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Cool small items for EDC/get home bag.

Discussion in 'Survival/Preparedness Forum' started by Dogbite, May 27, 2012.

  1. Dogbite

    Dogbite DNT TREAD ON ME

    May 20, 2000
    Hey guys, I upgraded my EDC pack to a Maxpedition Sitka. I am looking for cool small items to add to my pack that might be needed. Show me whatcha got!
    Stuff in my pack so far:

    industrial trash bag
    rubber bands
    2 flashlights
    small first aid kit
    pen and paper
    duct tape
    razor blade
    small snacks
    2.00 in quarters taped up.
    extra mag for G30
    small knife
    small swiss tool--keychain type
    zip lock bag of extra 45acp
    550 nylon cord bracelet used as zipper pull
    knit cap
    emergency blanket

    getting a small fire starter---what else?
  2. UneasyRider

    UneasyRider C.D.B.

    Dec 1, 2005
    Flash Drive
    Credit card

  3. UtahIrishman

    UtahIrishman BLR Silver Member

    Nov 11, 2001
  4. dissthis

    dissthis Gun Fan

    Aug 24, 2005
    Marietta, GA
    small sewing kit
    ear plugs
    small knife sharpener
    super glue
    "wisp" tooth brush
    mole skin
    extra car/house keys
  5. Bolster

    Bolster Not Ready Yet!

    Jul 23, 2011
    State of Stupidity
    Consider one of those translucent wallet organizers for storage of small items. They'll fit bandaids, wipes, fresnel mirror, safety pins, floss, needles, and other flat goodies. Found mine at Target, sold near the wallets in the men's section.
    Last edited: May 27, 2012
  6. Dogbite

    Dogbite DNT TREAD ON ME

    May 20, 2000
    Good stuff guys! Thank you.
  7. ratf51


    Aug 6, 2010
    NW GA
    I don't recall ever having seen "road flare" in a list of BOB or GHB contents. Great idea!
  8. FireForged

    FireForged Millenium #3936 Millennium Member

    Dec 25, 1999
    Rebel South
    Get home bag:

    Clothing for the season
    couple protein bars
    Good Footware
    Good Cap
    Defensive tool

    basic task, basic stuff..serious mind
    Last edited: May 28, 2012
  9. UtahIrishman

    UtahIrishman BLR Silver Member

    Nov 11, 2001
    you can light almost anything burnable in the pouring rain with a road flare. That's why I carry it. I also keep some matches and Bic lighters for more 'ordinary' moments
  10. Bushflyr

    Bushflyr ʇno uıƃuɐɥ ʇsnɾ Millennium Member

    Mar 17, 1999
    Western WA
    I think rather than looking for cool stuff to stick in your bag you should take a considered look at your location, situation, and likely scenarios. Then make choices based on those.

    Do you drive to work? How far do you need to travel to get home? Can you 'borrow' a bicycle? Do you REALLY need a ziplock of extra ammo? (If it were me I'd throw in 2 G21 mags and call it a day. You're getting home, not getting in a firefight.) How much stuff do you need on your person and how much can you leave in your car? If you have to get home are you in office clothes or do you need a set of boots and pants you can walk in? Atlanta gets hot. Do you have a hat? Extra water carrier? The list goes on.

    What works for me would not make sense for anyone in a different climate, season, urban/rural situation, or whatnot. Define the mission, gather intel, formulate your plan, then start figuring out what gear you need to make it work. Not the reverse.
  11. ratf51


    Aug 6, 2010
    NW GA
    That was my thought-- it would be excellent for the uber-difficult fire start. I think I'll have to add one into my bag now.
  12. redbrd


    Sep 20, 2005
    BABY WIPES! TP! If it takes you more than a day to get home it would be nice to have. A clean butt goes a long way for morale.
  13. Deputydave

    Deputydave Millennium Member

    Feb 20, 1999
    I try to be as redundant as possible in certain areas i.e. fire, light, defense. If possible, I try to have multiple uses for an item;

    Chapstick - keep your lips moist and lush while also having a petroleum based product to put on something like a cotton ball for starting a fire.

    Alchol wipes - great for disinfecting a minor wound, clean your hands and again, getting a fire started.

    Hand sanitizer - same as above and like chapstick can be put on a cotton ball or other tinder.

    Extra batteries for your flashlights.

    Firesteel and/or magnesium bar w/striker - I usually carry both. In addition to the normal sized firesteel I have the 99 cent varitey from These are small enough to put inside an Altoid tin with some pre-made tinder. I also have one in my wallet. Since fire is so useful for a myriad of reasons (warmth, cooking, protection, sanitizing water etc), it just makes sense to be overly redundant in this area (lighter, firesteel, magnesium bar, magnifying glass + pre-made tinder i.e. cotton ball w/vasaline, alchol wipes etc).

    Quart and gallon sized freezer bags - while it is great to have a solid container for water like a canteen, it is wise to consider that the situation may exist that a container isn't always the best object to GET the water. For example, if the water is in some type of crack or crevise the canteen won't fit in or if the water is very shallow the canteen or bottle might not scoop if effectively. Thus, the freezer bags can be used to collect water. They are pretty durable as well and can seal effectively. Plus, when not in use they can store other objects or fold flat and small to conserve space.

    Last edited: May 28, 2012
  14. Dogbite

    Dogbite DNT TREAD ON ME

    May 20, 2000
    All great ideas. I also thought of something else, a bandana. I have seen many good uses for one.