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  1. #1
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    Arrow 'I.N.C.H.' Kits (I'm.Never.Coming.Home.)...whats in yours,or what would be in yours?

    Hi Guys,
    A familiar concept I have heard of a few times is the 'I.N.C.H.' Kit...meaning (I'm.Never.Coming.Home.)
    Many many people have various ideas on the 'I.N.C.H.' Kit itself, and alot of it overlaps with survival kits and BOBs and such so if you have any experience with these concepts then you have a head start on the guys who have no idea about any of it. :)

    So some examples of an 'I.N.C.H.' Kit are:

    Weapons:
    AK-47 w/ sling, spare firing pin, recoil spring, gas piston
    Walther P-22 w/ Suppressor
    Ammo+Mags for both
    Knives (Folding and Fixed)

    Gun Cleaning:
    Breakfree CLP and/or Rem-Oil
    Brass and Nylon Brushes
    Rags and cleaning patches
    Boresnakes for each caliber
    Xtra Universal Rifle Cleaning kit that can do ALL Calibers

    Tools:
    Hammer and nails for shelter
    Toenail Clippers, scissors, etc.
    X-Acto Knife
    Multi-tools, a few
    Bolt Cutters

    Shelter:
    -US Military Issue Sleeping bags,3 layer gore-tex set
    -Space blankets, just in case

    Clothes:
    -Sunglasses for snow-blindness and so on, at least 2 pair
    -Ponchos and liners
    -Wool socks, 3 pair minumum
    -Boots,Tactical-H2O proof, maybe an extra pair for Snow travel
    -Gloves, various pairs, Oakley, etc. SOem for work and soem for Rappelling etc.

    Contents of Main Kit
    -9 MRE entres
    -6 MRE sides
    -6 MRE brownies
    -5 MRE cracker
    -2 MRE Cheeze packet
    -2 MRE PB packet
    -misc MRE accessories
    -2 P-38 Canopeners and 2 P-51s
    -AM/FM radio for 'news'
    -German Utensels knife fork spoon with can opener (CO holds it together)
    -Potable Aqua tabs
    -PA+ and Katadyn filter system
    -Nalgene sports bottle
    -OSHA HEPA Dust masks
    -Red hardhat for various projects
    -Leather work gloves with reflective backs
    -safety glasses/Sunglasses "AOE" available at LOWEs and Home Depot
    -yellow vest with reflective tape for various projects...'blending'
    - a few more Space Blankets and a Space Sleeping bag or Tarp
    -4 in 1 tool or Halligan tool
    -300 ft roll 550para-cord
    -6 pens
    -4 pencils
    -'Write in the Rain' notebook
    -2 sharpies
    -2 regular marker
    -2 automatic center punch
    -2D glow in the dark flashlight spare batteries
    -2AA LED flashlight + spare batteries
    -Storm whistle w/lanyard or Whistle Zipper pulls
    -rolls of ductape
    -rolls of masking tape
    -O.D. or Black small firstaid kit butt pack for mini-kit carry
    -Med sized Fixed blade w/Kydex sheith
    -Gerber big game kit in pouch for dressing Game
    -Gerber Folding saw wood and bone blade's for shelter and such
    -4" folding Knife of some sort
    -2 Inova X-5 LEDs or Surefire 6P LED Flashlights
    -4 Inova microlights or some kinda little microlight, at least 2 in IR
    -Multiple pairs of latex gloves (meant for FA Kit and other purposes like Game dressing,etc.)

    Misc:
    Storm Proof Matches
    Lighters lots of bic lighters.
    Magnesium stick
    Flashlight
    550 cord

    Contents of small firstaid kit
    -3 rolls of kling wrap (Horse leg wrapping) in White or camo or whatever color
    -Israeli Bandages,Multiple
    -2 triangle bandages
    -Bag of clothes pins ( triage tags )
    -roll of cloth tape
    -18 telfa pads
    -Two 4" rolls of gauze
    -Two 2" rolls of gauze
    -Four 4x4 gauze
    -Four 2x2 gauze
    -asst band-aids
    -2 bag non latex gloves
    -3 EMT shears
    -Earplugs for various things
    -1 Immodium AD bottle 100ct
    -1 APAP bottle 500ct
    -1 bottle generic decongestant
    -1 bottle generic antihistimine
    -2 sets tweezers

