Equipment and supplies aboard rowboat to cross the Pacific

CHOSHI, Japan (AP) 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:

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FOOD

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. Included: supplements, Kit Kats, plenty of peanut butter.

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WATER

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.

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CLOTHING

Packed in 20 water-tight baggies. For temperatures from hot to cold.

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EQUIPMENT

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.

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ENTERTAINMENT

Podcasts, audiobooks, music, as rewards for hard days of rowing, she says.

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