Our nation is a bit chaotic right now. We have a lot of protests going on, especially in the bigger cities. Unfortunately, it’s the same places that these protests, or as I see them, temper fits going on, that many people work for a living and by no choice of their own, may find themselves having to drive through a blocked highway full of people, some, who have already proven to be quite dangerous.
I worry a lot about the women out there who are traveling through these cities. Many are just trying to get home after a long day of work. They have their restless babies in the back seat, who are tired and hungry and fussy. There are also just every day people either trying to get to a grocery store or maybe there is a medical emergency and they are trying to get to the hospital.
I think it’s safe to say, that now, today, would be a good time to consider what it is that you carry with you every day. And this article isn’t just for those that may encounter a blocked highway or a dangerous group of protesters. This article is fully intended for anyone who would like to be more prepared in case they find themselves in a sketchy situation. The items listed below are for any parent, whether you are a man or a woman to really consider carrying with you every day. We are sometimes faced with sitting on the side of the road because our car broke down. Having on us every day what’s covered below will not just ease some of your discomfort, but also keeps you prepared in case something major would happen.
Recently, I’ve been doing a lot of reading about EDC’s (Every Day Carry) and I kept thinking about how I could improve on the lists I’ve come across. The reason for this is not to one up someone, but I was thinking in terms of being a mom and what would be important to carry around with me every day in case something would happen and I’d need materials that aren’t otherwise on the lists that I’ve read. I really think being a mom makes things a little different. I think we need more than one bag, which most of us carry anyway when we have little ones. So I put together a list of items for us moms and a list of items for babies and kiddos. I also believe that we have to customize our EDC bags to fit our own personal needs so my list isn’t definitive.
Emergencies Happen What Should Parents Be Carrying
Most likely you’re going to carry things like wallet, phone, watch, paper, pen, some money, ect. The list below is in addition to those things and you should have things at your disposal that you believe will be needed in an emergency/disaster.
- Bag – let’s not forget to take a look at the type of bag we’re considering. This is one of the nicest bags I’ve seen and it has a lot of different compartments for you to put what you’re carrying.
- Food – You don’t need much. This is a just in case bag so you can rotate the food often. I suggest things like granola bars, energy bars, beef jerky, fruit rolls ups, dried fruit and trail mix. Just put enough in that in the event something would happen and you needed to get through a day you’d be able to.
- Water – A lot of preppers say no to water in your EDC because it can get heavy and hard to carry. I think putting 1-2 water bottles in your bag will help you get through a day or so and it won’t be too heavy for you.
- Fire Starter – You never know what’s going to happen and it’s likely that if things were to go south, you aren’t going to be home and you may not make it home right away. If that happens you are going to need to start a fire and for many reasons. You need to stay warm, you could potentially have to cook on a fire and you need to keep predators away and a fire is a good way to do that. I recommend carrying matches, a fire started and a lighter with you. Yes, all 3 just in case one doesn’t work or gets wet or damaged in some other way.
- Knife – Not just for protection, but you may need a knife in the event you have to eat. That may sound gruesome but it’s true and it can happen. Better be safe than sorry and make sure you have a good one in your bag.
- Firearm – In my opinion I believe this is a very good option. It’s a touchy subject and one a lot of us don’t want to discuss, but again not just for protection, we need to be able to eat too and this may be the only way we can. I am going to stress here that I personally believe that we all should be considering carrying a firearm. It is our 2nd Amendment right to protect ourselves and we should not be afraid to do so. If you have never owned a firearm before, I can’t encourage you enough to visit your local gun shop. You can express your concerns to them and they will help you pick out the right gun for you. But owning a gun isn’t enough. You have to be able to know how to use it and you have to be willing to practice. Many gun stores offer training that ranges from beginner to advanced.
- Extra magazine (fully loaded for your semi-auto firearm) – Just in case you blow through the first one.
- Extra set of keys – You may get home, find that you left your keys in the car or on your desk and no one is home. Having a spare set in your EDC can save you a lot of trouble.
- Map – Phones may not work if something major happens and you may get lost. Having a map will help you find your way back home or to another place of shelter.
- Identification – I think this goes without saying, but it’s important. Many times I run out of the house without my ID because I’m with my husband and he’s driving. It wasn’t until I started doing a little research that I realized how risky this is. Obviously if there’s a car accident I should have my ID, but if we suddenly find ourselves in a SHTF (Shit Hit The Fan) scenario, having my ID may mean the difference between getting back to the house or not.
Personal Belongings or other items you feel are needed – Carrying around a little extra cash is important. You never know if the ATM’s are going to go down. Tampons, tissues, candies, gum, maybe even cigarettes. Definitely something to keep you entertained. Maybe a small crossword or word search or even a small book.
- Change of clothing would be very wise – Any number of things can happen to the clothing you are wearing. You are not being too careful by keeping an extra set of clothes in your bag. Oh! And don’t forget socks!
You may want to consider dividing up some of these items to keep in a smaller bag if you carry a purse. You can keep the bulk of the items in a backpack in your car if you wish. Just know, that if you get separated from your car, you may not be able to get to the stuff you need.
But that’s just our stuff that we need to carry. We also need to think about our kiddos. Well, I think any child age 3 and up can carry their own and it’s pretty basic. They need food, water, toys, an outfit, including socks and some personal identification. A baby is going to need a bit more than that and you are going to have to be the one to carry the baby’s bag. Now you may have a diaper bag already going. With my first child I took it everywhere I went, by the time I got to baby number 3, I left it home 99% of the time. Had I known then what I know now, I would have never left it at home and I would have had a bit more in it. Most likely you already have these items, but for shits and giggles I’ll list them here.
Child’s EDC Bag
- Diapers and Wipes – You’ll need enough for about two days. I know it sounds like a lot, but one, you don’t want to be stocking the bag all the time. Keeping it stocked with diapers means it’s ready to go at the drop of a hat. Having an entire pack of wipes instead of just the diaper bag packs means you can go longer without replacing that package.
- Baby Food, Juice, Cereal, Formula, Water – Try to keep a day or two’s worth in your baby’s bag. Rotate the baby’s food every week or so to keep it fresh. temperature will change it so keep an eye on it.
- Toys – I think this is a given 🙂
- Identification – If you take your baby for pictures you can get ID cards made up with their name, birth date and address with their picture. It would not be wise to carry around birth certificates or social security cards.
- Clothes – At least a day, I’d recommend two days. One, this helps you if baby has an accident and two if you aren’t able to make it home and you must be outside then you can always layer baby up to stay warm.
Blanket – Babies love blankets anyway. I think we all know babies need blankets to stay warm.
- Medications – Any medications your baby may be on, Tylenol, Motrin, Gas Drops, ETC.
Again, most of us already have these things packed up for our babies, so I’m repeating myself here. But in case you’re anything like me you leave to go to the grocery store quick and you leave your bags at home. Also a lot of us just throw what we need for a few hours into our bag and off we go. We don’t think about the “what if” scenario and I hate to do it too. But what it could also mean the car broke down and you definitely don’t want to be stuck with a cold, crying baby who peed out and a broken down car. I’ve been there and done that and it’s no fun at all.
Carrying these items with you daily will help you feel a little better and you’ll have the peace of mind knowing that whatever is thrown at you, you are prepared, you can handle it and you will be a little more comfortable because of it.