what's in your flight bag, middle age edition

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  1. GeorgeC

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    • electrolyte powder
    • ibuprofen
     
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  2. Baked Potato

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    Student pilot edition - sick bags and ginger tablets.

    Had to use sick bags on maybe 4th? lesson. The one where I did steep turns for the first time. Haven't needed since, but haven't done foggles yet...
     
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    I only keep dayquil in my bag, and really use it once a year at most if I'm feeling draggy.

    Ibuprofen is interesting though. It may feature soon. :D

    What's the electrolyte powder for? I wonder if my ... mandatory stock of at least one widemouth gatorade on XC flights is fulfilling that need somehow. :D
     
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    3 days worth of prescriptions are in my RON bag. I hate giving up that much useful load, but it’s best to be safe.
     
  5. Lndwarrior

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    I carried a 20lb bag of everything under the sun for many years. Never used any of it.

    Now I carry nothing...
     
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    What's a flight bag?
     
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    Couple of empty Gatorade bottles
    Ibuprofen, Tylenol
    Sick-sacks for pax
    then all the standard stuff.
     
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    roll on Bio Freeze
    immodium
     
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    Dayquil contains Dextromethorphan, which is on the no fly list of meds. https://www.faa.gov/licenses_certificates/medical_certification/media/OTCMedicationsforPilots.pdf

    Electrolyte replacements can be good, but most people over do them. I use Sqwincher Quik Stiks. One small pack for a bottle of water. Most times, one per day and the rest of the time water is fine. In some situations 2 per day. But more than that can cause more trouble than they solve.
     
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    Dayquil contains Dextromethorphan, which is on the no fly list of meds. https://www.faa.gov/licenses_certificates/medical_certification/media/OTCMedicationsforPilots.pdf

    Electrolyte replacements can be good, but most people over do them. I use Sqwincher Quik Stiks. One small pack for a bottle of water. Most times, one per day and the rest of the time water is fine. In some situations 2 per day. But more than that can cause more issues than it solves.

    Ibuprofen is for kids. :) But the really good ones are prescription.
     
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    A couple of 5 hr energy drinks. I rarely use them and swap them out occasionally so they don't get old, but occasionally on a long leg they come in handy.
     
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    Bright orange safety vest that says pilot on it, in case I forget what my position is
     
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    You lucky dog. Mine are in my wife’s purse
     
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    Please define "middle age"
     
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    Roughly 500 to 1500 AD.
     
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    I'm feelin that old lol.
     
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    I convinced @RyanB that a FLASHlight would be good, too.
     
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    Thanks.

    What's the goal with the electrolyte packs? I mean... it's not exactly hard manual labor pushing the GPS and autopilot buttons while watching netflix on the ipad. :D
     
  22. MooneyDriver78

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    Change of clothes in case I get stuck.
    Reading glasses and sunglasses.
     
  23. GeorgeC

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    They're lightweight and low volume. I don't always remember to buy gatorade, but I almost always have a 12oz water bottle I can dump a packet into...

    Individually-wrapped wipes were useful when the kids were younger...
     
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    Relief Band for passengers
    Red flashlight and head lamp
    Various Lightening and USB mini cords, plus back up battery pack and cigarette lighter UCB power plug
    Spare plane keys
     
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    PLB, inReach, handheld VHF, Leatherman, flashlight, iPad, cell phone, reading glasses, and a jacket, regardless of season. Other than the jacket, it all fits in a little bag I got at Cabela's for under $20. There's always a blanket, spare headset, and leather gloves in the airplane, too. Then there's the airplane stuff. . . .

    Medications are a good idea that I haven't done yet.
     
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    Sorry, as opposed to, say, Water? What are they doin for ya that they're a packable item.
     
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    For a cross-country trip: One forty-five caliber automatic. Two boxes of ammunition. Four days' concentrated emergency rations. One drug issue containing antibiotics, morphine, vitamin pills, pep pills, sleeping pills, tranquilizer pills. One miniature combination Russian phrase book and Bible. One hundred dollars in rubles. One hundred dollars in gold. Nine packs of chewing gum. One issue of prophylactics. Three lipsticks. Three pair of nylon stockings.

    For winter, I just pack my life-sustaining supplies: Cornmeal, gunpowder, ham hocks, and guitar strings.
     
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    Headset, tablet, flashlight, pencil, paper sectional, tissues, Leatherman tool, water bottle.
     
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    If I did my math correctly, that's 10 mm^3 which translates to a cube 2.15mm on a side. On the plus side, that would be pretty easy to pack.
     
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    Afrin. Ain’t a middle age thing, though. USAF allowed 1 shot to get you down if there was sinus block. Since the biggest pressure changes are below 5,000ft, makes sense to keep it with the headset.
     
  31. Lndwarrior

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    Clearly deserves the award for the best comment of the year!!!!
     
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    Since I used to fly over the desert it just made sense to carry a coupla these....

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    Some of these as well....

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    1 30 gal trash bag
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    Nauga,
    the utilitarian
     
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    And while waiting to be rescued....

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    We carried a lot of this in our survival bag in Alaska...:lol::lol:
     
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    I love the Slim Pickens list. When I first heard it as a kid, I dove for a pen and paper so I could write it down. Much to the annoyance of my parents.

    I'm kinda old, I rent, and I sadly don't fly a B-52, so my current list is different: Headset, extra battery for same, paper cheat-sheets for local airports and some personal checklists, Chinese android tablet with avare, usually a battery pack with cables, flashlight, spare glasses, foggles, and an HT with a lithium battery and headset adapter. Usually I'll toss a bottle of water in there, too.
     
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    So funny you mention this, today I rode my motorcycle to go fly for the first time. Having previously located all my required documents in the aircraft I left the bag at home and brought the following items with me to the airport for a short VFR flight:

    Keys, iPad.

    Shockingly, the airplane flew fine without the big old bag of crap and I didn't miss it.
     
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    A fifth of whiskey, some tranquilizers and instructions on how to fly a plane.
     
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    If you had a plane full of locals coming home from a trip to Walmart, you prolly had plenty of Pabst or Rainier as well. Maybe even some Fireball.
     
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    Altitude can be dehydrating. Lower moisture content due to lower temps. Hot cockpit before take off and after landing. Standing in the sun fueling. Pushing airplane on the ramp. Hot and humid at the field.

    Most times, you don't need them. But they are small and light, so I carry a few, pretty much all the time.
     
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    Two different things. In plane survival kit and what I carry in my flight bag that comes and goes with me.

    Airplane is getting a survival kit from here - http://www.dougritter.com/

    My flight bag has headset or two. Some sectionals (not too far out of date). iPad. Mounts. Flashlight. Headlamp. CPU-26A/P (USAF small E-6B, just because I have always carried one). A plotter. Knee board.