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Sherrie

Just found out that I am no longer cool now that I am into Surviving LOL!

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Sherrie,

 

I know how you feel. My husband (a commerical pilot - yay!) and I began this new "lifestyle" this past summer. We have been very,very selective who we talk to about it. My parents (his already do this), were supportive but I don't think they are sticking with anything. The ideas fell by the wayside once the business of life took over once again. My sister supports it and just says, "So you guys bought a bunch of camping equipment? That's not weird!" I did tell only one of my dear friends who lives back east. She was glad we discussed it, but I don't think she and her husband have done a thing.

 

We keep totally quiet from our church friends and neighbors, though. It's not exactly something to discuss too publically because of the whole "grey" thing and the not wanting people at our doorstep asking us for stuff.

 

Ditto the PP who mentioned Maxpedition. I bought hubby a bag from there that rolls up compact in his flight bag. It's his Get Home Bag and he's stocked with items (TSA friendly) in case he needs to ditch his roller bag and pilot junk for something mobile and less obvious. It's called the Rolly-Polly Extreme.

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Ahhh MommyLiberty you will know what I mean when I say its not cool in the airlines to discuss this type of thing.

Its a very judgemental arena. Way too much time on everyones hands to gossip.

I am interested in the Rolly Polly Extreme. Will check it out.

I usually fly the YVR - Syd long haul flights. In an area like Sydney and Vancouver I know I am at risk of earthquake

and need to keep myself on the ready.

The only thing that holds me back is money.

Have just finished vacuum sealing food for my cat and myself should SHTF.. Every day I try to do at least one thing to better my situation.

Bless you and any tips will always be appreciated

<3

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Ahhh MommyLiberty you will know what I mean when I say its not cool in the airlines to discuss this type of thing.

Its a very judgemental arena. Way too much time on everyones hands to gossip.

I am interested in the Rolly Polly Extreme. Will check it out.

I usually fly the YVR - Syd long haul flights. In an area like Sydney and Vancouver I know I am at risk of earthquake

and need to keep myself on the ready.

The only thing that holds me back is money.

Have just finished vacuum sealing food for my cat and myself should SHTF.. Every day I try to do at least one thing to better my situation.

Bless you and any tips will always be appreciated

<3

 

You may be pleased to know amongst pilots...especially the captains at the legacy my husband flies with, own weapons, prep, and have stores of food. I hate to say it, but it may just be the "flight attendant mentality" that does the eye roll thing about our mutual interest here on Survival Cache. In hubby's experience and mine also, pretty much all the FAs we have interacted with don't go very "deep" or "serious"...if it's not on Twitter or Dancing With the Stars, in People Magazine or involving the Royal Family, they just don't care. It stinks for them, not for you. Just keep up the hard work and keep mum on your preps.

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Sherrie,

 

I know how you feel. My husband (a commerical pilot - yay!) and I began this new "lifestyle" this past summer. We have been very,very selective who we talk to about it. My parents (his already do this), were supportive but I don't think they are sticking with anything. The ideas fell by the wayside once the business of life took over once again. My sister supports it and just says, "So you guys bought a bunch of camping equipment? That's not weird!" I did tell only one of my dear friends who lives back east. She was glad we discussed it, but I don't think she and her husband have done a thing.

 

We keep totally quiet from our church friends and neighbors, though. It's not exactly something to discuss too publically because of the whole "grey" thing and the not wanting people at our doorstep asking us for stuff.

 

Ditto the PP who mentioned Maxpedition. I bought hubby a bag from there that rolls up compact in his flight bag. It's his Get Home Bag and he's stocked with items (TSA friendly) in case he needs to ditch his roller bag and pilot junk for something mobile and less obvious. It's called the Rolly-Polly Extreme.

if you want to maybe you can share what a pilot has in his get home bag thats TSA friendly?

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if you want to maybe you can share what a pilot has in his get home bag thats TSA friendly?

 

Absolutely. DH (Dear Husband) and I made our prep lists based on these categories as I noticed through my research that gear typically falls into these main groupings: Defense, Shelter, Water, Food, Clothing, Transport, Medical/Hygiene, Misc. Supplies. Air travel means space and allowable items are significantly limited.

 

DEFENSE: First, DH is NOT an FFDO (pilots have this choice though and I wish he were...but that's a personal matter...haha). TSA-friendly weapons are hard to come by. But, a heavy flashlight and/or a metal pen are daily items a TSA person would not care about. We travel a ton so I have learned to be creative and improvise (plus these things are dual use - added perk!). Another idea I had - combination lock in a sock.

 

SHELTER: So, a tent is mighty tough to travel with going the airline route, so for DH's GHB I opted for several mylar blankets, a huge black trash bag (50 gallon), multiple sizes of zip ties, duct tape in mini rolls, and 50 ft. of paracord.

 

WATER: Again, difficult to transport and not TSA-friendly. Use a wide-mouthed Nalgene bottle as storage and empty it to add in the water. Or get a foldable water bottle. DH has a foldable one and this filter...Aquamira-Frontier-Emergency-Filter-System. It's super light and is about the size of a small flashlight in length and diameter.

 

FOOD: DH packs granola, crackers, and those Star Kist individual packets of tuna (they are shiny blue and come in 4 or 5 flavors found in your local grocery store's tuna section) Personally, we like Hickory Smoke and Lemon Zest best. Each packet is about 5 inches wide and 7 inches long but only about 1/2 to 3/4 of an inch thick.

 

CLOTHING: Obviously if you're traveling you have clothing with you. But DH's seprate "stash" of goodies includes a hat, sunglasses, extra socks, and the most basic poncho I could find. Admittedly, this poncho is probably crud, but I figured for its size, better than nothing.

 

TRANSPORT: Moot point.

 

MEDICAL/HYGIENE: In travel DH has all his regular hygiene items. Additional things are bandaids, sterile bandages of a variety of sizes, steristrips, gauze, mini sissors (are allowed IF the blades are less than 4 inches ((per the TSA website)), an assortment of pain meds like Aspirin, Ibuprofen, Acetametaphen (all bundled in Glad Press n' Seal plastic and labeled with a Sharpie), individually packaged antiseptic wipes, and maybe a few throat lozenges.

 

MISC.: Sharpie markers, a sizeable bandana, water proof matches, a flint fire starter (I could not locate any TSA information that said this was prohibited and DH has had no trouble), a compass (not a button one, but not a super high-end one either), the Maxpedition Rolly Polly Extreme backpack to unfold and go if the need arises, extra cash, and a list I wrote of things to remember to take oout of his rolelr back and add to his backpack (personally, I'm a fan of lists. DH is too since that's what he turns to one a regular basis in the cockpit if a problem arises...if it's written down it's easier to remember.) The list includes things like his passport, wallet, cell charger, valuables, pilot badges, his non work pair of shoes, etc. Lastly, his GHB contains paper, stamps and envelopes. Maybe the networks are down, maybe lines are down and maybe somehow snail mail works after some time (who knows)...this was kind of a goofy thing I added in re: Kevin Costner's Postman movie.

 

Space it all consumes: DH travels with the typical pilot black roller bag and a mid-sized duffle bag hooked onto that roller. These GHB items completely fill one entire side pocket along one of the two long sides of the roller bag. The Maxpedition Rolly Polly Extreme, in its bundled position, is about 7x7x5. It's kind of chunky, so I choose to unfold it and use it to line the bottom of his duffle bag.

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