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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

  • Packable Backpacks For Traveling And Everyday Carry

    thumb AmazonBasics Ultralight Packable Day Pack Backpack 1I've carried a packable backpack in my main Kenneth Cole reaction (work) backpack for years. The actual packable backpack has changed from time to time, but there's always one in the backpack. Having a secondary backpack has come in handy many times over the years, and it's one of the first things that I check for when I do a bag inventory to make sure I have what I need in my Everyday Carry.

    Packable backpack are usually very light, and when packed up, don't take much space. Often, I'll use mine when I'm going to lunch, or to an off site client meeting and I don't need to carry the whole main bag (it's 20lbs). This list of packable backpacks are some of the best that you could have in your EDC in case you need more hauling capacity.

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  • 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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Latest Bag Dumps

  • 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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  • 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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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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