What's The One Thing You Absolutely Can't Have In Case Of An Emergency?

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  1. OursIsTheFury

    OursIsTheFury Expert Member
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    Imagine there's a storm, earthquake, fire, etc; what item must be with you at all times to ensure you are able to survive? For me, it's gotta be my mobile phone. Phones nowadays have insane battery lives, some even up to 30 days for one full charge. I think that communication is the key to surviving as it lets other people know your exact location, as well as being able to have a sufficient source of light and sound.

    What about you guys?
     
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  2. Keith H.

    Keith H. Moderator Staff Member
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    What's The One Thing You Absolutely Can't Have In Case Of An Emergency? "Can't Have" or Can't Be Without? I suggest you edit the title.
    Keith.
     
  3. lonewolf

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    the one thing I am never without is my lock knife, it goes everywhere with me.
     
  4. Kootenay prepper

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    I’m never without my knife.

    Cell phone won’t work with no power or if cell towers aren’t in range or knocked out.
     
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  5. Old Geezer

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    Like what others have said, I always keep a knife on me. When I was a little boy, 6 or 7 yrs old and from there on out, I always kept a knife and a cigarette lighter on me. I remember having chemical burns on the front of my leg from the lighter fluid leaking, the naphtha. Lately I carry a custom folding knife, fits my hand perfectly. I paid too much for it, yet like I just said, it is as if it were designed especially for my hand.

    Next circle: paracord, hurricane matches, knife.

    Next circle: my SUV large tool box; lots of tools, plus on and on, I'm too tired to begin listing such. I have a little pantry of canned goods at my work office.
     
  6. TexDanm

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    I always have a knife; that is just a given. I also always have a flashlight (Actually 2) and a lighter. Then there is my multi tool. If I have on pants these items are given I not only never leave home without them, I don't go outside without them. There is also a little ferro rod on my key ring, a p-38 can opener and a small medicine vial.

    If I was limited to one thing it would probably be my Victorinox Trekker. This is a pretty large knife worn in a pouch on the belt. The knife blade locks open and it is very sharp and good for most quick light chores.
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    The one thing that I can't and won't have is a lazy whiny person expecting me to provide for them.
     
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  7. perkin steel

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    patience
     
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  8. TexDanm

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    A calm mind is also a must have.
     
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  9. arctic bill

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    to have my wits about me .
     
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  10. paul m

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    In line with everyone else, it has to be my Swiss Army ‘Hunter’.
     
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  11. GREGORY Brooks

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    Hi, my name is Greg, I don't plan on Surviving in the woods, I'm going to stay in the home and also fight in place. I agree with the iPhone or Android. I have a survival radio that will charge my Android and my wife's phone as well. I'm a ham radio operator, General class, and have it working off battery power when I need it. It would be good to find out what's happening in the United States using this venue. That was a good article sir, thanks for sharing, Greg
     
  12. RICH-FL

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    Every Day Carry EDC - Legal fixed blade knife, BIC lighter, LED small light, and my cell phone.

    I do not carry a lot that is heavy items that are uncomfortable to carry. When something becomes uncomfortable you find reasons to leave it behind.
     
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  13. IBME

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    The one thing I can't be without........a safe place to "HIDE".
     
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  14. TMT Tactical

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    I go with IBME. Safe place to hide. I am always armed and carry a knife and lighter on me. I am no longer fleet of foot (actually never was) so a good place to hide is very important.
     
  15. Morgan101

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    Well I guess great minds think alike. I too always have a knife. The brand may very from time to time, but mostly it is an Uncle Henry three bladed folder. I also always carry a Zippo lighter, Chapstick, and a handkerchief. As TexDanm said if I have pants on these things are in the pockets. Very well stated.

    Yes, Old Geezer, I have the burns on my thigh from when the fluid soaked through my pants. The new Zippos are not nearly as good as the old ones. I think I got my first sometime in the late 60's. I have found that wrapping the lighter inside my handkerchief for a day or so usually solves the problem. Of course the problem could be eliminated if I were more careful filling it, or more accurately, not overfilling it. DUH!! I never claimed to be the sharpest knife in the drawer.
     
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  16. Brownbear

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    I have the identical knife the TexDanm shows in his post, and that is what I would want to have with me.

    Incidentally, that model is sold as 'Forester' in the UK :)
     
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  17. Ystranc

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    Knowledge, positive mental attitude, the ability to form a suitable plan of action and good situational awareness will see you through most short term situations.

    The environment that you're trying to survive in should dictate what your must have item should be. Different environments and situations require different tools.

    "Your brains, your body and the clothes on your back" are all you really need but having a Swiss Army Knife gives me a head start. These days I also carry a small tobacco pouch containing flint and steel wrapped in char cloth.
     
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  18. TexDanm

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    To answer the question as it was actually asked; The one thing that you absolutely can't have in case of an emergency is INDECISION or INDECISIVENESS. You just don't have time for it. You need to make a decision and MOVE on it without second guessing yourself. The difference between action and reaction can all to often be the difference between life and death.
     
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