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An ounce of preparation (or prevention)... what are you keeping in your truck?

Discussion in 'General Automotive' started by StaldineJ, Dec 6, 2010.

  1. Dec 6, 2010 at 8:35 AM
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    StaldineJ

    StaldineJ [OP] Member

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    Hey guys, I'm sure this has been covered somewhere but what do you all keep in your Tacoma that keeps you prepared for the worst? I'm becoming a little smarter as I approach my third decade, and trying to become a little more ready in the case of general calamities.

    Before (what I had in the little pods under the extended cab jump seats for the first five years of Taco ownership):
    two ratchet straps
    15' heavy chain with chain-hooks
    a busted tape measure
    mini mag-light
    a couple of bandaids
    Knife with an obligatory bottle opener
    two expired condoms...

    Right now:
    a pair of chains (storing them in the truck? what a revelation!)
    a freshened up surplus first aid kit
    3d maglight
    a couple of those mylar emergency space bags (they actually do help a lot - long and stupid story)
    a couple sizes of zip-ties & some electrical tape
    50' of paracord

    What else should I keep in there? If I go wheeling, I usually grab a pocket chainsaw, a shovel, and a 4 ton come-along. I don't go out into the real boonies (not in Wyoming anymore :() quite as much anymore, I should have been much more prepared when I did, but that's the beauty of hindsight! but given the opportunity I have a tendency to "see what's down that way" more often than the wife cares for...

    What do you guys carry that gives you peace of mind on and off the road
     
  2. Dec 6, 2010 at 9:06 AM
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    Seabass

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    I carry a survival backpack I made for whenever I go wheeling and I'll be miles away from help. I usually have my son with me so I pack for 2. Here's what it has so far, and yes it all fits into a large padded waterproof backpack (not frame pack):

    1. 2 large bivvy sacks
    2. 1 2-man hiking tent
    3. Large roll of hardcore cloth duct tape
    4. 150 ft of orange paracord (thin but holds 450# of tension)
    5. Folding shovel with saw stored in the handle, axe head attachment and pick axe attachment
    6. Mid-sized Gerber multitool
    7. Complete first aid kit
    8. Snake bite and sting kit
    9. 4 steel hunting traps (4" mouth) - designed to trap up to coyote size animals or quickly kill rabbits/squirrels
    10. Extra thin steel wire for making snares
    11. 2 survival books - one for general survival and the other for hunting/trapping
    12. 2 emergency rain ponchos
    13. 2 pair neoprene fishing gloves
    14. 3 days worth of dehydrated food pouches for 2 people
    15. 3 extra days of emergency high calorie ration bars for 2 people
    16. 2 small aluminum mess kits to cook with
    17. 10' of folded aluminum foil
    18. 6 large freezer zip-locks
    19. Water filter (hand-pump style with physical/chemical filtration)
    20. Water purifier tablets (just to be extra sure)
    21. Soft nalgene 96 oz collapsible canteen for carrying any water I have to purify in case the original supply runs out
    22. Storm-proof matches with waterproof case
    23. Magnesium and flint fire starting tool
    24. Whistle
    25. Mirror
    26. Good compass
    27. Compact fishing kit (telescopic small pole, small spinning reel, weights, hooks, small rubber jigs, small spinners, 6lb test line)
    28. 2 cheap 7" straight knives with sheaths (great for lashing to sticks for spears, using as a small tree cutter when hammered on with a stone, general use blades I don't mind beating up)
    29. 2 small 3-AAA LED flashlights with 2 extra changes of batteries
    30. I always carry one of those 2.5 gallon water jugs from the grocery store. In the summer, I carry 2.
    These items are on my wish list to make the kit more complete:

    1. 2 rainsuits to replace the cheap ponchos
    2. Machete
    3. Flare gun kit
    4. Larger hiker's frame pack so I can fit more stuff and organize it better, and easier to carry longer distances if I need to hike out of an area
    Believe it or not, everything fits into the one large waterproof backpack (designed for a couple SLR cameras and all of their lenses), except for the small fishing kit which is in its own plastic case that I have tied to the outside of the backpack. I just throw it in the back of the truck along with the water jugs whenever I wheel, no matter what time of year. I feel 100% secure that my son and I can make it about a week without having to do too much work to survive and stay comfortable in snow or desert.

