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Runner Up: Jocelyn Tanis

Here is the entry from runner up Jocelyn Tanis of Reynoldsburg, OH. Jocelyn will be receiving a free Bridgford Food item. Here is her entry:

Ironically, as I am writing this breakdown of my survival gear, I am watching the news tracking tornados and thunderstorms moving towards my county. I hope I don’t need any of it tonight.

I have 4 main kits and 2 minor kits – Trunk Kit, 3-Day Mini Kit, First Aid Kit, and Bug-Out Bag are the main 4, and Glove Box Kit and my purse are the minor ones. I’ll break them down in order.

TRUNK KIT – This kit is designed to get me through a vehicular emergency when I’m traveling. A car jack & spare tire come standard on the car; above and beyond that, my trunk kit includes: road salt; de-icer spray; tri-fold shovel (to dig out entrenched tires, or to dig a foxhole for shelter; a basic mechanics tool kit; road flares; a high-powered flashlight & spare batteries; jumper cables; tow rope; work gloves; toe- & hand-warmers; folding multi-tool; 100ft of paracord; bungee cords of various sizes; a large tarp (for shelter or for protection when working under the car); two thermal blankets; sleeping bag; a spare set of “junk clothes” (old jeans, old tee-shirts, warm socks, underclothes, heavy fleece pullover, running shoes, hiking/work boots, waterproof poncho); a basic first aid kit (band aids, gauze, iodine swabs, finger splints, Neosporin, Benadryl cream, Benadryl, aspirin, non-aspirin); 1 roll duct tape; 1 roll electrical tape; 1 reel fishing twine; an axe (for cutting wood for a fire or for self defense); a mess kit (plate, bowl, cup, utensils, frying pan, set of teaspoon-sized spice jars – salt, pepper, oregano, basil, paprika, thyme, rosemary, etc…); 2 MREs; 6 packets of pre-packaged water; various rags; 3 lighters (leaning on the adage ‘two is one, one is none” – it never hurts to have a spare); a Walther CPS air pistol with a spare Co2 tank and a case of pellets.

It’s a very basic kit meant to get me through a max of two days and deal with any number of non-life threatening situations. I travel a lot between my various scattered family members and I try to schedule my routes so that I am never far from aid, but of course, things happen. I add various extras to my kits depending on specific situations (i.e. rifles for hunting trips, tent for camping trips, that sort of thing), but the above list is in my car at all times. The majority of these items are in a large “tool bag” I picked up at Lowe’s; it is heavy and durable enough to hold these items securely in the trunk. I also keep a simple backpack in the trunk that I can pack up if I need to abandon my vehicle.

3-DAY MINI KIT – in a “fanny pack” type bag with 2 sturdy water bottles on each end of the bag, I have a very lean 3-day kit. By lean, I mean it contains: a bottle of Survival Food Tablets; 3 days worth of my daily multi-vitamins; 3 days worth of aspirin & Sudafed; a pair of sport gloves; high-powered flashlight; hand- & toe-warmers; chapstick; camouflage face paint; folding multi-tool; utility knife; binoculars; signaling mirror; lighter; compass; thermometer; waterproof poncho; passport; emergency cash; hair ties (I’m a girl – I don’t want to be fighting with my hair while tromping through the woods or otherwise roughing it); first aid kit (bandaids, gauze, Neosporin, medical tape).

I walk to work sometimes, and though it’s not terribly far, things happen. This kit goes with me when I walk, and it goes in the car when I drive somewhere. Should something happen to my car and I need to abandon it, this kit can easily merge with my trunk kit, ensuring some duplicate supplies and an extra few days of comparative ease.

FIRST AID KIT – I am more or less the group medic & herbalist. I have no formal training beyond first aid, however I am enrolled to take a crash course in battlefield and emergency surgery this fall, which will make me officially the group medic. Considering this, I have stocked my kit to reflect my future skill set.

