Most of us carry around some sort of bag on a regular basis. It could range from a diaper bag, purse, gym bag, briefcase or backpack. Do you have items in there that could help if an unexpected emergency happened?
The Survival Mom readers were asked what their everyday carry items are? Along with their lists, some included what they keep in their car that can also be used in an emergency. Beyond the gum wrappers, old receipts and change, consider what you could add to your EDC.
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I made a purse emergency kit out of a large size prescription bottle. It contains a lighter, matches, needles, thread, safety pins, bandages, cotton, fish hooks and fishing wire. I also included foil, lip balm, flashlight, super glue, gum, candy, q-tips, hair pins, rubber bands, essential oil, alcohol wipes, duct tape and a multi-tool. For medicine, I added Advil, Immodium, Benadryl, and DayQuil to be kept in my car. I have an emergency backpack with food, water, bigger first aid kit, gloves, Mylar blankets, poncho, etc.
I’ve had to lighten my purse since spinal surgery. I used to have a swiss army knife/implement, lighter, pepper spray, revolver when I went out of town. Also a flashlight, hard candy, Tylenol, and tampons. My truck has supplies of napkins, duct tape, couple metal clothes hangers, bailing twine, WD40, multitool, hammer, pliers, wire cutters, screwdriver, tire iron, a blanket and trash bags.
In addition to the “normal” things a girl carries, I also have a small olive wood “finger” rosary. In times of great stress, saying the rosary helps me stay calm & focus on what needs to be done.
Honestly, I carry a bunch of stuff in my purse every day, but what I’ve actually used the most is the band-aids, ibuprofen, scissors and Burt’s Bees lip balm. We use that on all kinds of first aid situations. Haven’t used my LifeStraw yet, but it’s there!
In my little backpack/purse I carry a tiny flashlight, a military can opener, whistle, pepper spray, multi-tool, portable toilet (lets you pee standing up), baby wipes and hand sanitizer.
I have two pairs socks, a knife, two maxi pads, small sewing kit, two lighters, one emergency blanket, two moringa olerferia super mix drink mixes, fishing line, hook, and singers. Also included is a fire starter, Advil, playing cards, two ink pens, and nail clippers, and glasses.
I always carry my large pocket knife, water, snack, hand warmers, cash, lighter, solar phone charger, char paper and flint.
I keep a few essentials in my purse, a knife, granola bar, cash, toiletries and mini first aid kit. I keep our old diaper bag in the car with a set of clothes for everyone in the family. It also includes a full first aid kit, blankets, granola bars, water bottles, emergency candles, collapsible cups, dried fruit, toiletries, and medications. The car kit has “saved” us a few times when we were traveling and had to stop for the night.
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I carry a folding knife, mini-flashlight, pen, cash, stun gun, small compact firearm and an extra magazine. Also, I carry chap-stick and an “emergency” feminine hygiene backup.
In my purse, I have cash, change, flashlight, a multi-tool, pocket knife, Mylar blanket, granola bars (usually smashed but still edible) hard candy, zippo, a small tube of Tylenol and a small first aid kit. My keys have a para-cord key chain. That’s about all that will fit along with my wallet, id and hygiene products.
In my EDC, I have an emergency blanket, LifeStraw, extra socks, a couple of freeze dried foods (homemade), sugary snack, fire starter, knife, mirror (for signaling for help if the sun is out), whistle, some first aid supplies and one bottle of water. This pack will last me about 16 hours. In my vehicle, I have a case of water if needed and I can always grab more before heading out to home. Of course, I carry a backpack everywhere I go, it is my purse.
I am a Realtor, so some of the things I carry on me is for everyday use also doubles as an emergency need. They are a flashlight, clippers (for removing zip-tie signs), first aid (purse and trunk) and an AAA premium membership plus road emergency (I use a tow every year so pays for itself). In addition, I have Advil, Tums, back seat pantry (because eating out is too expensive), paper towels, utensils, TP, lighter, scissors, zip ties, bungees and a para-cord bracelet my husband made me. Other items I have found useful are – box cutter, WD-40, duct tape, packing tape, paper, pens, thank you cards, stamps, envelopes, fleece blanket, vitamin c hard candy, and of course phone, keys.
TIP- Consider the Five Super Essential Elements of Survival. You can incorporate some of these into your EDC. Read more about these life changes 5 essential elements!