EDC Everyday Carry Bags (Transcript)

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We’ll have some, you know, those people will just have to catch up when it gets on iTunes. So today folks, I want to talk about EDC, Everyday Carry, and EDC bags we’re going to talk about specifically.

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Now there’s a difference between Everyday Carry and Everyday Carry bags. Now, the Everyday Carry is stuff you keep in your pockets and stuff that you have on you at all times.

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The Everyday Carry bag is the bag you take with you, you bring it in with you places, you bring it, you know, when you’re going walking on the boardwalk and all that kind of stuff, or when you’re going, you know, hiking, stuff like that.

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But the Everyday Carry bag is a bag you’re going to have with you every single day, no matter what. Okay?

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It’s really important. Something that I do, I carry an EDC bag, and I know a lot of people that do.

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But I want to point out one thing, folks. I’m going to tell you a lot about my EDC bag, and I’m going to tell you a lot about what you should have in an EDC bag.

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But your EDC bag will be tailored to your individual needs. And the reason why that is, folks, is everybody has their own needs.

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And an Everyday Carry bag is going to be a bag that you’re going to have with you at all times, and you’re going to use to, you know, I don’t want to say to get you through your day, but it’s basically so that you ultimately have everything you need that would get you through a day or so.

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Hey, it’s not your go bag. Go bag’s a different bag. Your bug out bag is another different bag. There’s a lot of different bags. So what we’re going to do, folks, we’re going to go ahead, folks, we’re going to talk about some different bags and stuff like that.

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And certain things that you can do, folks, bags you can take with you and all that. Now, I personally use a Maxpedition bag, personally.

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Now I use the Maxpedition over the shoulder bag. Something that I like, it’s small, it’s compact, it’s got a spot for my water bottle and all that kind of stuff in it.

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So to me, it’s perfectly. You don’t necessarily have to do that. You may want to carry a regular backpack. There’s nothing wrong with that. That’s fine.

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I just choose the over the shoulder bag from Maxpedition. It’s got a lot of room in it. It’s smaller than a backpack. You know, it’s easier to carry.

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For me, it’s perfect. And I really like the look of it. You know, it’s got an over the shoulder thing as well as a handle too so I can carry it if I don’t want to put the load over my shoulder.

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But it’s up to your individual needs. Some people like the backpack. Some people like just the regular bag. Like I said, I personally really endorse those guys at Maxpedition.

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I have Maxpedition backpack that I use a lot when we go camping. But my everyday carry is the Maxpedition over the shoulder bag.

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This bag has taken a dive outside of a mountain and a couple things got broken but the bag itself didn’t even have a scratch on it. It was a little dirty. I washed it. Now it’s fine.

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So they do make really great stuff. So like I said, the Maxpedition bag has a lot of room. I really like it.

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So one of the things I do like about the one thing you should have, everybody should have in their everyday carry bag is water.

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Definitely have water. I’m not talking about a little bottle of water. I’m talking a good bottle of water.

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Maybe a liter bottle or even a two liter bottle if you can fit it. You should always have water on you. That’s one thing folks you can never go wrong.

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It doesn’t go bad. You don’t have to swap it out every day. Probably having a metal container. Try not to have it in a plastic bottle.

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Because I’ve heard stories about plastic bottles, especially those cheap ones you can throw away bottles that you get.

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You want to be careful with that. I’ve heard that if you leave them out in the sun and stuff like that, it can cause some health scare.

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So I have it in a metal bottle but every everyday carry bag should have at least a water bottle and some water.

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Some other things you can have with your everyday carry bag folks, I strongly recommend.

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One thing you have in there is a first aid kit. Now I know you’re saying to me, “I got to carry a first aid kit with me everywhere I go.”

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Well let me tell you folks, I said the same thing at first when I started carrying a bag every day with me.

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I’m like, “I don’t know if I want to carry this thing with me, you know, first aid kit with me everywhere.”

