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Every Day Carry Bag Contest: RollyPoly Survival Pack

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I've been using this EDC bag for a few years now. I have a Get Home Bag in my vehicle because I drive far from home a lot for business. But, I needed a small backpack that I can take anywhere... so this is my EDC bag which is usually under my seat so it's easy to grab. The nice thing about this bag is that it's inexpensive(along with the contents), made of a tough material, it doesn't stand out and also when all of my contents are in it there is still roughly 80% room left. This is great because there's plenty of room to pack random stuff when my daughter and I decide to go fishing or do something fun and I need to pack a small lunch and even a sweatshirt for her and not look out of place.

Bag: Maxpedition Rollypoly Backpack

- 2L collapsible water bottle with MSR Aquatabs taped on
- New Millennium Energy Bar (it's hot here in the summer so candy bars melt too quickly)
- Quikclot
- 3ft. Gorilla tape (repairs, bandages)
- Mora 511 knife with ferro rod attached to back
- 55 gallon trash bag (poncho, shelter)
- 25 ft. 550 cord
- lighter
- Timex 1854 Intelligent Quartz (time, compass, temperature, tide)
- Nanolight Streamlight attached to knife lanyard
- Bandages & Neosporin for kids (accidentally left that in the bag)

Comments from Alex:
This is a different approach - pretty much purely an emergency kit, versus a hybrid of daily use with some contingency items added just in case.

I don't know what your daily routine looks like, but most folks end up needing to carry some more mundane stuff with them - whether that's lunch, a work laptop, notebook and pens, etc.

The Rollypoly is a cool contingency pack - for those who aren't familiar with it, the pack folds down quite small and in that mode can be worn on a belt or any PALS/MOLLE surface. Then, if needed, you can deploy it and have a small backpack. But, it might be a bit small and lightweight for being a primary EDC bag.

Having a bigger bag gives you the flexibility to carry your routine gear, with this kind of survival gear tucked away in a pocket or organizer.

From a survival kit standpoint, here are some things to think about:
  • The Streamlight Nano is a good keychain or backup light, but I wouldn't want it as my primary. Even a AAA light will give you much more utility and light, though I'd recommend a single-cell AA or CR123A light. As an alternative, the Petzl e-lite is a compact but very functional headlamp. Carry two sets of backup batteries.
  • If you are going to carry Quickclot, you should have something to act as a compression bandage to secure it onto/into the wound. Commonly, an Israeli bandage is used, but a bandana, shemagh, or a wrap of gauze material could do the job, too.
  • If you're worried about emergency fire starting (lighter, ferro rod), you should probably carry some pre-made tinder, though the Gorilla tape and that ranger band can work in a pinch.
  • In terms of Dave Canterbury's 5 Cs for wildrness survival, you're missing a stainless container capable of boiling water.
In general, weigh your need for wilderness survival gear versus other contingencies, e.g., man made disaster, self defense, etc. Do some scenario analysis. If you've got a GHB waiting in the vehicle, what scenarios would keep you from reaching that? If that were to happen, then what would you need?

That's it from me! What does the Tribe say?


  1. AnonymousMay 14, 2014

    I'm thinking a stainless steel G.I. canteen cup could be added to that very easily and still retain its small size. A UV Paqlite would also be a nearly weightless extremely compact light source that needs no batteries and safe to operate in any environment and is very inexpensive.

  2. AnonymousMay 14, 2014

    I like that you keep it small, lightweight and expandable for EDC. I know 22 lbs of wilderness survival gear doesn't make sense for me to carry in my everyday environment. I also know there are always items to scavenge and you would need room to carry those. Most people's EDCs that I see are usually stuffed to the gills.

    1. Word. A well thought out EDC should still have substantial leftover space for other cargo. I don't even really touch the main compartment on my backpack.

  3. Definitely a step up from the "survival tin" you see so many touting. I use the same Roly Poly on my plate carrier as a dump pouch and it works great. The greatest drawback to the pouch is when you need something, it's hard to find. You pretty much have to dump everything out to get to the one thing you need unless it's on top. As far as the metal cup goes, as long as the tabs are enough to get you back home from wherever you are most of the time, so be it.

  4. KingHojuMay 16, 2014

    If your focus for this kit is wilderness survival--which is fine--then you could get a whole lot more bang for your buck. I have all of Dave Canterbury's 10 Cs in a kit not much larger than yours. In a kit that size there's always going to be some sacrifices, but you can actually get most of the basis covered fairly well. I'd loose the water bottle--my kit rests inside of a SS canteen cup. It does everything the bottle does but more--and its a container for the rest of the kit. Consider replacing the paracord with tarred bank line. I've all but moved on from paracord--only use it for lanyards and such. Bank link is WAY more versatile. I once had a strap on my backpack break and sewed it up with a little bank line--no problems since. Try doing that with the inner strands of paracord!

    Thanks for sharing! I love seeing other people's survival type kits!