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Ditch Bag Contents

I have the following in my 'Ditch Bag' --- what am I missing??

PRIPB (from cabin)
SPOT Hug or competitor (from cabin)
binoculars (from cabin)
waterproof portable VHF (from cockpit)
solar stills LandfallNavigation.com - $200 - 1 to 4 pints/day
rigging knife
liferaft repair kit
whistle
water
bleach
flares and old flares
emergency food
fishing equipment
emergency pill kit (my prescriptions)
portable GPS
spare batteries
flashlight
first aid kit
log book
note pad
pencil
pen
scissors
pliers
screwdrivers
magnifying glass
lighter
stainless steel wire
plastic ties
sail twine
200' 1/4" nylon braided line
100' 1/8" nylon braided line
set of plastic bags
electrical tape
compass
signal mirror
plastic tarp
space blanket
Timex watch set on GMT (GPS is backup)
strobe
small anchor (also used with dinghy)
small sea anchor (also used with dinghy)
duct tape
sun tan lotion
sun block
zinc ointment
body powder
hydrogen peroxide
bar soap
paper clips
cortisone cream
sun burn salve
bug off chemicals
cat food
cat carrier
cat blanket and clawproof pad
cat water dish
cat food dish
utensils
MRE
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Re: Ditch Bag Contents

A 30' boat to carry it in?
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Re: Ditch Bag Contents

I've got the same bag packed for when the wife is pissed off from to much boat
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Re: Ditch Bag Contents

Seems like a lot of stuff. Here's some stuff not on the list (from a recent PBO article):
Personal effects; House/car keys wallet, credit cards, your cell phone pre-programmed with USCG numbers, passport if leaving the country.
Medication: seasick pills, meds that you or crew take on a regular basis. diabetics are more common than we think.
Spare eyeglasses: may lose yours in the accident

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I think you really need the VHF and other signal equipment in the bag as you have between a long time and almost no time

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Re: Ditch Bag Contents

Will your ditch bag float with all that stuff in it? I bet it won't.

Try splitting it into two bags, a must have, and a nice to have. I'd put some flares water and food in the second one just in case.

Lastly, if my boat is going down, I'm using all the time I have to prepare to abandon, pinpoint and report my position; the cat, I don't know if it would be a priority. Perhaps others with pets can comment.

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Are you carrying a ditch bag or a ditch bus?
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Re: Ditch Bag Contents

The ditch bag should be tailored to the area you're sailing in...contents for the South Pacific would be different to that you might include if you were sailing high latitudes.

That said, I've included in my ditch bag some of the following, which I didn't see on your list (on my quick pass over it):

long sleeve dress shirts (old ones)
sun glasses
hats (wide brim)
the pages from the pilot charts for the area / season you're sailing in
small desal unit (probably better that the solar stills, but requiring more maintenance)

As an aside....I first packed my ditch kit in 2004 -- kept it in a safe dry place on the boat -- had it inventoried before a long passage in 2006, and then ignored it until a passage out of the Caribbean in 2010. On opening it I was horrified to find that the creepy crawlies had taken it over. They'd been there for years dining on the high carb foil packed rations. I had generations of dead "things", lots of their biological waste and plenty of the current generation running all over the place. Not good! Imagine how we'd have reacted if we'd opened the bag after we had to get in the life raft.

Point is...like everything else on the boat, the ditch kit needs maintenance and periodic renewal.
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The ditch bag should be tailored to the area you're sailing in...contents for the South Pacific would be different to that you might include if you were sailing high latitudes.

That said, I've included in my ditch bag some of the following, which I didn't see on your list (on my quick pass over it):

long sleeve dress shirts (old ones)
sun glasses
hats (wide brim)
the pages from the pilot charts for the area / season you're sailing in
small desal unit (probably better that the solar stills, but requiring more maintenance)

As an aside....I first packed my ditch kit in 2004 -- kept it in a safe dry place on the boat -- had it inventoried before a long passage in 2006, and then ignored it until a passage out of the Caribbean in 2010. On opening it I was horrified to find that the creepy crawlies had taken it over. They'd been there for years dining on the high carb foil packed rations. I had generations of dead "things", lots of their biological waste and plenty of the current generation running all over the place. Not good! Imagine how we'd have reacted if we'd opened the bag after we had to get in the life raft.

Point is...like everything else on the boat, the ditch kit needs maintenance and periodic renewal.
Yes good point, those critters are a great source of emergency protein and belong in any ditch bag.

So is the cat

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Re: Ditch Bag Contents

Can't prepare a proper ditch bag until you know what sailing water you will be in. Over prepared is just as bad as under prepared.

Bear in mind, technologies and rescue range have advanced so much. Ditch bag to prepare you for months of survival is not needed in the present days. I will prepare a bag that I can stay alive for a week is plenty. So water maker, multiple GPS beacon locators, light stick, LED flash light, mirror, VHF radio and passport are all I need. Anything else is just comfort (nice have but not must).



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