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message 1: by Feliks (last edited Jul 01, 2016 02:18PM) (new)

Feliks (dzerzhinsky) | 32 comments In terms of 'bug-out' bags; I have three. One large backpack; one mid-sized backpack; and one large duffel. This is based on various possible evacuation scenarios: fire vs tornado vs famine. Different bags for different durations away from homebase.

But the bag I carry with me on a daily basis is not a bag at all; instead it is a leg-mounted pouch. I can also wear it as a shoulder-sling pouch. It's very small; and contains only the essentials I would need during my train commute to/from work. That's when I'm most vulnerable to mishap.

Most of the time I won't wear it mounted; just carry it free-swinging in my hand. I reside in a dense urban environment but (despite lots of other folk wearing at least a mid-size backpack); I'm against that extra added weight and bulk. You have to move fast in the city; you have to keep your hands free; and you need immediate access to your tools and defenses. The time it takes you to remove your backpack from your shoulders, unzip it, and dig around inside for gear is (in my opinion) far too costly.

Anyway, the concept of 'daily carry' is becoming a trend/phenomenon lately. You can see it at sites like and and yada yada yada.

message 2: by Feliks (last edited Jul 04, 2016 06:25PM) (new)

Feliks (dzerzhinsky) | 32 comments Here's my daily carry, itemized

in hands / on wrists
analog wristwatch (w/ lume)
2 paracord bracelets & two carabiners (as handles / hooks for carrying extra bags or packages)

on feet:
1 paracord survival kit anklet (has firestarter, whistle etc)
paracords substituted for both shoelaces

on head:
hat or cap

front shirt breast pocket
1 Smith & Wesson 'tactical' ink pen (glassbreaker and kubotan, legal)
6" electrical prod (for any kind of attitude/jostling, mild scuffles from other commuters when packed aboard a train like sardines)

clipped to front shirt breast pocket
in-ear headphones
clip-on music player

around neck:

BISON belt

front jean pocket #1
USB stick

front jean pocket #2
loose cash
keychain & keys
keychain 'pry tool'
mini-nav compass
Spyderco hawksbill mini knife (soon to upgrade to Leatherman multi-tool)

rear jean pocket #1
RFID-safe wallet

airborne particulate mask
spare music headphones
spare music player
mini water flask, 5 oz
protein bar
butane micro-torch
mini flashlight
mini laser light
handkerchief (x2)
rubber gloves
assorted hunks of copper wire
assorted plastic zip ties
1 bungee cord
protective smoke hood
fold-up space blanket
fold up rain poncho
hair barrette for picking basic locks
small tension wrench for picking basic locks
handcuff key (to get out of cuffs)
1 paperback book & 2 golf pencils
spare batteries
small pepper spray (not legal)
dog whistle
wooden matches
pocket mirror
mini magnifying glass use sunlight for firestarting
hand sanitizer

message 3: by Carolyn F. (new)

Carolyn F. | 1 comments Wow Feliks - there are a lot of really essential stuff in that. I just have a go bag at home and one in my car.

message 4: by Feliks (new)

Feliks (dzerzhinsky) | 32 comments you need to amp up

message 5: by Feliks (last edited Jun 20, 2022 04:38PM) (new)

Feliks (dzerzhinsky) | 32 comments latest loadout for simple, everyday going-about-my-business. everything fits in trousers, I'm basically hands-free at all times.

wallet on a chain hooked to belt
contains: mirror, fresnel lens, credit-card shaped multitool
bobby pin for lockpicking
handcuff key
address tag (where to send wallet if found)
+the usual: cash, debit card, a few $1 coins
some postage stamps
spare train pass/bus pass
(everything financial in wallet is scanned/copied in case of loss)

keys on a chain hooked to belt
mini Leatherman
mini Maglight
mini lighter
mini pry bar
3" Spyderco hawksbill knife
Rhino lumen to locate in dark
makeshift lockpick tools
hand sanitizer
Gerber mini-pry
Tag (where to return keys if found)
+ the usual: keys

Half the size of yours. Fits in front pocket. Burner/throwaway; holds no data. Pay-as-you-go prepaid phone easily replaced.

sunglasses, cap, kerchief, book, mechanical/winding wristwatch, pen & pad; paracord shoelaces; clip-on music player (size of postage stamp); sports earphones and earplugs

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