Are You Prepared Every Day?
Not long ago I attended a bridal shower where one of the games gave points for a list of items in your purse. As I went down the list, a picture of preparedness emerged. All of us have items we carry every day, like photo identification in the form of driver’s license, credit cards, membership cards, cell phones, and money. Don’t confuse this with a Bug-Out-Bag or the emergency kit you have in your car. In an emergency, if you couldn’t get to your auto or home, how would you get along? What do you carry with you every day?
What Do You Carry?
The items you carry everyday are often based on your health, profession and vanity. By rethinking these with a preparedness mindset, perhaps you may modify what’s in your EDC. We are limited by how much weight we are willing to carry and how we attach it to us. We are also limited by the number of pockets in clothing and by the number of free hands we have, so minimalism is critical.
The items in your EDC will be determined by several factors: do you live in an urban or rural place, where do you go every day, are you traveling on public transportation or on foot, what is the climate and the season of the year, is your route socially safe, and what are the local laws regarding what you carry?
Add These to Your Every Day Carry Kit
- Items that can help you get food like coins, cash or other small barter items.
- Energy bars that are high in calories and have a long shelf life.
- A 3 day’s supply of any medicine that you take regularly.
- Water purification tablets or a straw water filter and an empty (for storage) wide mouth water bottle.
- A Mylar survival blanket can provide shelter.
- Tools that will help you scavenge for food, like a Swiss Army knife or Leatherman multi-tool.
- Remember the Speedhook?
- Edible plant guide.
- Fire starter or lighter to build a fire to cook food on or keep you warm.
- Cell phones can contain emergency contact information. Even without service you can call 911.
- Rope or string, including unflavored dental floss or 550 paracord, for many binding purposes.
- Mini flashlight will provide light when you need it. Check batteries every few months.
- Personal protection devices (where permitted by law) can range from a whistle, pepper spray, self defense tools like tactical pens to hand guns.
- Hand sanitizers will help you avoid infection if you are exposed to others that are ill or if you sustain a wound. Bandaids got me extra points at the bridal shower.
- If you wear contacts or glasses, extras are a must along with saline packets.
- Remember knowledge trumps equipment every day of the week.
Whatever items you choose for your Every Day Carry, make sure you know how to use them.
Billie Nicholson, editor
Additional articles in this month’s issue:
Prepper Camp™ Recap
Emergency Medical Assessment
How’s Your Battery Health?
10 things You’ll Regret Not Having Enough of When the SHTF by Elise Xavier,
Waste Not … Want Not… Making Apple Cider Vinegar
Escaping a Riot
Our Solar Chef presents Solar Apple Potato Soup