John started off Tuesday like every other day. He dropped to the floor and knocked off 20 push-ups. He turned on the shower, so it would get hot and then went to the kitchen to turn on the coffee pot. Showered, shaved and dressed, John filled his Yeti and headed off to work. His thoughts were on the big presentation that he and his colleague were in charge of. This presentation could make or break his career.
Entering the freeway, John reached into his pocket to retrieve his smartphone and connect it to his car’s Bluetooth speakers. A wave of panic hit him as he went from his front pockets to his back pockets looking for his phone. He thought for a moment that he should turn back, but he was already on the freeway and he didn’t want to be late.
Seven minutes down the freeway, traffic came to a standstill. He couldn’t see what was causing the hold-up, but he knew he was completely dead in the water. He instinctively grabbed for his phone, but then remembered he left it at home. With no traffic app, he turned on talk radio to try and get a traffic report.
After 20 minutes, traffic had inched its way to the next off ramp. John decided to exit and take a different route. He turned down one road and encountered a ton more traffic. It seemed like everyone who wasn’t on the freeway was on this one road. He quickly decided to turn on the next road. After about a mile, the road filled with construction. Two miles in, John received the notification that his front right tire was losing pressure. He screamed! He didn’t have time for a flat tire.
He desperately looked for a place to pull over while he kept an eye on his instrument panel. He finally found a flat driveway that would allow him room to change his tire. He stepped out of his vehicle and straight into a puddle of water. Feeling the water squish between his toes and socks, he punched the air and yelled, “What more?”
He walked over to the front right tire and noticed a huge nail sticking into the side of the tire. He opened his trunk and pulled up the carpet to get to his jack and spare tire. After unscrewing the placement nut, John’s heart sank as he felt the air in the spare tire. It was flat!
He slammed the trunk down and again instinctively reached for his cell phone. He hung his head as he remembered he forgot it at home. He locked up his car and started down the road to find a convenience store, wet shoe and all! He just hoped he didn’t miss one of the most important presentations of his career.
The fictional scenario above isn’t too far fetched. When it rains, it pours! But when it pours, you want to make sure you have one of the most important EDC (everyday carry) items in modern history, your smartphone. A smartphone would have come in very handy in many instances in the scenario above. From checking the traffic, finding the fastest alternative route, to calling for assistance, a smartphone would have helped this character out in so many different ways!
When preppers think about EDC, our minds go to the sexy stuff: knife, flashlight, firearm, ferro rod, paracord bracelet, etc… But preppers are practical, commonsense people. We like the sexy stuff, but understand that it is important to always be prepared. And in this modern time, having a smartphone is really a no brainer.
The beauty of the smartphone are all the APPS that are available. You can find an APP for almost anything imaginable. I don’t want this article to be about APPS you can download. There have been plenty of those. Recently, UrbanSurvivalsite did a good article on Survival APPS that I read on EP.9 of The Prepper Website Podcast. But I’ve also linked to many other articles throughout the years on Prepper Website. You can find them in the Tag Cloud – here, here and here.
Dont’ Be Afraid!
What I do want to suggest, is not to be afraid of using your cell phone. Many preppers, because of our natural mistrust of prying eyes AND ears, tend to shy away from helpful aspects of having a smartphone.
For example, in the above scenario, if John would have had his smartphone on him with the location on, he would have received an alert telling him that the freeway was backed up. Likewise, when he exited the freeway, if he would have had a map app and location on, he would have learned the best and fastest route to take.
“BUT, BUT, BIG BROTHER!” I’ll get to that in a moment.
I don’t keep my location, bluetooth or wireless functions on my smartphone at all times. I turn them on and off as I need them. But I have had experiences, with like the MAP APP, that showed me the best route to take and it worked! There were times that I thought I was smarter and knew better, and found myself in standstill traffic because I didn’t follow the Map APP. I’ve learned not to be hardheaded!
Big Brother and Stuff
Yes, there are some who will rally against having a smartphone, APPS and all because “BIG BROTHER” is watching…and listening. But I have continued to say, since the beginning of my time in preparedness, that the only real way of not leaving any digital footprint is to completely be offline! That is almost impossible nowadays! However, that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t be SMART about using your smartphone.
One way to be “SMART” is to be the “gray man” while using your phone. A gray man is someone who doesn’t stand out in the crowd. He or she looks like the crowd and just blends in. You can say the same for your smartphone use.
This means that you aren’t looking up “FEMA camps” on your phone. This means that you are not visiting militia websites. This means that you use your smartphone for regular everyday purposes like everyone else. But then again, if you are doing those things on your home computer, there is already a record of it somewhere!
Someone might say that you can be tracked by your phone number. I will say, if they wanted to really track you, they would do it regardless of your smartphone use! Again, you don’t make it easier. Be smart!
One of the things that I don’t understand, is when someone lets their smartphone battery run out. They have this great tool in their possession, but it is basically a brick since it doesn’t have power. This happens often if smartphone users are playing games and listening to music. I recommend everyone carry around a battery pack to power their smartphone. A battery charger that I recommend is the GRDE 15000mAh Solar Panel External Battery. It holds a lot of power and is about the size of a smartphone. You could easily carry your smartphone in your back pocket, the GRDE in your other back pocket and your cord in your front pocket and not really feel weighted down. The battery is under $18 and is rated at 4 STARS with over 500 reviews on Amazon. I don’t use the solar aspect of it. However, it is good to know that it can be charged (rather slowly) using solar power if needed.
Smartphones are powerful tools that everyone should carry every day. Not only are they a means to communicate and entertain, but they provide helpful preparedness and survival information through many APPS that can be downloaded free. The important thing is to have it on you and ready to use at all times.
The Prepared Bloggers are at it again!
Everyday carry, or EDC for short, refers to items that are carried on a regular basis to help you deal with the normal everyday needs of modern western society and possible emergency situations.
Some of the most common EDC items are knives, flashlights, multitools, wallets, smartphones, notebooks, and pens. Because people are different, the type and quantity of items will vary widely. If you have far to travel for work or have young children, your EDC could be huge!
But, even if you’re just setting out for a walk around the neighborhood, taking your essential items with you in a pair of cargo pants with large pockets, may be all you need to be prepared.
Follow the links to see what a few of the Prepared Bloggers always carry in their EDC. Would you feel safer with these items close at hand?
Shelle at PreparednessMama always carries cash, find out why and how much she recommends.
John at 1776 Patriot USA tell us the 5 reasons he thinks his pistol is the essential item to have.
LeAnn at Homestead Dreamer won’t be caught without her handy water filter.
Justin at Sheep Dog Man has suggestions for the best flashlights to carry every day.
Bernie at Apartment Prepper always carries two knives with her, find out what she recommends.
Nettie at Preppers Survive has a cool way to carry duct tape that you can duplicate.
Todd at Ed That Matters tells us about the one item you’ll always go back for…your cell phone
Erica at Living Life in Rural Iowa knows how important her whistle can be when you want to be safe.
Todd at Survival Sherpa always carries 3 essential fire starters wherever he goes.
Angela at Food Storage and Survival loves her Mini MultiTool, it’s gotten her out of a few scrapes!
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