CHOSHI, Japan – Most of us have enough trouble remembering our train passes and car keys when we set out each day. Florida-born Sonya Baumstein had to pack everything she needed for an up-to-six-month solo journey across the Pacific by rowboat that she began Sunday. Some highlights of her provisions and equipment:
More than 1,000 pounds (450 kilograms) of food in the form of 900 dehydrated meals, 180 drink supplements — the equivalent of 7,000 to 10,000 calories a day, plus olive oil to help control weight loss.
Water, water, everywhere, and with two desalinating machines — one solar-powered and one electric — Baumstein will be generating 30 liters (8 gallons) of water an hour. She is also carrying 60 liters (16 gallons) of spare water, just in case.
Packed in 20 water-tight baggies. For temperatures from hot to cold.
Six oars; three buckets and a unique system of devices to take seawater samples, measure temperature, depth and wind speed and also the boat's GPS coordinates. An automated identification system will help pinpoint her location. A lifeboat, solar panels, flares and, of course, a life vest. Other safety equipment include a lifeboat and emergency medical supplies such as IVs, which Baumstein has practiced using on herself.