During a post apocalyptic scenario; it’s a good idea to have a tactical vest, or load bearing vest, or chest rig, or plate carrier ready to go depending on one’s preferences and specific survival scenario. It should be kept out of sight; but in a convenient to retrieve location, fully stocked with your fighting/defensive gear ready to roll if it is ever needed.
A monthly review of what is on or in the vest is a good idea and it is also a good idea to put it on discreetly and walk up and down the stairs of your home with it, a bunch of times, to get yourself used to the additional weight. It is also a good idea to make sure your mobility remains unrestricted. For those who have a lot of accessible land; you can also get used to walking with it privately outdoors. Better to have the vest and not need it; then to need it and not have it as the saying goes.
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