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Post by workathome » Mon Mar 10, 2014 5:55 pm

This is my favorite way to carry, but it doesn't work well with holding a baby:

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Re: EDC porn

Post by jennypenny » Sat Mar 29, 2014 5:24 pm

I want this iPhone case (except I couldn't get through airport security with it). http://www.amazon.com/IN1-Multi-Tool-Ut ... 556&sr=1-2

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Post by EMJ » Sat Mar 29, 2014 5:54 pm

[quote="jennypenny"]I want this iPhone case (except I couldn't get through airport security with it). http://www.amazon.com/IN1-Multi-Tool-Ut ... 556&sr=1-2

The description says "fully TSA Compliant".

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Post by Dragline » Sat Mar 29, 2014 6:34 pm

That's my main problem with carrying much stuff -- buildings with metal detectors.

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Post by stand@desk » Sat Mar 29, 2014 9:06 pm

My EDC is a bit less exciting than most I'd confidently say..

I have a flat minimalist wallet carrying some $60 and very few plastic cards, never more than I need, a spare car key taped in securely in case I lock my other keys in the car, all of which I keep in my back pants pocket only if I have a button to close the pocket, otherwise it goes in my front pants pocket; my two flash drives of data and touch-up make-up stick and lip balm, comb and cloth glasses wiper and whistle in a zipped up change purse-like bag that folds over and fits in my pocket; and keys go in the other pocket.

If I am carrying my smart phone on my which is not too often, it's on a clip on my right hip.

If I am going out I always run the "keys, cell phone, wallet" mantra over and over to make sure I have them all on me.

I don't know how people can lose these things..these are vitals and must haves and you should always know where they are. If you lose them it's time to pack it in.

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Post by jennypenny » Sun Mar 30, 2014 7:24 am

EMJ wrote: The description says "fully TSA Compliant".
I guess I would worry that the particular TSA agent I was working with wouldn't agree with that.

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Re: EDC porn

Post by Riggerjack » Sun Mar 30, 2014 11:14 am

Wow, i feel so unprepared!

EDC: wallet, cell phone, card key if going to work.

maybe it's a factor of how set my routine is, but i never felt the need for any of the other stuff. mind you, at work i have 2 multitools, and a few nice screw drivers and flashlights. the car has an MRE, a few flashlights, and a few tools.

firearms, or even possession of ammo on company property is a firing offense, even if it's in your private vehicle. that was bothersome, but not overly so. until we recently placed a bid on a house within walking distance of work. the area around my workplace is much nicer to drive thru than walk thru. it made me think in terms of non firearm self defense for the first time in years. i have the kind of build that doesn't attract that kind of attention, but my wife is a different story. if we went that direction, i think i'd just get a walking stick and get her a tazer.

As to flashlights, costco has been carrying LED flashlight multipacks in 3 packs for $15-20 range that are excellent! i carried the minimags for years, these are far better! 250-500 lumens, AAA powered, sturdy aluminum bodies. i highly recommend them.

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Post by jennypenny » Fri Mar 27, 2015 1:47 pm

I've developed a bit of EDC OCD, especially wrt altoid tins. I'll have some more pics about that soon, but I wanted to share a project someone I know did recently. It's a morse code transmitter for a 10-meter band that runs on a 9V battery. Very cool.

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Re: EDC porn

Post by vexed87 » Thu Apr 02, 2015 4:33 am

I have to admit, you are all making me feel rather unprepared. I'm not sure what I should be preparing for, that's part of the problem I guess! I admit, I prefer to travel as light as possible, but travel to work makes this difficult.

My EDC consist of Samsung Galaxy S4, backpack, high-vis waterproof cover, high-vis packable rain coat, dry bag containing whatever clothing is required for the day, a small amount of cash usually £20 in notes plus usually enough change to get me home on the bus if my bike has a mechanical failure, however I carry all the tools I need to fix most issues I can think of;

hand pump (with tape wrapped around stem) & co2 canisters
2x inner tunes (one 700c and one 26") as I ride two different bikes depending on destination/weather
2x Tyre levers
Alan/Hex Keys (all sizes required for bike)
Chain tool & spare links
Spoke key
Zip ties of varying sizes
x2 "Get me home" emergency lights, front and rear.
x2 front Cateye Volt 300 lumen bike lights which double up as pretty good torches.

I have been thinking about adding some first aid supplies to my backpack, and having witnessed a pretty nasty accident the other day whilst cycling home, I think I better get a move on!

I have never considered carrying a knife. I'm not a pacifist, we just don't have that (gun/weapon) culture in the UK. Obviously though, I appreciate knives have other uses...

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Post by jennypenny » Sat Jul 18, 2015 10:50 am

The latest version of the tin. The sleeve is a meter of duct tape. The silver and green thing is what I use as a firestarter.

