Ready at All Times: Everyday Carry

Being prepared doesn’t just mean being ready for the worst case scenarios of the future. It’s also important to be prepared for the things that could go wrong on any given day. Nothing makes you feel more confident than knowing you have the tools to tackle an unexpected turn of events.

It’s one thing to fix yourself up a nice bug-out bag, but it’s equally important to make sure you have a collection of items that you can carry with you at all times. This takes a bit of prioritization of course; you can’t very well haul 12 gallons of water to the mall. Instead, look at some of the items you may need in some unusual but not altogether unlikely scenarios.

When it comes to your everyday carry kit, look for things that are appropriate to your own circumstances. If you live in the country, you’ll need a different set of tools than someone who lives in a metropolis. Look at your own needs and your own tolerance for carrying stuff around and you’ll be able to hone your everyday carry kit to perfection. If you need a headstart, though, here are some things that you might consider.

Your Cell Phone
If you’re like most Americans, you probably don’t need to be told to take your cell phone everywhere you go. Some people, however, find their cell phones an inconvenience. If you’re in the habit of leaving your phone on the kitchen counter, try to change it. Cell phones are as annoying as they are revolutionary, but they can provide you with a lifeline if you wind up in trouble.

Cash
We’re increasingly moving to a cashless society, but don’t be so quick to join the trend. You may be able to buy anything you need with your debit card, but that’s not going to help you if the power goes out. Aim to carry at least $50 bucks with you at all times.

Your Gun
If you live in a state where you’re permitted to carry concealed, don’t leave home without your gun. Obviously, make sure you are abiding by all your local laws, and make sure you don’t take your gun into private establishments where they aren’t allowed.

A Flashlight
Today’s smart phones come with little flashlight apps ready to go, but those aren’t going to be of much use if your battery runs out or something else goes wrong. It never hurts to have a backup. Look for a small flashlight you’ll be able to carry with you at all times without bogging you down.

A Knife
A knife makes for an excellent defensive weapon, but its more important function is as a versatile tool. Look for a Swiss Army knife or a folding knife, depending on which survival scenarios you’re most likely to encounter.

Add or subtract from this list given your own particular needs. The key word is convenience. Don’t force yourself to carry burdensome items, because you’ll just wind up leaving them behind. Strip your kit down to the essentials. Then, as you become accustomed to everyday preparedness, you can slowly build on your original inventory.