I had all the same thoughts. I was thinking, if anything, that a soft vest would be the way to go.
This is another fantastic article – took me from being completely befuddled by the products and the industry to confident in making a choice.
Do you have any advice for protection for the little ones? Selecting carriers and plates for my wife and I seems pretty straightforward now, but we have a 2-year-old with us and if we’re in a situation where we both need armor I would want him to be protected as well. Obviously sizing over time will be an issue also as he grows.
Thanks, that makes sense.
I think I will duplicate my EDC items in the L1 bag as the more likely scenario is needing to grab that in the middle of the night for some reason. Plus the things in my EDC are so useful, lightweight, and indispensable to me that I wouldn’t mind having two of them.
Thanks for the response! Will probably start with a get-home-bag and build from there.
Great article. For the Get Home Bag, you say to just use a slightly modified version of the Bug Out Bag checklist. The Bug Out Bag article lists a L1, L2, and L3 bag.
Are you suggesting to have a more or less identical L1-L3 bag at home and in the car?
Really like your site – I waded through lots and lots of confusing and generally low-quality information before I found yours. Many thanks!
I am struggling with the decision to put the belt, chapstick, and firearm in the L2 bag when these are items I keep on my person on a daily basis. (In addition to lighter, folding knife, flashlight, and pepper spray). Should I consider those still to be part of the L2 bag in addition to what I already have on me, or move them to L1 for myself?