    Hope this list helps you complete your kit.
     
  3. Dec 6, 2010 at 9:09 AM
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    tarheelfan_08

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  4. Dec 6, 2010 at 9:14 AM
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    98tacoma27

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    A compass and no map?
     
  5. Dec 6, 2010 at 9:31 AM
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    DEEVON911

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    TRD Cat-back Exhaust. Semi-Debadged. Trimmed down stock Antenna. Weathertech vent visors. TRD FJ Cruiser Center Cap Wheel Mod. 265/75/16 Firestone Destination A/T,s . Inverter tapped into for outlet in cab. Tacomaworld sticker which adds 5 hp.
    I keep a few things in the truck. But I don't off road that much and when I have I have always had someone in there own truck with me. I like to keep just a few things in there that could maybe get me through a cold night or stranded situation. I keep a blanket, which my wife uses alot anyway. I bought this camping bottle I think at Dicks sporting goods, it has water proof matches a poncho a small flashlight some band aids. I can't remember what else, but a few other things. I keep a cheapy plug into the lighter air compressor that comes in handy once in a while. I keep a couple winter tossel caps and a couple pairs of winter gloves. I have 2 first aid kits, because I had one in my car before the Tacoma and then I got the one that came with the truck. I keep a few flashlights in there. One large Like "rescue" one, a 2 d mag light and a mini mag in the centre consol. I have some band aids of course, cause I have a 5yo son. I have a few small tools I keep and some small pocket knives for whatever. I think thats about it.
     
  6. Dec 6, 2010 at 1:20 PM
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    takern

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    just for every day driving i have 2 snap straps and a log chain. two big cinder blocks and jack. jack stands. sleeping bag (being caught in colorado is not fun). set of warm huntin bibs. tire chains. flashlight. work gloves and mechanics gloves. a 5 quart jug of oil. some antifreeze. a bottle of water. 2 very sharp knives. leatherman. and a come-along. most of all this fits in my toolbox or the little compartments in the back

    Oh, and everyone should keep a fishin rod and some lures in their truck just in case they happen upon a good lookin lake or pond
     
  7. Dec 6, 2010 at 3:37 PM
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    Chris(NJ)

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    Damn, I dont keep nearly enough in comparison to some of you guys.

    1. Flashlight
    2. Jumper Cables
    3. Small Toolkit
    4. 3ft Heavy Duty Chain (no long enough for anything though, lol. Just there b/c I'm too lazy to take it out)
    5. 3x Ratchet Straps
    6. Bunch of Bungee Chords
    7. Knife
     
  8. Dec 6, 2010 at 3:43 PM
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    ktmrider

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    Junk
    ive got

    1. Flashlight- surefire with 16 extra batteries
    2. Video Camera
    3. Assortment of lighters
    4. Ka-bar 8 inch
    5. gerber pocket knife
    6. Block of wood (so the factory jack actually works)
    7. Spare studs and lug nuts
    8. Tow strap + shackles
    9. Lube
    10. On board air and a tire repair kit
    11. Replacement fuses for just about everthing
    12. Like 5 mres and several gallons of water
    13. First aid kit
    14. Powerbars
    15. Tool set with bottle opener
    16. Flairs
    17. Extra set of clothes, blankets and towels.
     
  9. Dec 6, 2010 at 3:53 PM
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    Tacoma831

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    I have:
    first aid kit
    Axe
    Machete
    jumper cables
    lug wrench
    tow strap
    tie downs
    bungee cords
    a couple knives
    Flashlight
    Rain jacket
     
  10. Dec 6, 2010 at 4:16 PM
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    Same list as everyone else basically.
    Shit paper
    couple gallons of drink water
    MRE'
    MSR Colorado single trak pack
    axe
    GI shovel
    tuggem straps
    firesticks
    Always a first aid kit
    weapons
    extra gloves
    wool cap
    wool socks
    dressing appropriately with backup clothes
    boat flares
     
  11. Dec 6, 2010 at 7:52 PM
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    StaldineJ

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    ICON Rear AAL Bilstein 5100 shocks Repainted to a silvery green Deck plate Clarion ProAudio Receiver Bedliner - Al's Liner Leer 100R Topper Rocker panels sprayed with Als's liner
    Lol... yeah the 4 piece fly rod pretty much lives in there 6-8 months of the year.

