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5 Ways to Maximize the Usefulness of Your Pocket Every Day Carry Gear

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 5 Ways to Maximize the Usefulness of Your Pocket Every Day Carry Gear

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In these difficult times, car theft, burglaries, or even a martial law situation can create a situation where you cannot get to your bug out bag or your safe location.   Aside from that, there are some other items that you must have on you at all times so that you can manage a wide range of crisis situations.   Unfortunately, when it comes to creating the perfect Every Day Carry or “EDC” gear list, you can wind up with far too many items to be practical.  If you want to get the most usefulness out of your EDC without carrying excess weight or too much stuff around, you can use these five tips to help with your choices.

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Make Smaller Packets of Essential Supplies

 

Consider a situation where you have a first aid kit and several essential oils, plus seeds for growing important herbs in your bug out bag.  Instead of devoting all of this weight to the same materials in your EDC, you can shorten it down using some simple changes to your storage methods.  Use plastic straws to make mini packets of essential oils and other important first aid medications.  Remember, even a single drop of an essential oil can go a long way, as can many other medical supplies.   Even if you cannot carry around 15 bottles of essential oil in your pocket, chances are you can slip 15 straw packets that are about an inch long into a small hard case about the size of your wallet.   Just make sure that you seal multiple sections into each straw so that you can cut each one open as you need it and still have some left over.  You can also use this method for any number of liquids and powders including electrolytes, salt, pepper, lubricating oils, and anything else that can be useful in even small quantities.  

 

Use Multi-Purpose and Foldable or Mini Items

 

Would you like to be able to fit a knife, a screwdriver, fire starter kit, fishing gear, saw, and a wrench into something the size of a business card holder?  With mini, multi-purpose tools, you can achieve this goal for less than $10.00.  You can choose from 5-in-one, or as high as 13-in-one tools that also include a small LED light.  Simply add a pocket sized magnifier to the case, and you will also have a fire starter on sunny days.  

 

Insofar as fishing gear, once again keeping things simple will give you multi-purpose materials that can be used for many things. In this case, get a spool of fishing line, some hooks, and a few metal nuts. You can always use the fishing line for tying things together, or use the nuts for fasteners as well as anchors for your fishing line.  If you can find an old rabbit ear antenna, or some other folding stick, you should be able to catch smaller sized fish.

 

One of the hardest things to manage in a pocket EDC is water.  While it is not practical to carry more than a bottle or two in a fanny pack, you can still carry foldable plastic water containers that will enable you to get water from just about any source.  Make sure that the plastic is as clear as possible so that you can let the bag of water sit out in the sun.  As long as the UV rays can reach into the bottle, they will kill off any disease bearing organisms in just a few hours.  

 

Carry Only What You Know You Can Use

 

While you may feel like keepsakes are important, everything in your EDC must have tangible value.   For example, if you are going to carry your smart phone along, you should also have a solar powered charger for it, or know how to generate enough power using things  you can scavenge as you travel.  Never forget that if you do choose an electronic device as part of your EDC, it may need to be discarded eventually, yet may still be very useful in the early days of the crisis.  Just remember not to become dependent on electronic devices, or make sure that you can repair them and provide enough power to operate them.  Since memory chips for smart phones and tablets take up very little space, you can always keep them with you in an EMP proof bag.  At the very least, if your own smart phone or tablet breaks down, you may still be able to read the files on another device if it becomes available.  Do not forget to include a suitable adapter that can be used to convert  the chip to be read through a USB port.

 

There is no question that sentimental items can inspire you, give you hope, and keep you going during tough times. Unfortunately, if those sentimental items happen to be jewelry, or anything that looks expensive, they can also make you the victim of a crime.  If you must bring along something of this nature, make sure it is sewn into the hems of your garments, or that you can take it off and hide it with your other gear.  Insofar as photos and reading material, it is best to store digital copies of them on a memory chip that can be read by your smart phone.  Don’t forget to make sure that you don’t take up too much space that might be useful for storing away survival related instructions.

 

Practice With Your EDC Gear

 

If you have never built a solar cooker using aluminum foil and a box, or built a foxhole radio, it may not make much sense to fold up a batch of aluminum foil or other simple supplies for your pocket EDC.  One of the best ways to choose EDC gear is to actually practice so that you know what to do in any situation. For example, if you know how to build a solar cooker, but don’t have a box, you will still be able to improvise using a hole in the ground.  The more you practice, the easier it will be to succeed and innovate as needed.

