Practical Survival Gear For Daily Carry
I use the Smart Carry Holster for several reasons, but one of the most boring/practical ones is that it allows me to sit on a public toilet if I need to.
2. A CRKT M16 03Z knife. This knife is a workhorse I love it. I tend to carry knives that I won’t mind abusing/losing instead of high dollar knives. In addition to being tough enough to beat on for splitting wood to make michael kors uk kindling/tender, one of the main reasons I carry this particular knife is that it has a “nub” on the back side that I can press to open the blade. It’s big enough that I can open the blade with gloves on or with cold/wet hands.
3. A Ka Bar LDK (last ditch knife) around my neck. This is basically a very thick razor with a small, skeletonized handle that goes in a small kydex sheath on my chest, under my shirt. After getting tired of seeing people’s scared faces when I pulled out my CRKT, I began using this knife for most utility purposes in public a couple of years ago.
4. A Surefire Backup flashl michael kors uk ight. This is a TINY pocket sized flashlight that puts out 80 lumen and works for both utility and improvised light tactical applications.
5. A “Porsche” stainless steel pen. I LOVE all of the new tactical pens that are out, but my biggest problem with them is that they either look tactical or have a weapons company name/logo on them. My Porsche pen doesn’t scream, “WEAPON!” I have to admit that it does make me look a little snobby to be carrying a $100 pen with “Porsche” written on it, but the upside is that I have never had a problem with it when going through security checks.
One of the most practical reasons why I carry this pen is because I never have to use a “leashed” pen at a grocery store/gas station. Frankly, leashed pens disgust me. I freely admit that this is probably more of an emotional stance than a logical one, but I always a michael kors uk ssume that they have never been c michael kors uk leaned and have all of the bacteria in the world on them. As long as I’m carrying my own pen, I don’t have to use the leashed ones.
6. Pepper Spray. I used to think that pepper spray was a joke until I went through pepper spray training. Now I carry it with me every day. I realize that it won’t always work on drugged, drunk, or deranged people, but it still has several applications. Carrying a gun is great, but there are several situations where pepper spray is a better tool. A few examples:
A. If you don’t think you could shoot a person with a gun, pepper spray is an alternative.
B. If you encounter a vicious neighbor dog, spraying it could cause a LOT fewer problems than shooting/cutting/striking it. In addition to the legal issues surrounding discharging your firearm, killing your neighbor’s dog will likely cause a lot of strife. Simply using pepper spray could allow you to stop an attack and diffuse the situation without having to tell anyone what you’ve done.
D. If you are fleeing a bad guy, you can use pepper spray with limited effectiveness as an area denial tool. Spray it over your shoulder, on a doorknob, or in a doorway that the bad guy has to go through and it could buy you a few extra seconds.
And that’s it. I usually wear boots with laces and a good leather belt, but I don’t load myself down very much. Could I carry more? OF COURSE! I carry more/different gear when I’m doing security/medical work. I keep all sorts of medical, survival, and tactical gear in our vehicles. And, I keep food bars and a multi tool in my computer bag, but I keep the gear on my body to a minimum and always keep my eyes open for improvised medical items and tools that I could use if I needed to.
That last sentence is a key one. The more you train your mind to recognize improvised medical, tactical, and survival tools, the less you actually have to carry with you, which makes your wardrobe choices easier, your load lighter, and allows you to blend in easier. Again, knowledge, skills, and a mind used to improvising will allow you to adapt and overcome many more situations than “stuff” alone.
There are literally dozens of items that many people feel are “must haves” for everyday carry like multi tools, lighters, zip ties, duct tape, more. There’s nothing wrong with that, but I choose not to carry those items unless it looks likely that I’ll need to use them.