Ladies, this is for you. When it comes to carrying survival items with you wherever you go, you’re extremely fortunate. You have an entire purse at your disposal to stash as many survival items as you want. In what follows I’m going to show you how to cleverly turn your purse into a solid everyday carry (EDC) kit which might even act as a get-home bag (GHB) due to the size.
Speaking of which, the first thing you need to have is…
A Bigger Purse or bug-out bag
I won’t go into too much detail on what to get, but suffice to say that bigger is better, more are better and if you can get one with exterior pockets, you can keep a self-defense weapon there for quick access.
1. A mini first-aid kit
I’m sure you already have some sort of medicine inside your purse (for headaches, for instance). There are plenty of mini first-aid kits on the market but, if you want to save some money plus the joy of doing it yourself, even better. Band-Aids, ibuprofen, alcohol wipes, finger splints, antibiotic ointment, burn and trauma dressings – put all of these in a Ziploc bag to keep them waterproof and then inside an airtight plastic container to keep everything puncture-proof.
2. Key ring items
There’re quite a few mini-survival items you can have on your keychain and, as a lady, this is a lot easier because you can keep the whole thing inside your purse and not show. We men, the more items we add, the harder it is to conceal everything inside our pockets.
Some of the items to consider for your EDC keychain: mini-flashlight, mini-multitool, a USB drive, a whistle, a lighter or even a striker.
The only downside is, you’re gonna have to pick all of these items up whenever you’re using your keys.
3. Self-defense weapons
Now I don’t know whether you like to conceal carry in your purse, so I’ll leave it up to you on what to add: a 9mm, a folding knife, pepper spray, a stun gun or a tactical pen. I would suggest you have at least a couple, just in case your attacker disarms you the first time.
4. Your cell phone
Everyone’s buying iPhones and Samsung Galaxies but have you ever heard about “rugged phones”? Some of the best such phones out there are the Galaxy Active, the Casio G’zOne Commando and the Sonim XP1520 BOLT SL Ultra Rugged IP-68.
And if you’d rather stick with your iPhone, that’s OK, too, provided you get a shock-absorbing case.
5. A multi-tool
A good multi-tool can help you in numerous situations, including getting home or even bugging out if going home to get your bug-out bag isn’t an option.
You don’t need something as big as the Leatherman Wingman. The company famous for its multi-tools has smaller options such as the Micra Multi-tool or even the Squirt PS4 which you can attach to your keychain.
Obviously, packing a tent or a tarp inside your purse is impossible but there are two good options out there. One is to get a smaller tarp, one that’s 5 feet x 7 feet, for instance. The other is to have a space blanket. Emergency blankets, though you can only use them once, are smaller and lighter.
7. Water purifier
Throw in a water purifier, a few water purification tablets and you’re good to go. Now, you could add a small bottle of water but then you’d have to carry it with you everywhere you go. Up to you.
Energy bars, raisins, hard candy – those are all light and jam-packed with calories.
You should also keep some cash on hand in case you need to get some food from vending machines.
Sure. How about adding the following to your purse:
- a few hair pins.
- manicure scissors.
- a pack of salt (use it as a self-defense weapon by throwing it into your attacker’s face).
- chewing gum (can help relieve stress) when everything around you is falling apart.
- a credit card knife (so you have a back-up self-defense weapon inside your wallet).
- tinder (which needs to be kept inside a waterproof container)
- an extra phone battery.
- extra phone charger.
- a whistle.
- a bandana.
- waterproof matches.
- spare AA or AAA batteries (provided you have gadgets that use them).
- pen and paper.
So, can your purse make a good bug-out bag? I would say “no,” but that doesn’t mean you’ll be unable to bug out from your office directly to your bug-out location if needed. Maybe your home is in a restricted or inaccessible area or maybe it’s already down to the ground. Bugging out using only your EDC and get-home bag is a scenario I highly recommend you think about. Provided you won’t have to travel for days on foot, the items we talked about above are a good start.
And if you use your car every day to get to work, you can just keep adding stuff to your trunk instead of cramming them inside your purse. On the other hand, if you walk to work, reaching your bug-out location without going home first to get your bug-out bag is something you need to put some thought into.