Ladies, what is in Your Purse?
The other day I was talking with some friends and someone asked the question, what is in your purse? I thought about it a moment, and without having to take an inventory, I knew exactly what I had, and how it could be used.
My inventory really shouldn’t be that unusual for any woman who has preparedness on her mind, and you don’t have to have a big purse to really have an effectively prepared purse for an emergency bug in, or bug out for that matter.
The first thing you should consider is the container itself. I carry a leather ‘saddlebag’ style with two side pockets one smaller front pocket, a large central pocket and one slightly concealed zipper pocket. I recommend pockets, ladies. The best way to keep your purse prepped and still use it effectively in your everyday interactions, without giving away any operational security, is pockets.
My side pockets contain, other than my cell phone and IPod, since I still like to live comfortably in the world as well, eight to ten bobby pins, 3 to four of the ‘ouch less’ hair ties, broken ball point pen casings, and several small bandages. With this, you can perform quite a few minor medical procedures from creating small to medium tourniquets for small bleeding wounds to a tracheotomy, a procedure just about everyone should know how to perform.
My front pocket, under the clutter of makeup, I have three lighters, a small ‘Leatherman’ style tool, with sharpened blades and good pliers in a good canvas case. Make sure you have one that allows the tool heads to actually lock into place, they are sturdier than the cheaper ones, and don’t slip while you are using them. I also keep a small ‘computer repair kit’ with magnetic tipped screwdriver heads and a socket.
Inside the main pocket I actually have three smaller open pockets, one holds a small knife and my nail file, one holds three tubes of lip balm, one contains a sewing kit with cotton thread, the cotton thread is essential ladies, makes a nice tinder bundle, and get small spools, not the cards with thread wrapped around them. Also, for your needles and pins, again, cards, and use an old deck of cards case, or other small plastic container to hold the kit. I discovered this came in handy not only for clothing malfunctions and enforcing dress codes at work, but needles can be sterilized to lance infected surface wounds, and pull splinters, and cotton thread can be used to stitch flesh together, it will biodegrade in the wound, as long as it is sterile when you go in, and the body will just absorb it.
In my main pocket is my wallet with my ID, cash, a small sewing kit, a small folding knife in it. Also I have a box of knife blades for a box knife, my eyeglass case, and with my prescription, that’s a good possible source of fire generation, along with the Ferro cerium rod and steel striker inside the partially concealed zipper compartment sewn into the back of the main pouch. I have one week worth of my prescription medications in a pill container, and two pouches of noodle soup mix, crackers and peanut butter, and some form of candy for quick sugar energy. I will put a small water bottle in when I leave the house or the office.
With my long commute, I try to have enough water and food on me to deal with whatever initial emergency that comes up. With the contents of my purse alone, if I were in an emergency bug in or out away from my car, house or office, I could manage a day or two until I could either get to any of those three locations, or to one of several semi-bug out locations that I have selected and prepared between home and work.
My friends and I laughed, and one commented that if the zombies came looking to munch our brains, they wanted to be in the car with me. I’ve carried this same basic inventory, with only the addition of medication and the Ferro rod that my husband bought me a few years ago for the past twenty five years. The only thing that changes, the bag I carry it in.
You never know when an emergency might happen. I’ve had employees get stranded on the side of the road in nearly deserted rural areas, within twenty miles of home, and not see a car for two days. I live in tornado country, and in a rural/urban area where you might have to leave a car to seek shelter, and lose the BOB in the back of the car, and have to work your way to someplace of safety and maybe be out of pocket for a day or so. I was taught to always carry a purse by my mother, and after boot camp, I decided that I had the best possible means of self-rescue, right on my shoulder.