    CONTENTS of Large FAK
    latex gloves
    Stethoscope
    Blood pressure cuff
    4 8x7 combine dressings
    4 8x10 combine dressings
    1 bulk dressing
    2 occlusive dressings
    2 convience bags (barf/urine)
    5 surgical masks with eye shields
    4 triangular bandages
    2 large oral airways
    2 small oral airways
    roll paper tape
    roll cloth tape
    23 3x3 gauze pads
    EMS fieldguide BLS & intermediate
    1 Box of 20 Curaid silver bandages
    3 4" rolls of gauze
    2 2" rolls of gauze
    Can of spray dressing (for road rash and stuff)
    EMT Shears
    bottle of tylenol
    bottle of guiffesin
    triple antibiotic
    vapo rub
    misc OTC stuff

    Other Various Essentials:
    x Bibles
    o Katadyn
    o Iodine Tablets
    o Nalgene
    o Can Opener p-38

    That is one guys G.O.D. kit (Get Outta Dodge) kit. Kinda neat and close to what we're talking about.
    ----
    what do you guys think?

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    You're the same guy as on the ZS forum, eh? ;)

    I won't go into a list, but just repeat my philosophical idea of an INCH versus a BOB versus a GHB.

    IMO, a BOB and GHB are the same thing. It's just that in the second case, I'm bugging out from somewhere other than home and my BOL is my home.

    So, to me the difference between a BOB and an INCH is that in a BOB you carry what you need to accomplish the mission. In an INCH, you carry what you need to MAKE what you need for the duration (since, by definition an INCH is for an indefinite period).

    Example is I'll carry several days of rations in a BOB, but no fishing kit. In an INCH bag, I'd only carry rations for the initial day or two, and carry the makings of a fishing kit, traps, and snares, since I can't carry enough food for an indefinite period.

    Another example is in a bug out, I'm going some place definite, and in a certain period of time. Only basic shelter besides my clothes will be necessary. In an INCH, I may have to make a more permanent shelter, so something like an axe and full size bow saw would be included in the INCH kit, but not a BOB.

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    Howdy fellow ZS'ers. :)
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    "I don't believe in a government that protects us from ourselves"

    -Ronald Reagan

  4. #4
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    Quote Originally Posted by Eric Draven View Post
    Hi Guys,
    Weapons:
    AK-47 w/ sling, spare firing pin, recoil spring, gas piston
    Walther P-22 w/ Suppressor
    Ammo+Mags for both
    Knives (Folding and Fixed)

    Gun Cleaning:
    Breakfree CLP and/or Rem-Oil
    Brass and Nylon Brushes
    Rags and cleaning patches
    Boresnakes for each caliber
    Xtra Universal Rifle Cleaning kit that can do ALL Calibers

    Tools:
    Hammer and nails for shelter
    Toenail Clippers, scissors, etc.
    X-Acto Knife
    Multi-tools, a few
    Bolt Cutters

    Shelter:
    -US Military Issue Sleeping bags,3 layer gore-tex set
    -Space blankets, just in case

    Clothes:
    -Sunglasses for snow-blindness and so on, at least 2 pair
    -Ponchos and liners
    -Wool socks, 3 pair minumum
    -Boots,Tactical-H2O proof, maybe an extra pair for Snow travel
    -Gloves, various pairs, Oakley, etc. SOem for work and soem for Rappelling etc.

