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Essential Items to ALWAYS Have in Your Purse/Shoulder Bag

By Hunter Browning
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On a scale from 1/10, how prepared would you be if a disaster or an emergency outbreak were to happen right now? According to a study conducted in 2019, less than half of Americans are not prepared for an emergency and only 19% of people have a family meet up place. That statistic is SCARY but shouldn't be if we are taking the necessary precautions to be ready in a time of need. In this blog post, we are going to outline some essential things that  we think you should have have in your purse/shoulder bag. And you never know, it just might end up saving your life.

HAND WIPES/HAND SANITIZER: Especially during these uncertain times, having some sort of disinfectant can really end up coming in handy.  Who knows what kinds of things you'll end up touching. It always important to wipe down shopping carts, public benches/tables, doors, etc. It's always better to be safe than sorry.

MEDICAL SUPPLIES: This is something that you should be carrying just in general. Your medical supplies should contain similar to the following; pain medication (such as tylenol, advil, benadryl and tums), its also important to keep some different sizes of bandages and some alcohol swabs.

SIGNALING/LIGHT DEVICES: A mirror, LED flashlight, lighter or something similar can help all in their own way.  Anything could happen and one of these light sources can do the job. We would recommend a Dynamo radio with LED Flashlight and Cell Phone Charger. We never can tell when disaster will strike, but when it does, having a flashlight, a radio, or a cell phone charger to make a call could just save your life. This 4 in 1 dynamo radio is light, compact, and easy to take on the go or throw into a backpack in case of emergency.

MULTI-TOOL/POCKET KNIFE: You never know when these could come into use. May we suggest two that we have here at The ReadyStore. Our fist one is our Multi-Functional Utensil Tool. No more trying to dig out large utensils from you backpack, this Multi-Functional Tool contains all the utensils you need to eat a meal in one single, compact bundle. This tool is a great option for any outdoor occasion and perfect for your emergency kits. It comes included with a built in spoon, fork and knife. The other one that we have is our Emergency Multi-Tool. When in an emergency and you're in need of a durable tool, this could be literally a life saver. This Multi-Tool is extremely compact and comes with an easy to carry soft case. The soft case includes tool 10-Tips that can attach to the Multi-Tool, providing you with a vast variety of options when needing the proper tool to get the right job done. What makes a Multi-Tool so ideal? Why is because it provides so many functions that are all contained in one easy device. This multi-tool will include two knife blades, can openers, screwdriver, needle nose pliers and a saw blade that also includes measuring. It comes with built in; needle nose pliers, long knife, short knife, can opener, screw driver, saw with measuring and a 10-tips pack.

ENERGY BAR: Food and water are the most difficult to accommodate in a smaller pack. I would recommend a granola or cliff bar where they are smaller in size and do not take up a lot of space. But you are due to change any of these items that would best fit YOUR needs and circumstances.

*Let us know in the comments below of items that you think we may have left out!*

4 years ago
4 years ago at 3:05 PM
I keep a whistle attached to my mother's purse on the outside strap. It is cylindrical and has a hollow place in which you can unscrew it to take out a small piece of paper. I put my contact info & the pills my mother takes & her Dr. Info; should she have a tragic memory loss and we get separated. With Covid out there, I have to take her out for her sanity but she rides in back seat & doesn't go in the store with me.
3 years ago at 4:37 AM
That is a good idea until you happen to see her in the store shopping too after she forgot she was supposed to stay in the car... I guess we were lucky she went inside the store instead of wandering off.