"No need to purchase a large full size multi-tool, simply find one that is smaller, most companies have smaller versions, in the event that you need to leave your vehicle or need to bug-out, a multi-tool could be a life saver."
Remember the game show Lets Make A Deal? The host, Monty Hall, would walk around the audience and offer people cash for random objects, it was amazing to see some of the items that people pulled out of their pockets and purses. This article is going to focus on nine must have emergency items that all women should carry in their purse. However, unlike Monty Hall, we aren't gonna suggest a boiled egg or a shrunken head.
Woman, unlike men, usually carry a purse, this convenience allows them the opportunity to convert any purse into an EDC (Every Day Carry) bag and remain inconspicuous while doing so. Regardless of the size of your purse, by adding these nine simple items, you can assure that you will be more prepared for an emergency when one arrives.
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1. A mini first-aid kit
No need to purchase one, just make your own. In all likelihood you probably already have some sort of medicine in your purse, just grab a Ziploc bag and build your own kit. When doing so, be sure to include Band-Aids, alcohol wipes, antibiotic ointment and some dressings for burns or other types of trauma.
2. Safety Equipment
Consider getting yourself a mini-flashlight, a small multi-tool, a whistle a cigarette lighter and a whistle. Although these items are usually large and bulky, you can find some mini versions that take up little to no space in your purse. In addition, you may want to get a key chain version of one or more of these items. Just keep in mind that multiple items will make your keys more bulky and harder and more cumbersome to carry around. We recommend getting a key chain flashlight, after all, it's easier to search your purse with a light on your key chain than it is to search through your purse in the dark trying to find your flashlight.
3. Self-defense weapons
Naturally, we recommend getting a concealed carry permit and purchasing a small gun and carrying it in your purse. If a gun isn't the thing for you, then consider a small knife, pepper spray or a stun gun. Another really effective safety mechanism is a tactical pen. Regardless of your choice, we recommend that you have multiple defense weapons in your purse. In the event that one weapon gets wrestled from you, having a backup makes a lot of sense.
5. A multi-tool
No need to purchase a large full size multi-tool, simply find one that is smaller, most companies have smaller versions, in the event that you need to leave your vehicle or need to bug-out, a multi-tool could be a life saver. This could be the item that you would want to attach to your key chain, albeit heavier, there are some brands that are designed for a key chain. If it comes down to the mini-flash light or a multi-tool on a key chain, we are going with the mini-flash light and keeping our multi-tool in a quick to reach location in the purse.
6. Space Blanket
A space blanket can provide you with the warmth that you need in a pinch and it could also double as a micro-shelter. It is small and takes up practically no space in your purse and is also reflective, which could also serve as a signalling device in a rescue situation.
7. Water purifier
A water purifier like the Sawyer Mini, Life Straw and or some water purification tablets and you’re good to go. This would eliminate the need of carrying a bottle of water in your purse, which would add too much additional weight. The fact that you could use the water purifier just about anywhere, means that in a pinch you would always have a way of staying hyrdrated.
Throw a couple of Energy bars in your purse and you would be assured that of some much needed food if stranded as well as a way to thwart those hunger pangs. It may not be the meal that you are craving but nothing builds your morale like a quick boost of energy and a full stomach.
You should also keep some cash on hand in case you need to get some food from vending machines. We recommend small bills that are usable in vending machines, $1 and $5 are usually accepted.
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Sure. There are a wide variety of items that you could add to your purse, but in doing so, you eventually find out that you are lugging a pretty heavy bag around with you all of the time. If you are going to do that just start packing a bug-out-bag. Since this article isn't about bug-out-bags, we decided to forego some of the more necessary items that you would carry if you were bugging out and focus on how you could use your purse in a more effective manner, without all of the extra weight.
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