In the event of a serious natural disaster or if the grid goes down, you’re going to want to prepare a bug-out carry list of things you’ll need in a pinch.
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Below is a solid list of recommendations for items that will come in handy in a number of situations.
- Pack a sturdy belt.
- Primary knife in primary side pocket (never used except in conflict)
- Secondary knife in secondary side pocket (use this for utility chores)
- A lighter (one that cannot discharge in the pocket). Butane torches are best, but I’ve not found a particularly sturdy one yet.
- Primary pistol along with a spare magazine
- Secondary pistol with a spare magazine
- Cellular telephone
- Flashlight (two is better)
- A “throw-down” wallet containing a small amount of cash.
- Clothing is sturdy, as is footwear. Have layers so you can adapt to conditions. You should be able to run with what you have on.
- A real wallet (include a couple of Band-Aids). Reverse the cards so that their “titles” aren’t casually visible. Keep your CCW and driver’s license ride in interior compartments in the wallet. Tape a portion of your attorney’s business card on the back of your CCW.
- Keep a handcuff key along with the other keys on your sturdy keychain.
- If you wear prescription eyeglasses, they should darken in sunlight.
This article was originally published in the SURVIVOR’S EDGE ™ Spring 2015 issue. Subscription is available in print and digital editions here.
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