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Be Prepared - A Survival Kit for the 21st Century

Updated on September 9, 2012

Be the envy of friends and family with your 21st Century survival kit.

They will be amazed how you repeatedly come to their rescue as they struggle time and time again with the challenges of today.

Your survival kit can be a trendy fashion accessory and looks attractive attached to a belt or worn on a chain.

Alternatively for the shy, it can be tucked out of the way in your briefcase, rucksack or just pushed down your sock.



The Magnifying Glass

You will be amazed at the benefits of this nifty little gadget.

Useful at home, in the office or out shopping, it’s an absolute must when faced with the everyday challenge of labels and small print.

Isn’t it useful, how we are given so much more information on the nutritional value of the contents in a packet or jar of edible foodstuff.

It’s handy as well to know the exact ingredients.

Cooking instructions for the microwave, oven, hob, campfire are always going to be beneficial.

The Sell-By date once found and deciphered is always helpful to prevent those aggravating little tummy upsets.

I wonder why nobody thought about how we are going to read 500 words in a 2 inch square label?

No matter, your nifty little magnifying glass is at hand and everything becomes clear again.

Nail Clippers

It seems many of us these days are getting a little frustrated with the plastic wrapping on much of our everyday items.

Customer feedback on a recent 21st Century hub revealed the majority of people had eventual success breaking through the plastic with a carving knife.

Unfortunately this will be too big for our survival kit and a little uncomfortable down your sock.

There were other successful and moving stories using nail clippers and I felt they deserved a place in our survival kit.

Ear Plugs

Small and compact, you could fit several pairs of ear plugs in your survival kit and can hand them out to friends and family or even likeable strangers as and when necessary.

They fit in your ears so discreetly no-body will know they are there.

These are particularly useful when shopping, especially supermarkets.

Insert your ear plugs on entry to the shop - silence - enjoy.

You may get noticed, but only by the envious.

They will see your calm, serene outer self as you drift down the aisles, shopping list in hand, focused on the job in hand completely unaware of the mayhem surrounding you.

While their thoughts are drowned in the ‘Boom, boom, boom‘ of the music blaring throughout the store, their nerves in tatters.

The volume has just increased another few decibels and it’s heavy rock, a few heads are pounding, those with empty trolleys look defeated.

You will be thinking recipes and ingredients, you’re suddenly inspired a new and exciting cook emerging, wow the trolley is full - job done!

Refreshments

On average everybody spends about 45 minutes a day "waiting"...

What a thrilling thought!

Where will it be today?


A traffic jam stuck in a queue

That’ll get you in a stew

It’s queuing time at a check-out

Now just what’s that all about?

Doctors, dentist they’re all the same

Who exactly is to blame?

Need the bathroom right away?

That won’t happen - not today


Stress levels are rising and energy levels are dropping, time for a little mind occupation - the perfect time to eat!

Depending on how much you can cram into your survival kit, I would recommend a decent well balanced variety of junk food.

Again, this hits a very positive note with friends, family and complete strangers.

Suddenly becoming popular and the centre of attention is a fantastic distraction to ‘waiting’.

Enjoy your popularity and take care out there!

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      Sunnie Day 5 years ago

      Great hub and funny..I like the earplugs for sure..Thank you..Great tips!

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Sunnie Day, it's good to see you, hope you find these tips useful, enjoy packing your kit and don't forget those earplugs!

      Take care and have a great weekend:-)

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      baharlaghari 5 years ago from Jamshoro Sindh

      woow great tips. its also intresting

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      mckbirdbks 5 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Entertaining and enlightening, - but no order today and we will double the order just pay seperate shipping and handling. Call now operators are waiting. Have your credit card ready. Movie Master this was what I needed this morning.

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi baharlaghari,glad you enjoyed the tips, hope you will find your survival bag useful:-)

      Thanks for dropping by and have a great day.

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi mck, if I have entertained and enlightened you this morning, my work is done!!

      Thanks for dropping by and your great comment, take care and see you soon.

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      Enlydia Listener 5 years ago from trailer in the country

      You really presented some objects I never thought about...I love the magnifying glass...probably could use for starting a fire also...I recently did an article on bug-out bag....I mentioned two things not usually mentioned. Blessings.

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi EL, a magnifying glass is a bit of a blast from the past, but I think it could prove to be very useful these days.

      Many thanks for dropping by, your comments and the follow, I'm popping over to your place now. Best wishes.

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      Cloverleaf 5 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

      The nail clippers would come in really useful for clipping that annoying plastic wrap off the lid of your mouthwash :-)

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Cloverleaf, already tried and tested, LOL the nail clippers are perfect for the task!

      Remember the tube of toothpaste with the interlocking lid? a new tube just would not open, I double checked the opening instructions with my magnifying glass and I was doing it right, but it was 'faulty' so I had to open it with a carving knife after all!!!

      These things are sent to try us:-)

      Hope you are having a good day x

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      Joyce Haragsim 5 years ago from Southern Nevada

      great helpful hub, thank you.

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi writer20, it's nice to see you, I hope all is well with you.

      I hope you find the suggestions for your kit useful:-)

      Thank you for dropping by, hope you have a wonderful weekend and see you soon.

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      Brenda Barnes 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      Great advice for survivors of all ages. I needed a laugh today. Thanks so much.

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      Rosemary Sadler 5 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      Great hub... I'll take 100 please. I can stand at the store entrance and hire them out. I'll be able to retire in a couple of months. Of course I'll have to take into account replacing the refreshments.

