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My "crazy" EDC

Discussion in 'Show us pics of your EDC!' started by hoongern, Jun 2, 2011.

  1. hoongern

    hoongern Empty Pockets

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    Hey guys, I've been EDC'ing for a couple years now but never joined the forums. Thought I'd just share what I feel is a less usual EDC system than most people. Enough people think I'm crazy for carrying all these things.

    The items I EDC have been shaped over the years to what I find the most useful for the work that I have to do. There are 3 categories of items I carry:

    (1) Always on me - this would include in the shower, when I'm sleeping, etc. Emphasis on ALWAYS.
    (2) EDC, on person - I wear these items when I leave the house, so outside, I always have them on me.
    (3) EDC Backpack - when I leave the house.

    1. Always on me
    I made a paracord belt which I wear and never take off:
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    (Bowline, Tautline, Alpine Butterfly)

    The items:
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    - Mini Fox 40 Whistle (Neck lanyard)
    - Liteflux LF2XT Flashlight w/ 10440 Li-Ion (Neck lanyard)
    - Fenix E01 Flashlight w/ Lithium AAA, taped to prevent accidental activation (Paracord Belt)
    - ID/Driving License & Emergency Cash (Sealed plastic card holder on paracord belt)
    - Spyderco Ladybug H1 (Paracord Belt)
    - ~12' of 8-strand paracord
    - Watch w/ mini compass

    2. EDC items

    Assuming cargo pants,
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    - Tissues in ziplock bag (Lower right pocket)
    - Notebook (Lower right pocket / Shirt pocket)
    - Pen, Pencil, Eraser (Lower right pocket / Shirt pocket)
    - Small pouch (Lower left pocket) - I don't always carry this
    - Wallet (Right pocket)
    - Phone (Left pocket)
    - Keys (Right pocket)
    - Mini Compass
    - Spyderco Bug Knife
    - 2 Guitar picks (Gator, 0.7mm & 1.5mm)
    - Etymotic ER20 Earplugs (Great for concerts!)​
    - Hidden waist pouch + some carabiners
    - 1m/3ft measuring tape
    - 4Sevens Quark AA w/ AW14500 Li-Ion
    - Leatherman Juice S2 (waist pouch holster)
    - Benchmade Mini-Griptilian 556

    Small pouch:
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    - Gator guitar pick 1.5mm
    - Red Photon Freedom flashlight (Mainly for stargazing)
    - Extra AW14500 Li-Ion & 10440 Li-Ion
    - Small Clip
    - Small ballpoint pen
    - Basic meds (antihistamine, painkiller, activated charcoal, bandaids, safety pins, alcohol wipe)

    Wallet:
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    Besides a few cards/cash/normal,
    - Sheet of small paper
    - Bandaids & Alcohol wipe
    - Cheatsheet of knots, emergency contact, LF2XT programming manual
    - Small flexible fresnel magnifier
    - 0.7mm Gator guitar pick
    - T6 & T9 (I think) torx for adjusting knives, etc.
    - Small allen/hex key which two of my flashlights use

    Waist Pouch:
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    - Vial of hand sanitizer
    - Signalling mirror (mostly used as normal mirror)
    - Paper clips
    - Nail clipper
    - Safety pins
    - Small magnet
    - Butane lighter
    - Mini sharpie
    - Less-than-basic FAK in ziplock (Bandaids, alcohol swab, safety pins)
    - Basic meds in ziplock (painkiller, antihistamine, activated charcoal)
    - Firesteel
    - Small vial of 99% Isopropyl
    - Some paper in ziplock
    - Small spoon
    - Plastic bag
    - Comb
    - Extra ziplock

    - Nylon fishing line
    - Brass wire (useful for poking things in small places)
    - Short bit of solder
    - Elastic bands
    - Extra-soft foam earplugs
    - twisty tie
    - Clip-on sunglasses
    - 1.5mm guitar pick

    EDC Backpack

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    - Small [backup] water bottle (I usually carry a larger 1 liter bottle in addition to this)
    - Fox 40 Whistle
    - Corsair Flash Voyager (4GB)
    - Modified M@glite 2D (With Kiu socket, SMO reflector, Boroflat lens, 3xIMR26500, FM1909 bi-pin bulb for 2000 lumens)
    - Poncho
    - Space blanket
    - Chain (Used to lock my bag to my chair when I'm at restaurants, etc.)

