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Airline Travel EDC Items…...

Discussion in 'EDC Bags' started by Motorman, Nov 16, 2013.

  1. jemhouston

    jemhouston Loaded Pockets

    Sep 14, 2006
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    If they go for armed screeners, wouldn't that entail raising their standards in hiring and retention?

    One could hope.
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  2. turnsouth

    turnsouth Loaded Pockets

    Jul 9, 2011
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    I totally believe it, that why I added the "(after you pass the checkpoint)". They are trained that until someone/anyone is cleared, they could be the next person to bring down a plane. The merits of this policy could be argued ad infinitum, but it's what we/they must live with...
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  3. 0dBm

    0dBm Loaded Pockets

    Mar 29, 2006
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    For flights lasting longer that three hours:
    Travel pillow
    Moist wipes with witch hazel and alcohol
    Several 2x3-inch plastic bags
    Several 4x6-in plastic bags
    Several 10x12-in plastic bags
    Surgical face mask with breathing filter
    A lacrosse ball in a tube sock
    Two softballs in a long tube sock
    A lightweight doorstop
    Lightweight, clear, wraparound safety googles
    Compression socks
    Several large dinner napkins
    lubricating eye drops
    strong breath mints
    Kleen canteen water bottle
    Maglite 2-AAA flashlight
    Zebralight SC600 multi-level flashlight
    Paper toilet seat covers
    Hoodie pullover-black, lightweight
    Disposable, non-latex gloves, 2 sets
    4 large rubber bands
    Lip balm
    4-hour decongestant
    Fisherman's Friend lozenges-original strength
    Folding scissors
    Low-fat, low-salt, low sugar protein
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  4. Imzee

    Imzee Loaded Pockets

    Mar 20, 2013
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  5. Brtsmpsn
    • GITD Manix 2XL Owner
    • In Omnia Paratus

    Brtsmpsn Oh, Canada!

    Sep 17, 2012
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    I fly frequently for work. My tool chain come with me.

    The multi tool is the style ps. I pull this out and put it in a tray by itself. I stress to the screener no sharps and point out the Leatherman with scissors only. Disclosure, honesty, and a good attitude go along way. The only time this has gotten heavy scrutiny I left it in the bag through X-ray.

    I also carry a MOAB 10 with iPad, samsung galaxy music player, Headphones, notebook, pens, Shemagh, buff, chargers, meds, and some other business stuff.

    Full size Leatherman and knife go in checked bags.
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  6. doctorwho

    doctorwho Loaded Pockets

    Aug 21, 2013
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    My airline bag is similar to my EDC bag. I often use the Tom Bihn Co-Pilot, and it has my wallet, lip balm, keys, iPhone, and iPad Mini or Kindle. When flying I add in a small pack with my chargers, tissues, passport (if international), and thermos with coffee packs. Knife is removed, and my full size flashlight gets replaced with a mini. Clothes and toiletries go into a larger bag, but this stays with me.
  7. tigz

    tigz Loaded Pockets

    May 27, 2013
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    Thermos with coffee packs? Isn't coffee on the house for flights or some airline you have to pay?
  8. doctorwho

    doctorwho Loaded Pockets

    Aug 21, 2013
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    Oh, I just prefer MY coffee. Starbucks VIA packs, very strong. It's usually intended to drink in the morning at my destination, though sometimes on an overnight flight I'll ask for hot water and make my own when I wake up.
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  9. pawn

    pawn Loaded Pockets

    Jun 10, 2009
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    I'll go all Bilbo on you guys and suggest 1-2 pocket handkerchiefs, one in your pockets, one in your bag. They come in useful.
  10. comis

    comis Loaded Pockets

    Aug 25, 2006
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    Mostly the following items are what I will bring for travel, but not specifically for airline:

    Ear plug(3M orange one, block even the loudest baby cries)
    charger for phone/ipad
    A good book
    medicine for upset stomach(such as imodium)
    cough drops
    A bottled water purchase before departure(so I can drink whenever, and keep it in the front pocket)
    A bag/bagpack with lock on compartment above(airline thief is becoming popular, esp for something like ipad)
    local airport hotel/cab number in case of cancelled flight
    a fold up small rain-proof windbreaker(sometimes the plane don't park at the dock, and it's might rain hard)
    a vest
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  11. Motorman

    Motorman Loaded Pockets

    Nov 10, 2011
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    This is fantastic! I don't know how it happens, but kudos to you for being honest and pointing ;) out the differences to TSA. It's great that you can keep it and have it for your destination. Great job!
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  12. STLmo

    STLmo Loaded Pockets

    Oct 23, 2013
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    Oh yeah. I recently opted out, just because I could.........in the interest of research.

