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« Reply #180 on: October 29, 2013, 09:05:53 AM »   Survival 5x5 site

What Is In My EDC Kit?

Posted on June 30, 2013 by suburbanprep   

Being a survival prepper is my major hobby.  I enjoy reading about prepping and practicing the prepping lifestyle.  My wife thinks I’m a bit nuts, until the power is out in our community or she reads about another home invasion.  But generally my wife understands and is adopting some of my prepper principals.   One topic that just brings my wife to a good laugh is my EDC kit.  My lovely wife thinks I’ve gone a bit over-board with my EDC kit.  That is, until a need arises.  When out and about in our family travels, my wife will have occasion to ask me, can you handle a situation.   I’ll respond with confidence, I’m able to handle any challenge.  From the supplies and tools in my EDC kit, typically I can handle in 29 our of 30 situations.  Later in the article, I’ll list when I’ve actually used my EDC kit change a bad situation in a manageable situation.

What is an EDC kit?  EDC stands for Every Day Carry.  EDC represents a concept of tools, skills, and capabilities that you always have on your person.   The reason for carrying an EDC kit is being ready for emergencies and disaster — large and small.  The concept of an EDC is having one-time usage items to help your recover from some difficult situation.

My EDC kit has a lot of capabilities.  Why did I designed it with so many capabilities?  The reason I’ve spent a lot of time and effort creating my EDC kit is:  I’ve actually needed it for a number of emergency situations.  And before having an EDC kit, I’ve encountered many emergency situations where all I could do was stand aside, and not get in the way.   I’ve witnessed terrible automobile accidents with deaths.  I’ve witnessed people falling and getting injured.  I’ve helped numerous people with cuts, which required medical attention.  And I have a tendency to injure myself while playing.  Once you have witnessed someone being killed in an accident, it makes an imprint upon your soul.  And now that I’m a parent, I always want to be ready to care for my children.
[ Yowbarb Note: Portion of his post regarding an accident is eliminated see page if you want to read it.]

I have witnessed many lesser incidents throughout my life.   So I carry a robust EDC kit, because I’ve actually needed an EDC kit many times in my life.  Hopefully your life has been less eventful.

I have several major components to my EDC kit:
1.Items that I carry in my pants pocket
2.My concealed carry weapon in a belt holster (one version is inside the pants and a different version is outside the pants)
3.A robust EDC kit in a large fanny pack
4.Items that I carry in my computer laptop bag

The items that I carry in my pants pocket are typically:
1. Wallet with usually $200 reserved for emergencies
2. Mobile phone on a belt holster
3. Extra batteries for my mobile phone
4. Small packet of tissues or a bandana
5. A 2.5 inch folding pocket knife
6. A couple of packets of lens cleaning wipes for my eyeglasses or sunglasses
7. Small pill-box with needed prescription medicines
8. A packet of chewing gum or a few hard candies
9. My key chain, which carries: A.Home and vehicle keys, obviously
B. Keys for my gun safe and gun trigger locks
C. Small keychain whistle
D. Nano Light keychain flashlight
E. Swiss Tech 19-in-1 tool
F. Laser pointer
G. Knife sharpening stone for a keychain
H. Several rewards/membership programs cards from stores I frequent, where I’ve punched holes into the cards in order to carry on my keychain - If I lose my keys, these reward cards have mailing addresses for returning.  Also the cards have bright colors, thus provide strong visual clues, if I ever drop or set down the keys.
I. Occasionally, I’ll add a 1.5 ounce vial of pepper spray to my key chain, depending upon the circumstances of my travel that day.

That’s all I carry in my pants pockets.  I don’t like to be constrained from moving quickly, by having a lot of stuff in my pockets.  By my EDC kit is another story.

I’ve packaged my EDC kit packaged in a LL Bean fanny pack.  It’s a large fanny pack, measuring about 12 inches long and 7 inches wide, when filled.  I almost never wear my fanny pack round my waist,  Rather, I sling my fanny pack over my shoulder, as if it were a small backpack.  But if for some reason, I was encountering a large disaster, and needed to pull out my “Get Home Bag” from the trunk of my vehicle, then I would wear the fanning pack around my waist.  My “Get Home Bag” from the trunk of my vehicle is contained in a backpack.

