Gear, Gear, Gear
Fighter pilots strap into their weapon. In the SEAL Teams, we are the weapon. And because we are often in very hazardous situations, we have to rely massively on the equipment we carry into battle. It has to be lightweight, multi-functional, weather-proof, rugged and reliable.
There were times I easily carried 100 pounds of gear (weapons, ammo, Kevlar, communications equip, first-aid, water/food, etc.) on an operation. If there is any distance that has to be covered on the infiltration – every ounce counts. So, for this article I want to focus on what I consider the “BEST BANG FOR THE BUCK” gear and my recommendations for everyday carry (EDC).
- Multi-tool: This is a great example of “Bang for the Buck.” You get a dozen uses from something that fits in your hand/pocket. I prefer larger claws on the pliers vs. the needle nose.
Halo XT Flashlight: Again, you have multiple uses in a handheld flashlight to include bright and strobe mode, solar recharging, windshield breaker, seatbelt cutting tool. It’s rugged and lightweight, and can be used as a weapon.
- Rain jacket: Even if I was operating in the desert, I never forgot to bring a rain jacket. You can crush it down to the size of your fist, but it will be worth its weight in gold when the weather turns for the worse. It can also be used to make a shelter. Always remember: if you’re wet, you’re dead.
- Hydration pack: With shoulder straps and a built-in two-liter water bladder, this can double as a Go Bag. Small in size and weight but able to carry water, survival food (I prefer the 4Patriots bars) first-aid, and signaling device with chest strap whistle. I strongly recommend having one of these in your home, at work and in your car. You can grab it and go when the stuff hits the fan.
- Bear Spray: I’m constantly answering questions regarding self-defense weapons. I personally have my concealed carry permit and highly recommend everyone get theirs. That said, if you don’t feel comfortable carrying a handgun, the next best thing is bear spray. Compact, easy to use, non-lethal, and VERY effective. Trust me, I had the opportunity to use it and it works!!!
Patriot Power Cell: If it uses power, it will need to be charged. And if you find yourself in a life-threatening situation, the last thing you want is a dead battery. That’s why I love the Power Cell. In addition to having the ability to charge multiple electronic devices, it also has a solar panel and an integrated light.
In summary, if it is lightweight, small, rugged and multi-functional, it could save your life. The items I have recommended above can get you through many life-threatening survival situations. And combined they weigh less than 15 pounds.