My kit includes: a surgery kit (clamps, ligatures, pen light, scalpels, scissors, sutures); high-powered flashlight; medical gloves; surgical masks; cold packs; heat packs; saline wound wash; hydrogen peroxide; rubbing alcohol; compression wrap; powdered coagulant; medical tape; sterile gauze pads (varying sizes); iodine swabs; alcohol wipes; anti-bacterial hand wash; first aid cream; Neosporin; dental kit (dental mirror, scrapers); braces; splints; superglue; goggles (same as the pair I wear on the shooting range, to prevent blood spurting into my eyes); varying bandaids; aspirin & non-aspirin; Sudafed; Benadryl; Tiger Balm (good stuff, relieves stiff joints & muscles, can help to relax an injured patient); matches & black powder (black powder easily obtained from spare – if there is such a thing – ammunition, to flash cauterize small wounds, especially head wounds that bleed excessively. That scene from the show ‘Lost’… absolutely feasible in emergency situations); the NATO Emergency War Surgery Handbook; the midwives handbook “Heart & Hands.”

In addition to all the “normal” medical supplies, I also have a stock of my own home-grown herbal remedies, some dried and powdered, some made into salves or oils. Feverfew and Valerian (not necessarily together) make teas to relieve fevers and aid relaxation; Mullein flowers make a relaxant tea and the leaves make a cough suppressant tea; Hoarhound (while very bitter) can be candied to make cough drops; Peppermint tea eases an upset stomach and can reduce headaches; Lady’s Mantle when applied to open wounds helps cause clotting, and can be made into a tea that specifically targets menstrual cramps; White Willow (or Pussy Willow) bark is the origin of aspirin and can be used as a fever reducer and aspirin substitute; Aloe Vera gel of course helps skin heal faster and soothes irritations; Cinquefoil eases toothaches; Pennyroyal applied to insect bites lessens the effects and swelling of the bite; Rosemary can be rubbed on the skin as a mosquito repellent.

BUG-OUT BAG – This is my kit to end all kits. It is my long-term, I can go for weeks without help, backpack across the country in style kit. Packed in a military surplus tactical black MOLLE backpack, my Bug-out Bag contains: my pocket Bible; a pocket copy of my favorite novel (Dracula, if you’re interested); the SAS Survival Handbook; my Wiggy’s sleeping bag; a skinning knife; throwing knives; a handheld crossbow & 30 aluminum darts; K-Bar knife; machete; camping axe; knife sharpening kit; biodegradable wet wipes; bar soap; spare boot laces; sewing kit; 2 BDUs; socks & underclothes; poncho; box of plastic baggies; toothbrush & floss; mess kit (same as the one in the Trunk Kit – plate, bowl, cup, utensils, etc…); high-powered flashlight; 3-way charging lantern (run by solar, crank, or batteries); spare batteries; first aid kit in a detachable MOLLE bag (surgery kit, gauze, bandaids, matches & black powder, coagulant, ligatures, splints, peroxide, iodine swabs); MREs; Survival Food Tablets; Lifesaver water bottle & filtration system; matches; 3 lighters; chapstick; lotion; a deck of playing cards. GLOVE BOX KIT – The SAS Survival Tin occupies my car glove box, along with a spare box of ammo for my primary gun (.9mm Smith & Wesson M&P Compact). The SAS Tin includes: a compass; whistle; candle; brass snare wire; fishing kit with hooks, line, weights, and swivels; survival instructions; matches; sewing kit; wire saw; water purification tablets; fire lighting flint and striker; safety pins; knife; and waterproof tape.

The great thing about this kit is the size – I can cram it into any of my other kits, no sweat.

PURSE – My purse is a MOLLE compatible bag, in which I carry at all times my .9mm and a spare fully loaded magazine. In addition, the bag holds my wallet; a spare knife (I always have a folding knife on my hip or my ankle, depending on my clothes – Gibbs’ Rule #9 never go anywhere without a knife); a few minor first aid supplies (bandaids, Neosporin, gauze wrap); alcohol wipes; chapstick; lotion; high-powered tactical flashlight.

The purse easily attaches to my Bug-out Bag and takes on other supplies, since in a situation of really any sort, the pistol moves from the purse to the person.

EXTRAS – I have a Ruger 10/.22 rifle, a Remington .870 pump action shotgun, 2 Walther CPS air pistols (one of which resides in the Trunk Kit, the other is a “floater”), and a compound bow (for when I’m going for the Rambo look).

The very next item I’m going to purchase will be an M6 Scout that will take up permanent residence in the Bug-out Bag.

Beyond that, I have a list of survival gear and firearms that I’ll keep picking up one-by-one. In the meantime, my kits are well-stocked and capable of getting me wherever I need to go in any situation. Always praying I never have to use them, but ready if I must.

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