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Vehicle EDC Loadout

Discussion in 'Travel' started by JeremyV, Jul 28, 2019.

  1. JeremyV

    JeremyV Loaded Pockets

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    So with getting a SUV with lots of room it’s got me thinking. EDC isn’t just what’s on our persons all the time, it’s what we keep in our vehicles. Wether it be Bugout supplies or just spare items. I’m interested in what you guys keep at all times in your rides! I’ll post pics of mine after I get it situated how I would like, but for now I’ll make a list.

    Up front with me in center console:
    -spare flashlight
    -knife
    -multitool

    Back:
    -tow rope
    -jumpers
    -mag light flashlight
    -hatchet
    -spare water
    -general purpose med kit.

    I have lots more to get to be properly prepared but I will slowly ad on. Let’s hear what you all have!





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  2. JeremyV

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    Just how I’m starting to set it up. Need to get an organizer for up top and get a newer tool kit in a bag not plastic case as the plastic slides all over the place.


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  3. garza

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    Gloves
    Phone charger with an extra one for the wife
    Ice scrapper
     
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  4. reppans

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    I recently downsized from a campervan to a minivan rigged as stealth camper.... with enough camping/backpacking gear for self-supported camping for a day or two.
     
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  5. Tallboyjim

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    Headtorch, carrier bags,
     
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  6. LivingUpNorth

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    I always have some type of ground cover / heavy cloth in case I need to kneel / lay on something to change a tire or otherwise work on the car in inclement weather. Recently, I got a free moving blanket w/purchase from Harbor Freight which fits the bill. Ever change a tire on new, black asphalt in Laughlin, NV on a 105F day? I have, and it absolutely roasted my knees, and quickly, too.
     
  7. JeremyV

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    Note taken. Emergency blanket. Will get one this week.


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  8. Moshe ben David

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    I keep a piece of HD foam that once was a pad for under a sleeping bag in my car for that purpose. Some folks have also recommended a scrap of carpet for kneeling on. Even better for anyone in snow country: get two pieces; the rough backing can be used to help tires get a grip to get off of an icy patch! If you don't have any scrap carpet at home go to a local flooring store. They're always having to toss out samples of carpet that are not being sold any longer; they may even give you a couple of pieces if so. (I used to work in flooring you see!)

    L'chaim!

    Moshe ben David
     
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  9. DrummrsAnonymous

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    Some great suggestions here so far.

    My wife and I always keep large totes in our vehicles to corral purchases (especially groceries) and make them easier to carry in the house. We use a couple Thirty-one Utility Totes each - they’re well-built, relatively inexpensive, and carry a bunch.

    I keep a few other smaller packable bags as well - a backpack and some small totes. There’s usually a hat/cap or two in my glove box to keep my bald head warm or protected from the sun.


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  10. smokingfish

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    I'll post pictures later.

    Under my rear seats, tow strap, air compressor, backpack full of tools, tire repair kit, gauges, gloves, all secured with a bike lock.

    In the cargo trunk, I keep a med kit, fixed blade, spyderco southard, paracord, emergency blanket and food, and some eating utensils.

    In console I have a small med kit, power bank, cords, tissue, napkins, dog poop bags, and leatherman ps4.

    On my roof rack I have some traction boards and extra fuel (rotopax), though I only mount them for offroad or camp trips.
     
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    I'll take pictures when I get to camp tomorrow.

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    Toilet paper, plug patch, crowbar, fire extinguisher, tow truck in a box, tie downs, throw bag.
     
  13. karlito

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    Don't store batteries in the flashlight. I've had them leak inside and ruin the light - only finding out when I NEEDED it. They were alkaline, I don't know if lithiums would fare better, especially with the big temperature swings that can occur inside a car.
     
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    twoisone EDC Junkie!!!

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    Lithium’s way better.
     
  15. Durandal64

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    2001 Dodge Ram 4x4 5.9L

    Drivers Door Pocket: Squeegee, work gloves, (ice scraper in winter), LED maglite

    Center Console: Tire gauge, multi-tool, shammy cloth, extra usb charger, pens and markers, notepad, spare batteries, small first aid kit, old Dean Koontz audio book on tape

    Under back seat: 2x 12v outlets, big 1000a jump pack on a trickle charge, 12v compressor with long lead, fix-a-flat, tool roll with wrenches, sockets etc), trauma kit, small electrical kit with volt meter, tape, fuses and connectors, 6x tie-downs, extra work gloves, extra bulbs for exterior lights, travel bog roll, 2x tow ropes rated at 10k, 10k shackle for receiver

    Bed of truck: Empty because tweekers ruin all the fun

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    Ages ago, I got a heavy duty aluminum flashlight which has a shake generator in it to charge a capacitor --- wish I'd bought spares, haven't seen an equivalent since.
     
