EDC bag and more....

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  1. KILLERtj

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    Good morning,

    I'm looking for comments and critiques on my EDC backpack. I'm a youngish machinist living in northern Illinois (not Chicago). This bag is carried nearly everywhere, work, road trips and woods fun.

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    Tactical Tailor Urban Operator
    Nalgene bottle
    Hav-A-Hank
    Streamlight flashlight
    Extra batteries
    Whistle
    USB flash drive
    Pen, notebook and marker
    Cell charger and battery bank
    Gerber Strongarm
    Leatherman Rebar
    Shemagh

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    Inside backpack:
    Signal mirror
    Compass
    Lighter, Ferro rod and tinders
    Duct tape
    Lil boo boo kit (larger available at work and in my vehicle)
    Headlamp

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    Large notebook/binder
    8" Samsung tablet
    Forged bottle opener

    Not pictured is my on person EDC (varies daily)

    I do add outdoorsy stuffs when heading to the woods/hunting/fishing...

    Thanks in advance!
    KILLERtj
     
  2. dub

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    Looks good to me. Here's a few ideas though:

    Spare pistol mags maybe? No sure if you carry.
    Way to purify water? Drops, Filter, or container to boil?
    Cordage? Hank of paracord or bank line?
    Might just be the Infantryman in me but I keep a spare pair of socks with me.
    Maybe a pair of gloves?
     
  3. chndlr04

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    Looks good. Got your basic 10C's

    Small pack of wipes
     
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    Small water purification filter or tabs, a large contractor grade garbage bag, a candle, couple of food energy bars.
     
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    I agree with what these guys say. If you stroll through the PSK kit lesson in the bush class you might pick up some other valuable tidbits that will work for you. Remember these things are very personal, and dependent on your situation day to day. We can give you advice, but the real way to know is to carry the thing and see how it works out.
     
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    +1 on the garbage bag. And/Or a emergency blanket. Even in mid summer nights can get shiver cold. Also +1 to water purification and cordage, mentioned above. That said it's still much further ahead than my kit. Very nice!:dblthumb:
    Cheers Jim
     
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    Only you know your AO and situation.

    One small suggestion

    Use everything you carry with you somewhere like the back yard multiple times till you know it deserves its place in your bag and know what ya can do with it and have experience using it.

    I hate having to learn on the job and finding out what I thought something would help me with doesn't work or I can't make it work.

    Just like I always urge people to walk when they talk GHB.

    some folk under estimate themselves, some over estimate themselves, A experienced man knows himself, and what he can do and what he can't and takes that into account when he chooses tools to help himself in a given situation.
     
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    Looking good. I especially like the 'lil boo boo kit'.... :dblthumb:
    Niagara
     
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    +1 to what was suggested above.
    I also keep small pieces of drinking straw, melted the ends closed with cotton balls and petroleum jelly stuffed inside. Cheap insurance getting a fire going no matter what method you use. Burns hot, and for quite a while. They weight next to nothing and can be kept in multiple places.
     
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    Thanks for the replies!

    Looks like I'll be adding a few items:
    Baby wipes or hand wipes?
    Emergency blanket
    Garbage bag
    Pair of socks
    Mechanix gloves
    A couple Clif bars
    Filter straw
    Para-cord

    Every piece I carry gets used and I am experienced with.

    KILLERtj
     
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    good stuff !
     
  13. Wasp

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    I have a bag like that. Good job.

    If you want to carry ammo but not magazines, try MTM Ammo Wallet. Holds 18 rounds of whatever caliber. Can be thrown in or taken out as needed.
     
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    I don't personally carry a firearm, no need to carry extra ammo.

    Thanks though
    KILLERtj
     
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    CAT Tourniquet
    Tac Med Solutions OLAS Bandage
     
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    First off I would replace the nalgene bottle with a Klean Kanteen or other similar stainless steel wide mouth bottle. You have to be able to boil water. A Klean Kanteen 27 oz weighs just over 8 oz and a 32 oz nalgene weighs just over 6 oz. Its worth the extra weight. You can keep the nalgene just stuff it with all your little items, it'll keep the stuff dry and you have just doubled the amount of water you can carry. (I personally just use a large peanut butter jar)

    It looks to me like your headlamp is a Princeton Tec. My personal experience with them is that the battery lid will eventually break. I've had two of them do it.

    I don't see any cordage.

    Find an old fashioned folding paper map of your state and local area. There are all sorts of things that can go wrong with your phone, so don't rely just on it.

    Emergency blanket, but not one of the cheap throw away ones. I recommend one of the Grabber space blankets. It's also a tarp.

    Some food would be nice, even if its just granola bars or pop tarts.

    Some butt wipe, or paper towels, just in case.
     
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    Thanks for the thought provoking post. Good to know your prepared.
     
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    Looks good to me. :dblthumb:
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    You are off to a very good start, and you've gotten some good suggestions. Only thing I would add is augment your basic first aid kit with a trauma/blowout kit:
    • Tourniquet
    • Nitrile gloves
    • Quickclot
    • Pressure dressing (like an Israeli bandage)
    No need to re-invent the wheel on this. There are some good-to-go kits available on the internet, then you need the training to use them. Take a first responder class, or if you have a friend who's a medic, have them show you the proper way to use the items in the kit.
     
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    If yourgoing to get a straw filter upgrade to Sawyer mini. Few bucks more .

    Great idea with a few garbage bags too. Maybe some cliff bars and some caffine and I'd be good
     
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    You asked hand or bum wipes. Hand wipes kill germs, but don't feel too good on the bum.
    Bum wipes clean, but don't kill germs.
    Both are good to have.

