Re: Car Winter Go Bag
Paul Butzi (W7PFB)
As Mel suggested I’m reviewing our car bags (which are, in fact, actually ‘get home’ bags). Each year it seems the contents of the bags shift a little bit. Paula and I have doing a modest amount of running races where the distance is considerably longer than a marathon, and that’s both changed our ability to cover distance on foot and changed our understanding of what we need to do that.toggle quoted messageShow quoted text
For long runs which are unsupported even if we are being very minimal we carry what we call an ‘oh, sh*t’ bag - a quart ziplock that contains things you might need. Not quite a first aid kit, but along those lines, augmented with stuff you might need if things go wahoonie shaped.
Anyway it occurred to me that even if you have limited space you could throw such a bag in your glovebox and if you’re forced to abandon your vehicle you could then just stuff the ziplock in a jacket pocket and carry on, and the contents might make quite a bit of difference.
* a Petzl e+lite headlamp. Powered by two CR2032 batteries it can give you enough light to move easily in the dark. 15 lumens for 12 hours or 50 lumens for 9. Batteries good in storage for 10 years.
* a few band-aid gel blister bandages.
* half a dozen twist top lancets like those used for blood glucose meters - useful for lancing blisters. If you’re not regularly walking/running long distances, you *will* get blisters.
* a sheet or two of Tegaderm bandage. (basically just plastic film, can cover a large area).
* one or two Gu carbohydrate gels. 100 calories per gel.
* a hothands chemical hand warmer
* a modest amount of ibuprofen for normal aches and pains, and several oxycontin for more severe issues.
* a 1 oz squeeze bottle of sunscreen
* lip balm
* lube (we use Bodyglide) for chafing, either clothing on skin or skin on skin.
* a very small knife (we use the Gerber LST Ultralite)
73, Don’t forget to smile and have fun!