 

Practicing with your EDC gear also gives you a chance to test out the durability of the items you have onhand.  For example, if you bought a 5-in-one credit card sized multi-tool, you will find out pretty quickly if the knife part is sharp enough, or if the LED flashlight works as well as you need it to.  If you find out that some items don’t work as well as needed, then you can replace them or modify them to work better.  

 

Keep Up with Repairs and Replacements

 

Most people don’t think much about repairs and replacements for items that form part of the EDC.  That being said, take a picture of a new keychain fob, and then compare it to how it looks a year later. Did you notice all those scratches and dings?  While your pocket may seem like a perfectly safe place, it can also be very hard on any number of tools or bits of metal that rub together in your pocket.  If you happen to like a particular tool, buy several of them so that you can replace them as needed.

 

While essential oils and various medicines are very useful, they can also lose their potency over time. This problem is especially noticeable in essential oils that are made from plants whose compounds destabilize quickly.  Be sure to put a date on each packet so that you know when it needs to be replaced.  Remember, you cannot simply refill from the original bottle of essential oil, or from the same batch. You will either need to make new essential oil from fresh herbs, or you will need to buy a new bottle of quality oils.  

 

If you have flashlights, a cell phone, or other electronic gear in your EDC, always make sure that the batteries are fully charged.  Depending on the size of the batteries, you may also want to keep at least one set of fresh spares onhand.  That being said, it would be better to have a functional mini solar charger on hand for the devices than extra batteries.  

 

Never give up on finding ways to pack as many useful things into your EDC as you can manage.  As long as you know that you will never be separated from this gear, there is every chance that it can be used to save your life and enable you to get a new start once you find a safe place.  Given that there are new materials being developed every day that allow for the development of sturdier items in smaller sizes, it is entirely possible that you will be able to upgrade to even better tools in the future.  As long as you continue to use your  EDC and keep up with the latest trends, you may be truly amazed at useful this gear will be.  

 

* Another Scott Hughes Original for Freedom Prepper!

 

**Feature image by Wilson Combat.

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Excellent Ideas from an Experienced Survivalist to Homestead in an Apartment

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After watching the 1999 romantic comedy, ‘Blast from the Past,’ I had always wondered about the genius of Dr. Calvin Webber who managed 35 years in an underground shelter. His wife gave birth to an only child Adam, who ventured out into the outside world for the first time in his 35th year. The point is the film convinced its viewers very realistically that it is possible to live isolated for at least 35 years if we make meticulous plans. 

History is overloaded with numerous examples of self-sufficient lifestyles. Many communes had developed their norms to survive and maintain law and order within their secluded lands. There are many anecdotes about people living their lives without interacting with the external world. The “Lena and Ole” compilations are based on Norwegians who chose the upper lands of the Midwest as their foster homes. Here is a one-liner, 

“Ole painted the barn in July and had put on two jackets because the user manual of the paint said- Put on two coats!”

This is an inadvertent simple joke that has no ill intentions. Will Rogers once said, “Everything is funny as long as it’s happening to someone else.” Homesteading is no easy task. At the same time, it is a style that has no substitute once you get used to it. 

The Age of Information

Our generation is blessed with information at our fingertips, I mean, literally. Today a shepherd boy living in a remote African village has more information on his smartphone than was available only to the President of the United States at a certain age. My point is that the film ‘Blast from the past’ could not be conceived today nor would Ole put on two jackets to paint the barn. Homesteading is fine for people who live on “land,” but what about the inhabitants of apartments? 

The Homesteading Lifestyle

What happens in a homestead that is independent of the outside society? The inhabitants have the necessities within the confines of their boundaries for a decent existence. Let us have a look at the methods used by homesteaders to live. First we need to define the term in simple language.

An individual, a family, or a whole society can live within the set geographical limits of a designated area. We are talking about homesteading in an apartment, so let us focus on an individual or a small family. 

Definition of Homesteading in an Apartment

A single-family existing within the household compound of an apartment building to live, work, and earn can be defined as homesteading. 

This layman’s definition will give rise to a lot of questions which we shall be attempting in the content that follows. 

OK, let us now get on with living our dream life homesteading in our apartments.

A Farm Inside the Apartment

I will begin by growing my food and advance on to sophisticated produce along the way. Start small by growing your salad bowl.

i. Get hold of enough grow bags or containers. Search the net for required sizes and DIY ideas.

ii. Prepare the soil by using proper potting mix.

iii. Tomato is a good option- cherry tomato would be my suggestion. 

iv. Other plants for our salad bowl should be lettuce and basil plants. 

v. Take care of the plants with good nursing practices. Place them on the balcony where there is enough sun.

vi. Carrots can be grown inside car battery covers in the interior of the apartment.

vii. You can make organic fertilizer at home. 

