Tuesday, September 7, 2010

New Post Series "Kits"

      My new series of posts; "Kits" is going to explain to you the gear, and kits that I suggest you put together to help with disasters, big or small .  Being a bit of a "gear head" myself, I could go on for days about gear I would prefer to have for all the possible situations that come my way.  One of the first things to understand about gear is that it is considered a bonus.  We can carry around all the best knives, rope and the most well thought out EDC gear, (everyday carry) but if you don’t know how to use these things, they are pointless.  Gear is nothing without knowledge.  Then you have to consider the fact that when you start to get this gear together it is only as good as the commitment to carry it.  You can have the greatest gear ever made, but if it’s not on you, that's a problem.  You should always try to remember that there is still a chance that the one day you decide not to be as prepared and leave your water bottle or pocket knife home, because life is just too crazy that day, everything goes to hell.   Even if it’s not a total SHTF event, it may still be the day you get stuck in an elevator for four hours, or you’re caught in the subway for an hour.   In Manhattan, there are little “disasters” everyday, most of us have become somewhat accustomed to them.  A few key items would alleviate much of the stress that you would get out of these smaller situations.   How much better would it be to have a few dried pieces of fruit on you, or some trail mix, not to mention some water?  You have to ask yourself, how much space would these items really take?  The answer is; not much at all.  This is just an example of a few small items that can make a world of difference.

     Gear in our urban setting is a bit different from say preparing to go on hike in the bush. The city offers a different set of obstacles in the short term.  You don’t have to walk down the street in hiking boots, and a full 5000 cubic inch backpack.   Blending in is key.  You want to look just as fashionable and “normal” as everyone else going on there day to day business.  Any difference draws attention, which is really unwanted in any circumstance in New York City.   If your co-workers carry briefcases to work every day, then you put your gear in a briefcase.   It’s the same with backpacks and purses.  The kit's I will be suggesting can be modified to your preference.  Most people's kit differ slightly, these are the fundamental items I suggest that are the most efficient and useful to handle most possible disaster's in NYC.

     My first post in the series is going to be about what I suggest for EDC (or Everyday Carry).  I am planning on having it put together by tomorrow.  I am also putting together a new Bare Minimum post, so stay tuned...


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