The Crimson Pirate writes . . .
This the normal stuff I carry every day. It has not changed.
On the belt, from left to right
511 Trainer Belt
Glove Pouch with a couple pairs of gloves and a CPR barrier
Gun: Springfield XDS for less permissive environments carried in an Alien Gear Shape Shift IWB holster
For more permissive environments a GLOCK23/19 or Springfield XD Mod.2 in an Alien Gear Shape Shift Belt Slide holster.
Sometimes I carry a Star BM or Kahr CW9 in a leather belt slide holster.
2 spare magazines – On the belt in permissive environments and off belt but nearby in non permissive environments, because a mag pouch becomes visible when I access the flashlight or multi tool.
Fire starting kit with lifeboat matches, ferrocereum fire starter, wet fire, a small knife, and a Zippo lighter.
Nite-Ize cell phone case for Samsung phone, currently Galaxy S8 Plus
Middle row, left to right
Left front pocket:
pill case with my evening meds
glove pouch that I use to hold cash (Wallet is too full and if robbed and don’t use my firearm I would rather surrender what little cash I carry than my wallet)
T shirt pocket:
Right front pocket:
keys, including a small keychain tool assortment and a keychain CPR barrier
wallet with two card tools
Bottom row left to right
Left cargo pocket:
2 lens cloths and lens cleaner
a plastic chewing gum container with wet ones antimicrobial wipes (The container protects the Wet Ones from movement and other things in my pocket)
a head light
A Kershaw spring-assisted opening knife. I have an assortment so I rotate the knife.
Right cargo pocket:
A head light
Spacer for the inhaler
A Kershaw spring-assisted opening knife. This one has a seat belt cutter and glass breaker so I do not rotate it.
I have actually needed the vast majority of this stuff at one time or another.
I have worked in healthcare for 25 years in two states, most of which was night shift. I have worked in every setting from the most advanced frontline trauma centers to broke-ass nursing homes to home health from the wealthiest areas to the projects.
I have worked through power failures, floods, major thunderstorms, snow storms, ice storms, tornadoes, and hurricanes. I have worked through several previous infectious disease scares. I hesitate to say pandemics because SARS-COV-1 (SARS) and H1N1 did not turn out to be as easily spread as SARS-COV-2 (COVID-19). I frequently have drives up to two hours through rural and sometimes mountain areas to wherever I am working.
Maybe seven or eight years ago, I moved a number of things I was carrying from my pockets to my belt. I always wear pants or scrubs that have cargo pockets and belt loops, and I rarely wear a shirt without a pocket.
Well, there it is, guys. Have fun.
[This post is part of our series, What I’m Carrying Now. If you’d like to submit a photo and description of the gun, holster and gear you’re carrying in the new world in which we live, send it to us at [email protected] with WICN in the subject field.]