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How To Assemble A Modular EDC Bag

coghlans pouch dumpI got into “Everyday Carry” as a lifestyle back in April 2014 when I stumbled across Patriot36’s YouTube channel late one night.

I already was carrying the things that I needed with me, such as a multitool, flashlight and knife, for example, but I didn’t know there was a name for it. After watching the “EDC Backpack” series he did, I realized that this was the name of what I was doing all along.

I got really into it and soon was carrying way too much gear, because this was all I knew at the time. Yeah, a noob mistake.

Over time, I worked with my Everyday Carry to optimize it the way I wanted it, and essentially, the single EDC became two EDC’s:

  • One for work
  • One for weekends

While this was great, I also realized that I was purchasing duplicates of a lot of things since I had two bags now. Things like flashlights, first aid kit and my trusty notebooks and pens were all being duplicated in both bags.

The problem was became apparent when my boss called me on a weekend, and I jotted notes down in the notebook I carried on weekends.

coghlans pouch dumpI got into “Everyday Carry” as a lifestyle back in April 2014 when I stumbled across Patriot36’s YouTube channel late one night.

I already was carrying the things that I needed with me, such as a multitool, flashlight and knife, for example, but I didn’t know there was a name for it. After watching the “EDC Backpack” series he did, I realized that this was the name of what I was doing all along.

I got really into it and soon was carrying way too much gear, because this was all I knew at the time. Yeah, a noob mistake.

Over time, I worked with my Everyday Carry to optimize it the way I wanted it, and essentially, the single EDC became two EDC’s:

  • One for work
  • One for weekends

While this was great, I also realized that I was purchasing duplicates of a lot of things since I had two bags now. Things like flashlights, first aid kit and my trusty notebooks and pens were all being duplicated in both bags.

The problem was became apparent when my boss called me on a weekend, and I jotted notes down in the notebook I carried on weekends. 

I began consolidating the items that I always wanted to have close by with the intent of just switching things from one bag to another. It was about this time, my employment also let everyone know they were forbidden to bring in their own backpacks as there was an incident where someone might have taken company property home in their bag.

While I’m not the first guy to think of creating a Modular EDC System, I published a post called My Coghlan’s EDC Bag System. This was the first attempt at creating a “bag within a bag” EDC that could easily be moved from one bag to another. It worked very well, and I still use this method today, however I’ve optimized it even more to save space and lighten the load.

The bag layout hasn’t changed much. I still use a small, medium and large Coghlan’s pouch set, but the number of items have been reduced to only what I need 60-80% most of the time. 

Creating a Modular Bag System is pretty easy with the right planning

If you’ve already been carrying for a while, chances are that you’ve already created an EDC out of the items you need most. It’s really just a matter of dividing them up into smaller bags or pouches if needed. While this won’t help the minimalist carrier, if you’re somewhere between a survivalist / prepper and everyday carry enthusiast, this modular system is perfect.

There are two ways to effectively break down your EDC into a modular landscape, in my opinion:

  • Divide by what’s needed most to least.
  • Divide by type:
    • First Aid & Emergency
    • Tools and Gear
    • Personal Hygiene
    • etc…

Finding the right pouches or bags is kind of tough if you have to place them inside another bag like I did. Since I already had to carry a company laptop, charger, mouse, papers and other items, space for the EDC was at a premium. That’s the main reason I went with the Coghlan’s pouches — they were slim enough to be placed into the large zippered compartment of the bag along with the laptop and power cord. Best of all, I wasn’t violating any work rules as I was still carrying the company issued backpack.

A couple people noticed and complained, but HR couldn’t find anything wrong with carrying personal effects within the company backpack. They saw my toothbrush, toothpaste and nail clippers in one of the bags and immediately concluded that they couldn’t ban an employee for keeping up his/her personal hygiene.

So whether you choose a pouch or bag, the point is that you’re able to switch your EDC from bag to bag within a couple seconds at a moment’s notice, and still have your EDC with you in it’s entirety. 

 

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