This is Part 3 of a 3-part series on protecting yourself and your family even in the most extreme conditions:
I encourage you to start at the beginning because I’m asking you to read all three blog posts.
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Have you built your Everyday Carry Kit?
If you plan on considering an outdoor adventure on your own or maybe with a few friends of yours, it’s very important to keep in mind that what you have in your pockets may have the potential of saving your life.
With no further ado, below we will take a closer look at some of the things you need to carry in your pockets, why and how they can help you in a life and death situation.
1. What items do you need to carry in your pockets?
A while back when I was talking to some of my fellow survivalists I casually asked them about the items they have in their pockets when going on an outdoor adventure. To be honest, I was very surprised to find out that many of them responded “my multi-tool”.
Wanting to learn more about how they can survive with just that and a few other items I considered not that helpful, I kept the conversation going.
To my surprise, all of them at some point confessed to me that it’s your desire to survive that will make the biggest difference in a life and death situation. There should be no second guessing and no hesitation if you want to really make it out there.
So therefore, when you take a decision, it’s your instinct that will guide you to take and then execute it:
- If something threatens you or you feel threatened by something, you need to meet that threat with effective and dangerous resolve.
- If you need a shelter above your head, you need to find something that will protect you from the elements.
- If you need to eat, then regardless if you need to take it from someone else, eat trash or scavenge, you will do it.
If you want to survive out in the open, you need not let too much room for your conscience to step in. However, when trying to survive it doesn’t automatically mean or make it alright to resort to acts of evil. If that is your understanding of survival, then you probably need to see a therapist and see one soon.
To survive, you need to follow the “eat or be eaten” rule so never disregard doing something because of your conscience, since it may be that very small thing you could’ve done that may save your life.
2. What is EDC and why should you care?
EDC basically refers to small gadgets or items that you have with you on a daily basis in order to manage common tasks or emergency situations.
Here’s the thing…
…you always need to be prepared for anything and in order to be sure that in an emergency you won’t run short of vital items, you need to be very self-disciplined and have the ability to stick to a routine.
While this sounds like you have to act like Rambo every other day, things are not as extreme as you may imagine. If you pay more attention to the items everyone carries with them, such as their credit cards, money, ID card and of course their mobile phone, you can realize that these are very important in guaranteeing your survival in various situations.
Mobile phones allow you to make free calls to the police, fire department and emergency medical services, so in case you have been involved in an accident that has left you unable to move for instance or stranded in a place where it’s hard to get to by car, you can just call the emergency medical services and they’ll deploy a helicopter to your location.
3. Find shelter in the rain
There are a lot of people who will find themselves in desperate situations in and rainy environments. You cannot ignore the importance of shelter in such conditions, since when you are exposed to the elements for long periods of time, then your chances of survival will most certainly start to go down. Therefore, let’s take a better look at some of the things you can include in your EDC in order to ensure that finding adequate shelter won’t be a problem.
First off, did you know that the clothes you wear are the number one most important shelter you carry with you?
To make sure that you’re going to increase your chances of survival depending on where you want to go (for instance in the mountains) you need to have clothes that can keep you warm. For instance, if it’s wet and cold wherever you want to go, be sure that your clothes provide proper insulation from the elements and if you can, be sure to dress in layers that can be shed.
For example, if the climate is extremely dry or maybe extremely hot, then you may want to go for clothing that is made out of cotton.
Why is that?
Well, cotton allows your skin to breathe easily. While some people may think that wearing a T-shirt and shorts while walking in the desert is a good idea, wearing long sleeved T-shirts and pants made of cotton is a much better alternative. On top of that, they can effectively protect you from the sun.
4. Mylar blankets can be a lifesaver
Okay, so we sorted out the types of clothes you need to wear, but what about sleeping?
You will get tired and you will need to rest and sleep, so how can you do that when you’re stranded?
Well, a Mylar blanket seems to be one of the lightest and smallest forms of shelter you can carry with you. Since it can fold up to a few inches in size and it weighs around three point five ounces, these blankets are not only easy to carry, but also very simple to use. You can stretch this blanket over rope, suspend it over branches and also easily curl up in it and have the peace of mind it won’t get torn.
You may not have one in your EDC, but having one or more in your car can make the difference between freezing to death or staying warm.
Do You Have An Everyday Carry Kit That Is Equipped To Save Your Life?
You don’t need to get fancy gadgets. You just need to know what right for your environment…
I usually can have a life-saving EDC built in a day or less.
If you want to avoid mistakes and build an EDC correctly the first time…check out our step-by-step Ultimate Guide On How To Build Your Everyday Carry Kit