Guest Post by Dave Artman
When it comes to prepping, many preppers will think far into the future— doomsday is looming and you need to prepare for that eventual day. Tasks will include loading up on clothing, armor, weapons, dried/canned food, and many other survival necessities.
But, while you’re thinking ahead of yourself, you’re overlooking what might happen during the current day. A basement loaded full of purified water, uncooked rice, and canned beans mean nothing if you’re at work while society begins to collapse. So, how do you go about prepping each and every day? How do you ensure you’re protected and ready wherever you are? Here are some basics to keep in mind to make sure you remain safe.
Preparing Every Day
What happens when tragedy strikes and you’re far from home? Whatever event strikes, you need to be properly prepared for it. When doomsday preppers talk about prepping for a sudden event, they often discuss having their “Bug-Out” Bag: a bag that can easily be grabbed, worn, and used in the event of a catastrophe; one that will provide someone with the necessary safety items. However, bug-out bags can get heavy pretty quickly, making them improper for daily carry and usage.
So, how do you make a better bag that’s fitting to your everyday life? First off, you need to understand your daily patterns so they can be used to your advantage. If you know your bare essentials, you can create a pack that is lightweight and comfortable to carry, which will allow you to remain regularly protected without being burdened by the weight of being overprotected.
The Type of Bag(s) You Need
Rather than just relying on a bug-out bag, there are three other types of bags you should consider. These include:
- Get-Home Bag
Left at your office, in your work locker, or in the back seat of your car, this is a useful bag that can be stored in a readily available place that fills the time you’re not at home. This bag should contain the basics to keep you safe on your return home, where your best doomsday prepping stash is available.
- Everyday-Carry Bag
Contained should be all of the necessary items you need to remain safe, wherever you may be. Whether you’re out for a walk or commuting by foot between your vehicle and the office, you need to have a bag that keeps the essentials right on you.
- Vehicular Bag
Is your get-home bag stored in the trunk of your vehicle? It’s a good storage spot, but you should add some additional car-specific items if you don’t already have them.
The Get-Home Bag
Your get-home bag can be similar to bug-out bags, but there are some considerations that need to be taken into account. A bug-out bag will often feature everything you need in the event of doomsday, from canned food to lethal weapons. However, either item might not be fitting for your daily purposes. In some cases, state laws might be strict as to what self-defense weapons you can legally carry and store on a daily basis—while a long-blade knife might be legal to have stored in your home, it might be illegal to carry in a backpack.
Furthermore, certain foods, medications, and supplements might not last if stored in a bag in your car, where high heats can lead to quick spoiling. For this reason, your get-home bag should consist of the basics to get you home safely. Any tools that might be a hard fit should be left out, especially if they are not essential. Essentials should include first aid kids and water purifiers.
Your Everyday-Carry Bag
Your everyday-carry bag deserves your daily consideration. These bags are meant to be carried with you wherever you go, and it means you have to consider available space more than you might for your get-home bag. When it comes to packing your everyday-carry bag, you should consider carrying some of the following essentials:
- Emergency Contact:
- Emergency details, from address to a copy of personal identification
- Mobile phone
- Rechargeable battery pack meant for digital devices such as mobile phone
- Personal Safety and Self Defense:
- Flashlight, matches, and lighter
- Effective self-defense weapons, from knives to stun guns
- Multi-use tool
- High-quality cord such as paracord
- Thorough first aid kit
- Simple, compact water purifier
- Various forms of money
- Pen, pencils, and notepad for communication
Truthfully, you want to keep your bag stored with the essential safety items, ensuring you have only what you need in the event of an emergency. While certain types of protective gear might seem useful, they’re only bound to add more weight and take up space for more useful items. Simplify whenever possible and make room for the items that matter most.
Prepping Your Vehicle
Are you someone who drives to and from work every day? While you may have a get-home bag in your car, you can benefit further by having a vehicular bag that contains safety devices for any roadside emergencies. Under these conditions, you’ll have less of a worry about weight and more for space, so you’ll be able to store as much in the trunk of your car as you can. These items can include some of the following:
- First aid kit
- Physical maps for the surrounding area
- Seatbelt cutter tool kept in your glovebox
- Jumper cables
- Jumpstart tool for dead batteries
- Extra clothing, including multiple outer layers
- Road flares
- Spare tire
- Tire repair kit
- A shovel to dig out tires, as needed
- Traction boards
- De-icing fluids
- Filtered water
- USB charger
- Food that won’t expire in high heat
The best thing you can do to prepare for doomsday is to remain aware each and every day. Rather than waiting for the day to come, you should be making moves every day to ensure you have the tools to remain safe and protected wherever you are.
Dave Artman is the founder and CEO of The Home Security Superstore. Every month he uses his expertise to produce content focused around the six important areas of personal well being; security, self-defense, surveillance, spy, safety and survival. In his spare time, he enjoys hiking and all things outdoors.