Its Back to School season – which means all of the last minute shopping, multiple trips to the store, and topping up on all of the essentials.

Routines are back in action and re-established. Summer break has given way for early nights, earlier mornings, and ensuring everyone is in the right place at the right time.

For parents, this can be a busy, stressful, and exhausting shock back to reality.

The leniency of staying up past bedtime, and sleeping in are long gone.

Ushering kids to bed to ensure adequate sleep before that alarm goes off in the morning, cramming lunches together that not only meet your Childs standards, but nutritional guidelines and school guidelines as well.

Its like walking a tightrope that is on fire at both ends some days.

Having all of your essentials lined up and prepared, establishing a routine, and being as prepared as possible are all going to be the base of how to make it through.

Pencil cases filled with pens, pencils, erasers, and rulers. Backpacks filled with clean sheets, lunchboxes, clean shoes, books and those stocked pencil cases.

All of the basics to set yourself up for a successful and productive year.

This doesn’t need to end with back to school, or children. As adults the basic fundamental stepping stones that we based our childhood years on can still apply to all seasons of our grown up years.

Stocking yourself with basic supplies, being prepared, and ensuring that every morning you wake up is a fresh slate are all things to set you up for a good start. A good shift.

In this industry, we’re not packing pencil cases and backpacks.

But we still have essentials that should be kept close at hand.

The basics aren’t that far off from kindergarten to career. Pens, and notebooks. While we have become a society so heavily dependent on technology, we can find it hard to go back to something we may think of as a primal tool. However, if there is anything that we as society should have learned by now, is that we can’t always rely on technology.

In security, notes are an integral part of the job, and ensuring that we can keep an accurate depiction of the events that occurred.

In the completely possible chance that the technological device attached to your hand runs out of battery, having a back up to keep notes is something that should be a must, just as your uniform.

Further to that, keeping in mind that same electronic lifeline is always at risk of a shutdown, keeping the first page of said notebook stocked with essential contact information in the event of an emergency is also something that can always come in handy.

Flashlights, radios, spare battery, good shoes and maybe a few power bars or snacks are also worthwhile additions to your daily survival kit.

Breaking down the essentials of what tools you need to make your day, and your job a success, and ensuring you are prepared and fully stocked will not only ensure a smooth day, but will cut down on any unnecessary stress or anxiety in the event things don’t always go our way.

In this industry, things can change on a dime. Knowing how to handle situations, and being prepared to deal with an ever evolving environment is integral to making it through to your next shift.

Things such as a good nights sleep, nutritious meals, and keeping yourself in good health are also good tools of the trade.

Growing up isn’t always easy. And while we may not always have the first day of school to motivate us to stock up and start with a clean slate, there is no reason why we can’t jump on the bus with our younger selves and put ourselves in the shoes of a fresh start.





Guest Blogger Rayna Davies

Rayna Davies is a graduate and practitioner of Business Management.  She has developed an expertise in blogging, covering subjects like travel, world events and security.  Having grown up with a father who has developed an expertise in Physical Security and Executive Protection in the RCMP and two major corporations, she has personally observed and experienced many security details.  These experiences have included personally meeting HM Queen Elizabeth, Prime Minister Jean Chretien and many celebrities.  She presently assists Sentinel Security in Executive Protection workshops and guest blogging and also assists Gloprosec Preventative Services in Intelligence gathering and Business Administration.  Her passions include World travel, having visited every continent.