My old Kayaking Kit

While I wait for the bits and pieces of cheap gear that I have ordered online to show up down at the post office, I wanted to share one last emergency kit that turned up as I searched through the stuff I had hanging around.

Originally there were two of these. One each for my wife and I. One of them is amongst the missing, but I thought I would show you what I had stuffed into them back maybe 18 years ago. Our kayaks came with little circular lockports on the rear deck, with a screw-on and snap-closed lid. Inside was a mesh pocket that hung down. We found them too small for most purposes, but they were perfect for these peanut butter jar emergency kits.

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The only thing missing is the Mylar space blanket. That got repurposed into the kit I renovated for TOG. And the only thing you might not be able to identify, is the green tube resting in the jar lid.

That is a battery operated mosquito repeller that emits a high-pitched squeal that is nearly sub-audible. I bought a half dozen of them years ago at one of the Fell-Off-ATruck-Stops. They work great for me, and with it clipped to the collar of my shirt, I am almost never bothered by the mosquitoes and blackflies that swarm up here in Maine from May through the 4th of July, but a number of people to whom I loaned a unit were less happy with their results. I’m going to pull that out and put it on a pack strap just so it will be along for the ride.