reply to post by reluctantpawn
I don't carry one any longer, but did so when we lived in the U.S. Most of the items or an analogue to them are always in my work van, except
fishing hooks, why black bandana? camoflauge? ,lockpick set, emergency space blanket, ziplock bags, waterproof New Testament, Glock. I carry most
of those things when I'm out on the sea, except the Bible and Glock. I can never be more than 10 miles from home (due to the weensy size of this
place and our house location).
I think you've put together a very good, comprehensive EDC bag. You might want to add a few rolls of "camping" toilet paper -- you know, the
little tightly compacted rolls? Medicines, and don't forget Polar Pure
or similar water disinfectant.
I carry a 3M skin stapler
as well as a small surgical kit in my first aid bag.
Carabiners are often useful with the rope, and the large "D" rings of aluminum are lightweight, but strong enough to support the weight of most
Nothing like a good, sharp, fixed-blade knife in a SitX. People have all manner of preferences. I favor an old knife used by my Grandfather in the
scouts -- similar to a K-Bar. Some sheaths come with a small whetstone.
Compass is a must; whistle/mirror optional.
There reaches a point sometimes where a person has a bulging pack or BOB that is cumbersome to stow or carry, and at that point we have to start over
and pare things down. Sure, I'd like to have a full-sized shovel, but have to settle for the wee folding shovel w/pick/saw.
Many years ago, I was a first responder/SAR to various natural and manmade disasters. At that time, I had different bags customized for various
responses (chemical spill, SAR, Earthquake, etc.).
Something I discovered about headlamps: Energizer and others make an LED headlamp that shines either white or red. If you put on the red setting,
animal eyeballs light up from quite a distance away without necessarily showing your position. NV is nice if one can afford it. Of course, in a
dangerous (human danger) situation, the LAST place I'm going to carry a light is on my head
Good job with your preps. I wish more people would take the time to put together a modest kit like this. Doesn't cost much, but pays off in peace
of mind, if nothing else.
edit to add: All LEDs outline animal/human eyeballs, however it's much like the "redeye" in photographs -- it's a function of the angle
between the light source and your own eyes. So in order to see animal eyeballs glowing bright red, the headlamp is set on red and must be within
about four inches from your own eyes. Red light is harder to detect, if you have to travel at night also.
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