I've always carried at least a knife, watch, wallet and keys pretty much everywhere I go, and for the last 4 years, my Glock 23. I've only recently (6 months ago?) packed my first EDC Bag, a Maxpedition Malaga, due to it being the smallest bag with the ability to carry an iPad. I kept a strict policy that my EDC would contain only items that I have the potential to use "every day" with only a minimal survival kit in the event I'm stranded, lost, etc. Despite my adherence to my policy, I nonetheless quickly found out that the Malaga was too small. No room for a rain jacket or to swap in and out daily use clothing items. I also want the bag to come along on day hikes and the Malaga is NOT comfortable for that when loaded heavy. I've just yesterday purchased a 5.11 Rush 24 and this bag holds all my stuff wonderfully including some new items (of course). More Room = More Stuff right? My problem is I've never FLOWN before as an EDC Bag carrier and I have to do this here on Sunday. Most of the stuff in my bag would be enough to get me several body cavity searches and a whole lot of interviews, so I've decided to check it (feeling woozy already). It's amazing how quickly we become attached to this bag full of "must haves". I refused to strip it down to TSA acceptability. My problem is further compounded by the fact that the place I'm flying to is northern California. Normally I bring my Glock when I travel, but no dice in CA. I can't CC legally and you can only OC when you don't have any magazines inserted or compatible ammo on your person! F'n CRAZY! I wanted to bring the EDC bag as I planned on doing some hiking. It looks like I'm going to have to do some significant configuration changes there too just to get the bag to my room. Y'all have some weird knife rules there. Apparently, I could have a six foot long folder concealed any way I want, but any fixed blade must be openly carried and ONLY on my hip. Crazy. Can't leave it MOLLE'd on the OUTSIDE of the bag and I can't put it IN the bag. I'd rather not freak out a bunch of the local sheep by carrying my LMF II on my hip, but it looks like that's what's going to have to happen. I was wrestling with the idea of just <gulp> leaving it at home, but where I'm going to be is Cougar country and I might actually NEED it! WAS going to leave the whole bag and just put some essentials in my laptop bag, but I ended up saying HELL no to that one. I'm going to be in Cali for an entire month. Can't be without all my gear for that long. Anyone else feel completely naked without your EDC gear? This sucks. No offense to Californians, but I hate California.