I travel a lot for work. I cover a seven state territory, stretching from Salt Lake City all the way to Baton Rouge. I'm in state capitals the vast majority of the time I am on the road (with the exception of Texas, when I can be in a number of cities). So I'm usually in medium to large cities most of the time I'm on the road.
Over the last year or so, I've been asked what I carry with me on the road to help me be better prepared to deal with various emergencies. I'm somewhat limited by the fact I rarely if ever check bags, meaning there's a lot of useful items (such as pocketknives and multi-tools) I don't bring with me. However, those items can be purchased if needed in a pinch (although there's something to be said for carrying a good folding knife for self defense purposes, as my friend Chuck Rives of Martial Blade Concepts can attest.)
So what do I routinely carry in my carry on suitcase that is TSA-friendly?
Now - do I carry all of these items, every time I travel? Nope. I adjust the gear list based on where I am going and how long I will be there. It does seem like a lot of items, and collectively they do take up space and add weight. But they also provide me with a number of resources to deal with problems when I'm hundreds of miles from home.
What do you carry when you travel?
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