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    - Extra t-shirt & briefs
    - ~30ft 8-strand paracord
    - Bandana
    - Roll of gaffer tape (MUCH nicer than duct tape)
    - Extra borofloat lens (with LDF diffuser) for M@glite 2D
    - Tissue
    - Small vial containing extra bulb for M@glite 2D
    - Protractor (also used as a quadrant/"sextant" for measuring angles of celestial bodies)
    - Small New Testament
    - A couple soft earplugs
    - Extra socks

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    - 4Sevens headlamp band
    - Brunton 7x18 monocular-
    - Garbage bag
    - Ziplock containing surgical mask & star charts
    - Philips screwdriver (big)
    - USB Card reader
    - Philips screwdriver (small)
    - Deoxit red
    - 3.5mm-6.5mm TRS adapter (for headphones, etc.)
    - 4Sevens Quark 123^2 w/ AW17670 Li-Ion
    - Retractable USB cord
    - 4Sevens Prism
    - Small water spray bottle
    - Spare glasses & sunglasses (not visible)
    - Silva engineer's compass
    - 4Sevens Quark fingergrip
    - Firesteel
    - Wetfire tinder
    - Notebook

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    - Extending antenna (to reach those hard-to-reach places)
    - Straw
    - Metal chopsticks
    - Toothbrush & Toothpaste
    - pen
    - chapstick
    - Small water filter
    - SAK (Victorinox Tinker Deluxe?)
    - Some gaffer tape & masking tape
    - Spare Lithium AAA cells
    - Sewing kit
    - Clip for Photon Freedom
    - Eyemask
    - Some small clips
    - Wetfire tinder
    - Small vials of: Detergent, mineral oil, hand sanitizer, 99% isopropyl alcohol, insect repellent, salt
    - Wire saw

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    - 2 small tubes of superglue (UHU super & krazy glue)
    - Small stick of hot 'plastic' glue
    - Medicinal teabag
    - Syringe
    - Surgical gloves
    - Fork & Spoon
    - Tweezers
    - Aluminum foil
    - Basic 1st aid kit

    Not pictured:
    - Small raincoat/jacket, carried in colder weather
    - Small file
    - 1"x4" DMT knife sharpener (extra-fine)
    - 2 small clamps

    Of course, all these items are the "basic" items. I add on to the backpack whatever else I may need for the day (i.e. laptop, books, other tools & cables, etc.)

    Whew!
     
  2. Cobra 6 Actual
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    Cobra 6 Actual Loaded Pockets

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    Wow, that's a very comprehensive set-up! Welcome to the EDC Forum, too.
     
  3. ProjeKtWEREWOLF

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    What's the 'medicinal tea bag'???

    Do you carry a hot glue gun for the hot glue stick?
     
  4. hoongern

    hoongern Empty Pockets

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    Thanks :)

    It's some tea which is supposed to sooth sore throats / coughs.

    And, if you hold the glue stick to a flame (i.e. from a candle/lighter) - it melts and you can use it. In fact, I started using glue sticks long before I actually knew that glue guns existed!

    Also, it's funny that you ask about the glue stick and not the solder - I'm not sure why I carry solder without a soldering iron! :D
     
  5. D50boy

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    I solder with a lighter so it's no biggie.

    ....a sextant.... really? Have you ever needed it? And doesnt your paracord get a little gross after showering with it?
     
  6. jag-engr
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    Man! That's hardcore. Welcome to the forums,
     
  7. hoongern

    hoongern Empty Pockets

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    You can solder without melting whatever you're soldering it to? I guess it would work in certain circumstances, but how do you solder to a circuit board? As fast as possible? I should try that sometime!

    And the "sextant" - well, I use it more as a regular protractor (which I need for enough of the things I do). The "sextant" part of it is just a nice easy addon - mainly because I took classes on celestial navigation, so it's a hobby. It's only accurate to a degree anyway, not nearly enough for precise celestial navigation.
     
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    Regarding the solder: some of the low temperature ones, such as Tix, will liquidify at 275 degrees F. Sulfer ignites at about 446 degrees F., so a match (with a sulfer head) will light them. I've used matches before on Tix (haven't tried it with a lighter, though) and it will work, although I prefer to use a soldering gun.
     
  9. Garland

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    You must be single...I would have some serious 'splainin to do if I started taking showers with a paracord harness , lights, knife and a whistle! Looks like you are prepared for whatever may come your way, though...
     
  10. tonester

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    welcome to the forum. nice set up.

    the items under "1. Always on me" what items do you actually shower with and how are those items keeping up? do you sleep with the paracord belt on with all the items attached?
     
  11. hatchetjack

    hatchetjack EDC Junkie!!!!!

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    That's more stuff than I keep in my BoB. In the couple of years you've been carrying, are there things you have not used and are any of these items needed for your profession?
     
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    And I thought I carried a lot.
     
