SURVIVAL KITS

Initially developed by a Rocky Mountain-area pilot, Curtis Peters, who was unhappy with survival tools available in rental planes, the crash kits offered by Crashkit International Corp. were subsequently refined with the help of an ex-military survivalist and other pilots. For more than just aviation use, there are now 19 models available, some aimed at truck drivers as well as others like hunters and snowmobilers.

The Transport Kit 2 shown here is meant to sustain up to four people in a survival situation for 72 hours, or one person for longer presumably, but smaller versions are available. A kit of this sort is probably a must-have when traveling in questionable weather conditions, and not just in the rugged north.

This particular kit includes 119 of the most essential items needed in case of an emergency situation. Packaged within a Pelican 1200 case, this kit is indestructible, as well as being brightly coloured for easy visibility in any condition. It’s compact and can be easily stored within any vehicle.

Every item included in the kits has been thoroughly tested and approved to ensure it performs flawlessly when needed, the company says.

This particular kit includes 119 of the most essential items needed in case of an emergency situation, including a 9-volt Pak-Lite with red flasher. Other items run the gamut from food bars to body warmers, duct tape to flares with a launcher. Emergency drinking water is included, of course, along with first-aid supplies and a very loud whistle that also incorporates a compass, magnifying glass and thermometer.

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