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    Ooo. Vehicle EDC. This should be fun. :)
    For reference, I drive a 5th-gen Toyota 4Runner

    Driver's door pocket:
    Ice scraper and a rag. Year-round. Better they be there in the summer, unneeded, than to need them in the winter and forgot to put them back.
    Passenger door pocket:
    nothing
    Glovebox:
    nothing but the manuals

    Front center console:

    a notepad and pen, on which I keep record of my fuel mileage.
    a 3-mode LED worklight from harbor freight. White, Red, Blinking Red. It's mostly intended to be an emergency beacon if I have to change a tire at night
    micro-USB phone charger
    USB-A phone charger
    side-post terminal wrench (I know enough people with GM cars that this has been handy)
    spare mask (for those people that still live in fear, and in case I manage to somehow forget mine)
    tire pressure gauge

    Cargo Area, in a milk crate:
    • Multi-piece tool kit (bit driver, hex keys, sockets...)
    • Hitch and hitch ball (in their storage box)
    • Tool bag with a pair of Hardy mechanix-type gloves, a couple pair of pliers, box cutter, 1/4"x10' chain, 12V mini air compressor, and 2x 1"x10' ratchet straps (in storage case)
    • OSHA-approved reflective safety vest. If you don't have one of these in your vehicle, well, you're ballsier than I am. I don't want to be on the side of the road, at night, and not stand out like the Beacons of Gondor.
    Cargo Area, misc.
    • An old queen-size wool blanket, mainly for use if I get stuck in the truck in a snowdrift and don't/can't run the engine.
    • A Carharrt coat, some insulated bib overalls, and a pair of work boots.
    • In a side compartment are a set of jumper cables and a drop lamp with alligator clips so I can run it directly off a battery.
    • In the factory jack compartment is the jack and associated tools, along with an old shower curtain for use as a ground cover in bad weather.
    • I keep a folding director's chair in the back simply for convenience. I've been to enough events (ballgames and the like) where I've needed a chair that I found it easier to just leave one in the truck instead of having to remember to pack it each time.
    • Lastly, I keep a case of bottled water in the back for use throughout the year. It gets replaced every 6 months.
    Finally, I have my emergency bag, which is all contained in a Condor 3-day assault pack.
    In the main compartment I have the following:
    • a full change of clothes. Underwear, socks, T-shirt, long-sleeve shirt, and a pair of surplus military pants.
    • A Becker BK9, for wood prep as needed
    • an SOL escape bivvy, for emergency warmth and shelter (in conjunction with the previously-mentioned wool blanket). I dont know what the thing is supposedly rated to, but it didn't do enough for me camping one cold November night when it dipped down into the teens. And I was wearing full clothing, inside the bivvy, inside a sleeping bag, under a fleece blanket. Not enough, still froze.
    • An aluminum form-holder with several 8-1/2x11 notepads.
    • 2x 5.5'x7.5' blue tarps from Harbor Freight, for improvised shelters as needed
    • 8x 9" plastic tent stakes, for improvised shelters as needed
    The small front compartment contains a Maxipedition Micro pouch that serves as my Writing Kit. A couple of pens, pencils, sharpie, index cards... that kind of stuff.
    One side compartment contains a Stanley Adventure cook set nested inside a walmart stainless cup, along with a simple stainless utensil set.
    The other side compartment has a tri-fold E-tool (in pouch) and my fire kit, in a Maxpedition Fatty pouch. (Fire kit has multiple tinders and ignition sources along with a folding knife.)
    The bottom compartment has a Becker BK16, a 10" Corona folding saw (virus free), Smiths DCS4 sharpener, 8x Harbor Freight Tarp Clips (shelter), a Spool Tool loaded up with 550 cord and a mini-BIC (shelter and other uses), a pair of leather work gloves, and some of those HotHands handwarmers.
    On the outside of my bag is the large Condor Rip-Away EMT pouch that serves as my first-aid and trauma kit. Without going into details, it has been used, and I was very glad to have it nearby.

    Even with all this in the back I still retain a fair amount of cargo space.

    My gear is predicated on the environment I normally find myself in. I live in a large city but commute out to rural areas quite often, so I choose to keep my truck supplied with things I may need in a rural setting. Also, there are a number of things not in the emergency bag, or elsewhere in the truck, because they're in my EDC bag. I always have a headlamp in my bag, a water bottle, backup fixed and folding blades, a few clif bars, boo-boo kit, etc... So I dont keep things like that in the truck. None of my bags are intended to be stand-alone.

    So that's my setup. No pictures, sorry: I shut down my photobucket after they went stupid and never bothered to set up somewhere else.
     
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  18. earthman

    earthman EDC Junkie!!!

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    Got any pics of this minivan? Always interested in seeing how folk convert them into a camper of sorts.