I like the idea of the "scratch and sniff" sample.
When I took the kids on a long road trip without hubby, I'd leave a Polaroid
(Goes back several years, huh?) picture of how we looked the day we left.
An idential shot went into the ar's glove ompartment. Kids change fast and
even hair color/cut can change one's appearance signigficantly. I also left
our itinerary, my car license #. My final "coup des gras" was to dress the
boys similarly each day. Everyone would wear say, navy blue shorts with a
red and blue T-shirt. The T's didn't have to match, just be of the same
color scheme. I was figuring if one went missing, I'd have a very recent
picture on hand and I could push a still found kid to the forefront and say
the other was "dressed like this." Who knows what one will remember in a
panic? A side benefit was that when we stopped to do laundry, I didn't have
a lot to worry about with sorting clothes...
I'm thinking that it wouldn't be a bad idea to get a few pics of me with
gear and also without my backpack, but dressed for the trail-no make-up,
maybe tousled hair, too. You know, as I really look after hiking a few
days, not the presentable, made-up city look. It is OK if people don't
recognize me from one place to the other... Put those pictures into that
bag with my "smell" and maybe stuff that into the freezer. Heck, put in a
hair sample with root end, too. It could make the search and possibly body
ID easier. No one likes to think about these things, but family survivors
deserve to know...
Re: Survival/emergency topics, was Solar Stills
Posted by: "pure mahem" pure_mahem@...
Date: Mon Dec 3, 2007 3:49 pm ((PST))
This may seem a little weird but I remember when I was a kid they said that
before you leave you should do a couple of things. leave the itenarary. take
piece of cloth and rub it under your arms and behind your ears and if
wipe some sweat off your brow with it and put it in a ziploc bag. take a
fluffy towel and lay a piece of alluminum foil over it and leave the
of the shoes you'll be wearing on it. Then leave this with a friend or
member so it can aid in finding you if you do get lost and need rescue
look for you. Personally I usually just tell people where I'm going and when
expect to be back, if it's a long trip I do the itenarary. I would probably
the other two if I wasn't going to be back for a week or more.