I remember that is now only about 12yrs since the era of my life when I walked around without a cell phone on me. I remember when people carried pagers and had to walk away from a Thanskgiving dinner to answer an emergency. Much has changed in recent years in communications, but not much has changed as far as self defense and emergency preparedness. I’m still looking for the right size flashlight that I can carry 7 days a week, but I’m either bothered by the size of the ones that I do like to use or the smaller ones are too expensive and I’m afraid I’m just going to loose one of the darn things.
The cell phone is probable now your #1 tool, but flashlights and knives are extremely useful in emergencies. If you or someone in the road is trapped in a vehicle, a small tactical knives could mean saving a life and trying to tear a seat belt is impossible with bare hands. I have carried gas can and fixa flat in my car because I’ve done so many road trips where stupid nail would have meant waiting 4hrs for a tow truck or walking 10 miles to a gas station. Flashlights are also something that should aways be in a car because there is nothing worse than a dead battery or dangerous environment without being able to see your surroundings or flag someone down.