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Tell you the truth guys, it makes just a world of difference. I cannot tell you how many times I’ve had a cut on my hand.

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I’ve had a way to treat it right away. When I sprained my ankle, I had a first wrap to be able to wrap my ankle.

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I’ve had so much great stuff in there. I’ve had gloves. Maybe I’m not the one to hurt, maybe somebody else is.

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And I need to go ahead and take care of them so I’ll put on my rubber gloves and go ahead and chop those people.

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So the first aid kit has come really, really handy in there.

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And make sure you folks, if you’re going to buy a first aid kit, don’t buy one from Walmart for like $9 because it’s going to be mostly Band-Aids.

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Make sure you go and get one of the little bit better ones that has the gauze, that has the wraps, that has the ice pack in it.

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All that kind of stuff. And make sure you, you know, make sure you have that because that’s important.

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You may want to piecemeal it. You know, some of them may not have Ace Bandages and stuff like that.

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You may want to piecemeal it. You know, you don’t need a whole lot for a first aid kit but Bandages, you know, like I said, Ace Bandages, rubber gloves are a big important thing and all that.

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There’s a lot of, you know, there’s a lot of things you can actually do with a, you know, with the bag and a lot of things you can have with my cell phones going off there.

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I’m not faking it up. But some of the things too you can do with the go bag, folks.

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You know, you can, the go bag, the EDC bag, I got a little stifle there for the phone right now.

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But what you can do, folks, like I said, have a good first aid kit, like I said, have the wrap, have the rubber gloves, you know, even some butterflies wouldn’t be bad.

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I’ve even seen guys actually make stuff that can do a stitch if somebody needs a stitch. I would recommend that. I don’t do that.

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But you could. So some other things, folks, you should have in your bag, like I said, a good first aid kit.

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Definitely a first aid kit. That’s something you should definitely have. I think everybody should have a first aid kit for leasing their car.

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Some other things, folks, as well, you should definitely think about carrying some sort of way to start fire.

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I know it sounds kind of nuts, but it actually, you know, a lighter or some matches.

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I’m like, “I don’t smoke.” You’re right, you don’t. And I’m not saying you’re going to be stuck out in the woods and you’re going to need to light a fire.

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But a way to start fire, a Bic lighter or some matches definitely can help things out quite a bit, especially if you’re in a situation.

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I’ve been in a situation myself where I just needed a lighter, whether it was to sterilize something or whether it was just to burn the end of something off.

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They actually do come rather in handy. Some other things, as well, you should definitely have in there.

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I would strongly recommend you have some sort of blanket in there. I’m not going to say blanket. I don’t mean like you need to fit a whole blanket in there.

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But, you know, they sell those little square boxes and they’re basically like tinfoil type blankets.

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They keep you actually very warm because they hold the warmth in. I strongly recommend that. You’d be surprised, people saying, “Well, what do I need that for?”

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Well, you’d be surprised if you’re cold out and, you know, you’re with your family, you’re outside or something, you know, at a fair or something, your daughter’s cold.

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You just wrap that around and it should be pretty warm pretty quick. Also, too, another thing you should have in there, emergency rain poncho.

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You never know when it’s going to rain. You may not always have an umbrella with you and it will make your life just that much easier.

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For a buck and a quarter, it will definitely keep you dry. And I don’t think two folks would. I’ve actually used mine a couple times before to actually lay my poncho out for us to sit on more, you know, in a spot where it could be the ground could be dammed with it and I don’t want everybody to get up and have wet clothes.

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So that’s something else you definitely have in there. A couple other things you should have, definitely a pad, something to write on there. You never know.

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You might have to jot down a direction or might have to write something down. That’s very handy.

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Folks, you may want to put in your, you know, your everyday carry bag. You may want to go ahead and, like I said, that poncho and, you know, and definitely put in, like I said, the blanket.

