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Does anyone else carry this in their GET HOME BAG?

Discussion in 'Survival/Preparedness Forum' started by TunaFisherman, Oct 1, 2011.

  1. TunaFisherman

    TunaFisherman Halibut Hunter

    Dec 10, 2009
    West of the East coast
    I carry a few things I think people tend to forget...I never see this on any list

    5 HOUR ENERGY DRINK.. Small and easy to carry.

    Who can carry a thermos of coffee if you need to stay alert and awake to get home which could mean hours/days of walking...

  2. G29Reload

    G29Reload Tread Lightly

    Sep 28, 2009
    I am sick of their ads, actually.

    Lots more talk of the Gatorade pouches for your water bottle.

    I tried one of those so called energy drinks, didn't really do much. Bigger buzz out of a cup of coffee.

  3. Bushflyr

    Bushflyr ʇno uıƃuɐɥ ʇsnɾ Millennium Member

    Mar 17, 1999
    Western WA
    Caffeine Pills. Cheaper, lighter, better.

    ETA: Or Go Pills, if you can get them.
    Last edited: Oct 1, 2011
  4. TunaFisherman

    TunaFisherman Halibut Hunter

    Dec 10, 2009
    West of the East coast
    I dont drink coffee. Never have. Caffeine pills make me sick.
    I have found these work well for me. Try staying on wheel watch at night on a black ocean...
    And I have enuff gatorade pouches.
    But thanks for the comments.
    Any other alternatives to pills or the drink?
    Last edited: Oct 1, 2011
  5. MadMonkey

    MadMonkey Spershul Furces

    Aug 18, 2010
    If the situation was THAT bad, I'm pretty sure I could stay awake. I'd stick to water.
  6. Snaps

    Snaps Hail 2 The King

    Apr 8, 2004
    SWPA sticks
    those things are disgusting.
  7. TangoFoxtrot

    TangoFoxtrot OIF 04-05

    Sep 10, 2008
    Nowhereville, USA
    No, they never worked for me. I carry whey protein powder mix in my GHB and BOB.
  8. bdcochran


    Sep 23, 2005
    Los Angeles
    You are probably better off carrying a small vial of potassium and magnesium tablets.

    Gatorade - developed by Florida scientist with taxpayer money. After suit, you, the taxpayer got some money back. Electrolitic solution.
  9. banger


    Nov 8, 2005
    Where evil lives

    For most people the problem is just the opposite.

    In times of high stress, it can be difficult to impossible to fall asleep.

    Sleep deprivation causes both mental and physical problem all by itself.

    Consider, the last time you were involved in an argument, did you fall asleep?

    Now, magnify this by many factors.

    EDIT: Simply to make my point, have you ever talked to a "speed freak" after being awake for several days?

    That sir, is an experience.
    Last edited: Oct 1, 2011
  10. Lugi


    Nov 23, 2006
    It's all bull****...these ENERGY DRINKS are crap, look at the warning labels. They ain't no good for ya at all....

    And these damn people that drink are wacked out of their mind...people at work are like "didn't have time to eat so I'll drink a 5 hour and be fine"... they think it's a substitute for eating right and taking care of them selves.
  11. cowboy1964


    Sep 4, 2009
    If it's going to take days of walking to get to your destination, an energy drink isn't going to make any difference.

    Water with some Gatorade packages and appropriate food is much better.
    Last edited: Oct 1, 2011
  12. Aceman


    Nov 30, 2008
    I actually have some ginko/ginseng/vitamin energy drink mix for general alertness improvement. Nothing as hokey as 5 hour energy though.

    I also carry allergy meds as a bonus sleep product.
  13. PlasticGuy


    Jul 10, 2000
    I work rotating shifts, and I work armed nuclear security. I spend a lot of lonely nights in sniper towers. While I try to limit myself to 6 or so energy drinks per month, I do use them. I use the extra strength 5 Hour Energy drinks in particular. They are the same as the normal ones, but with a little more caffeine.

    When you need to stay awake during a long boring night, and the reason you are there is to keep bad guys outside the wire, you do whatever you need to. Sound like a role you could see yourself in?
  14. TunaFisherman

    TunaFisherman Halibut Hunter

    Dec 10, 2009
    West of the East coast
    I assume most of my replies work normal 9 to 5 jobs. I work nights/days/weekends....
    I dont use them alot, maybe 3 times a month. but when your totally exhausted after being up for 36+ hours they help. Some of the guys drink coffee,I dont. I can use one and when its time to sleep, I can.
    Even in a stressful situation your body can only run so long before it crashes.
    I keep a couple in my bag just in case.
    Last edited: Oct 1, 2011
  15. Bushflyr

    Bushflyr ʇno uıƃuɐɥ ʇsnɾ Millennium Member

    Mar 17, 1999
    Western WA
  16. mac66

    mac66 Huge Member Millennium Member

    Oct 28, 1999
    Blue Planet
    My generation gap is showing here. I've never tried any energy drink. So I guess I have to ask if any of them actually do anything or are they basically just sugar and caffeine?
  17. sebecman


    Jun 13, 2008
    Been there done that in spades.

    I did it with coffee and cigarettes.

    I would suggest learning to like (or dislike less) coffee.....and not use energy drinks, no science backing me up just my personal experience.
  18. PlasticGuy


    Jul 10, 2000
    It depends on which kind. Some are little more than Coca-Cola with a few vitamins in them. Others are the biological version of jet fuel, with some high doses of "supplements". The good ones are just a caffeine delivery system.

    I like the 5-Hour Energy extra strength. They do have some supplements and preservatives, but not as much as many others. They work because they have as much caffeine as 1.5 cups of coffee. They are only an ounce, so you don't need empty the bladder 10 minutes after you drink it. Keeping a couple in my pack at work takes up almost no space, adds almost no weight, and can be a life saver when staring at a dark fence at 3:30am.
  19. Stevekozak

    Stevekozak Returning video

    Nov 9, 2008
    I think it is a fine idea. They do work. I think alot of the ppl replying here think you are talking about an energy beverage like Red Bull or Rockstar or Monster, and not the energy shot you are talking about. I have used the shots from time to time to stay awake and get through late night on-call situations. Like you, they kept me alert for the time I needed them too, but allowed me to sleep when I needed to. Coffee jangles my nerves and makes me piss like a racehorse. Not great when you need to concentrate!!
  20. I think it's very important to carry caffeine - but preferably in pill form, or those little instant coffee packets you can get from Starbucks & similar.

    Apart from the obvious uses of keeping awake, alert & more energized, for anyone who is used to caffeine on a regular basis, suddenly being without it can be debilitating. Been there, done that. The headaches and slugishness are just brutal and can last for days.

    And guess what the only real remedy is?

    Yep, caffeine.

    Sure you can wean yourself off - and will have to if you bug out, but going cold turkey off caffeine can be nasty.

    For that reason alone, I consider caffeine a must in anyone's kit.