    Contents of Main Kit
    -9 MRE entres
    -6 MRE sides
    -6 MRE brownies
    -5 MRE cracker
    -2 MRE Cheeze packet
    -2 MRE PB packet
    -misc MRE accessories
    -2 P-38 Canopeners and 2 P-51s
    -AM/FM radio for 'news'
    -German Utensels knife fork spoon with can opener (CO holds it together)
    -Potable Aqua tabs
    -PA+ and Katadyn filter system
    -Nalgene sports bottle
    -OSHA HEPA Dust masks
    -Red hardhat for various projects
    -Leather work gloves with reflective backs
    -safety glasses/Sunglasses "AOE" available at LOWEs and Home Depot
    -yellow vest with reflective tape for various projects...'blending'
    - a few more Space Blankets and a Space Sleeping bag or Tarp
    -4 in 1 tool or Halligan tool
    -300 ft roll 550para-cord
    -6 pens
    -4 pencils
    -'Write in the Rain' notebook
    -2 sharpies
    -2 regular marker
    -2 automatic center punch
    -2D glow in the dark flashlight spare batteries
    -2AA LED flashlight + spare batteries
    -Storm whistle w/lanyard or Whistle Zipper pulls
    -rolls of ductape
    -rolls of masking tape
    -O.D. or Black small firstaid kit butt pack for mini-kit carry
    -Med sized Fixed blade w/Kydex sheith
    -Gerber big game kit in pouch for dressing Game
    -Gerber Folding saw wood and bone blade's for shelter and such
    -4" folding Knife of some sort
    -2 Inova X-5 LEDs or Surefire 6P LED Flashlights
    -4 Inova microlights or some kinda little microlight, at least 2 in IR
    -Multiple pairs of latex gloves (meant for FA Kit and other purposes like Game dressing,etc.)

    Misc:
    Storm Proof Matches
    Lighters lots of bic lighters.
    Magnesium stick
    Flashlight
    550 cord

    Contents of small firstaid kit
    -3 rolls of kling wrap (Horse leg wrapping) in White or camo or whatever color
    -Israeli Bandages,Multiple
    -2 triangle bandages
    -Bag of clothes pins ( triage tags )
    -roll of cloth tape
    -18 telfa pads
    -Two 4" rolls of gauze
    -Two 2" rolls of gauze
    -Four 4x4 gauze
    -Four 2x2 gauze
    -asst band-aids
    -2 bag non latex gloves
    -3 EMT shears
    -Earplugs for various things
    -1 Immodium AD bottle 100ct
    -1 APAP bottle 500ct
    -1 bottle generic decongestant
    -1 bottle generic antihistimine
    -2 sets tweezers

    CONTENTS of Large FAK
    latex gloves
    Stethoscope
    Blood pressure cuff
    4 8x7 combine dressings
    4 8x10 combine dressings
    1 bulk dressing
    2 occlusive dressings
    2 convience bags (barf/urine)
    5 surgical masks with eye shields
    4 triangular bandages
    2 large oral airways
    2 small oral airways
    roll paper tape
    roll cloth tape
    23 3x3 gauze pads
    EMS fieldguide BLS & intermediate
    1 Box of 20 Curaid silver bandages
    3 4" rolls of gauze
    2 2" rolls of gauze
    Can of spray dressing (for road rash and stuff)
    EMT Shears
    bottle of tylenol
    bottle of guiffesin
    triple antibiotic
    vapo rub
    misc OTC stuff

    Other Various Essentials:
    x Bibles
    o Katadyn
    o Iodine Tablets
    o Nalgene
    o Can Opener p-38

    what do you guys think?
    As an old grunt who had to carry all manner of government-issue, must-have goodies on a young, healthy body I think you need to put all the above together on a scale, weigh it and then ask yourself if it is practical. After that, take it all, pack it up and then go spend 10 days humping it through the Cascades. I'll give you the rest of what I think after you come back and tell me what YOU think.
    Last edited by P.D.; 08-31-2009 at 11:13 AM.

  5. #5
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    I had never heard of this term, - I.N.C.H. - untill it was mentioned on another thread of Eric's.

    Seems to me that without some form of transport, - be it a 4 x 4, boat, mules, - whatever, we aren't going to be getting much kit anywhere!

    I would tend to look at those who first opened up the interior of the Americas, Southern Africa, Australia etc.

    Certain staples will be required. - then we must trap and hunt. Maybe even plant.

    Building tools are a must.

    Complicated question really.

    Surviving for a few weeks is one thing.

    This idea here is more of an almost permanent move to the wilderness.

    I would think along the lines of:
    "I'm going into the interior, to build me a cabin and live in it. - I want no more contact with anybody else, neighbouring towns etc. Now what will I need?"

    Regards,
    Anthony.
    If you have to fight, do not fear death.
    We will all die one day, so fight skillfully and bravely!
    And if it is to be that you die, then at least go to God proudly.
    Meet him as the proud warrior that you once were, and not as a sniveling coward.
    Nobody lives forever.

