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thumb navy seal team six survival kit vs solkoa suma pro survival kitEver wonder what's in a US Navy Seal survival kit? Since we're all into everyday carry, wouldn't it stand to reason that we should look at the kits the true professionals, Seal Team 6 and the other Navy Seals carry should disaster happen when they're on missions? Perhaps most of us will never be sent on a top secret clandestined mission other than trying to buy Christmas presents for the kids, but hey, take one from the best of the best and have at least one of these in your car, house or EDC bag for true emergencies.

DQG Fairy LED Micro FlashlightThe DQG Fairy (DQG Spy) is a micro LED Flashlight that's perfect for situations where space is very limited but you need a good, reliable flashlight for everyday carry. This ultra small flashlight measures just 1.18 inches (30mm) long but puts out a whopping 200 lumens on high. The flashlight is made of brass and you can get one with or without a tritium vial in the base. The tritium lasts 25 years without the need for rechaging as standard glow in the dark items would require.

 

mrf smartruler 2 smLast month, the MRF Smartruler 2.0 came in. MRF is a Ukrainian manufacturing company that's well known for their high quality wallet tools within the Everyday Carry community, and the Smartruler 2.0 is the newest addition to their card tool lineup. 

One of the best things about this tool is that it's TSA safeThere's no cutting edges on the tool from the factory, and it's clearly meant for drawing, so TSA doesn't give you any grief about carrying it. The best part is that if you have a small carbide knife sharpener (which is also carry on safe), you can sharpen the edge of the Smartruler into a cutting edge if you're in an emergency situation.

Higo No Kami Knife reviewIt's not easy to find truly handmade knives anymore. Most knives are mass produced in factories and really nothing to write home about. The Higo No Kami Knife, on the other hand is a knife that has a rich and deep history that epotimizes the Japanese culture and traditions.

For $20, A Knife like this is just too good to pass up, and the blade alone is worth every penny.

 

blackwing slate notebook 9I still love writing with pen, pencil and paper. Many people call it "Analog" writing. No Batteries. No Charging. Blackout Proof. What's not to like? For me, I've carried many notebooks over the years, but the Blackwing Slate (dot grid style) is the best I've used. It even comes with the legendary Blackwing 602 pencil in a holder in the spine, so you don't even need to try and find one. Let's take a closer look at the Blackwing slate notebook.

trekker fisher space pen review

You might not think that one could do a review on something so basic as a pen. The fact that it has only one purpose makes it almost not worth a review, however, the Trekker Fisher Space Pen is worthy of such a review. This is the one pen that I've consistently carried everyday due to both it's reliability and smaller pocket size that makes it easy to carry. 

w8 sport cameraIt really was an impulse purchase. The W8 Action Camera was selling for about $40 on Amazon, and I just got it because it was cheap, and also, I wanted to pack a camera in my backpack that would come with me everywhere.

The train of thought was this:

The action camera is smaller and lighter than a regular point and shoot camera, so it's perfect for tossing in the backpack and taking everywhere. This one's cheap, so my wife won't complain. I really like the idea of using the Wi-Fi to connect the camera to my mobile phone... Good for placing the camera a few feet from me and taking selfies, right? LOL

condor ma16 front

About six months ago, I was searching for a cheap solution where I could carry my Everyday Carry essentials with me at all times, and that could easily be transferred to whatever backpack or messenger bag I happened to be using that day. If you remember, I started out using three Coghlan's Waterproof Pouches to carry just about everything I wanted to have with me, but the weight and space that it took up to do that became a burden and I started slimming down.

About two months ago, I had my EDC optimized to where it only filled the medium size Coghlan's bag, but I found that when you're in a boardroom attending a meeting that's boring you to tears, opening the Velcro enclosure on the Coghlan's bag is pretty darn intrusive, so I searched for a better way. I found the Condor MA16 Pocket Pouch to be the right price and the right pouch for my needs.

21 Watt Anker Solar PowerPort

Having power on the go is nice, but being able to charge up when no other means are available... That's essential!

I've wanted to have a good solar charger for a long time and had my eye on the Goal Zero Nomad 20 for a while, but at it's $199 price tag, it was just too expensive for my budget. I thought I was settling on the 21 watt Anker Powerport Solar Charger initially since it was only $60, but after three months of use, I have to say that it's been one of the handiest ways to keep charged up when I'm out.

gerber artifact open

The Gerber Artifact has been a wonderful keychain tool. While most of the time it does stay on my keychain, I've found quite a few uses for it. During the last 30 days, I've kept track of everything I've had to pull it off the keychain for in my Moleskine Cahier just for this post. The Artifact is attached to the carabiner with a Nite-Ize "S" clip that loops in to the Artifact's keychain loop. Since it weighs only 1.5oz, I haven't noticed a real difference since I put it on the keychain.

Sterno Folding Single Burner Stove 5

One new addition to the car this winter is a Sterno folding single burner stove. I picked it up for just under $10 on Amazon (also buying Sterno fuel too) and it's going to be placed in the car for camping and emergency use. I really wanted to get one of these for a long time because it's far more versatile than the Esbit Pocket stove and if your sterno runs out, it will work with wood as well. The sides and back are enclosed, protecting your fire from wind to some extent, but what's really cool is that the front flap can fold upwards to enclose your flame if there's just too much wind.

Sterno 7oz fuel cans run for about 2 hours and can boil an 18oz cup of water in just over 5 minutes. I purchased two 6 packs so I wouldn't have to think about buying more fuel again for a long time.

