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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.

gsi outdoors glacier 18oz cup

Its kind of hard to do a review on something as simple as this GSI stainless steel cup, but I think that I have enough to go on to write a fairly decent review.

I've been using this stainless steel cup for about two weeks now, and it's really been put through the paces. So far, here's a list of everything that I can remember using it for:

  • Morning Coffee
  • Various juices & milk
  • Mixed drinks after work (This has a story with it)
  • Chicken Noodle Soup
  • Snack bowl (Goldfish, Cheese-Its, peanuts and so on)
  • Water boiler (for testing purposes)

Outdoor Products Backpack Cover 1a

Have you ever been caught in a downpour, and your main concern was all the stuff (including electronics) in your backpack getting wet? Yeah, that was me last month. I had to walk from our offices to a client's that was about a mile away. Normally, I look forward to walking over, but on this paticular day, I was caught in a downpour.

Determined not be be caught off guard again, I ordered the Outdoor Products Backpack Cover just for situations like this.

It's a single peice of lightweight waterproof nylon sheet that encloses the top, sides, bottom and front of the backpack to guard it against rain. The strap side that sits against your back is open, so it's not completely waterproof. In a fairly heavy rain last week, I tested it out and walked to and from lunch with the backpack covered. Since this was just a test, I didn't put anything in the pack that would fry out if it got wet, but I was more than ecstatic to find that everything stayed very dry.

Outdoor Products Day Pack

The Outdoor Products Packable Day Pack is perfect for those times when you don't need or want to carry your regular backpack, but still need something to put a few items in. Over the last 30 days during the work day, the Day Pack has been with me on nearly every lunch run. It's also went grocery shopping, to the Zoo, and on more than a few walks in the local parks. the Packable Day Pack has become an indespensible part of my EDC.

The Outdoor Products Packable Day Pack is a full size pack with shoulder straps that can carry a 15" laptop (I tested with a Macbook Air and Macbook Pro) and a couple notebooks in the main pouch, plus pens, phone and portable battery charger in the smaller top pouch. The exact dimensions are 5.5 x 15.5 x 13.5 inches, and weighs only 5oz. It balls up just a hair bigger than a tennis ball, and has a drawstring to close up the ball. The pocket on the top is sufficient to hold an iPhone 6+ or Samsung Note 4.

gerber dimeThere's always a moment that you find yourself wishing you had the right tool with you, and the Gerber Dime is the answer to life's small problems. From opening anti-theft plastic packaging around a new USB drive to snipping arduino test leads, the Gerber Dime is the perfect tool to have in your pocket or small EDC.

I've been carrying around a Gerber Dime for about three weeks now. I don't review products until I've actually put them through their paces, and the Gerber Dime is definitely a must-have in your pocket! Over the past three weeks, I've used the Dime to...

From The Blog

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    casio ae1200 world time budget watch smI know, it's not even Thanksgiving, but I wanted to round up the best watches for under $30 that you could give to someone for a Christmas Present. I'm thinking in terms of office gift exchanges, Christmas gifts for friends and other situations where you need to get someone a really nice gift, but don't want to spend a lot of money to do so.

    I've rounded up the best watches for $30 and less into two categories. You have your Digital watches, the dual Analog / Digital face watches (called Ani-Digi), and then there's the classic Analog. Happy Watch Hunting!

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  • Maxi Pads, Tampons and Diapers are NOT Good Blood Stoppers

    bleedoutIf you've been into Everyday Carry, prepping or survival for a while, you've probably seen or heard that you should put maxi pads, tampons or diapers into your bag for stopping blood in a critical situation. If you've seen these types of claims, then you need to know why it's actually not a good idea to put a maxi pad in your EDC for emergency bleeding control.

    Rather, spend the money on getting an actual trauma kit. They're not that expensive and you'll have the right equipment if you do find yourself in a situation where you have to stop hemorrahaging.

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  • How To Put Together An Everyday Carry

    EDC pouches and modulesThere are quite a few levels of everyday carry, and while just carrying your keys, wallet, watch and phone is one of the most minimalistic, I usually have a set of items with me that can make life easier and better whether I'm at the office, on the commute or even out for the evening. Most people don't realize that an Everyday Carry doesn't have to just be one set of items that go everywhere, but rather it can be different "kits" for different situations. Let me explain...

