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I would like some thoughts on old ideas about insurance for rainy days where the insurance may help you in making your future days more "sunny" and cheerful down the road.

I am referring to Papillon - Henri Charriere and his holiday on Devil's Island as an enforced guest. There was a movie based on his story starring Steve McQueen and Dustin Hoffman.

Charriere mentions in his writing about plans in the hind quarters or regions of the nether zones....basically a tube with currency and/or other gizmos.

I am thinking a prepared plan might contain the following:

baby SAK

diamond sharpener

hacksaw blades

tiny mirror & compass

sparking rod

sewing needles

currency applicable to AO

copper wire-galvanic electrolysis to "rust" out

Now my theoretical question is...

what would the best modern plan consist of?


in the metal detector age what should the plan be constructed of?

Some thoughts...

some items would be AO specific but common denominators can be constant:


halazone tabs

other medicinals

an LED light

the storage comparment would be a nearly constant 37.3'C so this might not be great for long term storage of most chemical substances plus might affect the battery life-batteries also I believe emit toxic vapors in minute amounts and need adequate ventilation.

Ideas and comments?
Are you suggesting keestering.....ahem....a mini-kit?

I think if you are reduced to that denominator, you have far bigger problems facing you......

This is obviously isn't something that should ever be what they call "EDC" but for certain folk in certain environments, it has definite value. For the rest of us, for all the good it will do you, you might as well stick it up your, well, no. I guess not. <img src='http://www.hoodswoods.net/IVB/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/biggrin.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt='Big Grin' />

Drug running "Mules" use a form of this device today, made of plastic and uhm, probably uncomfortably large, for carrying drugs through metal detectors.

Considering you're talking about packing the thing (get it?) full of metal tools, it really doesn't matter what the actual container is made of, you're going to get a big DING! if you try to pass it (oh, I kill myself!) through a metal detector.

Don has an excellent article on the subject here...

You can also try to hide these items in plain sight. For example, the frames of your glasses are made of stainless steel and are sharpened to a razors edge with a plastic guard to keep from cutting yourself. If you wear dentures, hollow teeth with essentials packed into them. Plenty of imaginative ways and amazing tricks.
Henri Charriere and the criminal subculture he associated with used them for money. That was indispensable for most escape attempts.

The only time this really makes sense is if you anticipate being in an environment where other humans will search you and take things. Generally a wallet is preferable for day-to-day use.
Thanks for the thoughts.

I did read Don Rearic's excellent article after reading Banco which got me started thinking on this topic.

I was thinking of an audience such as businessmen or travelers in shady areas who might have need of such. The concept has been around for some time so I thought it might be interesting to see it updated mentally.

I do agree that using a wallet is preferable but occasionally folks have been relieved of their wallet by other "concerned" people thus leaving the original wallet-bearer empty.
[quote name='Howard Wallace' post='242484' date='May 18 2008, 07:04 PM']Henri Charriere and the criminal subculture he associated with used them for money. That was indispensable for most escape attempts.[/quote]

What a delightfully exotic and rather stinky subject. Between the writings of Henri Charierre and Rene Belbenoit, it's fairly clear that there were two basic ideas when speaking of the Plan d'Evasion.

1. Money and other valuables like diamonds and pearls. Charierre carried currency as well as diamonds and pearls when he encountered them.

2. Along with currency, a small saw blade or handcuff key for that time and place...a very small screwdriver. Things that were indispensable for the physical aspects of escape. Belbenoit wrote about this.

Other interesting things were solid gold* plans as well as a small pocketknife. In the movie "Papillon," one convict asks Henri for a knife so he can injure himself because it was easier to escape from the hospital. In the book, the convict had his own knife in his plan.

*Well, not solid gold, then you would be carrying an ingot. <img src='http://www.hoodswoods.net/IVB/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/smile.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt='Smile' /> But the actual tube was gold and not gold plated.

Can you say "Exit Only"?
Hmmmm, I think I'll pass on the "trunk storage" idea.

Besides that, if you hear dueling banjos playing in the woods, then someone is about to find your stash anyway. <img src='http://www.hoodswoods.net/IVB/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/ohmy.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':o' />

On a related note, I read somewhere of people having cut diamonds implanted under their skin for emergency "currency."

Is this true, does anyone know of a FACTUAL instance of this happening?
Hey, I'm not necessarily advocating it and I certainly don't look forward to the day where you would have to seriously consider it but I found it fascinating in a non-scatological way...the lengths (puns galore!) that people will go to in order to survive hostile environments. The American OSS had these kits along with the British SOE, the KGB had them as well.
And it really makes an impression on the checkers at Wall-Mart when you produce the funds to pay for your purchase.

Don't ask me how I know.
Why does the term "cavity search" seem fitting?


well, hopefully if one hears duelling banjos in the woods an alert Hoodlum will make a prudent and fast deliverance from the scene.

I too did hear long ago of objects being concealed under the skin...ah, it was I think someone who supposedly had surgery and had bandages over the incision which had something concealed there. A smuggler? I imagine it could not be concealed for long periods of time or it might start something nasty in the body in that area.
[quote name='Howard Wallace' post='242961' date='May 19 2008, 09:31 PM']And it really makes an impression on the checkers at Wall-Mart when you produce the funds to pay for your purchase.

Don't ask me how I know.[/quote]

Just goes to show when you try to talk about something serious, someone drives up in a truck and tosses out the blather.

Just to play along, the service you receive at a China-Mart would quite likely match the coating on a recently ejected Plan d'Evasion. <img src='http://www.hoodswoods.net/IVB/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/smile.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt='Smile' />
So should we start carrying lubicated condoms as opposed to non-lubicated in our mini kits now? <img src='http://www.hoodswoods.net/IVB/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/laugh.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':lol:' />
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