From The Blog

  • How To Make Coffee At Your Desk with a Sterno Stove

    thumb I used a sterno stove to make coffeeI have the benefit of being able to work from home a lot of the time. Tonight is one of those nights, and I decided that I wanted a bit of coffee to help keep me going while I worked. Now, depending on how flexible your work environment is, you may even be able to make coffee at your desk like I'm doing tonight, but you might want to save this for when you're at home and no one can tell what to do.

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  • Do You Need An RFID Blocking Wallet, Or Is It Not Necessary?

    thumb do i need an rfid blocking walletEver since RFID blocking wallets came out, people have been wondering "Do I really need an RFID wallet?" Here's the thing. In the good old USA, most credit cards, IDs and other cards don't have RFID yet, and beyond that, "Skimming" information from an RFID card, the hacker (if you will) would need to have a reader inches away from the card. The fact is that if you don't have any RFID chips in your cards (not to be confused with the chip cards with the smartchip embedded) then you don't have anything to worry about and having an RFID wallet is not necessary. If for some reason you do have an RFID card, the hacker would have to get uncomforatably close to you in order to get a read on the card. All else failing, it would be possible to place an RFID reader under a chair that you sit on, bringing the skimmer within range, but again, other than security companies showing all of us that it's possible and scaring the masses, this really hasn't been an issue in the US at all, partly due to the slow inception of RFID technology.

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  • Corsair Stealth Survivor USB Drives And USB Drive Encryption

    Corsair Survivor USB Drive Kid TestedAwhile back, I happened to get ahold of a Corsair Stealth Survivor USB Drive.

    It was an impulse purchase, but what tech geek (like me) could pass up a really cool USB drive like this? After a three months of hard use, a couple run ins with my niece using it for a teething toy, and dropping it from twenty feet, it still works 100%.

    What an excellent investment!

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  • What To Put In Your Winter Survival Kit For Your Car

    winter survival kit for your carIt's gotten really cold here in Michigan over the past couple weeks. It feels like I just got done raking leaves. Now I'm putting together my winter survival kit for my car, and I realized that it's time for my 2017 Winter vehicle survival kit blog post. I've written a couple of these types of posts before, but this time, we'll take a look at the things that you might want to have in your car in case of emergencies, getting stranded, or breaking down on the road as you travel these holidays.

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  • M258 A1 Decontamination Kit [Cheap Waterproof Box]

    M258A1 Decon Kit smI stumbled across the M2581A1 Decontamination Kit at the local Army Surplus store this past week. It's a military chemical decontamination kit used up to roughly 2001, and you can easily find these kits online. Most of the sources that I see are selling the weatherproof boxes without the kit, and that's exactly what you want. These boxes are perfect for small medical kits, your EDC personal carry, electronics, or even to be used for Geotagging, burying cash and valuables or something where weather resistance is key. I'd only purchased two of these containers, but I'm going to have to go back and get more... Like 10 more!

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Latest Bag Dumps

  • Senior Computer Engineering Student EDC [20/M]

    thumb senior computer engineering student edc El IsoReddit user, El Iso, posted a very nice EDC. With the two knives, lighter, flashlight and a few other items, we'd say this senior computer engineering student has what it takes to make the grade... at least his everyday carry does.

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  • US Army Compass Pouch LC-1 Coat & Belt Everyday Carry

    thumb US Army Compass Pouch EDC 10A couple days ago I stopped in Joe's Army Navy over in Royal Oak, MI. I wasn't looking for anything in particular, but as always, I walked out with some items. One of the items was a Compass Pouch (LC-1). I had a few of these a while ago, and I really liked them to keep small items in. With this one, I decided that I'd use it as a very small Pocket Everyday Carry that holds a few OTC Meds and First Aid. Due to it's small 4"x4"x1.5" capacity, it's perfect, and these compass pouches like mine, usually come with an Alice Clip that was the Molle System's predecessor. I like this little clip because it's easy to clip the pouch to my belt if needed. Let's take a look inside to see what I've put in it.

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  • M/22/Best Buy Employee

    sanoran scamp edc reddit 175Reddit user, sanoran_scamp is one of those hard workin' boys in blue... No, not a cop, but one of those smiling, helpful guys at Best Buy! Recently, he decided to reveal what things a true customer service professional carries when on duty or off work. Check out this fantastic EDC.

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  • M/29/OH System Administrator

    fluffyangel88 everyday carry dump 175Reddit user, FluffyAngel88 keeps a clean and simple Everyday Carry. Just the things that's needed at any given time. Wallet, Keys, Flashlight, Knife, Multitool and pen and Field Notes. What else could you ask for? Read on for more information about this layout.

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  • End Of November Everyday Carry Update

    every day carry 11262016We're coming down to the end of November, and into the Holiday season. It's the time when we're all going places, visiting family and seeing old friends again. While this is more of a Personal Carry, It's changed over the past couple months. I have stopped wearing the cargo pants so much, and am back to wearing jeans. With the loss of the extra load carrying capacity, I had to make some tough choices about what I was going to carry every day.

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The Everyday Carry caters to Preppers and Individuals that have an interest in Everyday Carry. This is not a Survivalist or Disaster Preparedness website. If you are interested in what to carry everyday to make your (and your family's) life better, than this is the correct place to be. An Everyday Carry is simply the items that you carry everyday, and there is a general interest in what others carry in their backpacks, messenger bags, tactical pouches and on their person.

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