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And you may want to put in, and I know I keep this always in my EDC bag, is definitely some paracord. Now, you may be surprised that paracord can come in handy.

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Now, some other things I also keep in mind is I also keep some duct tape in there. You never know when you’re going to need duct tape, believe me.

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For a couple dollars at Home Depot or at the dollar store, you can go ahead and have duct tape in there. You’d be surprised how much times duct tape will fix a hole.

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If you’ve got a hole in a tent or if you’ve got a hole, you know, in something you need to pat, a very quick patch, it works very, very well.

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Some other stuff I like to keep in my go bag, not saying everybody has to, I keep the purification tablets in there for water.

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Now, I know, now I’m not saying, I don’t really use it when I go camping and stuff like that because I bring a lot of water with me and I bring purification stuff with me.

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But I do that only because I’ve been at places where they tell you don’t drink the water unless you boil it.

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And that’s a good compensator for that. So I know it sounds kind of nuts.

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I do have water with me, but if I need extra water, they say I shouldn’t really drink the water here.

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I’ll put the water in to dump that in and shake it up. And then I got some fresh water. So not the greatest idea, but it works.

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I mean, I know it sounds kind of silly, but they’re little, they only cost me a dollar.

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And if I really need a drink of water, I can do that.

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Some other thing you might want to keep in there is sanitation wipes, baby wipes, whatever you prefer to call them.

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You’d be surprised how often you need to clean your hands or you need to sterilize something.

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So it’s very important to keep those on you. And also too, it’s good if you maybe you’re somewhere and you can’t get a shower or freshen up a little bit.

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Speaking of that, you don’t have to keep this stuff, but I do because I’m on the road a lot. I never know sometimes where I’m going to get stuck.

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I always keep a little can of shaving cream. You can get the travel cans for a dollar or so.

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All this stuff is relatively cheap. A little can of shaving cream. I keep a couple of cheap Bic razors in there.

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Some toothpaste, a small travel toothbrush, and just some hair gel.

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Now, end of the day, the truth folks, it costs maybe $8 for all that, but you’d be surprised.

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You get stuck laying over somewhere where you can’t get home or something like that or you have to spend the night at the hotel.

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And those couple little things can just make your life just that much better.

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So something you might want to consider.

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Also too, speaking of that, if you’re on any medication, I strongly recommend you keep at least a week’s worth of medication in your thing.

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In your EDC, you never know when you may need your medication.

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I stole the story on the podcast yesterday about my grandparents and all that.

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It may be very handy to have that with you. So keep some medication in there as well.

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Another thing I keep in my EDC bag, I keep a set of earbuds in there for my iPhone.

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Not necessarily a necessity, but if I’m stuck somewhere, you know, if I’m at a doctor’s office or stuck in traffic

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and it looks like I’m going to be stuck for a little bit, or you know, not so much traffic, you have a radio in your car,

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but if I’m stuck somewhere where I’m not going to be able to go anywhere, you know, stick my earbuds in,

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listen to maybe an audiobook or something like that, it really makes the time go by.

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Keep a car, keep a phone charger, very important. One of the things everybody should have nowadays is a phone charger.

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You’d be surprised how much you need your phone, especially in an emergency.

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You know, especially if you’re stuck on the side of the road or something like that and you need to charge your phone.

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A car charger will, I keep a car charger, I mean, nowadays with the iPhone wires, it’s easy enough to just need the adapters at the end.

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So it’s easy enough to swap those in and out. So I keep that in there as well, very important.

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I keep, one thing you should, folks, and you don’t have to, but I do, I keep a pocket knife in here.

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You don’t necessarily have to, but it’s something that if you never need one, you might need to cut something.

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I’m not just saying this, you never need to open up a box, you need a knife, it’s very handy to have it just right there.

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Bloop, pick it up, done.

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Some other things as well, I keep my go bag, I keep a little cash in here.

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Not a lot, just enough in case for some reason a place didn’t take a debit card or something like that.

