Some people love winging everything that life throws their way. I prefer being somewhat prepared. Whenever someone gets upset that I carry a gun everywhere I go I point out that I also carry a first aid kit, a fire extinguisher and a basic survival kit in my vehicle. The mentality is less John Wayne and more “I like being alive” than anything.
This guy seems to be similarly mentally aligned when it comes to the medical aspects of the meme.
If you’re camping or hiking in a group, you can’t go wrong with the previously-reviewed Adventure Medical Kit. But if you’re a citygoing 9-5′er (read: not a search-and-rescuer), the Red Cross’ personal safety kit packs many of the basics — whistle, blanket, face mask, glow stick, poncho, germ wipes and first-aid kit — for a price that’s more or less unbeatable. We’ve got a home medical kit. We regularly update the earthquake/disaster kit in our car (a plastic tub complete with basic med supplies, canned goods, MRE‘s, water, spare clothes, etc.). But like a lot of folks, I spend a chunk of my time working in an office building where I’ve always presumed/hoped supplies are both plentiful and current. That’s why I very recently stashed one of these kits at the desk I keep away from my home office. Could the pack be more complete? Of course. My first gesture was to rubberband a small handcrank flashlight to the diminutive bundle. Even still, the embellished package remains small, light and manageable.
Even if you are completely anti-gun (or anti-self defense as I like to think of it) you should have sustenance, survival and shelter emergency plans wherever you go. This is a mindset. It’s a lifestyle. It’s a habit. As much as I knock the federal government it’s worth a moment or two of your time to check out their emergency preparadeness kit planning page. The principles for surviving an emergency involving having fresh water, food, clean air and warmth. This is simple stuff that most people never think about until these basics become unavailable. We’re trained by the excesses of our society to rely on others for everything we need to live from one day to the next. Bad idea.