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  • Repurpose Beef Jerky Bags For Water Storage

    beef jerky bag water storageBeef Jerky is one of my favorite snacks. If it weren't so darn expensive, I'd be eating a lot more. Funny thing is that those bags that the Jerky comes it are completely waterproof! Most of the beef jerky bags also have a Ziploc enclosure to reseal the bag if you don't eat all the jerky (like that EVER happens). The seals on the side are really good as well, making the beef jerky bag the perfect bag when you have nothing else, and want or need to carry water.

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Latest Reviews

  • Pokka Pens Are The Perfect Pocket Pens for Everyday Carry

    everyday carry pokka pen reviewPokka Pens are ballpoint pens that conveniently fit into your pocket when not in use. I got my order of Pokka pens just a couple weeks ago, and I have absolutely fell in love with them. Their small size makes it easy to carry a pen in your pocket, Everyday Carry pouch, backpack or purse, and they perform very closely to the feel of a Bic Crystal, those old clear Bic pens that used to sit by your grandparent's rotary phone.

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  • Whirl-Pak 1 Liter Bags For Water Storage and Portability In Your EDC

    Nasco Whirl Pak 1 Litre Water Bag ReviewWhirl-Pak Bags are the ideal, low-profile solution to water portability problems with your everyday carry gear. Whirl Pak 1 liter bags fold down to almost nothing, so you can take a bunch with you to gather and save water when needed. While the bags, made by Nasco, are seen more commonly in bug out bags and prepper gear, it never hurts to have a couple with you, even if there isn't a water emergency. Having a Whirl-pak bag means being able to carry water with you, even if it's only because you think you're going to get thirsty on your commute home. A six-bag pack can be found on Amazon for $10.

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  • Maxpedition Daily Essentials (DEP) Everyday Carry Pouch

    thumb Maxpedition Daily Essentials DEP Everyday Carry Pouch frontIf you're going to carry an everyday carry pouch, the Maxpedition Daily Essentials Pouch (DEP) is about as manly as you can get. Large enough for a 7 inch tablet with enough depth for just about all your EDC gear, the Maxpedition Daily Essentials Pouch is a perfect way to carry those daily essentials.

    It has two generously large pouches, and comes in tan, gray and black, and has the quality you'd expect from Maxpedition.

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  • Nebo Lil Larry 6373 Work Light 250 Lumens White/Red LED

    thumb NEBO LiL Larry Work LightOK, so I was saving the second Nebo work light for today's review. Yesterday, I reviewed the Nebo LEO 220 Lumens flashlight and this little flashlight is of similar design. Although it doesn't have the spotlight head that the LEO has, the Lil Larry (Stock# 6373) has it's own set of really cool features.

    As the title says, it's a 250 lumen work light, but has a low mode putting out about 100 lumens, and a red LED emergency flasher mode that blinks twice a second. The flashlight costs around $18 on Amazon, and is the perfect work light for your home, car or everyday carry bag.

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Latest Bag Dumps

  • Pocket Dump: M/26/Music Event Production, IT Technician, DJ

    M 26 Music Event Production IT Technician DJReddit user,burniemcburn, works in the music industry in event audio technician and DJ when the chance arises. He's laid out his gear for us to peek at, and it's a very nice layout indeed. Of course The Shure SE-215 IEMs are no surprise, and the three adaptors are there when the need arises.

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  • US Marine's Everyday Carry [Blackscout Survival]

    thumb Chance Sanders EDC coverI like watching the BlackScout Survival videos on YouTube. Most of the time, I'll watch them at night when I'm laying in bed trying to get to sleep, but earlier today, one of particular interest was published, "A Marine's EDC", and I had to watch it during my lunch.

    US Marine Chance Sanders (The Broken Arrow Survival School - FB Page) takes a few moments to show us what's in his Everyday Carry. Thank you to BSS for putting up a really nice video!

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  • 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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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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