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It’s also handy to have.

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Sharpie marker, they’re always handy to have, you never know when you might actually need a Sharpie or something.

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Mark, you know, mark a piece of wood, mark a piece of metal, mark something you’re working with.

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Write on something that’s not going to work with a pen, you never know.

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So it’s always handy to have those around.

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I do keep, some other things I do keep in here, which again, it’s a personal choice,

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which you probably should keep at least a flashlight in there.

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I do have a little pen light in there, and I have a, it’s a little bigger than a pen light, but it does a good job of bringing the light.

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You know, you never know, people say, “Oh, I have a backlight on my phone,” but again, you never know when you might need it.

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So I like to keep it in there as well.

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Some other stuff I like to keep in here, a multi-tool Leatherman.

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You’d be surprised how handy that little thing could be when you need it.

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So that’s really definitely something I like to keep in here.

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One thing I do keep in here, which I probably don’t need it, but I keep in here, I keep just a little reading material.

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I have a book in here, I’ve read it before, but it’s a small compact book, and it fits well in here.

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You never know if you, I have a situation where you just got to pass that time,

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and if you have no cell phone reception or you don’t have your phone with you, your phone’s dead,

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which it shouldn’t be, you have your charger.

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But if it is, sometimes having a little reading material in here can make the day just go by that much faster.

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So something else as well I like to keep in here as well, I keep a granola bar in here.

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I don’t necessarily have to keep a granola bar in here, but I do.

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Like I said, I’m not sure, I’ve been in situations where I can’t run to lunch because something happens.

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So keeping a granola bar in here sometimes can just tide me over until I get to something else.

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Plus too, my parents are diabetic, and a lot of times I have this bag with them,

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and I’ve actually had my parents have a sugar low, and this is actually coming relative to handy to have with me.

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So again, that’s something you may not need.

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If you’re not going to be this diabetic, and you don’t think you’re ever going to need something to go online,

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you may not need this in here.

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But for me, since it’s my bag, it’s personalized to me, you know, it’s very handy for me to have.

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For you, you may not.

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Okay, it comes down to everybody’s individual needs.

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That’s what a everyday carry bag is.

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It’s designed for your individual needs.

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Something else I also carry in here is not really a necessity here, but I also carry some stuff.

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I don’t want to say it’s useful, but in the back here, the one back pocket I have,

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I do carry a tape measure, not really anything that I really have to have,

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but a lot of times I’m in a situation where I might need to measure something, so I keep it in here.

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Again, you may not need it. For me, it works really well.

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So some of the other things I keep on here, I do keep a jump drive in here.

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You never know, you might need a backup file.

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Again, do I need it for survival? No.

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But is it handy to have it when I need it? Yeah.

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So I keep a jump drive in here. That works out pretty well for me.

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I do keep some batteries in here, some AA batteries, some little 9-volt square batteries, radio batteries,

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I’m going to call them. I keep those in here.

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I use those basically for when I need a battery, if I need batteries for my flashlight, something like that.

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It’s good to have a backup.

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Some other things as well I keep in here, I do keep a small roll of toilet paper,

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and here’s a trick with toilet paper. Take the little cardboard out of the middle,

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and it flattens out pretty nicely.

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So I keep a little bit of that in there.

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You never know when you’re going to need toilet paper, whether it’s to blow your nose,

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whether it’s to do your business.

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It does come in fairly handy.

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And by the way, folks, this is all in one bag, and it’s actually not that heavy, believe it or not.

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Some other things I do keep in here that it’s very handy to have, and this you may not,

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I know a lot of people listening may not at this point may not need it, but I do.

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I always keep my ham rate. I have another additional pack that I hook onto this.

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Maxpedition has extra things you can clip on to the side,

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and I have what they call an add-on bag, and you clip this on,

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and then I put my ham radio in here, my antenna in here, my battery, my extra battery,

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my charger for my ham radio, and a USB cable for it, stuff like that.

