I Walk Everywhere-My EDC kit

Discussion in 'Back to Basics' started by Castiel, Jul 13, 2010.

  1. Castiel

    Castiel Monkey+

    I walk all over the place and always have a backpack. I am a college student so no big knives or multi tool suggestions please (walk to and from). I was wondering if anyone could help make this better. This is less for wilderness, and more urban. I live in Pittsburgh[winkthumb] so no lack of fishing spots. No pics, so here's what my tins look like lol. [​IMG]

    Altoids Tin

    Fishing Kit-
    • 1 jig
    • 2 flies
    • 25 ft Stren Mono 15 lb
    • 50 ft Spiderwire Braid 50 lb (snares and warnings)
    • 4 Octopus Hooks
    • 3-Size 5 Split Shot Weights
    2 Trick Candles
    7 Waterproof Matches w/ Striker Glued on Lid
    Small Firesteel/Scraper
    Utility Blade
    p-38 Can Opener
    5 Saftey Pins
    Small Needle w/ Nylon Thread
    Morse Code Cheat Sheet
    Button Compass
    Small Swiss Army Knife
    5 Wooden Toothpicks
    Nail File (course and fine-sharpener for knife)
    Tin Foil
    2 Each Salt/Pepper/Sugar Packs
    1 Unlubed Condom
    Commando Saw
    (Looking for firestarter material here)

    Items I Carry Not In Tin-

    Aside from Ipod All This Fits In One Pocket

    Small Roll of Gorilla Tape and Electrical Tape
    Metal Whistle
    Sigg Bottle
    50 ft Paracord (made into a clip on pack)
    2 Bandanas
    Ipod (mirror on back/backup flashlight)
    Emergency Blanket
    Emergency Poncho
    Keychain w/ Flashlight and Bottle Opener
    $10 Quarters

    First Aid Kit
    • 2 2"Gauze Pads
    • 8 Regular Size Bandaids
    • 5 Butterfly Bandages
    • 4 Alcohol Pads
    • 2 Burn Free Packs
    • 2 Sting Relief Pads
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  2. melbo

    melbo Hunter Gatherer Administrator Founding Member

    Wow, looks like a great setup. If you go into the bushcraft forum and check out some of Sticks threads, he shows a video with steel wool as a great tinder. You could compress it small and feather it out to use. Jute would also work if you seperated and frayed it out into a 'nest'

    I've actually had great luck with some of the commercial, chemical tinders that light under a spark even when wet. I forget the name but they used to come with the BlastMatch. edit: Wetfire Amazon.com: Ultimate Survival Technologies WetFire Tinder Tube of 8 Cubes: Sports & Outdoors

    Maybe a small radio like this: Gp4 Pocket Shortwave w/ light I was quite impressed with it as a pocket urban radio and would also suggest the external reel antenna.

    What about some sort of AA battery backup to charge a cell phone? Buy.com - AA Battery Powered Emergency Cell Phone Charger for LG VX 5400

    You have a great kit and there really isn't much I would change. Have any of your friends shown interest in having you make them one?
    Last edited: Jan 25, 2015
  3. Brokor

    Brokor Live Free or Cry Moderator Site Supporter+++ Founding Member

    I remember what payphones look like.
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  4. Tango3

    Tango3 Aimless wanderer

    You can surely add a replacement razor knife blade or two in your tins..but its hard to beat a leatherman or gerber multitool.
    bic or zippo lighter? ( fire steels and flints are fun to play with( got plenty myself);. but in an urban environment it's just silly to make it more difficult than it has to be.)
    Canteen cup/sierra cup or small backpacking pot

    (Walking around stuff)
    spare socks)

    decent hat/sunblock/
    energy bars/candybars pouch of dry rice or beans

    +1onthe small pocket am/fm/sw recvr.and ear buds.+spare batts

    survival straw or backpacking water filter?
  5. fortunateson

    fortunateson I hate Illinois Nazis!

    Tarp or tube tent to keep the rain off.

    A bit of food such as tuna in a foil packet or small can.

