As long as I can recall, I've been one to tuck a few things away. A little cash, a little food, maybe some extra ammunition and even a few books to while away a required wait. That desire to 'be prepared' predated my youthful stint on the boy scouts. I can only surmise it's genetic, as both my parents were the same.
This morning I began assembling a 'possibles' bag to live in my new scooty car. Nothing tremendous, but just a small bag with a few things that might prove handy. Small enough to be tucked away in the cargo area and not take up too much room. Not so big that it would be left behind when large things must be moved with the vehicle. Just..... a bag.
In this case, it's a soft side briefcase with multiple zippered pockets and divided internal spaces. Just the ticket for keeping gear in order. To each thing a place and time.
- A change of clothes, with extra socks and underwear. Denim pants and shirt.
- A bath towel just because every cool frood must have one, and a large bandanna.
- A certain amount of cash, equal to what I would need to buy fuel, food, and tolls for a long day of travel. It's also enough to buy a tire and have it mounted, or take a hotel room for the night.
- Personal care needs: Razors, soap, toothbrush,vitamins, trial pack script meds, bug spray that's 95% Deet. Spare glasses (when I get a spare set). Toilet paper.
- Two pocket knives. One razor sharp, the other serrated. One is an old jack knife with a screwdriver blade and a can/bottle opener.
- Means to make fire.
- A flashlight, to back up the two already in the vehicle.
- Two ball point pens, a sharpie, and a pencil. Also a note pad.
- A campers space blanket, and an emergency poncho.
- A med kit with: Iodine, aspirin, band aids, sterile pads, gauze, tape, and alcohol swabs, steri-strips, Ibuprofen, Tylenol, and some other meds.
- A box of ammunition for several of my regular carry pistols.
- An Emergency Medical Guide.
- A few bottles of water, and a few protein bars.
- An old cell phone and car charger, not linked to an account but works to dial 911.
- A half dozen road flares stored in doubled zip lock bags.
It's a bag of insurance I can grab and scoot with.
What's in your bag?