You have a "go bag" at home? The kind that contains some personal items as well as some of the duty gear you have "spares" for? You should, if for no other reason than the possibility you may be called to provide mutual aid sometime in the middle of the night. What if that call takes you to another state? What if it means being there for a few days? Think Oklahoma City, Waco, and Loma Prieta all mixed in together...
Buy an extra battery charger (and battery) for your mobile phone and leave it in that bag. The last thing you need when you’re far from home working a manhunt or manning the perimeter of a standoff is to have your mobile phone go dead.
In addition to this, (and, of course, to the duty gear in your bag like extra magazines, "sharpie" pens, a univeral Letherman-type tool, a fixed-blade or folding knife, etc.), you should consider having stuff such as:
• Personal prescriptions (in their original containers) and over-the-counter medication for pain, allergies, antacid, daily vitamins, etc. that you ordinarily might take
• Prescription eyeglasses (and sunglasses) and/or contact lenses and cleaning supplies
• A change of clothing (including several sets of socks and "undies"), reflective vest, work gloves, hat, etc.
• Toiletries such as a toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, deodorant, shaving kit, brush/comb, sunscreen, lip balm, insect repellant, etc.
• Food (energy bars, trail mix, powdered protein shakes, etc.) and bottled water (or better still, water purification tablets and a good canteen)
Stay safe folks!
PoliceOne Senior Editor