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Again, if you’re not a ham radio operator, you may not even need this,

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but for me it’s really handy. I like it.

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I also keep a little roll of wire in here, just so I can string up an antenna if I really needed to.

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Again, I keep some zip ties in here as well, so I can zip tie that up, or I can tape it up,

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but I like having zip ties with me, so that’s really, really handy.

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Again, this is all stuff that you may or may not need.

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I’m just here, I’m just doing a podcast telling you what you should have in here,

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but some stuff you may not need in here, and you may say, “Hey, I need this in here.”

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Hey, I’m not going to lie, if you’re a diabetic, you may want to keep some insulin in here, okay?

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I mean, that’s really, really important. Again, have your medication in here.

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That’s really important, okay? If you’re allergic to bees, you may want to have an EpiPen here.

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I don’t have that, okay? I’m not allergic to bees. My daughter isn’t, neither is my wife.

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Neither is my parents, or any of my in-laws, for that matter, so I don’t keep an EpiPen here.

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I have no need for it, okay? Would it be good to have in here? Yeah, but you can’t carry everything.

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And I don’t, I mean, and I hate to say this, I’m really mostly worried about my family more than I am somebody else.

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I mean, I will help somebody else, but you know, if somebody else, you know, if they’re allergic to bees,

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they should have their own EpiPen. So I don’t carry, you know, I don’t carry this, you know,

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I don’t carry an EpiPen with me, so, but again, if you’re allergic to bees, you may want to do that, okay?

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I got a friend of mine, his everyday carry, he carries those masks, those surgical masks with him,

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because he’s a dialysis patient, like my mom, ironically enough, and a lot of times, if he sees somebody that’s really, really sick,

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or he’s going into a hospital, he’ll throw that mask on to keep him from getting something,

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because he knows his immunity’s down. For him, that’s something he needs. Me, I don’t bother. I don’t really need it.

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So again, the bag is tailored to your individual needs. You know, and then too, in the back here,

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I know a friend of mine, he actually uses, he actually, in his everyday carry bag, he actually, he has his weapon in there, his gun in there.

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You know, he keeps it with him, and he puts it in the bag, stuff like that, and I mean, hey, he feels that that’s something he needs to carry with him every day.

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Do I do it? No. But he, in my opinion, if I have a weapon on me, it’s going to be on my belt, okay, in the holster.

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But him, on the other hand, he feels the opposite. He feels it could, you know, he has it in his bag, and that’s part of his everyday carry with him.

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I don’t carry a weapon, I don’t carry a gun on me every day. I don’t think it’s, I just, I can’t, because of the places I go, I’m not allowed to carry a weapon.

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So I don’t carry my weapon with me every day. There’s nothing wrong with people that carry it every day, but I go, or places where I go, I’m not allowed to carry.

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So I can’t. But some people put it in, some people carry their weapon in their bag. Okay, that’s how they feel, that’s their personal choice.

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But I do have, like I said, I do have a couple knives in here, which I’m allowed to carry that, so, not even just as weapons, just as tools, but, let’s see what else we have.

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I have a compass in here, I have a compass in my bag as well, that’s important to know.

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Now, the compass, now I know with GPS, I have GPS on my phone, I have an app on my phone that I can use when I’m in the woods for GPS, but I do like to take sometimes take a manual bearing.

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We’ll get into the compass and the bearings and the maps and all that kind of stuff at a later time, but if I was a Boy Scout, I always carry a compass with me, it’s just a habit I can’t get out of.

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You never know, you might need to find north. So I always keep a compass with me, you may want to do that as well.

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Let’s see what else I have in the bag. I have a pair of gloves in here, now these are not like gloves to keep your hand on, these are actually work gloves.

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The reason why I keep these in here is because a couple times I’ve been in a situation where I’ve been helping, I’ve been with a friend, not in my own vehicle, and my buddies had a flat or something like that, we got to change the tire, and I got my hands, my knuckles busted up on the, you know, only changing the tire or fixing something in one of the cars.