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Post by Miss Lonelyhearts » Sat Jul 18, 2015 11:10 am

Do you think the Altoid tin is durable for the long term? Is that part of the purpose of the duct tape? And what is the black thing above the fire starter?

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Post by jennypenny » Sat Jul 18, 2015 11:26 am

I've carried my other tin for a couple of years with no problem. I added the duct tape sleeve so (1) I could carry duct tape, and (2) I could easily attach the tin to my key ring. I tried putting holes in the tin itself and attaching the D ring that way, but it took longer to take it off if I wanted. The holes also made it much harder to use the tin for cooking or holding water.

The black thing is a resqme.

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Post by Ego » Wed Jul 22, 2015 12:32 am

Leatherman Wave salon. The scissors are better than the pro hair cutting scissors we have at home.

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Post by Sclass » Wed Jul 22, 2015 2:50 am

Nice. You are dedicated. I use mine to cut my nose hair. They're kind of tiny so it helps.

I'm more of a swiss army guy but I do appreciate the quality of my Wave. Check out this cool built in jewelry drawer in my crash pad. I guess this was a lady's bedroom.

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For hair cutting scissors I like Seki Edge sold by hidatool.com. Amazing cut. Same with their nail clippers.

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Post by Dave » Wed Jul 22, 2015 12:43 pm

I used to be into being ultra (overly) prepared for everything in terms of my EDC. This was exacerbated because I am an Eagle Scout and proudly lived by the motto "Be Prepared".

Then I came to realize that, for me, having such an intricate EDC system was really just another form of consumption. How often was I actually using any of these items, and how many of the times that I did use them did I create an imaginary need (eg. using a knife to open a box I can open with my hands)? The answer was that I rarely if ever needed anything but my keys (if I was leaving my apartment), my wallet (if I was buying something or needed ID), and my phone (if I had a need to communicate during the duration of my outing). A few examples of things I have no real need for:

1. Flashlight - Really, I can function sufficiently in most tasks with just moonlight/starlight/nearby lighting. Otherwise, I can just defer whatever it is I need to do until it's day.
2. Knife - See above. You can use your hands, a pen, scissors, etc.
3. Gun - This one involves more of your personal philosophy, but I would say that many encounters that one might be quick to draw a weapon are escalated substantially with a deadly weapon, and handing over my keys and wallet is not really such a big deal.
4. Advil - Advil is not life saving. Tough it up for a few hours and just wait.
5. Screwdrivers - Really? If you have a job that requires tools, you have tools. If you don't, why do you need such a tool with you? Many buildings, residential or commercial, are going to have some tools either from the homeowner or maintenance staff. If the need is so great, use that channel.
6. Rope - Get creative and use your belt, shoelaces, etc. if you really need something.

It is essentially a matter of reframing the problem. Of course, the above apply to my lifestyle. There are plenty of lifestyles where such items may be useful, such as if you worked in a remote rural area. In my case though, I agree with the philosophy of trying to use less tools and still accomplishing the same things. Having a 10-purpose multi-tool sort of takes away from that. More important to me is that most "problems" do not warrant carrying something around with me to use: I can either just deal with the situation, wait it out, or find an alternative solution.
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Re: EDC porn

Post by George the original one » Wed Jul 22, 2015 1:09 pm

Flashlight - must have. Been caught in the woods at dusk and lost the trail a mere 100' from camp, thus stumbled up/down the hillside for an hour using a cellphone to confirm where I was putting my feet. Never again! Bought a 3-pack of LED flashlights powered by AA cells; one for my friend, one for me, and one for the glovebox. 5 years later, they're still working, with the original batteries, and proved their value.

Multi-tool (knife, screwdriver, pliers, etc.) - hands do not work for tightening a recessed loose Phillips screw on whatever gadget you need for your outing (e.g. fishing reel). If you're not carrying multitool, where the heck are you going to get a knife or scissors when you're in an unpopulated location?

Usually, where I go, cellphone does not work except as a flashlight (see above), clock, and camera. However, usually not waterproof, so often left behind since it won't do me any good as a phone.

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Re: EDC porn

Post by vexed87 » Wed Jul 22, 2015 1:12 pm

@Dave, you're quite right. My philosophy is only to carry the stuff I use daily with the exception for stuff that I would be hugely inconvenienced without (i.e. bike tools).

I recently put some thought into my EDC and added a few things:
  • LAMY Safari fountain pen - nothing beats using a real pen for note taking
    Moleskin notepad - conspicuous consumption, maybe, but you need good paper to write with a FP
    Pack of cashew nuts - saves me from moments of weakness where I might be tempted to buy overpriced snack foods at work/out and about.
    Water bottle - hydration is important, and carrying a bottle means not having to buy drinks too :ugeek: .