So here goes, here are the contents of my EDC kit in a large LL Bean fanny pack.

The fanny pack has two separate compartments – one large main compartment and a smaller front compartment.  Both compartments are zipper closed.  The front-zipper compartment contains the items that I’m most likely needing to get into my hands quickly.

Front compartment of EDC fanny pack:
1.Small packet of tissues
2.Small bottle of hand sanitizer
3.A small lighter and box of camping matches in a 2″x3″ zip-type plastic bag
4.Small magnifying glass – Used to look for splitters in skin or foreign objects in an eye.  Also use it for reading small print.
5.Folding knife 3.5 inches long – Used for defensive purposes and cutting open boxes
6.A multi-purpose tool, such as a Swiss army knife – Used to open bottles, cut paper, small screws, saw through small items, etc.
7.Sharpie fine-point permanent market – Used for putting notes on boxes, recording vital signs while rendering first-aid, hundreds more uses
8.Ballpoint Pen - Used for taking notes and instructions
9.Pepper Spray 1.5 ounces – For defensive purposes only, effective against man and animals (so far, have only had to pull it out when an angry dog approached)
10.A 10-in-1 flat metal tool – Used for tightening bolts, taking small measurements, opening beer bottles, etc.
11.Pill box - Contains backup prescription medicine
12.Small whistle – Used to call for help, signal if I’m lost, or get the attention of my children when they are bickering among themselves

The main compartment of the EDC kit contains an amazing amount of resources.  I’ve continually fiddling with or changing the contents of the main compartment.  I’d understand if you don’t believe that I’m carrying all the items listed below, but I swear to you in truth that all of the following items are carried in the main compartment of my EDC fanny pack, which includes:
1.Three business cards – You never know when you might be presented with a business opportunity.  Also in case I lose my bag, someone might be honest enough to return it to me.  In my lovely small town, people are inclined to return lost items.  How does your town stack up?  If not as nice, perhaps you should move to a lovely small town?
2.Bandana – contained in a small plastic bag to keep it clean.  I’ll refer you to a recent article I wrote: Uses for a bandana
3.Tactical fixed blade knife 5 inches long – primarily for self-defense or for survival activities
4.Mylar Emergency Blanket, sized 52 by 84 inches – Can be used to cover an accident victim to prevent shock or as a make shift shelter
5.Small tube of super glue – Thousand of repair uses.  Recently used to repair a broken shoe.
6.Two fresh AAA batteries
7.Two fresh AA batteries
8.Ear plugs in a small hard plastic case – Used for shooting at a gun range or trying to sleep in a noise hotel room
9.N95 Respirator Face mask stored in an extra plastic bag – Used for situations where there is a lot of dusk, debris, or disease
10.Small note pad – for taking notes and instructions
11.Two packets of sunscreen lotion in a towelette
12.Two packets of insect repellant in a towelette
13.Small role of vinyl electrical tape – This is carried lieu of duct tape.  Duct tape is great stuff.  But by carrying electrical tape, I can also handle minor repairs of electric cords.
14.Paracord – Just 6 feet of it
15.Food items: A.Two packages of peanut butter crackers
B.One oatmeal Cliff bar
C.One FiberOne chewy bar
D.Two bags of chewy fruit snacks
E.Two lollipops – Contingencies treats for my children

16.Eye care items: A.A pair of new contact lens in my eye prescription
B.Contact lens carrying case (usually empty without fluid)
C.Small bottle of sterile saline solution, typically used for contact lens – I carry this small bottle of saline solution to clean wounds and flush foreign materials from an eye. And occasionally I will wear contact lens myself, but not often these days.
D.Several packets of lens cleaning wipes (alcohol based) – Used for cleaning eye glasses, sun glasses, camera lens, and dirty mobile phones.  Since they are alcohol based, can also be used to clean shallow wounds.
E.Small eye-glass repair kit with small screw driver, spare eye-glass screws, spare nose pads

17.Personal sanitary items: A.Four packages of Preparation H Totables wipes – These are used for portable bathroom cleanliness.  I find many public bathrooms are often without toilet paper, so I carry this as a replacement.
B.Two plastic teeth flossers
C.Small container of tooth floss
D.One tube of chap stick for dry lips
E.One package of chewing gum – Used for bad breath situations.