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So, I keep a pair of gloves in here just to keep my hands safe. You’d be surprised, folks, when you got your hands are cut up, some of that, how really it makes your hands cold, it makes them hurt, and stuff like that.

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So this keeps my hands a lot safer, so that’s something I do.

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Some other things, folks, too, I want to bring up, I talked about first aid kits, I talked about all the different stuff you should have, toilet paper, stuff like that, but one of the things you can do if you’d like, is I find, this is what I do, you know, that box that comes with the first aid kit is going to take up rather, quite a bit of real estate here in the bag.

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So what you can do is dump it all into a Ziploc, and throw it in, and then, you know, get the air out of the bag, and then Ziploc close and put that in your bag.

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That works out pretty well for me, it saves a lot of real estate, and it makes things a little more waterproof.

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I’ve been in, one time, I actually did drop my bag in the water, and nothing really went, nothing really happened because everything was in a Ziploc bag, especially the toilet paper, or anything for that matter, like anything that’s going to really be dissolved, or get damaged in the water, you can probably shut it in a plastic bag.

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I put everything in my bag in a plastic bag for the most part, just to keep it a little more protected, a little more waterproof, and like I said, just save on space.

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So, I think, I probably think if there’s anything else I have in the bag that could be useful to anybody.

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Some other things, folks, you may want to put in here, I’ve talked about this before, as far as keeping some money in here, you may want to do that, you may not.

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Some people like to keep cash in their bags, some people do not. You may want to go ahead and there are, I know some people keep, keeping a spare keys in here, they keep all that kind of stuff, that’s very useful to have as well.

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Ladies, you may want to keep some feminine products in here, you never know when your friend might come around, that, why they call it a friend, I’ll never understand that, but you may want to do that as well, so you may want to keep some of your feminine products in here, may be useful to you.

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Guys, if you’re, I’m married at this point in my life, but guys, you know, if you’re young and spry and all that, you may want to keep birth control, stuff like that in here as well.

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But like I said, there’s a lot of things you can put in an everyday carry bag, again, it’s tailored to your needs.

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I have a friend of mine the other day that he keeps socks in there, in his EDC, and because he works outside all day, and a lot of times he gets wet feet and he doesn’t want to get any type of foot fungus or any type of soft foot or rot or anything like that, so what he does is he keeps a pair of dry socks in here.

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Now, I’m not really in a situation where I don’t get my feet that wet every day, so I don’t have it in here, but he does.

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You know, for me, I mostly keep my spare clothes in a bag, you know, in my car or something like that, and that’s my personal choice, just because I think you should always have a change of clothes in your car, but that’s where I keep it in my car carry.

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We’ll get into all that another day, but, you know, I keep it in my car, so, you know, it’s, again, but for him, he can’t be running to his car every time he needs a pair of socks, so he keeps it in there because he knows he’s going to use it.

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So that’s something he does. So, again, it depends on your personal individual needs.

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I know a lot of friends of mine that actually, like I said, in their everyday carry bag, they do carry, you know, their weapon.

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I particularly have a problem with leaving my weapon in a place where it’s unattended.

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I know people say, “Well, it’s in my reach. It’s in my reach.”

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My weapon is going to be with me, not on me, not in a bag, but that’s, some people do it. That’s their personal choice.

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I think it’s a little bit, I think it’s sloppy handling personally, but, you know, that’s their decision.

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Some of the things, folks, you may want to see and other people keep in here, and I will do this when I go camping.

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A lot of times in my bag here, I’ll keep a bike kit, so if, you know, if anybody gets, you know, a snake biter, that’s right there.

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I do keep a fishing, I’ll keep a fishing kit with me, you know, just some line and some hooks, if I like it.

