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    eightspokedb
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  • eightspokedb
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    Was also intrigued by the idea of a bug-out bag....which would lead to another TB purchase!! But, while doing a post-shopping purge/clean out of my Side Kick, I realized that IT is my bug-out bag!! Everything I need to survive/recharge is in it....phone for books/music/camera, earbuds, portable charger, handful of sweets, and jewelry charms that I love. If it's a major life-saving situation, I have a Mochibrand backpack for clothes/toiletries etc.

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  • Cristina
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  • Cristina
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    Yes not only was this thread three weeks older than the Pop Tote announcement, but the Pop Tote description links to this thread. :-)

    I think the Second Aid Kit proves that TB considers aid and/or emergencies more broadly in general. Thank goodness!


    Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk

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  • pammy
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  • pammy
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    This thread started on 10-28-17, so before the announcement of the Pop Tote. When I first read the Pop Tote description, it made me think about this thread and how closely the TB Crew monitors the forum and really tries their hardest to implement into their designs the things that we wish/ask for here on the forums. I greatly appreciate that. The Pop Tote is just one of those examples.

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  • Rocks
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  • Rocks
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    Originally posted by Kelly S View Post
    I keep wondering, was this thread inspired by the making of the TB video on using the pop tote as an EBOB or did this thread inspire the video?
    I wondered the same thing! Seeing as they had two of my comfort items, wine and a stuffed animal, I hope they were inspired by this thread.
    I love the acronym EBOB!

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  • Kelly S
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  • Kelly S
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    I keep wondering, was this thread inspired by the making of the TB video on using the pop tote as an EBOB or did this thread inspire the video?

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  • ceb
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  • ceb
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    Originally posted by Traveltech View Post
    The emotional bug-out bag idea should be incorporated into everyone’s evacuation bag. I can imagine that your bag would be super comforting at a shelter.

    I’d bring a soft blanket, journal and pencils, photos, dark chocolate, and maybe a travel or Listology book.
    Absolutely correct. While everyone's "emotional support gear" will be different, it is vital that it is incorporated in your every day carry bag. As an emergency manager, I've seen people become quite distraught during unusual events (even short shelter in place events), while others seemed perfectly fine and happy reading a book or doing a crossword puzzle - basically anything to take their mind off the current situation.

    Don't forget to pack an emotional kit for kids and pets too - or your emotional kit won't do you any good.

    Speaking of EDC kits, the ones for dogs and cats need to include some sort of toy, snack and a water/food bowl. Since it is often impractical to carry food for the four legged ones, figure out well in advance what "people food" your pet will tolerate well (without, shall we say, an adverse effect on bathroom habits - but also determine what foods will constipate if necessary) but remember that there are some foods that are an absolute no-no for your pet. Don't forget vaccination papers and a report of any medical issues or allergies. I use a TB luggage tag on the handle of my GSD's leash to keep a folded up copy of the papers and one of my business cards. Why on the leash and not on the collar? This way it doesn't bang against her when she is horsing around.

    Remember that our pets are actually an important part of OUR emotional support kit.

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  • Kshni
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  • Kshni
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    This seems like a wonderful idea. I will have to think about what I would put into it. I suspect eye drops, my finger cymbals, ear buds, iPod, mala/tasbih/prayer beads of some sort; those are the first to come to mind, but there might be other things too.

    Thanks for prompting the idea

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  • UpToNoGood
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  • UpToNoGood
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    Ah! This is what my SE is and why it's always so heavy! I like thinking of it as an emotional bug-out bag. It contains:

    1. Several packets of tea
    2. A small notepad with pen, because how do people think/observe without pen and paper?
    3. A little pouch that says "Once Upon A Time" to remind me that we all get to write our own (life)story. This pouch is full of rubies and other semiprecious gems, including my daughter's birthstone, because why not?
    4. A mala
    5. Lip balm
    6. Burt's bees salve
    7. Cough drops
    8. Eye drops (not having dry eyes is very emotionally soothing for those of us who've had LASIK)
    9. A Larabar (me not having a blood sugar crash is very emotionally soothing for my husband)
    10. Assorted odds and ends that bring me joy and I bring everywhere.

    I can live without all my other TB bags except this SE. It's like a window to my soul.

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  • G42
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  • G42
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    Originally posted by Ilkyway View Post
    4. Terry Pratchett Audiobooks on my phone: because his books are like a security blanket to me, I am weird that way
    I adore the Pratchett Discworld books...they are my sane touchpoint in an insane world... I have the Kindle versions with me though, not the audio

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  • Mausermama
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  • Mausermama
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    I pretty much carry my emotional support with me wherever I go. I always have a bit of knitting or spinning on me along with an extra small organizer pouch with a few vials of essential oils. I also keep a special fountain pen and a notebook on me. Sometimes I may also carry my kindle, but if I get the urge to read, I can always read off of my iPhone. It's not the same as having the tangible feel of paper under my fingertips, but it's better than having nothing.

    Lately I've been trying to teach myself some basic watercolor skills and bought a travel watercolor set, so I also sometimes take that one out and about, but it's not always in my bag.

    I tend to stress easily if I don't have something to do with my hands, so I've always had my knitting or spinning close at hand. I learned that the hard way when many years ago my car broke down and I was (gasp!) without my knitting! I sat waiting for my husband to get me for over an hour with nothing to do. When he finally arrived, I had a super organized glove box, though!

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  • Ilkyway
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  • Ilkyway
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    I love this idea too! I have not a dedicated bag but I feel I have items that fall into that category in my bag of the day:

    1. Bar of dark chokolat: because CHOKOLAT
    2. a bag of two of black tea: because with the chokolat together it is like a hug from a loving person
    3. my Tralver‘s Notebook: because pen and paper helps me to stay sane
    4. Terry Pratchett Audiobooks on my phone: because his books are like a security blanket to me, I am weird that way
    5. more audiobooks and ebooks: because that way I can read/listen when and where ever
    6. headphones: because see point 4. and 5.
    7. at least three flashlights: because I am not good with darkness and this way what ever comes I have some light

    Come to think of it, the items in my bag of the day that are purely funktional seem to be in the minority :O who knew ��

    Ilkyway

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  • Rocks
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  • Rocks
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    I love this idea! Mine will have a book, a notebook, a pen and pencil, a Paddington Bear, a snack, and headphones. And probably wine.

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  • kieri
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  • kieri
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    Oooh, I know what I'm doing with one of my Travel Cubelets!

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  • bouncing
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  • bouncing
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    I love it.

    I'd probably throw in some bourbon, a nice pair of headphones, and a book.

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  • sturbridge
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  • sturbridge
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    I actually have a small kit for this purpose, in a tin. It has some small vials of essential oils for relaxation, a small tealight candle, a silk pocket scarf (for self soothing), some dark chocolate and some home laminated cards with qi gong as well as breathing exercises for stress. I use to bring it for work traveling, and now resides in my emergency go bag if I have to evacuate.

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