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8 Important Items Preppers Should Carry

The items that you carry with you during times of crisis are pretty much the same as you would on a normal day but with one or two additional items. When a natural disaster strikes or you’re living in a post-disaster recovery zone, certain items can make a huge difference in your situation.

Let’s look at what they are.

  1. Cell Phone

    While everyone is glued to their phones and can’t seem to tear themselves away from their mobile devices these days, these gadgets become even more important during times of crisis.

    Even if communication systems are down and you can’t use your phone to make calls or send text messages, most phones are equipped with other useful features like flashlight, stopwatch, walkie talkie app, GPS app, etc. that can be helpful.

    You can take notes down on your phone, take photos and much more. The range of uses is only limited by your imagination, the apps you have installed, and your connectivity. Always charge your phone and keep the battery full. You never know when you may need it in an emergency, and you definitely want to be able to use it when it’s needed.

  2. Power

    For “just in case” purposes, consider adding a power bank like this 42800mAh one on Amazon with solar charge capability AND a flashlight, and a mifi or two (different carriers or multiple connection points) to your go bag.

    Our power bank is almost a year old and so well used you can barely see it’s 20000mAh markings but it’s come in extremely handy many, many times. It has powered our grow light for our portable seed starting kit, charged and recharged our gadgets (phones, mifis, tablet, night light, USB lighter), and kept our nighttime fairy light setup going for days at home or at camp. Imagine what you could do with 42800mAh!

  3. Flashlight
  4. Lighting is extremely important during dangerous times. If the street lamps are down during a hurricane, your flashlight will help you. Going to your car in a poorly lit parking lot? Shine your flashlight around the area and see if there are any dodgy characters or curious wildlife skulking around waiting to prey on you.

    Alternately, you can go with something fancy like this USB rechargeable, magnetic, 2000LM, zoomable, waterproof, super bright LED tactical flashlight with cob sidelight pick up an LED flashlight from Dollar Tree that’s about the size of your thumb.

    The latter may be cheap money-wise but it’s surprisingly bright and reliable. Ours have been through a few adventures and – like our power bank – are still going strong. They take standard AAA batteries (which are also conveniently sold at Dollar Tree) and are super lightweight, making them easy to stash almost anywhere. Including your child’s bugout bag. Well worth the $3 for a flashlight and batteries.

    If you’ve got the space, you can grab a spotlight to help you really light up an area.

  5. Swiss Army Knife or Multitool

    MacGyver had a multipurpose knife all the time and for good reason. This is a very versatile tool that can be used for cutting, clipping and much more. Get a good one that has many features or multitool and you’ll be able to use it for a myriad of purposes.

  6. Keys
  7. This is obvious but you should always keep it on your person. Do not place it in your handbag or a fanny pack. If someone steals your handbag or fanny pack, you’ll not be able to start your car or get into your house.

    It gets worse if your ID and address are in the bag/pack. Now they have the keys to your house. That creates a whole new set of problems. Always keep your keys on your person.

  8. Paracord

    Paracord is one of the most useful items on the planet and something every prepper should own. You can use it as a dog leash, clothes line, belt, to tie items down, emergency tourniquet, pulley line and much more. There are literally hundreds of uses for paracord. It’s like a thin but extremely strong rope. It has strength and versatility.

  9. IDs/Documents

    It’s good to cary your identification if you’re in a disaster zone that’s taken over by emergency responders or law enforcement. You may have to prove you live where you say you do in order to be allowed to return or even move around the area in case curfews or other safety rules are put in place.

    You’ll need your usual ID such as your driver’s license, concealed carry permit, etc. and may need to carry even more identification when traveling about. (I.e. passport, birth certificate, etc.)

  10. Firearm

    If you have a concealed carry permit, you can and should carry a firearm for your own protection. Make sure you know how to use it well and practice often during peace time. If you don’t wish to carry a firearm, always have some other non-lethal weapon like pepper spray or a stun gun. These could save your life if you’re attacked by someone who wants to do you harm.

Carry these items with you whenever you leave the house. It may seem like a hassle, but you never know when they’ll help you. It’s better to have them but not need them, than to need them but not have them.

Better to be a warrior in a garden than a gardener in a war,
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