    Since I work in commercial aviation training, I wanted firsthand experience, and yeah, talk about upsetting the apple cart.

    You would think I announced over a bullhorn that I was a terrorist, because the immediate assumption seemed to be that I had something to hide, when all I was doing was exercising my rights under their own (little known) policy. But still.

    Totally disrupted their routine flow of staffing etc and when I was finally marshaled past the scanner, I was subjected to a pretty invasive physical search, even by my standards. Actually, an eye opening experience that I would recommend for everyone when you have a few extra minutes, just so you don't have to take my word for everything.

    Chaos abounds. Keystone Cops got nothing on them at a time like that.

    Granted, inefficient, superficial procedures aren't necessarily the agents' fault, but the attitudes are. But I'm not bitter.

    Back to the regularly scheduled program.
  13. jv6509

    jv6509 Loaded Pockets

    Oct 3, 2012
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    I usually try and be a carry-on only traveler but in some cases that just doesn't happen so this is a typical EDC

    -Either a GoRuck GR1, MR 3DAP, TAD Fast Pack EDC or Lite Speed
    -In GR1 field pocket: Chargers for ipad and phone, field notes notebook, fisher space pen bullet, face wipes, and hand sanitizer.
    -In aloksak bag: toothbrush and toothpaste, hair stuff, disposable razor, shaving cream, deodorant
    -iPad and GS3
    -Patagonia R1 fleece ( usually have a merino t shirt on anyway so this adds one more layer)
    -latest copy of the economist ( i prefer paper versions) or book of some kind
    - vapur eclipse water bottle
    -crystal lite powder for drink mixes (or a BCAA supplement)
    -home made snacks of mixed nuts and jerkey
    - Wallet, passport if applicable, boarding pass, etc.

    Worst case scenario i'm stuck in an overnight layover and I can just wash things in the hotel sink and let them dry overnight. I'm actually leaving for a trip where I will have to check a bag so I will post pics later next week.
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  14. jv6509

    jv6509 Loaded Pockets

    Oct 3, 2012
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    Hi EDCF, So here's a snap shot of my Airline Travel EDC

    Some items are not pictured but here's what I had on my while on my latest trip

    First the not pictured:
    -Samsung GS3
    -iPad 4 (used it to take the picture)
    -Bellroy Travel Wallet with ID, cash, and ID
    -Change of clothing and scrub pants to sleep in (if stuck in over night layover)

    Clothing on me:
    Khul ryder pants
    Salomon quest 4d GTX Boots
    Ice Breaker tech t shirt
    Arc'teryx Naga
    Arc'teryx Drac (in kifaru claymore pocket docked to exterior Molle)

    In the picture:
    -Book I finished on the flight: Fearless
    -Water bottle
    -TAD OP1 with: Digital Camera and cable, Ipad charger and cable, iPod Shuffle and ear buds, iPad charging cable, motion sickness meds, fisher bullet space pen, meds, and field notes notebook
    -Sunglasses in hard case
    -Aloksak Bag with Toiletries

    All of this fit nicely in my TAD Fast Pack Lite Speed

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  15. FiaOlleDog

    FiaOlleDog Loaded Pockets

    Oct 27, 2017
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    Only six years later ... preparing for an transcontinental flight.

    passport, ESTA print-out, boarding pass
    wallet with credit card, ID card, health care insurance card, some cash (small bills)
    keyring with zipper pull whistle, ThruNite Ti3
    sunglasses, basecap (will be moved into carry-on bag after boarding)
    bandana with a pair of Nitril gloves

    Carry-on luggage (small backpack)
    copy of passport, ESTA
    in-ear headphones for podcasts and airplane movies
    PSA: 3M ear plug, 3M N95 mask, swimming goggles (no there is no pool in the business class, at least not yet :rofl: ... and I wouldn't care anyway as being on legible to fly economic)
    charger, micro USB cable, adapter converter, USB powerbank
    Trauma kit & FAK (sans trauma shears and Octinisept fluid)
    paper towels/handkerchiefs, wet wipes (disinfect and softer ones for self-cleaning)
    travel size toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, deo in 1L plastic bag
    set of underwear, t-shirt, buff in a compression packing cube
    laptop with fully charged battery (TSA asks to turn on to verify its not a threat) & charger
    pen, notebook
    hoodie, pack-able windbreaker
    platypus (empty) water bottle, granola bar
    spare set of Eneloop AA and AAA batteries, Olight USB charger

