Everyday Preparedness

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I have been fascinated with preparedness since I was much younger.

For those who would like a list of things that I carry across the wallet, belt pouch, messenger bag, and a container in my car, here it is:

return for reward information, knife, first aid, music player, notepad+pens, cellphone, in-ear headphones, gps, cellular internet, cash, camera, rugged convertible, flashlight+batteries, compass, umbrella. chargers. second car key (esp for other people or others' car). duplicate destination info. cellular modem rugged convertible + gps + internet. hat, ear plugs, sunglasses. cables, usb stick with [todo, work, bookmarks, my documents], deodorant, mp3 player/computer, coins, nail clipper, multitool, cellphone charger, camera, radios, GPS


Bag contents:

pens, notepad, multitool, lighters (neck and windproof butane), knives, money, change

bottles of water, candy, food, gum, haircomb, clipper

bath paper, rope (thin and thick), duct tape, lock/windshield de-icer, headnet, bleach pen, zip bags, deodorant, sewing kit, umbrella, rain suit

trash bags, bag ties, fire extinguisher, tire inflator, sharpening stone, tire pressure,

compass, fuse set, jumper cable, radio (with time and alarm), flashlight, inverter, modulator, dc adaptor

in waterproof bag: beach shoes, t-shirt, socks, swimsuit, gloves

gas can, car ice scraper, bag of misc batteries

shovel, jumper cable, maps

cookware: plates, cups, spoons, forks, knives, spork, napkins, wet towels, plastic dining set, cooking pot/pan

first aid kit and first aid bag: napkins, cloth tape, wet napkins, alcohol, headnet, cough candy, TP, survival kit in a can

misc bag: keyrings, clothing stains pen, sharpening stone, compass, spork, deodorant stick, notepad, haircombs, compass+clock, batteries, wd-40 pen, in-ear headphones, marker, super glue, measuring tape



In contrast to the over-hyped and over-commercialized "preparedness" mentality, what I see lacking is everyday preparedness -- being able to take care of those seldom and sporadic events where you need to be prepared, but you only have the contents of your pocket or your car to rely upon.


doc capsules, TP, doc empty gas tank, contents of wallet, pouch, bag, boxes in car



I carry the following:

  • fox bag



I carry the following items in my wallet:

  • Return for reward information
  • Emergency pen
  • Just the minimum amount of necessary cards
  • No large amount of cash
  • Business cards (good for either business or to use instead of scrawling your number on a napkin for a girl)



I carry the following items in the pouch:

  • flashlight
  • wallet
  • cellphone
  • multitool
  • knife
  • pen
  • music player



I carry the following items in the messenger bag:

  • gps
  • camera
  • flashlight+batteries
  • knife
  • first aid
  • keychain
  • notepad
  • cellphone
  • in-ear headphones
  • compass
  • umbrella
  • second car key (esp for other people or others' car)
  • duplicate destination info
  • hat, ear plugs
  • cell cables
  • usb cables
  • Cash
  • usb stick w {todo, work, bookmarks, my documents}
  • deodorant
  • todo printout
  • pens




I carry the following items in my car:

  • Empty gas can (do not carry a full one. It will vent and will make everything stink like gas. It will also over-inflate when it gets warm in the car. And it is a fire hazard.
  • clothes
  • usb stick w {todo, work, my documents, bookmarks}
  • tools
  • player cable
  • cell charger
  • deodorant
  • toothbrush
  • notepad
  • music player
  • cell
  • keys
  • equipment {ramps, jack, carriage, black set, bricks, white box, hex set, gloves, light, stands}




Things I would like to have:

  • cellular modem
  • rugged convertible + gps + internet




return for reward information, knife, first aid, music player, notepad+pens, cellphone, in-ear headphones, gps, cellular internet, cash, camera, rugged convertible, flashlight+batteries, compass, umbrella. chargers. second car key (esp for other people or others' car). duplicate destination info. cellular modem rugged convertible + gps + internet. hat, ear plugs, sunglasses. cables, usb stick w {todo, work, bookmarks, my documents}, deodorant, mp3 player/computer, coins, nail clipper, multitool, cellphone charger, camera, radios, GPS

Bag contents:

pens, notepad, multitool, lighters (neck and windproof butane), knives, money, change

bottles of water, candy, food, gum, haircomb, clipper

bath paper, rope (thin and thick), duct tape, lock/windshield de-icer, headnet, bleach pen, zip bags, deodorant, sewing kit, umbrella, rain suit

trash bags, bag ties, fire extinguisher, tire inflator, sharpening stone, tire pressure,

compass, fuse set, jumper cable, radio (with time and alarm), flashlight, inverter, modulator, dc adaptor

in waterproof bag: beach shoes, t-shirt, socks, swimsuit, gloves

gas can, car ice scraper, bag of misc batteries

shovel, jumper cable, maps

cookware: plates, cups, spoons, forks, knives, spork, napkins, wet towels, plastic dining set, cooking pot/pan

first aid kit and first aid bag: napkins, cloth tape, wet napkins, alcohol, headnet, cough candy, TP, survival kit in a can

misc bag: keyrings, clothing stains pen, sharpening stone, compass, spork, deodorant stick, notepad, haircombs, compass+clock, batteries, wd-40 pen, in-ear headphones, marker, super glue, measuring tape