People are constantly asking about the best everyday carry for self-defense. They are confused by the plethora of self-defense devices being marketed such as tasers, stun guns, lipstick knives and the list goes on and on. The reality of the matter is this. When it comes to non-lethal options for self-defense, there are four essentials that no one should be without.

  1. Cell Phone: Your cell phone is your lifeline to help. Do not rely on others to summon help if you are able to do so. Familiarize yourself with the SoS emergency features of your mobile devices. Configure and test these features as they offer a discreet way of summoning help. If someone is threatening you and they see you trying to make a phone call, this may illicit a violent response.
  2. Pepper Spray: Pepper spray is one of the most effective non-lethal weapons you can carry. It is easy to deploy and works on those under the influence of drugs and alcohol. An added benefit of pepper spray is that it’s effective against dogs and leaves no harmful effects.
  3. Flashlight: Never enter into an area that you visually inspect from a safe distance. Flashlights have the added benefit of being used as an impact weapon, as well as temporarily blinding an assailant.
  4. Solid Footwear: It is often said, and is very true, that one of the best self-defense weapons is a good pair of running shoes. If you need to defend yourself and break contact with an aggressor, solid footwear is a must. With a little planning, it is possible to balance fashion, comfort and stability when it comes to footwear.

When putting together your everyday carry, keep it simple and focus on the basics. Remember, your everyday carry will do little good without proper training and mindset. Exercise good situational awareness and do not ignore your intuition.