Where ever you find yourself, even in Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii, you will find a flashlight useful, handy, and comforting.
In a previous post on Every Day Carry, we discussed the concept of making a routine of carrying a few important and essential items that could become highly useful for any situation from a power outage, storm, dark room, under hood, removing splinters, opening packages, and on, and on, and on.This post will focus on the carry of a high quality flashlight, or rather 2 high quality flashlights. Remember, 2 is one, and 1 is none. Convince yourself that the cost or convenience of not having 2 good flashlights at your immediate disposal is not worth the minimal cost and inconvience of being prepared.
I’ll give you an example, a couple of months ago, I was at the local shopping mall with my girlfriend. A massive thunderstorm rolled over us late in the evening. The storm wasn’t a thought earlier in the evening when I was getting dressed. I didn’t load up with my flashlights becuase the storm was coming. I grabbed them because that is what I ALWAYS do. Later that night, the heavens opened up. It was the hardest ligtning storm that I have ever saw in Kaneohe, Oahu, Hawaii. Within a few minutes of intense bombardment, the entire shopping center’s lights failed. Backup lights failed. The only things that didn’t fail was the dark, the panic, the confusion, the likely opportunishtic shopping, The ‘ray of light’ was that I had 2 working flashlights with rays of light.
We were able to assist our knowledge, stills, and tools to defray and manage what could easily have become a highly volitile scene, which could have degenerated to become MUCH worse.
I have MANY less drastic instances that being prepared with flashlights has made a potentially serious situation into a relatively trivial instance. Have you ever dropped something on the ground? A sewing pin, a spring, a small brad or nail, the backing of an earring? Bust out your EDC flashlight, and be the hit of the part when you find the lost item. People will think that you are the hero of the party.
Even less dramatic, as my eyes get old, it is more and more difficult to read small print on product literature and stampings. I become my own personal hero when I reveal my flashlight to see my own personal problem.
Carry at least 2 high quality flashlights. The new CREE bulbs are all the rage. They are practically indistructable, they have IMPRESSIVE light output, and the bulbs are rated for output into the 100,000’s of thousands of hours.
The brands that I like best are SureFire, Fenix, Streamlight, 5.11, Brite-Strike, BlackHawk, and many more.
Be prepared, be respected, be an asset, make a difference.
Most of our staff at Aloha Alarm Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii follow our own advise. Two is one, one is none, three is for me, 4 is more, and 5 allows me to arrive alive.
Aloha Alarm LLC
Home Security and Disaster Preparedness
Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii