If I am going into the woods for work I carry a camelback with an ammo pouch that holds stuff like a space blanket, a bic lighter, a couple granola bars, some motrin, a flashlight, TP and and an ace bandage. Just enough to hold out for a night with a broken leg until somebody comes and finds me.
Edited to add: Good call with the whistle, Douglas.
In my car: I usually have enough stuff that I could make a rough camp, or help others.
- spare warm clothing and blankets
- tools, flashlight, headlamp, candles
- shovel, hatchet, saw, sheath knife, diamond sharpener
- leather work gloves
- tarp and rope
- booster cables and tow rope
- cell phone charger
- old cell phone and charger (in wife's car, can call 911)
- closed cell pad to kneel/sit on
- something to boil and carry water in
This is mostly stuff I commonly use I'm off the yard, but would also be very handy if I was stranded.
In my pocket I carry :
A leatherman skeletool
A mini bic
A small pouch that has :
a 3x5 all weather note pad (sketch a lot, ideas sometimes spring up)
a koh-i-nor 5.5mm lead pencil
a small fountain pen
a streamlight nano
a ferro rod
a mask, now a days (no need to beat up an employee over rules they have to follow)
a cell phone
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In my pocket .... maybe a cheap ($10) pocket knife.
In my car.....matches, knife, flares, flashlight, shovel, space blanket, blanket, gloves, hat, plastic tarp, rope, water. I used to drive a great deal and had some very close calls in the middle of nowhere .
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