Thursday, May 8, 2008

DPT--25 Things to Always Have With You

Here are 25 things that you should always have with you:
  1. $100 in cash
  2. $2 in quarters
  3. Pocketknife
  4. Laminated list of phone numbers of people you can count on in an emergency
  5. Cell phone
  6. Credit/debit card with at least $1000 available on it
  7. Small flashlight
  8. Lighter or matches
  9. Pen and paper
  10. Mirror
  11. Aspirin
  12. Firearm and ammo
  13. Calling card
  14. Passport
  15. Digital camera (or camera on cell phone)
  16. Necessary medications
  17. Medical info (allergies, med history, med list, doctor's name and number, etc)
  18. USB drive
  19. Spare house key
  20. Rubber band
  21. Safety pin
  22. ID of some sort
  23. Floss (Glide in a tiny, flat dispenser)
  24. Food (like a Cliff bar)
  25. Bandana


  1. Carry all that ALL THE TIME?

    What do you carry it in?

    How do you carry all that pass security check points?

    I can see having it in the car, but some of us have to go into government buildings and aviation facilities.

  2. Another good post. Indeed, it is this kind of simple preparation that will make all the difference should a small or large emergency (like the SHTF) suddenly occur and you are caught away from your main preps.

  3. Yep, I carry all of that almost all of the time--most of the items are really tiny and can fit in a pocket but things like Cliff bars I keep in my briefcase. You are right...particular places frown on firearms (ie: I would highly recommend NOT carrying a firearm onto a military base--I've seen a very high ranking individual get into quite a bit of trouble doing this and he was in charge of the place! The gun was in his car because he had been at the range earlier in the day and forgot to declare it to the sentry. Then his car was randomly searched. Oops). Anyway, you do have to plan ahead when carrying a firearm--if I am in a rural area, I carry 24/7, if I am going to the base I leave it at home (it is quite the hassle leaving it at the armory), if I am going to court I check it into a locker prior to going through the metal detector, if I am flying I will sometimes check it in my luggage and other times leave it at home (depending on where and why I am traveling). You're right, it can be difficult to carry depending on where you are.

  4. There is an item listed below everyone should have with them.
    Bug out bag. Try to take foods that do not take water to prepare, I see so many bug out
    bags with things like, instant oatmeal, hot chocolate & soups. The water should be for
    drinking & take vitamins & protein bars. I also take a bottle of fiber, not only is
    fiber needed but it also swells for a full feeling. I came across what is called
    Lifecaps. They are a capsule that has everything needed to survive without food with
    the exception of water. It is full of vitamins & minerals plus Iodine. Anyway, you take
    three of them a day & drink water. I can actually take enough food in one backpack to
    las 6 months because of these little Lifecaps, protein bars, fiber & water. I will run
    out of water in a week so I do carry a small filter & a couple of those straw water
    filters that filter the water as you suck.
    You do not always have the ability or time to heat water to make soup or oatmeal. Anyway,
    after I bought 25 bottles I found a coupon code & bought 75 bottles more. The coupon code
    is... healthcap It will get you 33% off. There are also sites that have those filter straws
    that are cheaper than any of the stores around here. (SLC) I think they are a really good
    idea along with some purification pills. I cannot remember the sites off the top of my head
    but you can Google for aquamira filter straw. Aquamira is the manufacture but do not buy
    off there site because I have found them for almost 1/2 what they want on their own site
    on other sites. Good luck, Gods speed & get serious about your bug out bag!

  5. Where's duct tape and WD-40??? ;o)

  6. Pretty good article until the Glide, Cliff and Rambo commercials thrown in at the end. And if we carry a spare key with us, don't we then need a spare spare?

  7. I differ on the taking all food that doesn't need preparation. Take some that does and some that doesn't. There are differing levels of crisis. Hot water food improves health and attitude in a tough situation. If you are so pressed that you can't prepare some food once in a while, then how the F!!! are you gonna have time to eat? If you're hiding in an abandoned well, then by all means, munch a power bar. Otherwise, get yourself to a safe place and eat a hot meal in peace.

  8. Hell if you carry the gun and ammo, you can get all the rest from the others who don't.

  9. What's the rubber band for?

    Try to think about what's likely to happen to you, then work backward into more possibilities. There were thousands of people stranded on a nearby interstate in a snowstorm and very few locals had snowmobiles to reach them.

  10. Watch / time now in cell phones.
    HIde bags of this stuff in car,
    garage, other places outside of
    main house.