18.One small hotel convenience kit,  containing: A.Cotton swabs
B.Cosmetic pad
C.Nail file
D.Small sewing kit with safety-pin – can also be used to administer temporary sutures in a dire emergency

19.First aid supplies: A.QuickClot Clotting Sponge, 5×5 inches – Used for heavy bleeding injuries.  This sponge may stop an arterial hemorrhage.
B.One container of Adhesive water-proof bandage tape (5 yards) – Used to affix bandages to wounds.
C.One roll of 1 inch cloth bandage tape
D.Six packets of alcohol prep pads – Used for cleaning wounds
E.Two 3×4 inch non-stick bandage pads
F.Two 3×3 inch gauze bandage pads
G.One ounce tube of Triple antibiotic – It contains ointment with Bacitracin Zinc, Neomycin Sulfate, and Polymyxin B Sulfate.  I have covered the tube with clear, strong packing tape, the type of tape used to seal heavy shipping boxes.  The clear packing tape protects the antibiotic tube from punctures.  Often I’m putting this on my kids’ scraps and cuts.
H.Small plastic bag with 12 self-adhesive bandages of various sizes
I.One packet of cough drops
J.A plastic bag containing various over-the-counter medicines (usually just two tabs of each), including: i.Bonine motion sickness tablets
ii.Pepto-bismul tablets for upset stomach
iii.Imodium Anti-diarrhea tablets
iv.Laxative tablets (Remedies for too much or not enough digestive movement while traveling.)
v.Day-time cold medicine tablets
vi.Allergy medicine tablets
vii.Decongestants tablets
viii.Tylenol pain relief tables
ix.Tums antacid tablets
x.Pepcid AC antacid tablets
xi.Two packets of sugar  – to be given in an emergency to people with low blood sugar

That’s a lot of stuff, I know.  Most survival experts don’t carry an EDC kit with this much stuff.   But I feel confident that I can handle a lot of situations with this kit.  I’d estimate the weight of the EDC fanny pack at about 3 pounds. The kit is not a burden to me, since I’m a fairly large guy.  After 5 minutes of having the EDC pack over my shoulder, I forget that it’s there.

I carry several EDC items in my computer laptop bag.  While traveling on trains, planes, taxis, and boats for my business activities, my computer laptop bag becomes a remote version of my EDC kit.  Depending an where I’m traveling and the differences of local laws, I’ll transfer items from my LL Bean fanny pack to my laptop bag.  My laptop bag contains several additional items, which are not carried in my regular EDC fanny pack.  These include:
1.Soft clothes resealable pack – Can be used for cleaning my face or wiping my arse, while traveling.  Airport bathrooms are generally disgusting, especially on a busy travel days.
2.A scaled-down smaller first aid kit
3.A 3.5×3.5 inch smaller QuikClot blood stopping sponge (This is the smaller version.)
4.An Ambient Weather crank radio with AM, FM and Weather Bands.  Has a USB cable from which I can recharge my mobile phone battery from this crank radio.  While traveling, I find the most reliable source of emergency news is radio.
5.LED Flashlight
6.A larger N95 face mask for hotel and plane evacuations
7.White handkerchief (my bandanas have prints of my personal interest, which are not well represented in corporate boardrooms)
8.A hotel sewing kit
9.Several cereal food bars

Unfortunately, my work often takes me into the restrictive states of Massachusetts, New Jersey, and New York.  These states are highly restrictive on self-defense weapons.  I love New York City with all its excitement.  But you are not permitted to carry a knife and pepper spray without a license in New York City.  And you can forget applying for a concealed carry weapons.  Only people of special privilege (i.e. famous and rich people) are granted concealed carry permits in New York City, which is truly non-democratic in my opinion. (Reference: NYC’s ’1 percent’ totally ‘gun’-ho).   Therefore I must scale back my EDC kit whenever traveling into these three communist-ruled states.