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Post by Dave » Wed Jul 22, 2015 1:20 pm

@GTOO - I agree with everything you said in the context of a hiking or fishing endeavor. What was I was referring to was EDC, which if that means for you being in the woods and camping than your daily life is excellent :-D. What I said applies to my normal "everyday", which is probably similar to most urban and suburban residents.

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Re: EDC porn

Post by unno2002 » Wed Jul 22, 2015 7:16 pm

In a fanny pack:

Folding knife
Multitool
Matches or lighter
LED Flashlight
N-95 mask
Nitrile gloves
Earplugs
Whistle
Tweezers
Cough drops
Aspirin
Toothache gel
Magnifying glass

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Post by Sclass » Wed Jul 22, 2015 7:31 pm

Dave wrote:@GTOO - What I said applies to my normal "everyday", which is probably similar to most urban and suburban residents.
I like being better equipped than most urban and suburban folks. Most of the people around me go for their cell phones and AAA cards when something goes wrong in the car. With my laptop case of carefully selected tools in my trunk I'm back on the road while they're on their way to the service shop in a tow truck for a first class ream out by an unfamiliar mechanic. Though I only hit that bag once or twice a year to fix my 30 yo car, I've hit it half a dozen times this week to fix a faucet, an intermittent electric range, two messed up TV remotes that needed soldering, a necklace clasp, a pool pump, while I'm staying in a friend's neglected house.

The pocket knife is used all the time. Same with the magnifying glass. I do get your point though. Notice I don't carry/own a forty function Swiss Champion. I use the simple small sized two layer Victorinox Tinker or Wenger Commander. They don't have much more than screwdrivers and a sharp blade which I use often. I can use my teeth or fingernail but I like a tool. Carl Elsener of Victorinox says, "if you don't think you need an SAK just carry one for a month, then stop a month and see the difference." Today I just used it to separate a to go box at Panda Express into two trays for me and SO...I could have torn it but this was neater.

At the end of the day it makes me feel good. And yes I should be asking myself if I ODed on Swiss Army knives. They are TSA seizures and I got them cheap but I think I went overboard on the consumption there. So you have a point...a lot of the EDC folks need to take a look at the psychology that has taken them to this place. But not all of them. Though I lack the dedication to carry a pistol (I think my Colt Mustang and Berretta Jetfire are too big) if I had Riparian's bear I'd lug a govt model around all year long and be happy I've never had to discharge it. I know I know not typical suburban.

I guess it boils down to the degree of preparedness you think you need. And think is the interesting word here.

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Re: EDC porn

Post by henrik » Thu Jul 23, 2015 2:10 am

What's with the whistles in preparedness kits? In case you get trapped under a collapsed building or something?

Edit: isn't a whistle a perfect example of a tool easily substituted by skill? :)

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Post by jennypenny » Thu Jul 23, 2015 2:40 am

unno2002 wrote:N-95 mask
Nitrile gloves
Hmm, I only carry these in my medical bag. I wonder if I could fit them into my EDC. The mask can fold down into the plastic that comes with a lanyard--that's how I pack the one that my son carries around (in his pocket, not on a lanyard).

henrik wrote:What's with the whistles in preparedness kits? In case you get trapped under a collapsed building or something?

Edit: isn't a whistle a perfect example of a tool easily substituted by skill?
Haha, yes.

Women are taught to carry whistles in self-defense classes (they call them 'rape whistles'). I prefer an emergency alarm on my keychain but they break easily (mine was dead the last time I tested it), so a quality whistle is more of a BIFL product. FWIW, a prepper friend told me that whistles are easier to distinguish from outdoor background noise than any sound a human can make, so they are better for search and rescue.

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Re: EDC porn

Post by Sclass » Thu Jul 23, 2015 9:01 am

[quote="unno2002"]
N-95 mask
Nitrile gloves
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This is a great idea. This month alone I've had to dig in a yucky trash can for a lost item. Or, walk through a construction dust cloud, gardeners weed blower cloud, weed killer overspray, roadside dust (yuck clutch/brake dust) cloud. These safety items would have been handy.

Yes I just toughed it out. But it would have been nice to be covered up.

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Post by Sclass » Thu Jul 23, 2015 9:12 am

Aww man, I just remembered we had this uninvited guest with a nasty cough visit a few days back. I wish I had an N95 to put on as she came in. She had just gotten off the plane from a third world cesspool and wanted to go swimming. Yuck!

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Re: EDC porn

Post by jennypenny » Thu Jul 23, 2015 9:15 am

Women are lucky they always have an emergency mask on them. Technically they have two, so make sure you've got a women with you when SHTF. :D

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