    Checked luggage
    from my keyring: SAK Manager and ResQme seat belt cutter/window glass breaker (last time I was questioned by TSA about that thing)
    trauma shear
    small set of tools (screwdriver, bits, pliers, paracord, duct tape, headlamp)
    other clothing, shoes, etc.
    Last edited by FiaOlleDog, Jun 7, 2019
    #35 FiaOlleDog, Jun 7, 2019
    Last edited: Jun 7, 2019
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  16. chaosmagnet
    • GITD Manix 2XL Owner
    • In Omnia Paratus

    chaosmagnet Loaded Pockets

    Apr 13, 2008
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    I fly about sixty times a year for work and I almost never check a bag.

    On body:
    • iPhone
    • Main flashlight (Nitecore MT10C more often than not)
    • LM Style PS (on keyring)
    • Secondary flashlight (Thrunite Ti, on keyring)
    • Keys, wallet
    • EDITED TO ADD: Tactile Turn Slider Ti pen
    I keep my laptop bag “TSA Safe” every day of the year:
    • Trauma module (red cordura pouch with cross medical patch containing CAT tourniquet, Combat Gauze, two pack of chest seals, pressure dressing, petrolatum gauze, medical tape, NPA, mini sharpie, gloves) (no shears or decompression needle due to not wanting to discuss it with the TSA)
    • Boo boo module (OTC meds, band aids, gloves, wipes)
    • Emergency module (Kenwood TH-F6A, antenna for same, Nitecore MH12, Nitecore NU20, N95 mask, disposable rain poncho, two person Heatsheets, a few cable ties, a few paper clips, flat pack of duct tape)
    • Spare sunglasses
    • Spare prescription glasses
    • Writing materials and a few markers
    • Work ID
    • Laptop with almost every conceivable dongle, adapter, and small cable you could ask for
    • My only large cable is a 10’ HDMI cable for presentations
    • IPad
    • Small iPhone car vent clip and 12V to USB adapter for rental cars
    • Two power banks, one small enough to go in my pocket with my iPhone, one a bit larger
    The only thing that the TSA ever looks at twice is the LM Style PS. I put it in a dish on the X-ray machine — if there are no dishes I clip it to the outside of my laptop bag. The TSA checks it out about half of my flights, delaying me an average of thirty seconds per time they look at it. Every so often it saves the day, so I keep carrying it.

    The first thing I do when clearing security is usually to buy a large bottle of water to carry.
    #36 chaosmagnet, Jun 8, 2019
    Last edited: Jun 8, 2019
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  17. charlie fox

    charlie fox Loaded Pockets

    Jun 4, 2006
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    HVing just changed bags and taken our annual pilgrimage home, I concur with most of these lists. My new bag, a Helikon Tex satchel, isn’t as rigid as I would like, but it worked well. Here’s my list:

    On body - wallet, Space pen, flashlight (Olight I3T EOS)

    In bag - Rescue Essentials “Nick Fixer’ Kit, Rescue Essentials Patrol Officers Pocket Trauma Kit, umbrella, small organizer with charger and cables for my electronics and a thin back up power supply, a 24 oz plastic insulated water bottle with flavor packets and my iPad. The external pocket has a notepad, a couple of pens and is where I put my pocket stuff when I go through Security.
  18. tigz

    tigz Loaded Pockets

    May 27, 2013
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    Toiletries( travel wipes, tissue); med kit( cold, allergy tablets, Tylenol) small flashlight and 2 inch long multi-tool; now this can be tricky cause in 3 occasions it got confiscated and on many other scanned twice and scrutinized before letting go. It's all about the kind of airport you are in and the timing and usually it's the smaller regional airport that gets picky.
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  19. tbzbbt

    tbzbbt Loaded Pockets

    Jun 11, 2016
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    Interesting question, as for a trip you are forced to transport items in a certain way. Essentials for long haul in cabin...
    Battery shaver
    and that’s it really, except the obvious Keys n wallet n passport

    Noteable is no headphones, no iPad (for use anyway) and no pillow paraphernalia.

    Other stuff that is unavoidable and must be carried in cabin when brought
    Anker power pack

    The rest such as edc pouch and everything else gets checked in.
  20. tbzbbt

    tbzbbt Loaded Pockets

    Jun 11, 2016
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    Oh I forgot: kaweco liliput fountain pen with two spare cartridges in a ziplock bag, and a small softback thin notebook I got from an Art gallery. It is just big enough to cover a journal for the trip duration.