Friday, December 28, 2018

My Current EDC Set-up

I've had basically the same set-up for a few years, but am about to make a few small changes. So, I'm going to go "on the record" with what I carry now, and after I've had a month or so to test out the new edc, I'll post a pocket dump of it. 

Here's what I currently carry on an everyday basis so I can "be prepared" for whatever life throws at me. 

First, let's start with what I wear: my clothes on a typical day are cargo pants, a plain short-sleeve shirt in summer or plain sweatshirt during winter, and a pair of hiking shoes. If needed, I will wear a plain hoodie or heavier coat. The ideas behind the way I dress are: 1) comfortable, ease-of-movement; 2) rugged; 3) practical, utilitarian; 3) not flashy or eye-catching; 4) not likely to attract attention by appearing as if I have money, or appearing as if a thug or bum; and 5) fits in fairly well with what many  locals are likely to wear.

Now, for the pocket dump:


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On my belt, I always wear my Leatherman Fuse Multi-Tool. If I'm wearing pants, I have it on me. I bought it almost 10 years ago for about $40. They don't make the Fuse anymore, but the Leatherman Wingman is very similar. I find my Leatherman very useful - the pliers are especially handy and get used quite often.


On my left wrist, I wear a cheap ($10) watch I got at Walmart. I've had it for a couple of years, and it keeps surprisingly good time. I have a couple of more expensive watches, which I might wear on very special occasions, but typically prefer the cheap watch that won't attract attention.  And if it gets messed up while working or doing chores, who cares - its only $10. 

In my right front pocket, I carry my Maxpedition Urban Wallet, and several quarters. I front-carry my wallet because it is more difficult for a pick-pocket to steal from a front pocket than a rear pocket.

In my left front pocket, I carry my Swiss Army Knife, "Hiker" model.  I also carry my keys in this pocket. On my key chain, I have my keys, a Gorilla Drive flash drive (I encrypt my files on it with Rohos encryption software), a Gerber Shard mini pry bar, a very loud whistle (don't know what brand), and an Energizer key chain flashlight. 

In my right cargo pocket, I carry my cell phone (not pictured), some index cards held together with a binder clip (great for taking notes), and a tactical pen (not pictured, but its this one on Amazon).

In my left cargo pocket, I carry an Energizer LED pocket flashlight (65-lumens, purchased at Target), and a Maxpedition micro pocket organizer (I'll cover the contents below). I love the flashlight because it gives off good light while still being the perfect size to carry everyday in my pocket. The micro pocket organizer and flashlight do fit snugly together in the cargo pocket, which closes easily. However, that pocket does feel a bit heavy/bulky. Still, I don't want to get rid of either.

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The Maxpedition Micro Pocket Organizer

I use the pocket organizer primarily as a personal first aid kit, with a couple of other items , too. On the outside pocket, I carry a couple of individually wrapped Wet Ones, useful for cleaning hands before eating, but can also be used to clean other things. The first aid supplies include wound care items (alcohol wipes, iodine wipes, a couple of packets of triple antibiotic ointment, several sizes and styles of bandages, and a small pack of quick clout), tweezers (for removing bee stingers, ticks, splinters), insect sting relief, benedryl caplets, asprin, advil, and  a couple of packets of electrolytes to add to water.

Also in the kit is a twenty-dollar bill for emergency use, a small roll of duct tape, a couple of six inch strips of orange duct tape, a Eat-N-Tool by CRKT, a pair of fingernail clippers, a brass 3-inch safety pin, and a Leatherman Style CS Multi-tool (a great pair of folding scissors).

Everything pictured fits easily into the organizer, with a little room to spare.

Other Items Not Pictured  

My sunglasses are with me constantly, as are a pair of reading glasses (I also keep a spare pair in the glove compartment of my vehicle). I typically carry a handkerchief in my rear pocket. 
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