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  •  What's in your pocket/purse/pack? (4.00)

    I am a fairly prepared person, when I'm out and about. My home preparedness kit and my vehicle kit both suck, and my work kit is basically nonexistent, so I need some work. But what I keep with me? I'm pretty well prepared.

    My belt pack, which I have with me 99% of the time:

    • Cell phone
    • Wallet
    • Keys
    • Mini-flashlight
    • Emergency money
    • Small digital camera
    • Leatherman Charge Ti
    • A couple of checks
    • Spare car door key (doesn't work in ignition)

    My backpack, which is with me 80% of the time, contains most of the following just in its small front pocket, leaving most of the main pocket of the backpack to actually carry, y'know, stuff:

    • Small first aid kit
      • Standard first aid kit stuff (bandages, ointments, latex gloves, etc)
      • Various medications
      • high-quality surgical kit, including surgical stainless forceps
      • tissues
      • Feminine sanitary supplies (no, I'm not female. Several of my friends are, though, oddly enough)
      • Cold-eez
      • Bleach in a little bottle (for water purification)
      • Waterless hand sanitization liquid
      • Sewing kit (really just needles and thread)
    • 2 days rat bars (er, ration bars. ALPSNACK, at the moment.)
    • iPod (with a current backup of my home directory on it)
    • Power adaptor to power USB chargers.
    • Wadded-up jacket
    • Two-pint bottle of water
    • Roll of quarters

    Scoff if you will, but it doesn't actually weigh all that much -- less than the 5 lbs that my laptop weighs -- and everything in there except for the bleach has proven to be useful at least once. (Although the only use the surgical kit has ever gotten was to remove splinters and one tick.)

    What's in your pack?


    •  how much bleach to purify water? (none)
      I haven't had the time yet to read all of Alpha Geek's series of diaries.  Is it safe to use laundry bleach to purify drinking water as opposed to iodine tablets?  What form of chlorine do they use in water treatment plants?

      I'm a blue drop in a red bucket.

      by blue drop on Wed Sep 21, 2005 at 12:57:19 AM PDT

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      •  Bleach purification (none)
        First, note that it must be pure sodium hypochlorite 5% bleach, none of this mountain-fresh-scent madness.

        In answer to your questions, in order:

        • yes (see link below)
        • most treatment plants use chloramine instead of chlorine these days

        Link to info and calculator for using chlorine to purify water supplies:


        You are so evolved it boggles my fragile little mind. Now give me a 4, fucker. (Bill In Portland Maine, to Meteor Blades)

        by AlphaGeek on Wed Sep 21, 2005 at 01:11:27 AM PDT

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