I made a get-home bag for my family as a Christmas present. They drive down from Canada pretty frequently so I figured it would be something they could use. Contents: Food (3) – Mainstay 3600 rations Water (14) – 4.2oz Mainstay packets First Aid (1) – 15g packet of Celox (1) – Pair of tweezers (3) – Safety pins (8) – 200mg ibuprofen tablets (4) – 325mg aspirin tablets (2) – 25mg antihistamine (diphenhydramine) tablets (2) – Immodium tablets (2) – Insect bite relief wipes (1) – 5”x9” trauma pad (1) – Pair of nitrile gloves (1) – 10cc irrigation syringe (4) – Butterfly closure strips (1) – Tincture of Benzoin (2) – Antibiotic ointment packets (4) – Antiseptic towelettes (10) – Gauze dressings (3”x3” and 2”x2”) (2) – Non-adherent sterile dressings (5) – Standard band-aids (3) – Knuckle band-aids (4) – Q-tips (1) – 30’ roll of tape (1) – 7”x4” strip of Moleskin (1) – 2” roll of adhesive wrap Gear Sharps (1) – Gerber Method multitool Straight and serrated blades Screwdrivers Saw Needle-noser pliers Wire cutter and stripper Can opener Bottle opener Scissors (1) – 7” Kabar knife Light (1) – Pentagonlight eX2 flashlight (8) – CR123 batteries (2) – 12 hour glow sticks (red and green) Signaling (1) – Whistle (1) – 700 lumen signal flare Fire (1) – Disposable butane lighter (2) – Boxes of water/windproof matches (20 each) (2) – 8oz bottles of denatured alcohol Warmth (3) – Emergency mylar blankets Cooking (1) – USGI mess kit (1) – Alcohol stove (2) – 8oz bottle of denatured alcohol Other (1) – Compass (1) – 50’ loop of 550lb. paracord (1) – 8x21 monocular (1) – SAS Survival Manual I've also started to write an accompanying document to advise in the use of the gear. Here's what I've got so far: First Aid ·Use the Celox for injuries that are seriously bleeding, not minor ones. Pour the contents in the wound, bind, and apply pressure. Keep the packet and hand it to the EMTs/paramedics. ·Do not create a tourniquet; they do more harm than good when done by the untrained. Stop the bleeding using the Celox. Food & Water ·Follow the directions on the Mainstay rations. Each 9-block packet contains 3,600 calories and significant amounts of vitamins and minerals. Most of the calories come from fat. ·Pour denatured alcohol into the middle of the stove and use a lighter to light the “jets” lining the circumference of the fuel pit. Extinguish the flame by putting the lid on the stove. ·Do NOT use the alcohol stove warm up food in the winter. It’s primary purpose is to thaw frozen water in the mess kit. As the ice melts, drain off the water so you are not wasting the flame warming water rather than thawing ice. Also, break up the ice as best you can while it is still in the packet (the pommel of the Kabar is perfect for this) as it will aid in the thawing. Light ·Each pair of batteries will power the flashlight for an hour; including the pair in the flashlight, you have five hours of light. ·Each glowstick provides 12 hours of light. Remove the wrapper and bend the stick until a crack is heard; the stick should begin to glow. ·Do NOT use the alcohol stove for light. It’s primary purpose is to thaw frozen water in the mess kit. Sharps ·The fixed blade Kabar is both a tool for leverage as well as a last line of self-defense. I have applied 200lbs of leverage against the handle when prying metals apart and it did not break. ·The Gerber multi-tool has both a smooth blade and a serrated blade. This is in addition to a saw. Use these blades when you need to make finer cuts. Fire ·The flame emitted by the stove is colorless but it is there. Feel for the warmth to verify the stove is lit. ·Filling the stove completely will provide you with at least 15 minutes of fire. General Tips ·Keep in mind that all attempts to attract attention in the hopes of rescue can also attract unwanted attention and those with ill-intent. Stay aware and skeptical. ·Consult the text in the first aid manual as well as the survival book. ·If at all possible, stay with the car. It is shelter which means protection from the elements and other dangers. It is the largest object you have meaning it’s easiest to spot. If it isn’t disabled, run the engine after making sure the exhaust is clear as this will provide you with air conditioning or heat, depending on the season. ·At night, use some of the paracord to attach a glowstick to the highest possible point on the car. Seeing an unusual color at night will attract attention and hopefully, help. ·The whistle can be used for communication other than blowing into it and making a loud sound. See Table 1 below (not included in the post): ·The paracord will support 550lbs and will more than likely meet any need other than being used to tow the car out of a ditch. 50’ of it goes a long way however keep in mind that once it is cut, there is no way to restore its original integrity. Think your plan through thoroughly and even act it out prior to cutting. ·Consider breaking a sideview mirror and use a large shard as a signaling device Anyone have any tips on what other advice I should add?