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Equipment List


We are considering specifying a minimal pack for use on some searches. We've found that even our smallest pack can be a hindrance at times, particularly during daylight only searches in an urban environment in very hot, dry weather.

The following equipment is the recommended minimum required equipment and should all fit into an equipment vest, butt pack or small daypack. Additional space should be set aside for radio gear (chest harness, on the belt pack's belt, etc) and a spare battery for the radio. Input on this list is most welcome.

You can view the entire list as HTML (below) or as an Excel file by clicking this link.

ItemQuantity
Water2 quart
Food1 meal + snacks
Compass w/ mirror1
Pen1 normal + map pens
Note pad1
First aid kit (minimal)1
Space blanket/tarp1
Sun glasses1
Hat1
Sun screen1
Grid tape1
Whistle1
Knife1
Water purification1
Gloves1 pair

Equipment List 

The following tables list the equipment that all Cal-ESAR members are expected to have ready at any time. The equipment is divided up into various "packs" to be used for different types of operations. For a suburban search where the assignments are less than eight hours long, an 18-hour pack is sufficient. For night operations, communications relays and foul weather, a larger pack is in order. Within each pack are various "kits", to further help organize the gear.

We require each member to carry the pack at all times. This may seem a bit restrictive, but if you drop the pack to descend a short but steep slope and then find the subject's trail and start following it, your gear will be behind and above you, and completely useless to you. It's much better simply to take it with you all of the time.

18-HOUR PACK
   
Kit
ItemQuantity/UnitsCost
Meals
18-hour food3 non-cook$10.00
Pack
Small Pack (bookbag)1 18-hour$30.00
Field Uniform
   
 See Uniform Page

Fire Kit
   
 Firestarter2 tabs$1.00
 Lighter1 wind proof$1.00
 Matches12 waterproof$0.50
 Tinder2 Tabs$0.50
First Aid Kit
   
 4"x4" gauze4 sterile pads$2.00
 Alcohol Pads4 packets$1.00
 Antiacid tablets1 Roll$1.00
 Antibacterial ointment1 Tube$1.00
 Aspirin, etc.6 Tablets$1.00
 Band-Aids10 Assorted$1.00
 Battle dressing1 Sterile pack$2.00
 Cotton swabs3 Non-sterile$1.00
 Elastic roller bandage1 Roll$2.00
 EMT scissors1 Pair$10.00
 First Aid Tape1 roll$1.00
 Moleskin6 to 10 square inch$1.00
 Triangular bandage1 package$1.00
 Tweezers, splinter1 pair$5.00
Houdini Kit
   
 7mm rope50 feet$7.50
 Carabiner1 locking$10.00
 Carabiner2 oval or "D"$20.00
 Figure-81$10.00
 Prussiks2 24"$1.00
 Tubular webbing(1") 2 20' pieces$2.00

18-HOUR PACK
LIST CONTINUED  
Kit
ItemQuantity/UnitsCost
Murphy Kit
    Batteries4AA$5.00 Bulb1 spare$0.50 Flashlight1 emergency$10.00 Matches12 waterproof$0.50 Sewing kit1$5.00 Socks1 pair$5.00 Ziplock bags3 assorted$1.00
Nav Kit
    Map case1 Polypropylene$1.00 Map eraser1 vinyl$1.00 Map pen1 waterproof$1.00 Mapping compass1$25.00 Tent stakes2 aluminum$5.00
Personal Item
    Bandana1 2'x2'$1.00 Change (for phone) $1.00 Chapstick1 tube$0.50 Flashlight1$0.50 Gaiters1 pair$20.00 Insect repellent1 bottle$5.00 Knife1 multi-purpose$15.00 Log book1 weatherproof$5.00 Other:As needed$1.00 Other:As needed  Pen/Pencil1$0.25 Personal medications3 days  SAR ID card1$10.00 Sunglasses with retainer1$10.00 Sunscreen1 bottle$3.00 Toilet paper1 packet$2.00 Toothbrush1 collapsible$2.00 Towelette1 packet$0.25 Watch1 with alarm$20.00 Water bottle1 squeeze bottle$10.00 Whistle

1 with lanyard$1.00


SAR Kit

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Grid tape1 roll$1.00

a

Headlamp1$15.00

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Tape measure1 3 foot$5.00

a

Tracking stick1 collapsible$10.00
Survival Kit

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a

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a

Bandaids4 assorted$2.00

a

Boullion2 cubes$1.00

a

Candle1 stub$1.00

a

Compass1 Emergency$10.00

a

Duct Tape5 to 10 feet$1.00

a

Firestarter2 tabs$1.00

a

Matches12 waterproof$0.50

a

Metal container1 with lid$2.00

a

Razor blade1 straight edge$0.50

a

Safety pins3 assorted$0.50

a

Sugar2 packets$0.50

a

Wire, 14 gauge5 to 10 feet$5.00
Water Kit

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a

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a

Water bottle21 liter$10.00

a

Water purification1 bottle or pump$10.00

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Subtotal

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(18-hr pack)

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$542.00
36-HOUR PACK

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Meals
36-hour Food3 non-cook$10.00
Pack
Large Backpack1$150.00
Cold Weather Kit

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a

a

a

Gloves1 pair$10.00

a

Jacket/sweater1 weatherproof$30.00

a

Pants1 spare pair$20.00

a

Pants, pile1 pair$20.00

a

Shirt1 spare$10.00

a

Socks1 spare pair$5.00

a

Thermal bottom1 pair$10.00

a

Thermal top1$10.00

a

Underwear1 spare set$5.00


Equipment List

36-HOUR PACK

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Kit
ItemQuantity/UnitsCost
36-hour PACK

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a

a

Foul Weather Kit

a

a

a

a

Poncho/Parka1 sturdy20

a

Rain pants1 sturdy pair$20.00
Shelter Kit

a

a

a

a

Ground cloth15'x7'$20.00

a

Parachute cord50 feet$5.00

a

Tarp1 8'x10'$10.00

a

Tent stakes8 aluminum$10.00

a

a

a

a

a

a

a

Subtotal

a

a

a

(36-hr pack)
72 HOUR PACK

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a

$370.00
72-hour Food Kit

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a

a

a

Breakfasts3 cooked$5.00

a

Cook pots1 set$30.00

a

Cup1$4.00

a

Dinners3 cooked$10.00

a

Fuel bottle1 spare$5.00

a

Stove1$30.00

a

Utensils1 set$10.00
Sleep Kit

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a

a

a

Sleeping bag1 10x Bag$100.00

a

Sleeping pad1 full-length$20.00

a

Socks1 dry pair$5.00

a

T-shirt1 dry$5.00

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Underwear1 dry set$5.00

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a

a

a

a

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Subtotal

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72-hr pack

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a

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$229.00

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TOTAL COST FORALL PACKS

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$1,141.00