You are now the proud owner of an organic farm. 

Tip: Grow lights can substitute for the sun.

Other Items I Can Grow

Once you get the hang of interior farming, we can move on to other crops. 

Strawberries: They can be grown in containers or grow bags, but need a hydroponic watering system. We will discuss that later. 

Herbs: Mints, lavender, and rosemary are good choices. They will come in handy to prepare a good cup of hot tea. They can also be used to make soaps and oils. Herbs will add flavor to many dishes. 

Micro Greens: With some quality seeds you can begin. The first harvest will provide seeds for the next. 

Sprouts: With a jar and some cheesecloth or mess top we can grow our sprouts for a stir fry or sandwich. 

A Hydroponic System

Even if you are growing food using containers and potting soil, a hydroponic system will let you increase the quantity. It avoids a lot of mess as it advocates a system of soilless farming. They come in compact designs or vertical configurations. 

They can be bought or constructed by learning the numerous DIY strategies available online. 

Manufacture Manure at Home

Organic fertilizer can be made at home by the clever utilization of food waste. Get a container with a good lid. Put some gravel and soil at the bottom. Introduce worms for worm composting. Empty all bio-degradable garbage into the container. You will get enough environment-friendly fertilizer for the farm. This method frees you from the chore of taking out the garbage. 

Tip: Do not expose the manure cans to sunlight. It can cook worms. 

Grow Mushrooms

Did you know mushrooms are grown only indoors for industrial farming? Get an edible mushroom kit to begin your first batch in a dark corner of your apartment. 

Meat On The Table

Did you wonder for a moment what crazy idea I was going to put forth? Quails!

They are very silent birds that need only very little space. They give a lot of eggs and quail meat is way above chicken, beef, and pork in its health advantages. Quails being small birds, need only a little feed, and kitchen scraps go well with them. 

Mini Solar Power House

Did you know solar panels don’t require direct sunlight? They need good lighting and it is advised to install the panels at a good spot on the patio or balcony. 

Depending upon the capacity of the panels, you can increase the number of appliances that run on solar power. They can be used for grow lights and also for pumps used in the hydroponic system. 

A Self-Reliant Life

Once we have become self-sufficient in food matters, we can think about cutting out other purchases. This will also involve income creation. Do your homework to get as many DIY ideas as possible. We can begin the process by gaining ideas by:

i. Visiting other homesteaders or communes.

ii. Joining a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) venture.

iii. Visiting farmer’s markets.

We can enrich our homesteading experience within the confines of an apartment by progressing on to a more autonomous lifestyle by integrating the following activities:

i. Do own baking for bread and other items.

ii. Learn and engage in carpentry.

iii. Do your own electric and plumbing jobs.

iv. Learn to stitch to make your garments (trust me, it is far easier than you believed.)

Before Going Shopping

Whenever the need to buy something comes up, take a few moments to ponder whether it is something you can create using your potential. Not only will you be learning a new skill, but also it may help you earn. Remember, the Wright brothers had never flown an airplane till they became the first humans to become airborne on a machine. 

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Prepper News Weekly, Friday, April 6, 2018

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Prepper News Weekly, Friday, April 6, 2018

 

A big, busy, crazy week in prepper land! Spring has sprung and it has sprung forth all manner of issues to keep us on our toes. Here’s a review of the bigger stories bearing down on preppers and freedom lovers. Please enjoy (and subscribe!):

 

Video by Perrin Lovett/FPTV/YouTube.

 

Perrin recently learned that something called “airplane mode” stops incoming debt collection calls and hate texts from interrupting our recordings! Will wonders never cease?

 

 

Quality will improve immediately…

 

In the news:

 

The Caravan

 

Mass migration

 

Troops out of Syria, to Rio Grande?

 

More Snow?!

 

YouTube shooting

 

China and tariffs

 

UK/US/Russia

 

Mueller

 

 

And, we’re in full swing at The Masters!

 

Thank you, as always. Don’t forget to check www.freedompreppernews.com every day for all the stories that affect preppers, survivalists, and the rest of the sanity crowd. Well, check it now – rumor has it the news will soon be incorporated into the new, new revised and improved FP.com. Stay tuned.

 

Have a great weekend!

 

Perrin​​ ​​Lovett​​​ ​​​writes​​ ​​about​​ ​​freedom,​​ ​​firearms,​​ ​​and​​ ​​cigars​​ ​​(and​​ ​​everything​​ ​​else)​​ ​​at www.perrinlovett.me​​.​​ ​​He​​ ​​is​​ ​​none​​ ​​too​​ ​​fond​​ ​​of​​ ​​government​​ ​​meddling.

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