Photo by Salt Water New England

Thursday, June 11, 2020

What is in Your Pandemic Bag?

Temporarily repurposing a bridle leather travel bag - Photos by Salt Water New England
Now that restrictions are easing, being prepared for more human interactions seems like a good idea.  I have been keeping a pandemic kit in each car (sedan above and wagon below), changing as more products became available again.

Given that, what is in your pandemic bag?  Mine include:
  • Extra KN95 and non-KN95 Masks
  • Small, alcohol prep pads, that have proven to be incredibly useful while using the ATM.  Just wrap it over you finger and push the buttons.
  • Hand sanitizer (scent free)
  • Paper towels and 70% alcohol
  • Latex gloves

Lotuff Leather bags, all made in New England:

With the Bag of Barbours

17 comments:

  1. A sound plan! Thank you!

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  2. I don't have one of these, but I have a 9-11 bag at my Boston office, in case I ever have to evacuate and walk home in the dark. Looks like I need to add a few things.....

    Funny, tho, I haven't been to an ATM since March - no one takes cash any more.

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    1. My wallet has the exact same money in it from nearly 3 months ago!

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    2. @carol - the only services I've had the opportunity to tip on are barbershop (tip went on credit card) and food delivery (husband tipped).

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  3. Trader Joe's makes light cloth/canvas bags for groceries. Handy because they can be cleaned along with the laundry.

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  4. My kit is the same as Muffy's except I also thick cotton gloves with nylon coated palms. They are cooler to wear than disposable latex or nitrile gloves in which my hands sweat profusely on warm days. I also carry anti-bacterial wet wipes for disinfecting water and cola bottles etc.

    My kit is carried in a fishing bag or holdall (heavy cotton canvas with leather trim) from Chapman Bags in Carlisle, Cumbria. I have several in different designs and sizes. My Troutbeck 16 has a padded laptop sleeve (bought separately from Chapman) and doubles as a briefcase.

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  5. I am currently using a zip top Polo bag. In it I have a microfibre golf towel, Lysol wipes, kn95 masks, a Kai folding steal knife and golf gloves. I have hand sanitizers in both cars and my golf bag.

    We have been very lucky here in British Columbia, so I think I have become a bit complacent. I will try to do better. BTW we plan on going into full lockdown again in the fall.

    David J Cooper

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  6. Very wise planning, however, studies show it's best not to leave sanitizer in a hot vehicle. Stay safe everyone!

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    1. Thanks for that information. There has yet to be a hot day in the Vancouver area this spring, but will keep the hand gel in my bag. Also I have a couple of Nantucket Red masks coming from Murray’s, very exciting.

      David J Cooper

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  7. That's great if you can get it all. We have not seen any disinfectant wipes since February and the only way we got any hand sanitizer was from a neighbor. But we're retired and not going out except to pick up groceries at the store's front door, so we don't need them so much right now. We bought some masks from Etsy and ordered disposable gloves and masks online, but it's going to be another four weeks at least until they arrive. Who would have ever thought I'd be envious of people who have disinfectant wipes? But I am!

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    1. Same here Susan. I still can not find Ispropyl alcohol in any of the stores in our area! PA

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    2. Witch hazel, mouth wash, etc...hunt for the needed ingredients needed first in other sanitizing products.

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  8. Well, we haven't been getting out enough to bother with making up any kind of pandemic outfit. But my wife won't let me out of the house without wipes and insists that I wear a mask. I do, however, keep a regular 1st aid kit in the car that I made up 40 years ago for camping and hiking. In all those years, I think I only used one band-aid. Upon reflection, I decided that it was useless for something really serious and unnecessary for what it could be used for. So I quit carrying it, substituting instead an army field dressing and a few band-aids. My biggest fear has been in having a serious fall and I don't know what you would carry for that. I have had two bad falls that required an emergency room visit but they happened at home. The woods are safer.

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  9. I thought this was America : no Glock in your bag ?

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  10. Just saying... cheap vodka works as a sanitizer as well. LOL!

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    1. Most vodka is 80 proof (40% alcohol). Not enough to destroy the SARS CoV-2 virus.

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