May 28, 2014

Ditch Kit

Paddling survival kit 

A bailout bag, survival kit, or ditch kit is intended to sustain a paddler separated from her canoe for 72 hrs. The kit must be waterproof and compact. “If you don’t have it on you, you won’t have it with you”. A survival kit should help one accomplish the following main tasks during a survival situation. 

- Build a fire using more than one technique 
- Signal for help using more than one technique 
- Gather and purify drinking water and gather food 
- Navigate back to civilization 
- Construct a shelter in various environments
- Carry out basic first aid 

I’ve chosen the items for my kit based on the following criteria: 
Reliability, The items must be practical 
Portability, This kit will be carried on my PFD's hydration pack; therefore it’s bulk and weight must be minimal. 
Simplicity, As Antoine de Saint-Exupéry said, “Perfection is attained, not when no more can be added, but when no more can be removed.” 
Circumstances, This kit is designed for remote canoeing, and the potential scenarios being: losing the canoe, and injuries etc. 

The kit must fulfil the following purposes: fire and light, signalling, navigation, water and food collection, shelter and personal protection, medical, knives, tools, and multipurpose items. 

Fire starting: 
4 - 2 Bic Mini disposable lighters (lightweight and reliable). Lights up to 2000 fires, usable as a flint sparker when out of fuel 
3 - 6 vaseline soaked cotton balls (easy and very flammable). Three for starting fires on difficult weather and 3 for signal fires 
5- Fresnel Lens (infinite, solar fire starter) 

First Aid: 
1 - Adventure Medical Kits Ultralight & Watertight .3

6 - e+LITE headlamp (practical, reliable and compact). Waterproof, 28 lumens, 70 hr battery life 

7 - whistle, integrated on the e+LITE headlamp pea-less can be used when wet, sound can travel up to 1.6 km 6 - e-lite headlamp strobe mode 
4 - 2 Bic Mini disposable lighters to light signal fires 
8 - ACR ResQ Link Personal Locating Beacon (waterproof, very reliable)

13 - Suunto Clipper Compass (most reliable button compass) 
9 - local map

10 - Buff bandana 

14 - small Knife  
15 - Snare Wire (24 gauge brass wire 3-5m 10-20 feet) 
11 - Duct Tape (5 x 127 cm) 
12 - Cord (2mm, 50 kg strength, 1m) 
2 - Photo + Survival Priorities 

Build the Perfect Survival Kit