Here are some recent, actual usages for my EDC kit:
1.Fixing a broken shoe
2.Offering a band-aid to stranger for foot blister
3.Giving a packet of tissues to a mom with a child having a nose bled
4.Giving some antacid medicine to a co-worker with an upset stomach
5.Motion sickness after I took my children to an amusement park (My stomach can only handle some many roller coasters and swing rides.  Yes, sometimes I’m a big p****y.
6.Various cuts and bruises on the kids while out traveling
7.Extra sunscreen for an extra sunny day
8.Repairing broken toys and dolls while traveling
9.Cleaning my mother-in-law’s glasses
10.Cleaning some mud that splattered on my wife’s camera
11.Cleaning hands after petting farm animals before eating lunch
12.An upset stomach while traveling out-of-town for business (NYC taxis will make anyone nauseous)
13.Fixing a button that broke of a child’s coat
14.Quick repair to a rip in child’s clothing
15.Pain relieve tablet offered to someone with a bad headache
16.Opening a wine bottle at a picnic
17.Opening a beer bottle and soda bottle at a park barbecue
18.Cutting open boxes and packages in countless situations
19.Cutting gum out of a child’s hair
20.Getting a piece of dirty out of my eye and the eyes of my children
21.Covering a wound on my knee after falling on a rock while wading into a pond while on vacation
22.Various nose issues with my children
23.Facing off an angry dog while on a hiking trail
24.Readying myself when encountering scary looking people (One time while waiting in line for a drive-in movie with my family, a pair of drunks were walking down past the line of cars and making disturbing gestures at the people in the car.  My wife asked, “do you have your gun”?  I said yes.  And that was the first time my wife actually smiled in recognition of my concealed carry permit.)
25.Bandaging my toe which I split open while making a late night pee run in a darkened hotel room

And many events that I’ve long forgotten.

One thing that you should always be carrying is a bottle of water.  Always, always carry a bottle of water with you.   When I was caught in the New York City blackout of 2003, it was a hot summer day.  It took me 8 hours to get home.  My one bottle of water kept me from having a heat stroke.  Most stores had closed for safety reasons.  Vending machines don’t work without power.  A lot of people that day suffered under the heat, while walking home.   You never know when you might be trapped in an elevator, stuck in an airport terminal, delayed on public transportation, need to swallow a pill, need to clean a wound, or encounter an ill person in need of water.    As soon as I get through airport security, the very next thing I do is buy a bottle of water to take on the plane.  Especially now in the height of summer, the days are long and hot.  Anytime you leave your home, you should have a bottle of water in your hand.   A different fanny pack, that I keep in the trunk of my vehicle, is a hiking fanny pack with two sleeves for carrying water bottles.   Sometimes when I know I need to carry extra water, I’ll transition my EDC kit over into this other fanny pack.   Otherwise, I usually just have a bottle of water in my hands.   My wife also keeps a bottle of water in her mommy purse.  Also, all my family vehicle each carry many bottles of water, in case of a break down or being stranded.

No doubt, you can add and subtract various items to your EDC kit.  I’ve designed my EDC kit to my specific needs.   As well, you should customize your EDC kit to your needs.

As a regular practice, anytime I hop into a vehicle, I grab my EDC kit.  My EDC kit is always ready to go.   With my EDC kit, I’m always able render aid to myself, my family, and to anyone in need.  As a former boy scout, I live the creed, “Always Be Prepared”.   Despite many trips to the emergency room during my lifetime, this creed has served me well.  Another primary reason for carrying a robust EDC kit is simply the notion of doing a good deed.  Whenever I encounter a person in need, I’ll often hand that person a component of my EDC kit, and continue on with the rest of my day.

I welcome your feedback and ideas to improve my EDC kit.  Please post comments about your EDC kit.

May your travels take you to new worlds, new views and new ideas, but never to distant hospitals.


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Re: Some Survival Websites
« Reply #181 on: October 31, 2014, 05:10:52 PM »
Yowbarb Note: The lifehacker site has interesting stuff - to say the least.
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