4 comments on “Don’t Fly Without These 20 TSA-Approved Items in Your Prepper’s Carry-on Bag

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  2. First of all, I work for an airline and travel all over the world. I have been there, and done that.

    I carry almost all of the items that the article mentioned. I have a few more besides. I like the LifeStraw for clean water in addition to the purification tablets. I also carry an old DVD for a signal mirror. My largest single item is a compact bivvy. http://amzn.com/B000WXX0JS and the price is around $15. Tons of peace of mind with that in my bag!

    A fantastic tool that I highly recommend is the TSA approved Leatherman 831488 Style PS Multitool. It costs about $20 and you can find it on Amazon.com. I have had to present it one time out of about a hundred times through security since I started to carry it. http://amzn.com/B0058RX9NU . Now, I just have it easily accessible or put it in the the same place with my watch and wallet for easier inspection if required.

    Additionally, I keep most of the items in a small airline amenity kit that is about the size of a shaving kit. That I put inside of a string backpack made of cloth that takes up virtually no extra space along with the LifeStaw, bivvy and N95 mask. My whole kit is about the same size as a pair of shoes. Most of the time I put it inside of my roll-aboard suitcase for moving around. My first option would be to take my whole suitcase. If I had to go lighter in an emergency, I would grab my cloth backpack (Travel BOB) out and go from there.

    Do dress as if you could end up in a different climate than what you anticipate. Many times I have seen people dress for warm climates to only end up someplace NOT warm or they are freezing on the aircraft. More importantly, dress as if you will have to evacuate the aircraft. I want pants that will not melt to my legs (athletic pants or nylon) in case fire is involved, and shoes that will stay securely on my feet. High heels should be avoided for the ladies. I could spend an hour typing about dressing for travel.

    When in your hotel room, know how to get out of the hotel if there is a fire or earthquake. Where are the stairs? How high is your room? Could you get to the ground from your window? Assess the items in your room that could be useful if you had to evacuate and head for the hills. Bed sheets can become ropes or tenting. A chair can be disassembled to make for a weapon. Lamp cords can become cordage. Also, if you are traveling abroad, know your position from your embassy or consulate. Have on paper the address, phone and if possible a name of someone there. I also like to know where allied embassies are located in case I am unable to make it to the U.S. grounds. Keep a copy of your passport in your travel bug out bag.

    I hope that these things help. I am not paranoid, just realistic. My safety and survival starts with me, not with my company, a hotel or my country. I will use my tools to assist me in remaining safe.

    Happy Travels!

  3. It’s interesting that I carry most of the items on your list, and few that are not. For example, I would include a non-metallic belt that’s unnecessary to remove and a pair of gloves with re-enforced palms in case of being forced to climb out of a broken window. I also agree with the non-flammable clothes, but make it even simpler with long pants and long sleeve shirts, regardless of the climate. You can always roll up the sleeves. And of course shoes that are sturdy, but no problem to slip on and off at the inspection.

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