I always keep my go-kit in my vehicle, so that I have it along with me for the times that it may be required.
Fixed-blade and folding knife, as well as a camp hatchet or small axe.
Duct tape and rope/paracord Wire for binding and repairing things Plastic tarps for shelter and water collection I could make due for several weeks or longer with my go-kit, and indefinitely with a extra 20 minutes of preparation before heading out.
So bottom line is, when you plan on travelling down roads less travelled, don't leave home un-prepared, but be prepared should the un-expected arise.
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With the month of November winding down, I knew it was time to take a drive through Kananaskis Country located in the southern Alberta Rockies, and in particular over the Highwood Pass before the winter gates located at either end were locked down for the winter on December 1st.
It seems to have become a tradition for me to do this, and I have lost count how many times I have made the drive from Calgary through the Highwood Pass at this time of the year.
Non-perishable food Water purification supplies, such as a water filter pump included in my go-kit ( I also carry Iodine tablets as a back-up to my water filtration pump.) Cooking supplies ( I have several choices for stoves, gas powered and otherwise) A first aid kit ( choose the size required for your group ) Enough medicine to last an extended evacuation period.
Fire starting tool ( matches, ferrocerium rod, lighter, etc.) Map and compass, with travel information ( a gps receiver is nice, but back it up with a compass and map.) Weather appropriate clothing ( parka, headwear, gloves, winter boots, etc.) Bedding items such as sleeping bags ( bags rated for at least -25C if you are travelling in the winter months in Alberta.) Battery or crank-operated radio ( also, if a ham, a full compliment of ham gear ) Lighting (battery or crank operated flashlight, glow sticks) Cash and change, as electronic banking transactions may not be available during the initial period following an emergency or evacuation Positive identification, such as drivers license, a birth certificate and/or passport.
The recommendation that a emergency go-kit contain enough supplies for seventy-two hours arises from advice from organizations responsible for disaster relief and management that it may take them up to seventy-two hours to reach people affected by a disaster and offer help.
The kit contents may vary according to the region of the user, as someone evacuating from the path of a hurricane may have different supplies from someone who lives in an area prone to tornadoes, wildfires, or blizzards that may occur throughout our winter months.
This includes water for washing, drinking and cooking.