Monday, May 4, 2015

In-Trunk Bag

I’ve written before about how prepping has made me more mindful about the various aspects of my life.

I’ve also been amused by the number of bags that a prepper “must” have.

There is the 72-hour emergency bag, get-home bag, everyday carry bag, and so on.

Entrepreneurs sell pre-fabricated bags so others will not have to do the hard work of actually thinking.

Yes, there are some good products out there, but there are also some terrible ones.

My point is that thinking and gathering beats Internet surfing, clicking, and having something shipped.

Most people need a car readiness bag before any other kind of preparedness bag.

We are in our cars every day, yet, how many of us have an emergency bag in the trunk?

Most of us don’t, but all of us should.

Among the items inside my car readiness bag are:

·      20 bottles of water
·      first-aid kit (an prefab WalMart special)
·      tire inflator
·      flares
·      gloves
·      rain poncho
·      lawn blanket
·      standard pillow in a moisture resistant case in a conventional pillow case
·      heavy-duty jumper cables
·      granola bars
·      Maglite LED flashlight (batteries stored in a Ziploc bag)
·      Knee pad
·      garbage bag
·      1-gallon, empty, gas can (in the trunk next to the bag)
·      machete (in the trunk on top of the spare under the trunk-floor cover)

The cost was probably $125.00 and much more expensive than the $35, ready-to-go kit at WalMart.

Normally, WalMart has some rather clever items, but their ready-to-go kit was dumb for a variety of reasons.

The first strike was the lack of value based on what was actually in the kit.

The second strike was that the items in the kit really were not amazingly useful.

The third strike was that—were I to buy it—I would not be mindful as to being truly prepared.

If I bought something, threw it in the trunk, and let my normalcy bias delude me into thinking all threats were dealt with, I would have only myself to blame when I discovered how inadequate it was in the moment I needed it most.

By developing a list, then considering the list, and finally revising the list before making purchases, I was mindful of the purpose of everything in the bag.

I do not say that pretending to be superior, but rather to suggest that each of us should be mindful of our needs.

For example, do you have a baby and didn’t think you needed the baby’s bag because you were just popping over to the store? 

Then your car breaks down and the tow truck will be to you in 90 minutes. 

Got diapers?

My bag suits my needs.

I did two identical bags, one for my sedan (big trunk) and one for my performance car (tiny trunk).

The bag crimps the sedan’s trunk imperceptibly.

The bag seriously impedes the performance car’s trunk, but I’d rather be safe even if the trunk is 1/4th eaten.

What’s on your list?

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