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Some people are hiking and I decide I want to stop and just throw some line in the water, see if I see anything,

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especially if I’m seeing a good stream with a lot of fish, I may do that.

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That’s not something I keep in it every day, but it’s something I’ll throw in there when I go camping.

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I know some people do keep, you know, extra credit cards in here and stuff like that in case of, I do know, believe it or not,

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I do know a guy that does actually keep a backup phone battery in his, for his phone.

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Instead of having the charger, he has a couple batteries in here.

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I think it’s a little more of your expensive route, but again, that’s his choice, it’s his bag.

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He can do what he likes with it.

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I do know quite a few guys that, like I said, they do keep clothing in here.

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I have a friend of mine that does carry extra clothing in here.

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That’s, again, something that he likes to do.

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Is it really needed?

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You know, for him it is, because he, you know, I do have a friend of mine that does keep an MRE in his go bag.

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I don’t particularly carry that much food in me.

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I’m not really in a situation where I need to open up an MRE and eat, but hey, you never know.

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So, like I said, it depends on your, on what you need, and that’s basically what the go bag is for.

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Like I said, I have some pens in here.

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I do actually, I don’t have a map in here, but I know some people that do carry maps of the area that they live in.

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In case they’re in a situation where they need a map.

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I don’t know if I really go that far, because I don’t really need a map that much, but some people do need it.

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I do know some people, like I said, that hang, that do, you know, they have pepper spray in here and stuff like that.

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I don’t particularly carry that kind of stuff, but I do know some people that carry that kind of thing in here,

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because they feel it’s important to them.

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Especially women, a lot of people, a lot of women keep their, to me, to me, stuff like pepper spray and stuff like that, that’s on you.

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That’s on your key ring and stuff like that.

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If you’re getting assaulted or something like that, it’s not really, you’re not going to have time to reach in the bag and grab it.

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That’s going to be something that you’re really going to need to have on your key ring.

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I know a lot of women that keep it on their key ring, or especially they keep it in their purse, which I don’t think that’s a good decision either.

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It needs to be on your key ring or in your hand, got off a bit of something like that.

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So that’s something I think that’s, personally, I think that’s where it should be, not in a bag, but, or in a purse for that reason.

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But, again, some people handle their stuff a little differently.

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Some things else, folks, that you could keep in here would be a pocket knife.

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Not only a multi-tool, but a pocket knife would be handy.

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I do keep a pocket knife in here, but it’s not a pocket knife per se, it’s one of those spoon forks pocket knives.

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I keep that in there. And now, a lot of times that’s actually going to be handy, because I’ve been in some as well.

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I’ll grab lunch, and they won’t leave, they won’t go ahead and put a fork and knife in the bag.

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And I’ll be in a situation where, “Oh crap, I need a fork and knife.”

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You know, so I can go in there and get a fork or a knife and eat with that.

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So that actually has been fairly handy, so that’s something I do keep in there as well.

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I have had situations where I have needed, I don’t want to say needed a fork and knife, but I have needed a bowl or bowls of that.

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I don’t keep that in there, but I do know of a couple of friends of mine that have those little bowls they keep in their bag,

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and they pull it out and they open it up and all that, and they actually eat it, or they actually eat out of it.

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Some guys do keep a way to warm their food up in the bag, and some people do need to do that,

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especially if you’re somebody that’s maybe in a situation where you don’t have access to a microwave or something like that.

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People actually keep ways to warm up food actually in the back, in the EDC bag.

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I don’t do that, but it is something you can do.

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I’m trying to think of anything else you guys would need on this.

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I have a list of stuff that you should keep in your bag. I’ve covered pretty much all of them.

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But I’m trying to think, is there anything else you can think of?

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I know some people, I like to keep an auxiliary cable in there for my car, for my friend’s car, or for my laptop.

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So I keep an auxiliary cable in there. You don’t necessarily have to do that.

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Again, that’s carrying more tech around with you, but you never know when you might need an auxiliary cable.

