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Bare Essentials EveryDayCarry Bag Challenge
Put together the bare essentials EDC bag.
Here's the challenge:
Maximum of six items in the bag - nothing carried on your person
- (small kits, such as survival tins, may be counted as 1 item)
Maximum of 6 pounds, fully loaded
Maximum of $60.00 investment
Do not include pistols or ammo in item count, weight, or investment
I hope this is as interesting as I think it will be...let the games begin!
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Good folding knife - $30
Bic lighter - $1
Energizer Weather Ready windup flashlight - $11
Space blanket/bag - $10
Emergency poncho - $6
Big bottle of water - $2
Jerry D Young
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Things I do carry in my laptop bag(doubles as an EDC):
1. Snickers/Cliff bars
2. Bottle of water
3. Cell phone reserve battery
4. A few hundred in cash
6. Need to add a flashlight
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1. Mini-Mag flashlight holster & exttra Batts.
2. Big bottle of water
3. Good floding knife
4. AM-FM/SW Radio
6. Bic lighter cotton balls & petrolium jelly
Stuff I actually have and where I got it.
Original square Leatherman Multi Tool from thrift store $5
Mini-mag AA flashlight with nylon holster $10 China Mart
Bic Lighter $1 Dollar Tree
Steel 16 oz cup with lid $1.49 Winco
20 oz soda bottle full of instant oatmeal $1 Winco (Not counting bottle)
32 oz water bottle $2 Thrift store
$20.49 total cost
1. Survival Tin (Heatsheet Survival Blanket, Duct Tape, 2" x 100", Mini Rescue Flash Signal Mirror, Button Compass, Fishing Gear in Vial, firesteel, 1 Tinder Quick Firestarter, 8 Waterproof Matches in Vial, P51 Can Opener
3. 6in1 survival whistle kit (whistle, magnifying glass, signal mirror, compass, thermometer, LED flashlight
4. Canteen w/water purifier
5. Paracord bracelet 10'
6. Trail mix
Ok, well so far no one has included the actual weight of the bag itself, or the cost, but I will.
1. Backpack. Goodwill. 2 pounds, 2 bucks. I guess I'll be stylin because everyone else better be using a ziploc.
2. First aid kit. 1 pound, and has everything I can think of. Free, courtesy of a local hospital, but includes 10 bucks worth of add ons.(you know the one with the space blanket, wound dressings, cold compress, etc. I just added better medicine, a bit of duct tape, and some paracord)
3. Gerber Multi-tool. 9 oz. garage sale find, 5 bucks.
4. 9 led flashlight. It's a Walgreen's cheapo, but I've actually used it in a 2 day blackout, and it is great. 3 oz. 5 bucks.
5. Bic Lighter. How can you not have one? 1 oz. 2 bucks
6. 1 liter bottled water. 34 oz, free. refilled an old bottle.
The total weight is 5.94 pounds. If not for the weight of the bag, I'd add some food, and more to the first aid kit (water purifier).
Still, at the end of the day it's 24 bucks, which falls way below the max price on this build out. Then again my actual EDC weighs about 15 pounds
Last edited by messiah; 10-23-2010 at 07:26 AM.. Reason: need to learn to spell
Swiss Army iSling Bag (Gift)
Buck 360 Tool (Safety Award)- Free
Swiss Army Champ (Free from Marlboro)
Gobspark Armageddon Firesteel - $10
Smith's Pocket Pal Knife Sharpener - $5 (Ebay)
Seychelle Pure Water Advanced Straw $11 (Ebay)
Outdoor Research Pocket Bucket/Boonie Hat $15 (REI)
Foxx 40 Whistle $1 (Walmart)
50' Duct Tape on plastic card (Free from former workplace)
Small FAK w/Mylar Blanket (Safety Award) Free
P-51 Can Opener $0.50 (Surplus Store)
Pelican L1 Light (Safety Award Freebie)
Esbit Stove w/Triox Fuel $5 (Ebay)
18 oz. Kleen Canteen (Birthday Gift) Free
Shemagh (Buddy Sent from Iraq) Free
Blackhawk Operator Gloves $10
300' Nylon Masons Twine (Free)
Duracell 8GB Flashdrive (Stocking Stuffer Gift)
Oh, Bic Lighter $1.50 w/free dryer lint in film canisters x2
Coleman backpack (free, I've had since high-school)
Emergency poncho (wal-mart, $.88)
BIC lighter ($2)
Multitool ($15 cheapy)
Stainless 1qt water bottle ($5)
First aid (basic $10 job)
Box of nature valley bars(6) ($4)
$36.88 aprox, can't weigh more than about 5lbs
Rothco Messenger Bag (AKA "The Jack Sack") $21
1. 25ft. 550 cord-$2.50...Maybe 1/4#
3. 8x10 Tarp-10$...1/2#
6#, not including bag.
$55 including bag.
Not my choice for EDC, just fitting the parameters.
1. victorinox spirit tool
2. stainless steel water canteen cup set
3. on a small lanyard loop fire steel and styker, whistle, p51, mini keychain flashlight
5. water purification tablets
6. mini first aid kit
Portable army first aid kit 1.5lbs (Free (Found in army dumpster). Inludes quicklot, scalpel and thermal blanket).
Spindle, small fireboard and tender bundle, all tied together with 50 ft/dental floss (free).
