As a civilian, having a general-purpose loadout that is versatile and can handle a variety of situations is essential. While it may be tempting to have multiple loadouts for different scenarios, having one "go to" loadout can be more practical and effective.
With the exception of neighborhood patrols in a low-intensity setting, it's unlikely you will be able to return home regularly to handpick gear for the task of the day. In a rapidly evolving situation you may have to live off the gear you have on you. A kit that covers 70% of all foreseeable situations and is adaptable to do another 10% should be the goal. While it's not perfect, it's better than having multiple specialized kits that only cover niche situations. You don't want to dress for the beach only to find yourself in a marathon wishing that you were wearing running shoes instead of flip flops.
It's also worth noting that everyone's "go-to" kit will look different based on personal preferences and needs. Therefore, it's important to experiment with different gear and setups to determine what works best for you. By gaining experience and perspective on what gear works for you, you can further refine your general-purpose loadout to fit your specific needs.
Here are some benefits of having one general-purpose gear loadout:
Simplifies preparation: Having one loadout means you only need to prepare and maintain one set of gear. This can save time and effort, making it easier to stay organized and prepared.
Increases flexibility: With a general-purpose loadout, you can adapt to different situations as they arise. You won't be limited by having a loadout that is specifically tailored to one scenario.
Improves muscle memory: By using the same gear consistently, you can develop muscle memory for its use. This means you'll be more familiar with your gear and better equipped to use it quickly and effectively.
Saves money: Having multiple loadouts can be costly, requiring you to purchase and maintain multiple sets of gear. By having one general-purpose loadout, you can save money while purchasing higher quality kit.
Reduces decision-making: In high-stress situations, decision-making can become difficult. By having one general-purpose loadout, you won't have to spend time deciding which loadout to use, allowing you to focus on the situation at hand.
In summary, having one general-purpose loadout is a practical and effective way to be prepared for a variety of situations. It simplifies preparation, increases flexibility, improves muscle memory, saves money, and reduces decision-making in high-stress situations. While owning multiple niche kits can be useful in certain scenarios, a general-purpose loadout should be your priority for any situation where you may only have one shot at being properly equipped.