Knives UK – Every Day Carry You Can’t Carry in the UK

Seems like the UK has very strict control over offensive weapons and knives UK. I’m OK with that, even if it affects my Every Day Carry Kit.

But it sure restricts the ability to be prepared for when the SHTF, right?

According to the HM Gov website about knives UK, here is what you cannot carry, in public, in the UK unless you want to risk 4 years in prison plus an unlimited fine.

Or, unless you have a very good reason for carrying the weapon in public. Continue reading “Knives UK – Every Day Carry You Can’t Carry in the UK”

Every Day Carry – EDC – AKA Small Toys for Big Boys

EDC, Every Day Carry. Essential items you need to deal with normal everyday life and possible emergency situations.

But EDC is also an attitude to life, always being prepared. Being self-reliant. Just like the Boy Scouts.

Every Day Carry items are normally small enough and light enough to fit into pockets. Being small and light, selecting what to  include in terms of usefulness and reliability is paramount.

The emphasis on every day carry items is dealing with daily challenges while also being prepared for personal protection, survival and personal injury. Continue reading “Every Day Carry – EDC – AKA Small Toys for Big Boys”


Since my interest in surviving and preparing for the worst has increased over recent months, I’ve started to research a little. And I’m gobsmacked with the TLAs. You know, the Three Letter Acronyms. The jargon. The abbreviations. I get ‘BOB’ and when ‘SHTF’ and I get ‘Prepping’ but WTF is TEOTWAWKI ??

So I thought I had better write them down…

ALICEAll purpose Lightweight Individual Carrying EquipmentOr, in military jargon, Advanced Light Infantry Combat Equipment
ATLAttempt To LocateOr, Above The Law. Or, All Time Low
BIBBug In Bag
BOBBug Out BagA kit of essential equipment that needs to last atleast 72 hours
BOLBug Out Location
BOVBug Out Vehicle
CMCompressed MealsUS alternative to MRE's ???
C-RationCombat RationUS army field rations that were replaced by MREs
CYACover Your Ass
DLPDefence of Life and Property
EDCEvery Day Carry
FAKFirst Aid Kit
FEPFamily Emergency Plan
FIFOFirst In First OutWith respect to rotating food in storage
GHBGet Home BagThe contents of which will be different to that of your BOB...
GMOGenetically Modified OrganismWith respect to vegetables that have had there genes modified
HAMAmateur Radio OperatorWhy HAM, I just don't know
INCHI'm Never Coming Home
JICJust In Case
MOLLEModular Lightweight Load-carrying Equipment
MREMeal Ready to EatLatest type of rations in US military
NINJANo Income No Job or Assets
PrepperA survivalist actively preparing for emergencies, disruptions to social, civil, political orderOften acquiring emergency medical and self-defence training, stockpiles of food and water, preparing to become self-sufficient
SHTFShit Hits The Fan
SOTFSurvival Of The Fittest
TEOTWAWKIThe End Of The World As We Know ItScary...
WSHTFWhen Shit Hits The Fan
YoYoYou're On Your Own

If there are any I’ve missed please tell me via the contact form and I’ll add some more




Keychain Flashlights Torches an EDC With Style Necessity

Keychain flashlights torches are getting smaller and lighter. Gone are the days filament bulbs and Ever Ready Lantern Batteries.

With LEDs as the light source and vastly improved battery technologies, miniature flashlights can light up an area quite nicely, thank you.

And what a wide selection available. So here my top 7 picks for my ‘Every Day Carry Pouch’.

1 Surefire Unisex Sidekick Ultra-Compact Variable-Output LED Flashlight Torch

High-performance LED and special faceted reflector produce broad, smooth MaxVision Beam optimized for the human eye

Dimensions: 1.5 X 0.3 X 6.4 cm
Weight: 9 gm
Light source: LED
Output levels: 3
Power source: Li-ion battery
Charging port: Micro-USB
2 Olight® S1R Baton LED Flashlight USB Rechargeable Charging Clip

Dimensions: 15.5 X 5 X 3.5 cm
Weight: 36 gm + battery
Light source: LED
Output levels: 1
Power source: 16340ER battery
Charging port: Yes
3 Pixel LED Keychain Flashlight

Durable stainless steel construction
Supe bright LED rated at 25 lumens
Water resistant o-ring seal
Square body design prevents roll

