Often times it is the simplest of things that are missing just when you need them. Some good examples include a Band-Aid or safety pin or even a pen and a piece of paper to write on.
For those of us that like to be prepared for anything, we carry with us is a greatly expanded list of items that includes everything from a roll of duct tape, to some paracord, to food, water and a personal weapon. We have our bug-out-bag, our get home back, our every day carry kit, our travel kit – the list goes on and one.
With all of this stuff, there are two items that play a prominent role in all of these kits, bags and packs. These are flashlights and water filters/purification devices.
Of course there are lots of other items but today I am going to focus on these just these two. Why? Because I have one of each to offer up to one reader as part of the Winter Blast Giveaway.
Everyday Light and Water-Winter Blast Giveaway
The Coolest Key on Your Key Ring – The Inova Microlight
Personally, when it comes to flashlights, I have many of favorites. There is the Blocklite, the Mini Cree and my Streamlight Nano (the itty bitty one). Each serves a purpose. Of all of my flashlights, the most incognito is theInova Microlight which looks like a key.
There are actually two versions of the Inova but I will defer to Shelly (the Survival Husband) to describe them for you.
The original Inova LED Microlight comes with a stainless steel clip for attaching to a key ring, zipper or what have you. It has a multi-function press-type switch for operating its various functions which are bright, dim, strobe type flashing and of course, on and off. It is powered by two 2016 lithium batteries which are included.
There is also available the next generation Inova STS Microlight with a swipe-to-shine touch system. It includes basically the same functions as the original and is powered by two 2032 lithium batteries. The swipe technology has a longer running time (9 hours on high and 64 hours on low) than the original which has an overall rating of 22 hours.
Both flashlights are rated at 16 lumens on the bright mode which I tested at approximately 50 feet. The manufacturer claims the light is visible up to one mile on the signal flashing mode although I only tested it at approximately one half mile at 11:00 PM and found it to be very visible. Although I like both the original and the STS version, I preferred the swipe-and-shine STS version. I also liked the clip attachment on the STS over the stainless steel clip on the original but the Survival Woman preferred the original model. The original Inova Microlight generally costs a few dollars less than the STS but which one you chose is really a matter of a personal judgment.
I really like the fact that these flashlights are small enough to clip onto a key ring. The work great for reading maps and finding something you may dropped in your car. The flashing strobe-like signal will be handy in an emergency.
A Leak-proof Water Bottle – The Aqua Vessel Tritan Filtration Water Bottle
One of the gripes I have about many water bottles is that over time, they leak. Admittedly, the problem is sometimes user error, especially when the top is not put on correctly. Other times, they simply wear out. (And by the way, this applies to reusable coffee cups as well.)
I have been toting around an “Aqua Vessel” Tritan Filter Water Bottle water bottle since August. It gets thrown in the car, in my backpack and even in my suitcase and it has never leaked. As a matter of fact, it still looks brand new. Seriously, can you say that about your water bottles?
Here are the main features of the Aqua Vessel:
- Removes 99.9% of Giardia and Cryptosporidium
- Meets/exceeds NSF Standard 42 & Standard 53 for Cyst Removal
- Reduces sediment and dirt while improving taste
- Removes bad odors, bad tastes & chlorine
- Filters up to 100 gallons of water with replacement filters available
As I mentioned, it is also leak-proof plus it is made in the USA from Eastman Tritan plastic (no BPA, no phthalates). There is a food grade silicone spout and an inner BPA free plastic straw for tilt free drinking. Not that it should matter, but it is quite stylish, too.
If you only had room for 3 items in your every day carry kit, what would they be?
This is going to be a quick giveaway with the deadline for your entry at 6:00 PM Pacific on Friday, December 13th. A winner will be selected at random using tools available from the random.org website. Please note that the winner will be announced in the Sunday Survival Buzz and also on the Backdoor Survival Facebook page, and that he or she will have 48 hours to claim their prize.
Note: If you are reading this article in your email client, you must go to the Backdoor Survival website to enter this giveaway in the comments area at the bottom of the article.
The Final Word
According to Wikipedia, every day carry refers to a “small collection of tools, equipment and supplies that are carried on a daily basis to assist in tackling situations ranging from the mundane to the disastrous.”
I have to laugh at that since my every day carry items take up more room in my handbag than everything else put together. That said, if someone around me needs something to take care of a common, ordinary, everyday mishap, chances are I have something in my EDC to fix them right up!
Good luck everyone – this is a very fun giveaway!
Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!
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Bargain Bin: Here are the items mentioned in today’s article plus a few more of my EDC favorites.
Nite Ize/Inova Microlight STS: This is the key shaped flashlight with the “Swipe To Shine” feature. Shelly prefers this model.
Inova Microlight: With this version, you push a button to toggle the light on and off and also to toggle through its various modes. I love this flashlight. (Of course, I tend to love all flashlights, the smaller the better.)
Aqua Vessel Tritan Filter Water Bottle with Flip Straw & 100 Gallon Filter: This is great water bottle. Stylish and sturdy; great for traveling where the hotel water is going to be full of bad tasting, smelly chemicals and who knows what else. The water you drink from this bottle will taste good!
12 Color Pack Bandana – Assorted Colors: This is the #1 seller in the bandana category. As of this writing, the price is $11.99 for the entire dozen. Heck, I think that beats Wal-Mart and flea market pricing. Be sure to read How to Use a Bandana to Save the Day.
How to Build the Ultimate Every Day Carry Kit: This $7 eBook from Survival Life is pretty handy and can help you build sort though what should or should not be part of your EDC. It answers the question “What is everyday carry and why do I need it”?
Emergency Mylar Thermal Blankets (Pack of 10): You will be surprised at how warm these will keep you. Be sure to test one out in advance so that you have the confidence to trust the blanket in an emergency. About $7 for 10.
I am pretty excited by the Trekker II Emergency Kits. The kit includes 2 packs – one large and one medium – filled with basic survival gear for two people to survive for three days.
Don’t let its compact size fool you—it is loaded with basics and even some extras that lots of kits leave out like water purification tablets, sunscreen, and hygiene items to help you feel more comfortable in a crisis situation. The best part is that it is on sale this month for $87.99 or 40% off.
And don’t forget there is still time to get some RED EMERGENCY CANDLES – including gift bags and bows – for gift-giving off. These are great candles, even for non-emergency purposes.
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