How I beat the “zipper pull challenge”

Recently a fellow "prepared citizen" challenged me to something he called the "zipper pull challenge," and I thought it made a good survival and armed citizen lesson...
I don’t know how familiar you are with young people and social media, but they’re always doing some “challenge” or other.

Some of these are stupid… and some are fun… and some are dangerous.

But recently a fellow “prepared citizen” challenged me to something he called the “zipper pull challenge,” and I thought it made a good survival and armed citizen lesson...

See, the thing about prepared citizens like you and me is that we’re always trying to do more with less.

What I mean is, we look at ways to add things to our daily carry gear so we’re always prepared.

For example, I keep some screwdriver tools on my keychain, as well as pry tool and a few other items.


My buddy carries a small flashlight on his for the same reason.

But then he told me about zipper pulls — you know, the little fobby things we attach to zippers to make them easier to use when you’re wearing gloves, like in the winter?

And he challenged me to come up with the most useful “zipper pull” I could think of.
Well, your mileage may vary, but I figure if you’re going to add a zipper pull to your jacket or your backpack, add a tiny but very functional knife.

You never know when you’ll need a cutting edge — and no, it’s too small to fight with, but all of us need a cutting blade for utility tasks every darned day.

And you have a ton of great little utility knives to choose from.

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It’s not something we have in our gear store yet, but it reminds me a lot of the kind of thing we do carry (and you’ll find a coupon below for discounts on that stuff).

Anyway, whatever you choose, make sure you have some kind of compact cutting tool as your zipper pulls on bags, jackets, and other zipper-equipped gear.

You just never know when something like that is going to come in handy.

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