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    Forgot to answer this: When I shower, I do unhook the plastic ID holder and the paracord, as well as the neck lanyard, and hang it on a hook inside the shower area, and then put it back on after showering. Regarding the paracord getting gross, it could - but I put it in the wash once/twice a week and it's been holding up fine. And it gets replenished every so often as I use it.

    So in the shower, I still have the belt on with the Fenix E01 and the Spyderco Ladybug H1. H1 steel, btw, is great in this application, it never rusts!

    There have definitely been quite a lot of things which I haven't needed over the years which have come out of my EDC, although some of the stuff I EDC I haven't really used. For example, the water filter - I carried it while camping, and my friends were trying to guess what I didn't carry, and they guessed "charcoal water filter" - which I happened to have! After that, I just left it in there. I'm actually a student on a year off working on a startup, but I do a lot of small side jobs (computer repair, studio recording) which is where a lot of my stuff comes in handy.

    Ah yes, I guess wires would work well. And I've definitely forgot heat shrink many times as well! :D

    Err, yeah, single :)
     
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    To each his own, but I really have to ask: Is it really necessary to wear a bat belt while showering? Really?
     
  16. hoongern

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    Fair enough - but I find that it take a lot more time to take it off and put it back on. It's easier to just take off the items which are hooked onto it.

    But I agree - my EDC methods aren't exactly what one may call "normal" - hence my "crazy" EDC :)
     
  17. Will_Power

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    I guess I'll take neurontech's question and go a step further at the risk of coming off harsh.

    Why? What is the compulsion and/or reasoning for carrying such a burden (fully loaded cargo pockets, bat belt, fannie pack, and backpack?) all day, every day? There is a certain charm in fallbacks and redundancies (I stopped counting how many light sources you've got), but a setup like this seems to be beyond an every day level of preparedness and into something much more.

    I don't mean to come off rude, but certainly and deliberate in speaking so frankly and forthrightly.

    You say your friends call it "crazy," and at this point, I'm inclined to agree. Can you see where they are coming from?

    So, I return to the question. Why?
     
  18. Monocrom

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    :censored:! That set-up puts the rest of us to shame.

    Actually, I have nearly everything you showed, and carry it with me on a daily basis . . . in my BOB . . . in the trunk of my car.

    Very impressive. Welcome to EDCF.
     
  19. hoongern

    hoongern Empty Pockets

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    That's fine to ask.

    I'll preface my answer by saying that my carrying system is fully hidden, so I look completely normal. Also, depending on where I am going, I do adjust my EDC accordingly. For example, during the day in the city, my modified Mag won't be carried. and I will normally leave my Benchmade MiniGrip, small pouch, and knife sharpener behind. I also don't carry my backpack everywhere (I.e. not if I'm just going out to buy some lunch or to visit a friend at his house)

    I do go to into the tropical rainforest/jungle every other day or so to hike and discover nature / practice my skills. This is a place where you may want a fair amount of equipment (unless you have vast knowledge on how to survive). However, I will again adjust my EDC accordingly and leave the flashdrive, usb cord/reader, deoxit out. As well as the Maglite in the day.

    There are a number of items which I could definitely do without, such as the Fenix E01, magnifying lens, small spoon, some small clips, antenna, straw, guitar picks, file etc. but I did try taking them out, and realized that they were so small that they had little effect. As for the flashlights - yeah, I'm a bit of a flashlight nerd, so I have more than I need.

    Lastly, I can't count the number of times that my items have come in useful in helping a friend or even a stranger - at least a number of times a week (Mostly items like flashlight, tape, tissue, meds, bandaid, pen, paper, hand sanitizer, card reader, ). I do love helping people, and so as long as I look normal (only my friends who have seen what I carry actually know what I carry), I'll continue helping people where I can.

    So, do I need to carry the things I do? Most probably: no. I survived the first 16 years of my life before I started any sort of EDC'ing, and so do many other people out there who don't EDC..

    Oh, to add on to the showering thing, once I take off the neck lanyard, ID holder & paracord, I'm just left with the E01 and knife. The E01 - well, probably unnecessary. The knife - it's because I clean it every day, and I find it the easier to remember while I'm showering. It's mainly that it's a bit of a pain to take off the belt (which is hidden usually anyway) and put it back on. I originally came up with the belt idea so I could EDC the basics (light, knife, ID, cash, whistle) while exercising/jogging.
     
  20. lchoke

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    Cool belt idea....EDC a wee bit over the top but hey thats how you like it right? haha to each is own....Next time someone asks me if i was stranded on a desert island and i could have one thing with me can i say you? Assuming you come with your normal EDC lol nice post!