Ah, the purse! Who among us hasn’t referenced Mary Poppins magical carpet bag that held everything from a tape-measure to a coat rack, while digging through their own much less whimsical version in search of something as mundane as car keys? Or perhaps the younger among us may compare their shoulder bags to Hermione’s Undetectable Extension Charmed purse that kept books, a tent, clothes, and an assortment of other items safe for the Hogwarts crew. While these movies may be based in fantasy, us ladies know that these particular bits have a note of truth to them.
Long before we ever started prepping for zombies we were already carrying around mini survival bags on our shoulders. Whether we ever realized it or not, many of us carry well packed Oh Sh!t Bags (Bug Out Bags) around with us wherever we go. In this department, we have quite a big advantage over the men, who often times only have a wallet on them.
He can hold my purse any day.
Some of the men out there will be quick to add that they have, at all times, a much better survival bag hidden in their car that could keep them alive and well for months on end. So I would like to point out that those bags are in the car and not carried with them wherever they go. What if, in the midst of a disaster your car is stolen? Or if you’re in a building that’s put on lock down? Or out with a friend who was the one to drive? While our purses may not be the most perfect of all Oh Sh!t Bags, they’ll do quite well in a pinch. So, if you’re a man and the lady you’re with asks you to hold her purse for a moment, don’t roll your eyes or feel emasculated, instead hold tight to that bag, for it may just save your life one day. If you doubt me, ask a lady in your life to dump out her purse. Now prepare to be amazed!
Ladies, think about the contents of your purse for a moment. I bet that you have at least 1 bandaid, a few OTC painkillers, some sort of blade (pocket knife, small scissors, nail clippers-yes they count, etc), tampons or maxi-pads, a pen, paper scraps (like receipts or a small pad for fire tinder and message leaving/sending), a random food item(s), wallet with credit cards, cell phone, car & house keys, gloves if it’s winter, some form of makeup, and hand sanitizer, all of which can be helpful and necessary in the event of an emergency. Now, those are just the items I’d bet money that you have in your purse right now, but I’d also bet money that you have a few other useful items that you could use if the shit hit the fan.
For those of you who are moms, you probably can put the rest of us to shame with the amount of supplies you carry at all times! If this isn’t basic apocalypse preparedness, then I don’t know what is. Just make sure you also have a good pocket knife, lighter, multipurpose tool, anti-histamine, upgrade your first aid items (if applicable), and a bit of cash in case the grid goes down. Even after you’ve added these extra few small items you’ll probably still have room left to carry around extra supplies you’ll procure during an emergency.
Lastly, we have the purse itself, nicely weighed down with all of our daily and emergency gear. When buying your next one try and choose a purse with zippered pockets, this way, if push comes to shove, it can quickly become the swinging bag of death you always fantasized it would be without spilling its contents.