Dimensions: 0.8 X 0.8 X 4.3 cm
Weight: 14 gm
Light source: LED
Output levels:
Power source: 4 X LR521/379A alkaline watch batteries
Charging port:
4 Fenix UC02SS CREE XP-G2 S2 LED Key Light

Floodlight on a set of keys - The Fenix UC02SS is a Keyring Torch for everyday use.
Features: digitally regulated, waterproof in accordance with IPX-8

Dimensions: 17 X 14 cm
Weight: 41 gm
Light source: LED
Output levels: 2
Power source: Li-ion battery
Charging port:
5 Nitecore Tip CRI - Neutral White LED

Dimensions: 15 X 13.4 X 1 cm
Weight: 27 gm
Light source: LED
Output levels:
Power source: Li ion battery
Charging port:
6 IllumineX-4

Dimensions: 17.8 X 5.8 X 0.3 cm
Weight: 9.1 gm
Light source: LED
Output levels:
Power source: Li Ion battery
Charging port:
Price: Check on Amazon
7 ThruNite Ti3 EDC Cree XP-L AAA Torch 130 Lumens LED Flashlight

Convenient twist switch design for better one handed operation.
Small but bright, simple but functional. Come with a keychain for easy carrying.

Dimensions: 17.3 X 10 X 5.2 cm
Weight: 54 gm
Light source: LED
Output levels: 3 + strobe
Power source: 1 X AAA battery
Charging port: No
8 ThruNite T01 Mini LED Flashlight CREE XP-G2 LED Max Output 125 Lumen

T01 built with high quality & good heat dissipation with competitive price - best price for key chain light.
Convenient twist switch design for better one handed operation.

Dimensions: 17.3 X 10 X 5.2 cm
Weight: 18 gm
Light source: LED
Output levels: 1
Power source: 1 X AAA battery
Charging port: No




Basic First Aid for Everyone to Survive in Style

If you’re going to survive, for sure you will need to know basic first aid.

Get to know the following basic first aid techniques and for sure carry a well stocked first aid kit in your bug out bag and an even bigger first aid box in your car with backup first aid supplies in your store room

Remember to wear surgical gloves when treating open wounds, OK.

And remain calm and think clearly. Call the emergency services and follow their instructions


When an adult or a child is chocking and finding it difficult to breath:

  • Ask the person to cough
  • Support their upper body, ask them to lean forward and give five sharp blows with the heel of your hand between their shoulder blades
  • The Hiemlich Manoeuvre:
  • Stand behind the person
  • Put both arms around the upper abdomen
  • Lean the person forward
  • Clench your fist and place between navel and bottom of rib cage
  • Grasp clenched fist with other hand
  • Pull upwards and inwards sharply
  • Repeat up to five times
  • If still chocking call the emergency services

Continue the cycle of back blows and abdominal thrusts until the obstruction is cleared

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Severe Bleeding

In basic first aid, the priority is to stop the bleeding.

Apply direct pressure to the wound with a pad or your fingers.

If there is an object embedded, do not remove it. Apply pressure each side of the object

Secure the pad or dressing with a bandage to control the bleeding

Lay person down and raise their legs to treat for shock

Get to an emergency room or call the emergency services

Unconscious Not Responding

Check their airways is open, clear and they are breathing

If breathing OK, put them in the recovery position

If they’re not breathing start CPR

The Recovery Position

The casualty is lying down, on their back, make sure their legs are straight

Kneel by the side of the casualty

Place the arm closest to you at right angles to their body

Bring the other hand across their chest and hold their hand on their cheek closest to you

With your other hand, grasp just below the knee of the casulaty’s furthest log and pull it upwards and towards you, rolling the casualty onto their side

Adjust their head and make sure their airway is clear and they are breathing

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CPR – Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation

Wow, a mouthful of medical words.

What basic first aid can you do if the casualty is not breathing.

Call for help! The emergency services

  • Start CPR
    • Lay patient on their back, tilt head, lift chin, make sure airway is clear
    • Place one hand on centre of their chest
    • Place heel of your other hand on top of the first and interlock fingers (keeping your fingers off their ribs)
    • Lean directly over their chest and press down vertically about 2 inches (5 cm)
    • Release the pressure but keep hands in place

Give thirty compressions at a rate of 2 per second (Think the Bee Gees and their song “Staying Alive” Oh, Oh, Oh, Oh, Stayin’ alive…)

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Continue CPR until the emergency services arrive…

You will need to learn more basic first aid techniques in case of emergencies…