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Gym Bag Checklist

Gym Bag Checklist

If you go or plan to go to the gym, here’s some helpful information to make sure you’re well-equipped.

First, get a good gym bag that has the following features:

  • Durable
  • Washable (at least by hand)
  • Easy to Carry
  • Vented (breathable)
  • Large Main Compartment
  • Pockets For Gear Organization

Here’s a Gym Bag Checklist of items you may want to carry in your gym bag:

  • Gym & Personal ID Cards
  • Gloves
  • Exercise Log Book & Pencil
  • Workout Plan/Goals
  • Towel
  • Lock (key, combination)
  • Protective Gear (athletic tape, supporter, joint protectors)
  • First Aid Kit (bandages, antiseptic…)
  • Supplements (bars, capsules, mixes…)
  • Medications
  • Water/Electrolyte Drink Bottle (a liter or larger capacity)
  • Money (cash)
  • Business Cards (networking, prospects, friends…)
  • Cell Phone
  • Notebook & Pencil (notes, ideas)
  • MP3 Player
  • Swim Gear (suit, ear plugs, goggles…)
  • Tanning Gear (eye protection, lotion…)
  • Change of Clothes
  • Breath Mints (drops, gum…)
  • Special Equipment (yoga, martial arts…)
  • Bath/Shower Kit (soap, shampoo, razor, deodorant, eye care, lotion, makeup, feminine hygiene, perfume/cologne…)

You may not want or need to carry all of the above.  In fact, some people just take what they are wearing and their ID.  This list is intended to serve a wide-range of needs for various types of gym goers.


Smartphone Documents

Smartphones for Emergencies

In the event of a power outage, a smartphone or tablet PC will be easier to charge and power up than most laptop and desktop computers.

A great amount of information can be stored on a smartphone or tablet.  Consider the following:

  • First Aid Instructions
  • Survival Manuals
  • Plant & Animal Identification
  • Helpful Photos & Videos
  • Electronic Copies of Personal Documents
  • Important Phone Numbers
  • Maps & GPS Imagery/Coordinates
  • General Emergency Preparedness Notes

It’s not a good idea to rely solely upon electronic devices for this information.  Preferably, there are printed copies and memory recall available if needed.

Electronics can fail. They are subject to malfunction, data loss, dead batteries, EMP*, and other general damage and failure. [*Note: Small faraday cages can be easily constructed for smartphones and tablets.]

In comparison to larger computers, smartphones and tablets are lighter, smaller, easier to power/charge, discreet (covert), and more convenient overall.

Again, it’s not a good idea to be completely dependent upon these devices.  However, they can be very powerful tools in emergency situations.


Safe Shopping

Safe Shopping Tips

Here are some tips to that can help to keep you safe while shopping.

Shop Together

Take a friend or family member with you. [Be certain that the person you bring along is equally aware of the safety tips in this article.]

Be Prepared on the Road

Make sure that you have enough gas in your car, and an emergency road kit available for any road hazards you might encounter.

Carry a cell phone with a fully-charged battery and have important numbers ready for speed dialing.

Park Smart

It may be difficult to find an ideal parking place, but do the best you can. Choose a busy area to park, even if you don’t like the nearby store. Make sure the parking space is (will be) well-lit at night. Make note of where you’ve parked, so you don’t have to do any unnecessary wondering around when you’re finished shopping.

There are smartphone apps available that can be used to mark your parking spot using GPS technology.  Another method is to take photos of where you park using a camera phone.

Avoid Suspicious People

If you feel that you are being followed, or if you have good reason to be uncomfortable with someone, go to the store manager’s office or security station and explain your situation.

Be Private

Avoid counting your money publicly, and don’t openly flash it when making purchases.  Keep your voice down when giving out any personal information to the cashier (e.g. phone number, street address…). Also, make sure that you’re not overheard while talking on the phone (e.g. “Bob’s out of town, so I’m home alone tonight…” or “I finally bought that diamond necklace.”).

Hide Your Goodies

Hide expensive items well inside your shopping bag. If possible, avoid or hide bags that are too descriptive of their contents (e.g. electronic stores). If you must take items out to your car, discreetly put them in the trunk. Be sure valuable items cannot be seen by looking through your vehicle’s windows.

Be Alert

Always be aware of your surroundings. Keep your head up and look around, even if you’re otherwise alert. You need to send a clear signal to others that you know what’s going on around you.

Leaving the Store

If you feel unsafe in anyway when you’re ready to leave the store, ask the store manager to have someone walk with you out to your vehicle. If this is not possible, call a friend, neighbor, or family member to come and get you.

When walking to your car, remember to keep your head up and look around. If you have a car remote that activates your vehicle’s horn or has remote engine start, use it. It may make a would-be attacker think that someone is waiting for you in your car. As soon as you’ve opened your door, immediately lock the door then pull it closed! This way, all you have to do is pull your already-locked door closed if someone tries to grab you.

If you are approached in a threatening manner, make all the noise you can, and do whatever it takes to make yourself safe. Many attackers are looking for a victim not a challenge.  Fight back!

If you have any reason to believe you are being followed while driving home, don’t go straight to your house. Instead, go to the nearest police station or a safe, public place where you can get help.

Have a safe shopping trip!