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    My I.N.C.H. kit is a stocked-and-equipped cruising yacht. I'm too old to be carrying 120 pouunds of gear into the wilderness trying to do the Robinson Crusoe deal.
    Ceterum autem censeo, Carthaginem esse delendam

  7. #7
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    I assumed this was for a "mechanized" escape.
    Just like our troops, an engine and tires makes carrying extra gear a no-brainer.

    I can't imagine walking out my front door in an emergency and walking PAST my 4x4 SUV that already has lots of gear in the back every day. Maybe in the event of EMP, it would be a long march, but then, am I leaving to escape the radiation as well?

    Where I am headed is obviously a big factor. Do I have a second home or retreat that is already stocked? Am I going to stay with friends or family? Again, presuming my only choice is living in the woods with NO outside supplies seems the most bleak scenario, but it is plausible.

    There is a great supply list that Teddy Roosevelt put together for the safari he and his son Kermit took in Africa 100 or so years ago. It filled a freakin' steamer ship but raised a lot of questions in my mind about what one REALLY needs.

    Other factors are with whom you are bugging out.
    Do you have family members with specific medical needs?
    Women requiring feminine hygiene products? Can you compartmentalize by persons' training, i.e. Med Kit with someone trained in first aid?

    Good discussion, but there is a big grey area between my life today and "The Road".

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    I am a ZS member and I found this list from a ZS member....but I dont post there much. I like WT better. :)

    Anyways, Yes, Its not my list and granted it is a LONNNNNG list...but I can see the need for some of it. And I am guessing that an INCH situation would HAVE TO warrant having a vehicle of some sort, especially if you're carrying THAT much gear.

    The thought that an INCH situation is absurd is absurd IMHO because no one I know can tell the future and some guys feel they need to prepare a special 'kit' for that special 'I dont have a home anymore becuz _______ (fill in the blank,Like Mad Libs)....it blew up, or is was hit by a tornado, or becuz it was taken over my chimpanzees, or whatever'. Hopefully you'd be heading toward somewhere that you had land or had a small cabin you were already beginning to build, but if not, hopefully you had somewhere in your head that you wanted to go that you knew how to get to.

    I dont see anything wrong with guys brainstorming over what they would take if they were facing and INCH situation. But thats just me.

    I'm curious what a military trained person might take as opposed to a civvie. I'm also curious what a Survival trained person might take vs. someone with little training. You know what I mean? Someone with very little training thinks they need EVERYTHING and they kitchen sink. I'm curious what it would be like to come at this situation from different training backgrounds and different mindsets.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eric Draven View Post
    The thought that an INCH situation is absurd is absurd IMHO ...
    My most likely INCH scenario involves a wildfire sweeping through my area. I'll probably have very little warning, only enough time to round up family members and to try to make it out alive. In this situation, the house will likely be a total loss, so I won't be coming back for a long long time. Thus, homeowner's insurance, copies of important papers offsite, and that sort of thing.

    The details of the first-aid kit in the truck, or what kind of tactical knife I have, won't matter so much.
    Ceterum autem censeo, Carthaginem esse delendam

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrSal View Post
    INCH kit sounds completely absurd to me, I have no intention of NOT coming back home. Becoming a refugee is not an option, a "get me home' bag which I keep in all my vehicles is another matter; if I happen to be stranded for a few days somewhere...
    There's more than a few reasons an INCH might be necessary.

    Fires/tornadoes/hurricane/volcano eruption sweep through your area. Congratulations, you no longer have a home.

    Get a divorce, it takes everything. Ditto the above.

    Economy sucks, you lose your job, can't get a new one, you lose your home.

    These are but mundane reasons you might be INCHing along. Do anyof them require building a cabin in the woods? No, but having been through one of them, you save money a lot faster squatting in the woods than paying $150/wk for an efficiency or motel room.

    As for having a place to go. I'm glad everyone on the internet has enough money for another place they can move to at a whim, reorganize theirs lives and sit high on the hog. Back in reality, very few people have that. If they had it, they most likely got rid of it trying to maintain their primary if their reason for INCHing is economic.

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