I am getting on a plane today for a job interview. Over the past several months I have been preparing for an emergency of sorts, I have done little plane travel. Prior to this time, I used to do a lot of traveling. Most of my business trips are/have been on a plane. Today for the forst time in about two/three months I am getting on a plane, and it feels weierd I cannot bring my typical every day carry (edc) with me. i.e. My Gerber folding knife, an Altoids can EDC kit (mini multi tool, matches, needle, thread, etc.), Zippo lighter and the the like. In fact, I feel sort of naked without my EDC kit.

So, to improvised in the pinch. I brought along the following: Two Balance nutrition bars, LED flashlight with 2 new AA batteries, emergency space blanket, emergency rain poncho, mini first aid kit with the following additions:

  • One square foot of aluminum foil
  • Pack of matches (got though security this time with no issue)
  • One yard of duct tape
  • Two zyrtec allergy pills
  • Travel pack of kleenex tissue
  • Two small Purell waterless hand sanitizer. With 60% isopropell alcohol and 40% aloe, this makes a great fuel gel in a pinch as well.
  • One gallon plastic bag that can be used for wet clothes or as a water bladder. I should have added a couple Iodine tablets to the first aid kit for water purification. When I get home from this trip I’ll do that.
  • A 200 yard roll of dental floss. Stuff is strong as hell and can be used for multiple utilities.

I am thinking of adding a couple of staple foods that I have in my cache at home and in my car’s EDC kit. Oatmeal packets, instant coffee/tea, and a packet or two of the tuna in the aluminum bags. Maybe a bag of my own trail mix that I make (raisins, M&Ms, Cashews, and Almonds) in a bag that I seal with my food saver. That should give me 24 – 48 hours of food in an emergency. Maybe also add a button compass, pair of surgical rubber gloves, a solar mobile phone charger, and a map of the area I am going to be travelling in.

I bought a $4.00 32oz bottle of water after I got through security. I’ll drink that while at the hotel I am sure.

All of this is in my backpack with my notebook, three pens, and my laptop. I feel a little better with some gear, but I am not 100%. I would like a multi tool or my Gerber folding pocket knife. It is an invaluable utility.

I am also now looking at my laptop carry pack, and thinking about replacing it with something that has a little more utility for me and leaving some travel gear in it permanently for business travel. And while I travel mostly to major metro areas, maybe add a bottle of potasium iodide tablets for that just in case scenario.

Things I need to rethink for future business travel:

  • Emergency change in travel plans where I get stuck in a destination for an extra night
  • Lost reservations. When I got to the airport, I went to the wrong airline and almost got irate because they did not have my reservation… In the event of a real lost reservation, I should have a contingency plan in place.
  • Weather delays, rental car disasters, etc…

I would consider the above average to low risk issues. Items that are semi frequently dealt with by many travellers. Below is a list of higher risk issues that may occur, and can be considered disasterous in nature.

  • Hurricaine/Tornado
  • Earthquake
  • Major automobile accident
  • Terrorist threat/attack where all flights get grounded
  • Crash landing of any kind to me would be major

I am also considering adding a large peice os sheet plastic that can be used as a very light shelter, and 10 – 20 feet of paracord, for obvious reasons I hope…

Further research has also shown me that there are some improvisations that can make it through security, and are allowed on a plane… Take a look: http://www.tsa.gov/travelers/airtravel/prohibited/permitted-prohibited-items.shtm

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