    GI can opener.
  6. Castiel

    Castiel Monkey+

    quarters can be used for bus fare, fastfood (if no other money), coffee at school (machines), etc.

    That radio is pretty cool, I'd get it, but I already have a cheapo one. :/

    I thought about a tube tent and didn't put in in to save space, but am rethinking it because I got caught in a nice storm once lol.

    Tango, Iam a college student so I can't have big knives, I do have that small sd (i think) swiss army knife because its so small I won't be bothered If seen for whatever reason.

    Firesteels are just extra incase for whatever reason I lose other firestarting equiptment. Small ones dont take a lot of space.

    Everythiing else tango mentioned is added. It will change for winter...

    As far as food I do carry 2 cliff bars. I just ment the kit itself, not counting food because what I carry may not last long in a SHTF situation...This will hopefully tide me over till I can get home to my real gear.

    Cell phone charger and wet tinder look great lol. And no, my friends havn't shown interest in me making one for them. I keep multiple ones around places I frequent (Dorm, Home, Pack, etc.
  7. melbo

    melbo Hunter Gatherer Administrator Founding Member

    The smallest Victorinox Swiss Army Knives are also about the same size as USB Flash drives. I have about 9 Flash drives in one pocket of my soft sided Maxpedition briefcase and the knife must blend in well with them for the TSA...
  8. Tango3

    Tango3 Aimless wanderer

    Tie a decent sized master padlock to one corner of one of your bandannas tie a knot to hang on to in the opposite corner makes a heck of a concealed striking weapon...
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  9. Castiel

    Castiel Monkey+

    Melbo, being a student I always have a USB in my bag. I forgot to put that on here lol. It contains my name, phone number, allergie, list of medication I'm on (mostly just tylonal when I got a headache and asthma med., Anything Iam missing on that?
  10. ghrit

    ghrit Bad company Administrator Founding Member

    "In case of emergency, please contact ---"

    Dunno if EMTS carry laptops that can read a USB, but I do know that a piece of paper with meds, etc. will be preferred from a time to treatment standpoint.

    I have reason to know that one line will save a LOT of hassle. On paper in the bag and on the USB(s).
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  11. monkeyman

    monkeyman Monkey+++ Moderator Emeritus Founding Member

    For who to contact in an emergency, one of the first places EMTs and first responders will check is your cell phone. Most are trained to check first for a listing under 'ICE' for In Case of Emergency.
  12. vegasrandall

    vegasrandall Monkey+++

    dump the commando saw,they break.tube tent or a sheet of plastic is good.
  13. kevinh

    kevinh Monkey+

    Travel kit

    Interesting. I carry a Jumbo Versipack. They're not really all that "jumbo", but that's ok, they've got lots of pockets. I do carry a mult-tool and it won't fit in a tin. That's ok too...there are other ways to secure small items.
  14. bnmb

    bnmb On Hiatus Banned

    Yeah...me too...haven't seen one in a decade...
  15. Castiel

    Castiel Monkey+

    Well I still see payphones every so often, but the money can be used for bus fare as well. Also college campuses sell pencils and pens, etc. incase I forget mine lol. Quarters spend the same as dollar bills, and can be a little versatile for machines that only use a coin slot.
  16. Wild Trapper

    Wild Trapper Pirate Biker

    You mentioned an emergency poncho. I'd change that to a real poncho that would withstand the kind of rainstorms you could get caught in, in your area.
  17. Castiel

    Castiel Monkey+

    I added the durable poncho, however iam keeping the emergency one in the cd player pocket lol.
  18. Wild Trapper

    Wild Trapper Pirate Biker

    A backup to a plan b is always a good idea.
  19. cornmonkey

    cornmonkey Monkey+

    Forgoing arm's or blade's what about a sling. Fixed for quick easy access, can be a wicked weapon, don't look threatening and in an urban area could come in handy. Slinging.org - Welcome to Slinging.org!
  20. bnmb

    bnmb On Hiatus Banned

    Yup...I have few slings...nasty weapon at short range...could kill a human easily!
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