      A good laugh to start my day. Thank you

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      Danette Watt 5 years ago from Illinois

      I agree, that magnifying glass would be a handy little "gadget' to have on hand in an emergency.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Funny and cute, yet full of good advice. Thank you. I like the junk food idea. Hee

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Hyphenbird, it's nice to see you, glad you found the advice useful and funny:-)

      Many thanks for dropping by and your comments, I hope your day improves and it's a good one, take care.

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Rosemay, we could go into business together....

      Many thanks for giving me a laugh too!

      Thank you for dropping by, take care and have a great weekend:-)

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      Rosemary Sadler 5 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      I just voted cos I forgot, I blame the age thing. lol

      You have a good weekend too.

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Danette, aah the magnifying glass, I wouldn't be without that nifty little gadget now:-)

      Thank you for visiting and your comments, hope you have a wonderful weekend.

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Ruby, glad you have found the advice useful for coping with the frustrations of the 21st Century:-)

      Many thanks for visiting and commenting, I really appreciate it, take care.

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi again Rosemay, thanks for coming back and voting, you're a treasure x

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      QudsiaP1 5 years ago

      Hahaa, I enjoyed reading this, thank you. :)

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Qudsia, it's good to see you, glad you enjoyed reading and many thanks for commenting, best wishes and enjoy your day!

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      Annie Fenn 5 years ago from Australia

      Oh yes, these are all essentials, especially the magnifying glass, damn writing on labels these days is just getting smaller and smaller. Very useful information, thank you Movie Master ;)

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Fennel, I don't go anywhere without my magnifying glass now, wouldn't know what was going on out there without it:-)

      Glad you found the information useful, thanks for visiting, take care and enjoy your weekend!

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      Phil Plasma 5 years ago from Montreal, Quebec

      Great kit, I would definitely add a spork to it; there's no telling when either a spoon or a fork could come in handy, and why not carry a combination of them?

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      Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States

      This is a really great hub full of information. Thanks for sharing and voted up, up and away!

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Phil, what a brilliant idea, a 'spork' love it!

      Many thanks for dropping by and commenting have a great day and see you soon.

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Dex, it's good to see you, hope you find your survival kit useful, we won't be beaten by these frustrating times of the 21st Century;-))

      Thanks for commenting and voting up, I appreciate your support, take care enjoy your day.

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      Sueswan 5 years ago

      Priceless Movie Master. Voted up, up and away.

      Have a good week!

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      Dim Flaxenwick 5 years ago from Great Britain

      You had me laughing from beginning to end.

      You are a gem

      Thank you.

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      Shalini Kagal 5 years ago from India

      Very entertaining, thanks! And very helpful too as I do believe I've got one foot still stuck in the last century!

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      iZeko 5 years ago

      Ha-ha-ha! I’m going to the store to get a magnifying glass (I already have clippers for opening its package). That was fun to read!

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Sue, thanks for dropping by and voting up, hope you enjoy your week to, best wishes:-)

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Dim, good to see you, glad you enjoyed the laugh:-))

      best wishes and see you soon.

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Shalini, I am with you there, one foot still in the 20th Century!!

      Hopefully our survival kit will help us out with the frustrations of the 21st!!

      thank you for dropping by and commenting, Best wishes and see you soon.

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi iZeko, Love your comments, so funny!

      Enjoy your magnifying glass:-))

      Thank you for visiting and commenting, best wishes and have a wonderful day.

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      movingfinger 5 years ago

      Interesting but practical mix of items. The magnifying glass is the most essential as most companies are trying to lock us in a patent or rights battle. So we all need to read the fine print. :). The ear plugs to blank out this noisy world is a great addition...:)

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi movingfinger, it's nice to meet you, thank you for dropping by and commenting it's much appreciated, hope you enjoy your day.

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      epigramman 5 years ago

      ...talk about great titles - lol - well this has it all - great title, great follow up writing, great innovation and creativity with wit, irony and the truth - so I must post this beautiful hub presentation to my Facebook page to enlighten the world with a direct link back here -

      lake erie time 6:20am daylight is approaching with very high waves and whitecaps on the lake and the Doors are playing LIGHT MY FIRE live via Hollywood recording but soon it's off to bed for me after night shift ......

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi epi, never leave home without your trusty little survival kit!

      Just to insure we will never be caught out again, with todays little frustrations of the 21st Century!!!

      Many thanks for dropping by and your comments, they are so appreciated, take care and see you soon.

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      Gypsy Willow 5 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

      Great tips, popular too with fellow travelers!

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      Tracy Lynn Conway 5 years ago from Virginia, USA

      Light, airy and good humored...love it. I like that set of earplugs too with the string attachment, I must find a pair of those. Voted up and funny.

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Gypsy Willow, it's good to see you, I hope you find these tips useful for today's little frustrations!

      Take care and have a great day.

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Tracy, glad you enjoyed a light hearted look at confronting these little annoyances of the 21st Century!!

      Many thanks for visiting and your comments, take care and see you soon.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Enjoy reading the hub and how you added a humorous angle to the content topic. I am going to look at these everyday household items differently and will have to keep them handy.

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi teaches12345, the magnifying glass seems to be in constant use in our house as we struggle to read all the small print on everything, it seems to be getting smaller and smaller! thank you for reading and your comments, best wishes.

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