Thoroughly Prepared Thursday: What Do You Carry?

What do you carry? As in, what do you have with you on a consistent daily basis to help deal with emergencies at work or on the commute? In light of recent events, you might want to review your preparations.

In my opinion– and let’s leave guns off the list for now– you should have these things with you:

  • A tourniquet
  • An emergency battle dressing, sometimes called the “Israeli battle dressing”
  • A packet of gauze, better still gauze impregnated with a blood-stopper agent
  • Training in the use of the three items above
  • A good knife or a Leatherman, maybe both
  • A light, preferably a headlamp because that leaves your hands free, with fresh batteries
  • At least one way to start a fire
  • A way to charge your cell phone
  • A dust mask (might be a good idea getting out of a building)

Regarding the last, think hard about what you would need to get yourself home when normal modes of transport are unworkable or inadvisable. Where can you go– to a like-minded relative or co-worker’s house? If that’s your plan, have you worked it out with them in advance? And if they assent, what emergency kit can you stash there? And can you get access if they’re not home? Where can you hole up on the way home, if you’re on foot?

Regarding the gun, if your daily circumstances allow you to carry, you should. And with at least one extra magazine. If that’s a no-go (it’s a no-go in my work place), can you stash one nearby with your like-minded relative or co-worker?

These are all things very much worth thinking about and discussing.

Feel free to comment.

About vmijpp

VMIJPP hails from the star city of the south, Roanoke, Virginia. A 1989 graduate of the Virginia Military Institute, he is a retired artillery officer in the United States Marine Corps, with time in both the active and reserve sides. He served in Iraq in 2004, and in Afghanistan in 2009-2010. He joined the magnificent as a guest blogger from the now defunct but never uninteresting Rule 308, where he denounced gun control and other aspects of tyranny, and proclaimed the greatness of the United States. When the sun set on, he migrated here with Keydet1976 and the others.
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3 Responses to Thoroughly Prepared Thursday: What Do You Carry?

  1. John Minehan says:

    One hint from a family member who referees basket ball in the Syracuse, NY area: a space blanket or poncho liner in your car.


  2. Pingback: Food for Thought: Being Prepared | Bring the heat, Bring the Stupid

  3. ultimaratioregis says:

    Sorry for the delay in cross-posting. Some long hours these last couple weeks.


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