    Preparation H wipes or generic have witch hazel, which can also be used on insect stings to reduce itching.

    I like an Olicamp nesting mug. It nests around a Nalgene or Kleen Kanteen, works to boil water or coffee, and my dog has often drunk from it. Plus it makes it easy to slide my water bottle in and out of the bag.
    A cheap hi-viz reflective road vest is handy for breakdowns, walking down the freeway, etc.
     
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    LongChinJon, best response yet! Thank you sir!

    I'll get both type of wipes.

    Will definitely look at Olicamp nesting mugs.

    Right now this sits behind my truck seat, great idea, thanks! 20180506_180028.jpg

    KILLERtj
     
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    Added some stuff to my EDC backpack.
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    Atwood Paracord
    Mechanix Gloves
    Butt and hand wipes (will re-package butt wipes)
    Clif bars
    Grabber Emergency Blanket
    Filter straw
    TOPO bag to store it all


    KILLERtj
     
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    Awesome upgrades.

    You know, for batteries you can get an AA Enloop Charger and 4AA batteries for like $22 shipped on amazon. Its a small charger and also charges AAA batteries ($10 more). You can carry just the belatteries like you do now or the charger and batteries and only add a few ounces.
     
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    In mine I carry some instant coffee and Tru Lemmon to put in water. Many times the water still tastes like crap after it's purified so I dump in either coffee or Tru Lemmon to help with the taste. Hard candy is in my EDC too. All three give a bit of a boost and weight pretty much nothing to carry.
     
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    TerBear, what headlamps do you recommend?

    I like my Princeton Tec Fuel since they are cheap, bright and Made In USA....

    I do agree that the battery cover sucks!

    Thanks, KILLERtj
     
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    I have two Petzls head lamps. The one in my bag is AAA and the one in my chest rig is CR123. Likewise, the flashlight in my bag is AA and that in my rig is CR123. AA and AAA are just so much easier to find.

    A Sawyer Squeeze is cheap and multi-purpose which might be a good option for yiu as will be purification tablets or drops. The tablets are obviously less space consuming, but the drops work faster.

    The Pure 2 Go can remove or kill viruses while other straws can remove heavy metals, etc. It really depends on your area what you'll need and when.

    I think fire takes too much priority in bags like these for most people. If you're using a GHB, life has been pretty bad. You probably don't want to be discovered or spend enough time in one location to have a comforting fire.
     
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    I agree with you, except for the fire part.
    In the northern part of the country, in the winter, the days are short, and the nights are cold.
    Where I lived, the next town to get fuel for your vehicle is 60 miles away.
    Only the main road through town is paved.
    What you could travel in 20 minutes by vehicle, be it a car, 4 wheeler, snowmobile , ect. could take hours, or even days to walk out. No cell services.
    Once again, environment will always dictate what you carry.
    And your skill level. Let's never forget that.
    Good thread here btw.
    I love reading other peoples ideas and points of view.
    Knowledge is power.
     
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    Anyone have suggestions for headlamps?

    My Princeton Tec works fine (battery access sucks...) and love USA made!

    I see Petzl suggested :) any other options?

    Thank you,
    KILLERtj
     
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    I'm looking for one as well.
    Preferably that takes aaa batteries, or rechargeable. Also one that has a red light included.
    And waterproof...
     
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    I have the midpriced Energizer that's available at many big box stores. Not sure what's it called beyond that. It's AAA and has a red light. I don't know if it's sold as waterproof, but I have used it in the rain at work without any ill effects.
     
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    Nice kit, and good upgrades. I’ve had both Petzl and Princeton Tec and had no issues with either. Also good on you for taking the time to document your bag and ask questions, I always mean to and never do.
     
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    You've got a nice kit there. In addition to the trash bags, I would add a good poncho.
     
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    What price range? What other criteria is important?
     
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    All prices. Looking for personal experience suggestions.

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    I'll get something typed up tomorrow.
     
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    Some hand warmers and a small FM radio with weather for gathering info and general enjoyment. My experience is that the cell system is quickly overwhelmed in my area.
     
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    Your upgrades are well chosen. If you live or work in urban or industrial areas then I would suggest that you add a 4-way Silcock Key. Cost is $5-$7 . Weight , at~4oz. is the only downside. But it will get you water from the water systems of most large residential, industrial and office buildings, without causing damage to the brass fittings, which is likely if you use your multi tool .

    If water collection is part of your emergency planning, I’d also add some sterile whirl top water bags, water pure tabs in foil, coffee filters and the folding plastic coffee filter holders, all available from various sources for not much money. Mine were purchased from Survival Resources. ( Standard disclaimer, I have no connection to SR.)

    Lastly, put together a small trauma kit. You can assemble a good one much cheaper than buying a pre-made kit. Contents should include an Israeli type multi trauma dressing (4”” or 6””. Consider one with double trauma pads. ), a TK-4 tourniquet or two ( cheap but good enough if you tighten it really tight), Z-folded primed gauze packet, a flat roll of 5’-10’ 2” Gorilla Tape, 5’ Celox Ribbon ( not cheap,but it is the best), 4-6 4” x4” sterile gauze pads, one 5”x9” sterile dressing, 3”” roll of Vet tape self adhering bandage, EMT shears & 2x surgical gloves. You can also add a 28 French nasal airway if u know how to use it or at least watch the U-Tube instructionals and a chest seal or petroleum jelly pad for sucking chest wounds, although the duct tape and plastic wrap or a credit card can also serve.

    Cheers
     
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    If you pick up a Sawyer Mini filter, wrap duct tape around that recessed section in the center.

    Bunch of good tips I learned like the one above, from this video by Alan Kay:
     
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