Transoceanic/Intercontinental Trip Survival Kit

From the book: "Friendship Trip of the Americas, a flying adventure in a small plane through South America". Copyright 2004 - North American DARCO Inc.

 

The preparation for any major trip (particularly intercontinental or transoceanic) requires a lot of preparation. Absolutely essential items that should be taken along in the event of an emergency are for survival. During my last major trip to South America we had to carry along survival items for the anticipated route covering necessary (mostly not required however) items for maritime (ditching), jungle, desert and polar conditions. Following is the list of gear and items taken along:

 

Transoceanic/Intercontinental Trip Survival Kit


Tools

Hacksaw blades (2)

Small Visegrip

Screwdriver w/multiple tips

File 4" flat

Fingertip saw/wire saw

Safety wire - 10 feet

 

First Aid

Small Roll 1 inch tape

Knuckle Band Aids - 4 each

Bandage compress (2"x 2") - 6 each

Gauze - 2 inch roll - 6 each

Aspirin - small bottle - 1

Tylenol-Codeine/Percodan - 1

Antiseptic Swabs (small pkg.)

Antiacid tablets

Single Edge razors (1 pkg.)

Antibacterial ointment

DEET - 2 each

Tissue - 2 package

Soap, small - 1 each

Pre-moistened towels (1 pkg.)

Chapstick & sun block

Imodium

Condoms

Antihistamine

Hydrocortisone Cream 1%

Surgical Kit

Package of injection needles

Surgical tubing - 8'

 

Shelters

Space Blankets - 2

Tube Tent - 1

Survival/Anti-exposure suits

Raft

Life Jackets

 

Food

Water Purification Tablets - 2 bottles

Bottled Water - 12/1.5 liters

Packaged Soup Mix - 6

Beef Jerky - 10

Meat Bars - 6

Instant Coffee - 6 packs

Freeze dried tea - 6 packs

Cubed sugar - 20 cubes

 

Signal Equipment

Smoke Flares - 2

Aerial Flares - 3

Mirror - 1

Whistle - 2

Handheld VHF and HF Radio with extra battery packs

EPIRB

 

Life Support Equipment

Sealed Flashlights - 2 each

Poisonous Snake Bite Kit

Waterproof Matches - 50

Candle or Fire starter - 2

Lighter - 1

Metal Match - 1

Plastic Sheets, orange - 2 ea.(4' x 4')

Snare Wire

40 Gal.Garbage Bags - 6

Pocket Knife - 1

Cyalumme sticks - 2

Machete - 1

Compass - 1

Fish Hooks, Assorted - 10 each

Fishing lures assorted - 6

Fishing line - 100 feet

Fishing leader - 10 feet

Split shot weights - 10 each

1/8" Nylon rope - 50 feet

Aluminum Foil- 2 sq.feet

Self-locking poly bags, qt.size - 3 each

Hatchet

Foil cups - 2

Cook stove system w/Sterno - 1 set

Gill net - 1

Mosquito hats and net - 2 sets

Survival Manual


Note: If you are able to obtain and are willing to take the risk of being in possession of restricted items, carry the following with you: antibiotics (penicillin) and powerful pain killers (i.e.: Demoral, Percodan, Codeine or even Morphine). Also consideration should be given to carry along a weapon and ammunition, although guns are forbidden in most countries outside the U.S..

 

In an upcoming article I will cover airplane maintenance equipment/parts to be carried along and preparation for an international trip including a final checklist.

 

 

 

P.S.: Verda, I can make this article available to you via modem, 5" or 3" diskettes in ASCII or WordPerfect 5.1. Please advise if this will help you. I'll be at 916-587-8295 if you need to reach me between July 8th and July 15th.