Patrol duty can be really long and tiring. You will have headaches, minor injuries, heartburn, and you will spend a lot of time in weather that drives most people indoors for the night.
You can make your life on the job a lot better by taking the time to pack and carry some little things that you are sure to need.
Put a creature comfort kit in your bag. Why? It is better to have it and not need it, than to need it and have to pay $5 for a 25-cent item in a convenience store on a midnight shift.
Little things such as antacids, pain relievers, lip balm, sunscreen, Band-Aids, extra boot laces, and extra back clasps for uniform pins can make your life a lot easier.
And bring a towel. It will rain on you. Yes, I know you have a rain coat, but you’re still going to get wet. Bring a towel. It’s worth its weight in gold when you are really drenched.