The second of the three points we at Tri-Point Outfitters believe to be essential in your quest towards being prepared is gear.
There’s an age-old adage that goes, “work smart not hard”. Its this ideal that is best served when knowledge is supplemented with the addition of purpose specific tools, or as we like to refer to it as, gear. We look at it this way, our intellect has afforded us the ability to create things to make jobs easier, essentially working smarter and not harder.
When you start looking at the gear for preparedness there are some things to keep in mind, such as the idea that there is an appropriate tool for the task at hand. While something else might work, it may not be as efficient. In turn there may be a single piece of gear that does multiple tasks adequately, and the trade off may be worth more than having multiple items that perform the task marginally better.
As you begin outfitting yourself for preparedness begin to weigh these pros and cons when selecting each piece of gear, and you’ll quickly figure out what is essential and what can be sacrificed. You’ll see where you will want the highest quality gear you can find, and you’ll also start to understand what can be considered a throw away item. Things like matches, toilet paper, bandaids, and other consumables fit in this category, and compromising quality to cut costs may not be an issue. Non-consumable items like your pack or shoes would be places that you would want to focus on quality over cost. The same goes for items that you may need to stake your life on, such as a pistol.
I think it’s important to elaborate on the reason we consider most consumables “throw away” items. Is simple. We go through them on a regular basis, and once they’ve been used, you typically throw them away. We’ve found that we can save a little on these without sacrificing any personal security. With that said, there will be some consumables that aren’t throw away items. This would encompass medications, water filters, and items that could cause sickness or death if they failed.
Refer to our cost vs. quality article when you start looking into some of the more important gear. We truly believe spending a little more for high quality gear today will save you in the long run. This doesn’t mean that you have to buy the most expensive item you can find, but it’s likely that you won’t be able to buy the cheapest and still get decent quality.
Now, we see gear as point 2 in preparation, following knowledge as point 1, because without knowledge you won’t know what gear you do and don’t need. Once you have the knowledge you’ll be able to move forward and start to outfit yourself with the gear you need to promote a higher level of ease and comfort as you weather any disaster, from personal to global. So, we urge you to use the knowledge you’ve gained to guide you in purchasing the gear that can take the use of that knowledge to the next level.
“Man is a tool-using animal. Without tools he is nothing, with tools he is all.”