, box cutter knife, votive candles, lighter, sunscreen, trail marker tape and electrical tape

(second row, left to right):

Cordage/twine, zip ties, first aid reference, Ziplock bags, Les Schwab tire bags (cut a hole in the bottom of the bag big enough for your head to fit through and it works great as a cheap poncho, bright yellow color great for signaling/getting noticed, and a makeshift emergency blanket), Q-tips, .22 caliber rounds (I often carry my Browning Buckmark .22 pistol)
Scattered throughout different compartments of the rig I also have a small hatchet, small folding shovel, heavy reflective emergency blanket, flashlight, first-aid kits, hand sanitizer, matches, etc.

If you find yourself in a situation, first things first, don't panic and get your panties in a wad!  Panic is a killer.  
Stay calm, think carefully about your choices, and go with your gut.

For smaller JIC kits, see my post from July 29th, 2012.
I often use these in my backpacks or motorcycle bags.

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