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They’re small enough, you can get them for a dollar. They’re cheap enough to carry around with you.

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Some of the things you should focus on, like I said, I keep…

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One of the things you should focus on, if you do have an everyday carry bag, and if you have children,

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especially if you have little kids and stuff like that, I have noticed that a lot of women especially,

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their EDC bags are more tailored towards their children.

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My daughter is 8 now, so she’s not little anymore.

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But I know a lot of women that do carry extra formula in their bags.

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They do carry stuff for diaper racks, they do carry powder, they do carry all that kind of stuff.

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I know people say, “Oh, that’s in a diaper bag.”

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Well, yeah, but you know what? Sometimes you never know.

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I mean, especially if you’re a mother or you have a baby, that extra diaper could really, really save you.

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I can honestly tell you that from experience, that sometimes you just have one extra diaper,

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it can make a whole little difference.

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But like I said, so that’s something I do see, like I said.

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And that’s the other thing too, folks, you may want to keep in your bag.

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I know a friend of mine that does keep stuff in his bag for his kids, so on a long car ride,

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or a situation where he’s got to entertain his kids for a little bit, he has something to give them.

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That’s something you may want to look into, may not.

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It depends on you and your situation at home.

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But again, that’s something you can keep in there, entertainment for the kids.

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I do know guys that do keep extra change of clothes for their kids in their bag with them.

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They don’t keep it for themselves, they keep it for their children.

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Because what happens is, folks, and that’s something else too, a lot of people don’t realize that,

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is sometimes if your kids get wet, or sometimes your kids, sometimes your kids being,

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you know, sometimes, I hate to say it, if your kids aren’t, you know, it’s one thing if you’re not feeling wet,

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if your kids aren’t, sometimes that can be even worse.

00:32:03.000 –> 00:32:05.000
So that’s something a lot of times.

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I do personally keep a, in the wintertime, I keep a hat in here to put it on my head.

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It’s, you know, just a regular beanie.

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And I do keep that in there because we do get pretty cold winters up here in the mountains.

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And a couple times I’ve been out and about and didn’t have a hat,

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and reached in my bag and just put it on my hat,

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I can make a whole world of difference between your ears getting, you know, freezing and getting red,

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or keep staying warm.

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So that’s something you can keep in here as well.

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That’s something you have to keep in here, but it is an option.

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So again, the bag, one last thing on EDC bags,

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the everyday carry bag is something that, it’s designed for you.

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I want you to remember that.

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That’s what I want you to take away from this podcast.

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It’s designed for you.

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It’s stuff you’re going to need every day.

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Stuff that you may need every day.

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Are you going to be prepared for everything?

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But it, again, it is designed for you.

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Just because I have stuff in my bag, doesn’t mean you’re going to need it.

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I have a different schedule, a different life, a different pattern every day, and all that.

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You, on the other hand, may have a different pattern than me.

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So you may have stuff in your bag that I don’t have,

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and I may have stuff in my bag that you don’t have,

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because the truth of the matter is, you have different needs every day than I do.

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That’s just the way it is.

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Everybody has their own individual needs, their own individual things to get them through their day.

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So when you’re looking at an EDC bag, make sure you say, “Oh, you know what? I should have this in here.”

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Or if you’re saying, “Well, Brandon has this, and I don’t have that.”

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Well, maybe Brandon needs it and you don’t.

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Or maybe you might be saying right now, “Hey, he should have this in his bag.”

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Go to the website, survivalistpodcast.org, and go ahead and shoot me an email.

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Folks, like I said, I do have the contact page and all that up on the website now.

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So if you have ideas for shows or things you want me to talk about,

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or things you may want to talk–or maybe if you want to be a guest on the show,

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stuff like that, if you could add something to the show, that’d be great.

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And it’s survivalistpodcast.org.

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So I want to thank, again, everybody for listening,

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and we will talk to you probably Monday of next week.

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Thank you very much.