    I bought this pocket chainsaw a while back... when I was younger I always carried a smaller axe (but bigger than a hatchet) when I'd head out wheeling or camping. One day I came to the revelation that swinging an axe really isn't the most efficient way to deal with wood. It takes a ton of energy for one thing, it's a lot slower, and then you always have have a f@ckin' axe taking up space. I can rip through decent sized branches in no time with the pocket chainsaw,making collecting firewood or clearing dead trees & branches a hell of a lot easier. Plus it weighs practically nothing, so I can take it with me if need be. An axe does look pretty bad-assed however.

    I should throw my purifier in there, any time I actually would use it, I'd be taking my truck to at least where I'd start backpacking. Why not leave it in there? Oh, and the idea about the collapsible nalgene jug - gotta find one!
     
  12. Dec 12, 2010 at 12:46 PM
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    Zulu Six

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    30’ 33,000 lbs recovery strap w/ extra shackles
    Jumper cables
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    Crow bar x 2 (large and small)
    Full size and folding shovel
    Axe + wedge
    Bow saw
    Cheater bar
    Bolt cutters
    Leather gloves
    Tool kit
    Leatherman
    JB Weld
    Ratchet straps, bungee cords, 100 ft of 550 cord
    Zip ties (various sizes)
    100 mph tape
    Hose clamps (various sizes)
    Super glue and blue Loc-tite
    Full set of replacement bulbs, connectors and fuses
    Multimeter
    Wire strippers
    Electrical tape
    1.5 L Nalgene w/ water
    3 L Platypus collapsible water bladder
    Water purification tablets
    Dehydrated camping meal + Energy bars
    Tabasco
    Trauma kit
    Baby wipes
    Roll of toilet paper
    Shaving kit (toothbrush, razor, soap, etc)
    Bug spray
    Sun block
    GI brown towel and washcloth
    Extra set of sunglasses
    Space blanket
    8x10 tarp
    Maps (topo and highway)
    Compass
    Handheld GPS
    Funnel
    Siphon pump and hose
    1 qt 5W30 oil
    1 qt brake fluid
    Starter fluid
    WD-40
    Fire starting stuff
    Flares
    Canteen cup
    Surefire, chem lights, candles and headlamp
    Spare batteries for lights/GPS
     
  13. Dec 12, 2010 at 2:25 PM
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    And that's just to go from the house to work!
     
  14. Dec 14, 2010 at 1:48 PM
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  15. Dec 14, 2010 at 10:08 PM
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    Kelson

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    i have:
    Napkins
    Listerine
    School books
    a jacket
    scissors jack
    1 cup noodle
    a couple of forks
    lighters everywhere.
    and 2 stuffed animals. 3 if you count the whale.

    i stay prepared!...nah...
     
  16. Dec 14, 2010 at 10:20 PM
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    bailerc

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    hmm.. let he think what i have in my toolbox..

    1x 30' 3" tow strap
    1x 20' 2" tow strap
    2x 20' chain
    2x hi-lift jack
    1x full size shovel (cut down about 6" to fit in my toolbox)
    1x stihl 020 chainsaw
    1x bushmaster AR-15
    1x walther P-22 (center console)
    1x surefire flashlight
    3x mini maglight (center console , toolbox and glove box)
    1x ruined suit jacket that has been in my toolbox for years
    1x stock toyota jack
    1x stock jack out of a 2005 ford ranger
    4x 3' oak planks
    1x CKRT Knife
    1x full change of clothes to included boots
    a ton of other misc stuff that only comes useful for 1% of all situations (such as suit jacked mentioned above)
     
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