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Old 05-01-2013, 09:26 AM
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What you should always keep in your rig

So, I was thinking about doing a little road-trip with the family and wanted to know what everyone keeps in their rigs at all times. Since I will keep hauling a good amount of luggage, I am thinking about utilizing the space by the spare tire. So, in keeping with that theme and amount of space to be utilized, I am reaching out to the jeep fam to see what it is that you guys/gals always keep with you.

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Re: What you should always keep in your rig

I am assumihg you have duct tape, some wrenches/screwdrivers, tools, etc. Where will you be driving through/to? Are you going to some out of the way place? Staying on interstates? Exploring in Bumfouk, Egypt? When I drive through desert such as Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, or desolated areas, I carry at least a gallon of water/fluids (per person) and a big bag of beef jerkey. I was driving through Hwy 50 across Nevada last year and my truck broke down. I had 6 quarts of Gatorade and a big bag of jerky while waiting several hours for a tow truck. I also carry glow sticks for emergency signaling, two flashlights--a standard maglight and the other a powerful LED light with red lens for signaling. A/C adaptor for my cell phone so that I don't lose cell service to a low battery. An emergcny shovel, a tactical tomahawk--I keep in the back a SOG tactital 'Hawk--not only is it a good weapon, it will chop small trees, splinter branches for firewood and shelter frames, shave bark for kindlihng, it works as an emergency tool to break out or break into cars for escape or rescue, or dig. Along with my tac-'hawk is my Cold Steel kukri machete---same chopping firewood, kindling, etc. Perhaps two folding knifes for everything from opening bags of chips to cutting cords, seat belts, prying open can lids, etc. Several spare jackets and space blankets when traveling in winter. Even spare roll of toilet paper.

I also prefer using imilitary style bags and luggage. I normally carry books to read, extra LED mini flashilight, SOG multi tool, another 1 liter spare water carrier, in a military style shoulder strap "mseenger bags." All these Molle strap bags can expand with lots of space and rigging for any additional specialized items---firearms nad spare magazines if necessary. Using my messenger bag, I was able to load my medication,s spare wallet with a secondary ID nad cash--in case I lose or get pick pocketed, spare car keys, and space for myy my paperwok for towing, hotel bills, insurance papers, receipts for my truck repairs via Dodge MaxCare, etc. I was delayed 2 1/2 days waiting for my truck to get towed back and fixed so I was able to just yank one bag with me while jumping from one tow truck to another.
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I am assumihg you have duct tape, some wrenches/screwdrivers, tools, etc. Where will you be driving through/to? Are you going to some out of the way place? Staying on interstates? Exploring in Bumfouk, Egypt? When I drive through desert such as Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, or desolated areas, I carry at least a gallon of water/fluids (per person) and a big bag of beef jerkey. I was driving through Hwy 50 across Nevada last year and my truck broke down. I had 6 quarts of Gatorade and a big bag of jerky while waiting several hours for a tow truck. I also carry glow sticks for emergency signaling, two flashlights--a standard maglight and the other a powerful LED light with red lens for signaling. A/C adaptor for my cell phone so that I don't lose cell service to a low battery. An emergcny shovel, a tactical tomahawk--I keep in the back a SOG tactital 'Hawk--not only is it a good weapon, it will chop small trees, splinter branches for firewood and shelter frames, shave bark for kindlihng, it works as an emergency tool to break out or break into cars for escape or rescue, or dig. Along with my tac-'hawk is my Cold Steel kukri machete---same chopping firewood, kindling, etc. Perhaps two folding knifes for everything from opening bags of chips to cutting cords, seat belts, prying open can lids, etc. Several spare jackets and space blankets when traveling in winter. Even spare roll of toilet paper.
AWESOME AWESOME AWESOME. Yea, i already have a mag light, duct tape and a full set of wrenches. Never thought about the road flares or shovel, but that makes total sense. As for the stock jack, do you feel comfortable with that as the only way to change tires, bc I don't. Also, what about the inflatable tire stuff in a can?

As for where I am traveling, will be staying mainly on the interstates, but as we get closer to the Berkshires there are some iffy places that we will be driving through.

Also, for the gatorade and water, good call. I also have a spare battery for the cell, a solar powered charger (for cell) and road flares. I always feel like I am missing something...

