As my voyage over the horizon slowly nears next summer, I am going back over my gear
lists and storage
requirements. I will be having several crew changes for each of the passage
legs, so I'm thinking of providing individual bags for personal items that may need to fit into the vessel's ditch bag. I'm going to be providing this smaller bag, plus a couple of other bags for personal gear
such as dive equipment
(the stuff each person considers they must carry that the boat
doesn't already), all clothing
and hygiene items, foulies, seaboots, and other personal choice gear (art supplies, tunes, books
, cameras, etc.).
The personal ditch bag will store things like cash, passport/visas, medical
needs (with prescriptions), an item or two of warm clothing
, and stuff that the individual may personally want to have in the event of an evacuation or disaster. This bag will be added, at the start of the voyage leg, to the primary ditch bag for the entire crew, so there is only one bag to have to absolutely survive. Or maybe two for true redundancy.
There are all sorts of lists available for the boat's ditch bag, but none that I've seen for the things each individual should provide from their own stores. My question is to what personal and necessary items would you include in your own waterproof, and small, bag to open in the liferaft
or beach that you end up on. Again, this is the personal stuff, NOT personal rescue
beacons (although, a cell phone
might not be a bad idea in the right places). What's in your wallet (as the credit card advertisement with rampaging Vikings suggests)?