I admit I am a Guide/Scout through to the core. I loved being a Guide (many years ago) and I’m delighted that both boys are active in our local Scout movement. I frequently use some of the skills I learnt at Guides and along with organisational issues, I also like to be prepared. Sadly this means I tend to carry around with me lots of items; ‘just in case’. I remember my Mum showing me her Guide Uniform along with belt, whistle, penknife and compass and I realise they are all relevant (in some way or another) in today’s society.
Several months ago via Twitter @RoriRants introduced me to a You Tube video entitled Female OCD/EDC Bag which sparked my imagination. Not only did I think this video was amazing but I started investigating EDC (Every Day Carry). I became interested in what other people carry in their handbags and on their belts/pockets. This brought me along to the amazing TheUrbanPrepper and his Urban Altoids Survival tin.
Needless to say, I’ve now purchased an Altoids tin and here’s a list of the current contents:-
Emergency phone numbers
Needle & thread
Variety of medicines (ibuprofen, zantac, immodium, strepsil, allergy tablet, cold & flu tablet)
2 x plasters
Piece of pen and pen refill
Piece of gum
Calpol 6+ sachet
Nail file / match striker
Mini post in notes
Along with the mini pen knife (Victorinox Classic for those who are interested) some of the contents have already come in extremely useful. Sewing clothes at work, sticking a broken toy together at Beavers, ibuprofen for pain relief, plasters/wipes & calpol – I am a Mum of two boys after all and the scissors for a variety of uses. Oh & I carry the above penknife and a mini torch on my keys.
I’ve also read you should have a Grab bag ready in case of emergencies. Most local councils have an Emergency Plan which you can print and personalise along with a suggested list of items for your Grab bag
How many of you have a Grab bag and emergency plan? What’s in your handbag or what’s in your EDC? Please let me know in the comments below. Do I have an OCD issue? Have I given you something to think about?
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