Tag Archives: Everyday Carry

In The Pockets of Tom Linden

One of the greatest aspects of being a prepper is that it is not something that is limited to one area of the country or even one area of the globe. While we are labeled as “crazed lunatics” or “insane conspiracy theorists” we are not alone. Strength should be gleaned from this fact. Today I have the pleasure of sharing a take on survival from a fellow prepper from “across the pond,” Tom Linden of Tom Linden Survival and the UK Preppers Radio Network. Not only was he willing to answer a couple of questions about hit take on survival but he also gives us an extensive look into his everyday carry (EDC) items.

Q: If you were limited to only one firearm for survival, what firearm would you own?

A: A Remington 12 Gauge Shotgun.

Q: What do you think the single most overlooked prep is?

A: Knowledge

Q: What do you think the first thing to disappear following a disaster will be?

A: Society and emergency service back up.

Q: If you could have a retreat anywhere in the world, where would it be and what features would it have?

A: It would it be in Northern Scotland. I would live in a small cottage by the sea with my own vegetable patch and livestock.

Q: In your opinion, what is the best commercially produced survival food on the market today?

A: MX3 meals, they all taste fantastic.

Q: What was the last book that you read?

A: The SAS Survival Manual

Q: What is the one thing that you would miss the most if an EMP shifted your lifestyle back to the 1800’s?

A: Modern Communications

Q: If you were to get stuck on an island, who is the one person that you would choose to survive with?

A: I would pick my wife as my survival parter.

Q: What kind of vehicle do you drive?

A: A 2011 Nissan Note 1.4 Liter

Q: What are the items that you have on your person at all times?

A: Firstly, on my left wrist I have my Timex Expedition E-Instruments Compass Tide and Temp Chronograph Watch, model T45601. It is waterproof to 100 meters or, in old money, 333ft. On my right wrist I wear my 550 paracord bracelet from paracord.com.

Depending on what I am wearing, I could have my Black Hawk web duty belt with the True Utility multi-tool +lite and a StoppaRed marker spray on it which I carry whatever belt I have on.

On my key ring I have the kaufmann-mercantile.com EDC steel tools including a mini lighter and on my feet, a pair of Regatta Mens Ad-Scursion Boots which are completely waterproof and offer total protection and comfort.

In my wallet is a Tool Logic Survival 11 credit card.

In my personal planner is a Matthew Martin Tactical Pen.

On my back or in the car with me I carry the 1 Person BASIC Backpack Survival Kit from moreprepared .com supplemented, as it is designed to be, by additional kit to make it what I call complete. In the kit is:

  • A UK motorway map and two local OS maps.
  • A Purificup
  • Elzeta ZFL Tactical Torch
  • A SOL Bivy Bag
  • The Solo Stove with cotton wool and Vaseline balls stored inside.
  • A Nano Fire Starter
  • i-Shields
  • My own survival meals, tea, and 3-in-1 Nescafe coffee sachets.
  • Toilet Roll

I would like to thank Tom for sharing a little bit about his take on survival and what a “prepper’s” EDC kit might look like. Make sure to check out his radio show on the UK Preppers Radio Network. Tom can also be followed on Twitter, @tomlinden0.

Friday! Friday! Friday!

It’s Friday again and that means a few highlights for the prepper from the preppers around the web. This weeks highlights cover low-cost preps, every day carry, and a warning from a federal officer.

18- Low-Cost Ways to Start Prepping from PreppingToSurvive

New to prepping? Not sure where to start? Intimidated by the perceived cost? Prepping To Survive covers eighteen ways to start prepping for disaster in this piece that include things like doing research, budgeting, learning to tie basic knots, exercise, or learn to make repairs around your home. This article provides a great way to get started in emergency preparedness that involves more time than money which is great for the beginner.

Everyday Carry by Rick Keyes on the Official Blog of Knesek Guns, Inc.

What are some of the items that experts recommend that prepared citizens carry on their persons every day? Find out in this article from the folks over at Knesek Guns. This blog post covers the essential Every Day Carry (EDC) for the armed citizen and the unarmed citizen alike. The author even gives specific examples of the items that he carries every day by type and brand.

Warning From a Federal Officer by Silent Prepper on PrepperCentral

This is an interesting piece from an employee at a law enforcement supplier that recently received an unofficial “travel advisory” from a federal law enforcement officer when he was in the shop the other day. You can interpret it for yourselves. I found it interesting myself.

If you found a prepping gem on the web this week, chime in and help out your fellow prepper by posting a link in the comments section!

Kifaru PullOuts Product Review

This product received a 5 ninja star rating from The Prepared Ninja!



I can honestly say that Kifaru makes some of the most durable products in the world. Not only have I used my Kifaru PullOuts for such mundane tasks as keeping all of my pens and pencils together, but I have also used them for multiple uses during two of the three combat deployments with the 101st Airborne Division to Iraq that I have completed. That has equated to heavy use/borderline abuse without ever having a failure with any of my Kifaru PullOuts. While their uses are only limited to each individual users imagination, I have found the PullOuts to be perfect for the organization of everyday carry items.

A little bit about the PullOuts from the Kifaru website: “These “grab-and-go” pouches have been quite popular because they let you easily organize permanent caches of gear that can be hung inside your pack, pocket or on a gear room wall. Rugged and incredibly lightweight with a full zipper for complete access. Mix and match to suit your needs.”

There are several options that are available with the PullOuts including the sizes available as well as the material that they are made out of and colors available. Sizes that are available are small (5″ wide X 8″ long), medium (6″ wide X 10″ long), large (8″ wide X 13.5″ long), and extra large (10″ wide X 15″ long). Materials and colors available include mesh (OD green and black), ultralight (coyote brown and white), padded (black only), and 525 pack cloth (OD green, coyote brown, and foliage green).

Kifaru PullOuts
Photo Credit: Kifaru.net

Retail prices for the Kifaru PullOuts range from $10.00 for the small size up to $13.00 for the extra large size. A set of four (one of each size) is also available for the price of $32.00. These are extremely reasonable prices! I have seen so many pieces of tactical nylon equipment that sell for so much more than this and does not even come close to the quality.

PROS – Durable, lightweight, and versatile with a lifetime guarantee against defects in materials and workmanship. The multitude of materials, sizes, and colors available make the PullOuts almost the perfect storage and organizing option for your pack or bag whether you are a prepper, soldier, outdoorsman, or hockey mom.

CONS – I tried to think of a downside and the only thing that came to mind is that Kifaru PullOuts will not do my laundry for me.
Kifaru PullOuts can be purchased online from Kifaru.
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