Waterproof matches, bone fishhooks in film canister, packed in a mess kit cup, covered with surgical glove ($1.05, cup from surplus store).
four packs/Top Ramen (60 cents).
Mini Mag light ($8).
Knapped stone scalpel (free).
Small burlap bag to contain it (free from trash).
From a blog post: http://sibitotique.blogspot.com/2010...g-out-bag.html
In a previous post I have written about the concept of Bugging Out and Evacuation in emergency or survival situations. This post addresses an alternative approach to this concept with a focus on lowering the weight of the emergency kit.
The backpack for a low weight Bug Out Bag (LW-BOB) does not have to be as sturdy as a bag that has to hold much more equipment and a heavier weight. The most important aspect is that it has a comfortable carrying system that makes the bag fit close to your body; ideally you should be able to run medium distances with the bag.
Water is one of most crucial aspects in a survival situation and have to be carried, especially if you have to make a great physical effort and make a long distance over a few days possibly by foot. High quality water bottles like the ones from Nalgene or SIGG have a very probability to break but in most cases ordinary soda bottles can serve the same purpose. A water bladder like the ones made by Camelback or Nalgene has the advantage that you can drink easily without having to remove the pack and making a stop. A minimum of two liters of water should be a carried, but depending on the intended route and climate you may too carry more. Where can water be found and is it safe to drink without purification?
Shelter is an important aspect in order to prevent hypothermia and exposure. In order to keep the weight down I suggest either a Poncho, bivi-bag or a bivanorak as an emergency shelter in a LW-BOB. The Bivanorack also have the advantage that it can be used both as an poncho and as a Bivi-Bag. If you want to travel light your clothing becomes very important since you donít carry a sleeping bag, sleeping mattress and tent which makes it possible to improvise shelter in basically any weather condition. Good socks, shoes that can cope with your local terrain, base layer shirt that dries easily like merino wool and a wind and rain proof jacket can compensate too some extent for this lack in equipment.
Some kind of Survival Knife is critical and should also be carried. What type depends on your setting but I would recommend either a folding knife, Swiss Army Knife or a light weight fixed blade knife. A Pocket Survival Kit contains some additional items that can help you cope with emergencies without taking up much weight or space in a pack.
For navigation a map can be an important addition depending on how well you know your local terrain. Keeping a small compass on your watch band or choosing a watch with electronic compass like the Suunto Core means that you always have a compass available. A light weight head lamp like the Fenix HP-20 or the Zebralight anglelights / headlamps can make night time movement much easier.
A normal person can survive for quite a long time without food so making it a few days isnít a real problem, however if you donít eat anything for a few days your energy level and stamina will be seriously reduced. Carrying a few energy bars or one freeze dried meal per day can help you keep your energy level up.
ē A lighter pack makes it easier to walk or run long distances since you will be carrying much less weight than if you carry a fully equipped Bug Out Bag.
ē The cost for getting the equipment will also be lower since you wonít have to buy the same amount of equipment.
ē Can be carried as an Every Day Carry bag
ē A light weight Bug Out Bag miss allot of the items that can be needed in a survival situation. Especially in cold weather conditions exposure can kill fast so not having a sleeping bag, sleeping mattress and extra clothing can prove fatal.
ē Less equipment also means fewer options.
ē A highly skilled individual can compensate for the lack of equipment with the ability to construct shelter, find eatable plants, catch fish and other tactics.
A light weight Bug Out Bag can function either as an alternative or a complement to full sized Bug Out Bag especially in conditions where severe weather and temperatures is a small problem. Since itís composed of very few items it can be carried as an Every Day Carry Bag. Many larger back-packs have a smaller Day-Pack so itís fully possible to have a larger back-pack containing the other items in a fully equipped Bug Out Bag and carry the items for Light Weight Bug Out Bag in the Day Pack making it possible to leave the heavier equipment if it would prove necessary.
[ ] Water bottle or Water bladder for your backpack and Water purification tablets or compact Water purification filter
[ ] Bivanorak or Lightweight Poncho
[ ] Survival Knife
[ ] Compact headlamp
Pocket Survival Kit
[ ] Matches
[ ] Fire steel
[ ] Snare wire
[ ] Wire saw
[ ] Sewing kit
[ ] Button compass
[ ] Safety pins
[ ] Whistle
[ ] Candle
[ ] Small led lamp
[ ] Small knife or razor blade
[ ] Fishing kit
[ ] Pencil
[ ] Water purification tablets
[ ] Painkillers
[ ] Anti diarrhea tablets
[ ] Antihistamines
[ ] Potassium permanganate
[ ] Antibiotics
[ ] Condom or Alok Sak
Why would you NEED potassium permanganate or water purification tablets?
If you cook your food and boil your water, you don't need anti-diarrhea tablets. If you have diarrhea, you're already infected with something and are in big trouble to begin with. You need to take care of the root problem.
Wire saw? Either burn your wood in half or make sure you have a good, sturdy knife for those other chores.
Safety pins?, pencil? Not necessary.
The only need for condoms I see is either for covering the muzzle of your rifle, or if you run into that hot looking doe in the woods!
Whistle? only if you want to be found and don't mind scaring every critter in the woods if you're wrong.
On the other hand, otherwise, it's a good list if you include dental floss and/or paracord.