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EDC Bag Dump - July '14

As promised, my current EDC bag dump.


The bag is a Camelbak Urban Assault, going on 4 years old. Still lookin' good, no rips tears or busted zippers. Excellent bag, with a dedicated laptop pocket and lots of useful internal pockets. The gear pictured goes into admin pockets, leaving the main compartment wide open for whatever I might need.

The bag's contents are a mix of daily-use items, snivel gear and lightweight contingency kit. Doesn't weigh much, provides some good capability and keeps oft used items at hand.

Contents after the jump:
Not pictured: a laptop and wireless mouse (either work or personal) is almost always added to the load when leaving

Some additional commentary:

Pretty simple, but it works for me.

If you look back over some of my older dumps, you'll note that I've trimmed out quite a bit. I used to carry a toiletry kit, more food, etc. - it didn't get used and it wasn't worth carrying around. There are certainly still some non-essential pieces of gear, but I keep them on hand 'cuz they're convenient for daily use and/or weigh little.

Example - I could drop all the snivel gear and only suffer some inconvenience as a result...but, it'd gain me a few ounces that aren't really needed for my purposes.

I've misplaced my little notebook that I keep in the bag - need to replace that. Somtimes have a glow stick or two in the bag, used those for kiddo entertainment and need to replace them. Other contents added based on needs.

My personal laptop is beefier than I'd like or need it to be for travel - it's something like seven or eight pounds with the cable/adapter and makes up the heaviest component by far. I need to get a tablet of some variety for trips, reducing that down to 1 whole pound.

That's about it! Happy to answer any questions, open to suggestions.

5 comments :

  1. Day TripperJuly 14, 2014

    You have definitely streamlined your EDC from some of your older bag dumps, but everything in it serves a useful purpose and there isn't any real dead weight that you're hauling around. I see some people that carry ridiculous amounts of gear all the time, and while I won't judge people on what they feel they need to carry, I'm not going to wait around on them during a disaster or SHTF situation. I like to keep my EDC gear light and tight.

    I like that you leave the main compartment empty with the ability to expand. It gives you a mission specific storage space for whatever task is at hand, whether you are fighting bad guys or just picking up some groceries after work. I usually end up stashing seasonal stuff like gloves, thermal shirt, etc. in there during winter.

    I also like that you cut down on some of the food. I'm all for more food in a BOB or vehicle kit, or something but it can be over redundant for EDC. You've got it covered with the met-rx bars, cliff bars, and energy gum. Most "daily" situations aren't going to put many of us in a situation where we need calories for survival, or in an area where we can't buy food, so I just don't see the point in carrying much more than what you do.

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    1. Thanks for your comments!

      Pairing things down takes a bit o' discipline and a bit of attention to what you're using, what you need to carry versus what you can stash elsewhere. Every couple of months, I take everything out the bag and try to trim things down.

      Having an empty main compartment/flex space is a big deal in terms of making the bag multifunctional. Add in some clothes for travel, cased pistols and ammo for a trip to the range, emergency shelter stuff and a camelbak for a day hike, etc.

      A bit o' food is handy to have - but, as noted, you don't need too much. 1000 calories or so will get you through a long day, supplement a skipped meal, etc.

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  2. Like the bottle cap, that would be handy. Likely will order one soon. Thanks,

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    1. They make drinking from a Nalgene-style bottle much more convenient. Only downside is that they tend to get funkier faster than the bottles.

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    2. I have several of those Human Gear bottle caps--they are worth their weight in gold. Just rinse it out with hot water from time to time. They are especially good when driving in the car or when hiking. It could be my imagination but I feel like the newer ones are a bit better quality--seems they've perfected the design a bit. They also make a cool black one now so you don't have to rely on that weird green color anymore.

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