Phoenix Bird


By: Roxanne Johnson

"Okay, once again I've been going thru my SAR notes and this is the recommended list for our '72 hour kit'. Please remember, these kits are designed for a wilderness search environment, but can be utilized in any survival situation with a few minor additions/subtractions."

Nylon backpack lightweight aluminum frame
Lightweight, roll-up rainsuit (or large plastic garbage bag)
In hot climates, a broad-brimmed, lightweight hat (preferably made of cotton)
In cold climates, a knitted hat or balaklava and extra gloves or mittens (preferably made of wool or polypropylene)
Extra pairs of socks (preferably made of wool or polypropylene)
In cold climates, long johns (preferably made of wool or polypropylene)
Blue plastic tarp (for use as tent. blue is the best color as it can be seen from the air by airborne searchers)
Roll-up 4 ft seine (Poles can be fashioned from available sticks or other wood found near a stream)
Waterproof, strike-anywhere matches
Waterproof, battery-less flashlight
Candle stub (can be used for light and/or plugging & patching)
Fire starter (can be found anywhere that sells camping/barbecue supplies)
Insect repellent (in plastic squeeze bottle)
Sunscreen lotion or cream
Sunglasses (even in areas with snow. Snow blindness can occur)
Signal mirror
Two flares
Appropriate topographic maps for area you are in
Halazone tablets for purifying water
Two dozen assorted fishhooks
Fifty feet of 50-lb test fishing line
Brass swivels & 25 feet of light wire for rigging snares
Swiss Army knife (or Leatherman's tool)
Needle and thread
25 feet of parachute cord or other heavy-duty nylon line
Short file or whetstone
Axe or hatchet
A strong saw that is capable of taking down a tree of at least 6" in diameter
Plastic pack of bouillon cubes & chocolate packs of mix with water
One square yard of aluminum foil
Antiseptic cream
Small pad & pencil
Field rations such as MRE's or energy bars
Mess kit/flatware
First aid kit