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Re: What you should always keep in your rig

Those cans of pressurized foam tire repair things can mess up your TPMS, but it works so who cares about the TPMS so long as it can get you back to civilization. I have a can of that stuff in the back though I should replace it as it is several years old.

Just so you can all think I am paranoid, I Molle strap a good survival knife on the side of my pack such as my TOPS/Buck Stryker knife. The Stryker is not a Rambo knife and I have no delusions about wearing a head band and going shirtless gripping a big knife between my teeth, but it has a serrated edge, wide blade for digging, false edge for prying, a saw tooth back that is supposed to be able to cut through aircraft aluminim, and I store a fire starting flint/striker in the TOPS sheath. Laugh, but if I am stuck in some desert, barrel cactus is a source of liquid and palm cactus is edible and juicy. In fact palm cactus is sold in Hispanic food stores for cooking. But you need a good size knife to get through the thorns and spines.
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Fire extinguisher? Always have one strapped in.

If you air down for offroad, or need to inflate post patch, have a portable air compressor that runs off of battery power.

Normal vehicle fluids (radiator, oil, and if properly stored...gas).

Tow strap.

Flashlight, duct tape (can fix or stabilize a lot with this). Collapsible shovel. Hammer.

Full size spare tire (it fits if you take out plastic inserts in storage area) and proper jack with chock blocks.

5 gallon water and dried foods.

Poncho for rain, emergency shelter, or shade from sun when in desert and vehicle air not working...include roll of nylon "string" for tie downs.

Satellite phone (they aren't that expensive any more) for places where cells don't work.

A load plan so that the gear takes a minimum of space and doesn't temp you to leave gear behind...inevitably that is when you'll need it!

Enjoy!
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Re: What you should always keep in your rig

We're onto a bug out vehicle! I used to carry two 5 gallon water containers and two 5 galon diesel fuel containers in my Ram truck---along with all my mentioned stuff, plus full bright orange quilted hunting bib and jacket if I was stranded in the Sierra Nevadas in a winter storm. But space now limits what I can carry.

I forgot to add: small first aid kit inclduing some aspiring/Aleve, pepto-bismo, vaseline, bactine. You don't need a full field surgery kit, and unless you're a trained EMT or combat medic, a small kit will do just for small boo-boos or get stabilized until you get ot a hospital or access to further medical help.

I think the keye is blancing out carrying for small emergencies vs bug out time. My Ram was much more fitted to being a bug out truck. My Grand is not.
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We're onto a bug out vehicle! I used to carry two 5 gallon water containers and two 5 galon diesel fuel containers in my Ram truck---along with all my mentioned stuff, plus full bright orange quilted hunting bib and jacket if I was stranded in the Sierra Nevadas in a winter storm. But space now limits what I can carry.

I forgot to add: small first aid kit inclduing some aspiring/Aleve, pepto-bismo, vaseline, bactine. You don't need a full field surgery kit, and unless you're a trained EMT or combat medic, a small kit will do just for small boo-boos or get stabilized until you get ot a hospital or access to further medical help.

I think the keye is blancing out carrying for small emergencies vs bug out time. My Ram was much more fitted to being a bug out truck. My Grand is not.

LOL.. for a bug out vehicle, yea the jeep isn't ideal. As for the med kit, that was the next thing on the list. Something small that has all of the essentials.. Ya know, bone saw, defibrillator and dialysis machine.. LOL. Seriously, though, these are awesome ideas and will implement almost all of them.

As for the fire extinguisher, A+. Mounting point for it... Just out of curiosity, where would you put that?
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Re: What you should always keep in your rig

Were jumper cables listed and I missed it?
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Were jumper cables listed and I missed it?
Nope... Nice catch with that one.

So, this is what I plan on throwing in there (so far)

Survival First Aid Kit Home Car Office Workplace Boat | eBay

And something like this

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Were jumper cables listed and I missed it?
If there is someone there to give you a jump, you don't need all the other crap.

But, since it seems like folks are planning for a disaster and not just a family road trip, at least one AR15 should be aboard. You never know!



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If there is someone there to give you a jump, you don't need all the other crap.

But, since it seems like folks are planning for a disaster and not just a family road trip, at least one AR15 should be aboard. You never know!



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Only if it has a collapsible stock.. TBH, maybe I am little paranoid with a 9 month old, but I would rather be a little over prepared than under. Especially with the little guy.
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