Thursday, August 8, 2019

My Everyday Carry (EDC) Bag

We are on the go all the time.  Nearly everyday, even though we don't work, we leave the house in the morning and don't return until evening.  Usually we go to hubby's bowling league, the casino so hubby can play poker, to my walking club get-togethers, to community events, to some sort of attraction (there are lots of these around Las Vegas!), or to events at friend's homes.  Sometimes we hit all of these things in one day!

Since we always have to be ready for anything, in particular not being home and having access to our stuff for hours on end, I tend to carry everything with me that we may need.  Here's what I carry...

  • Kipling Go Seoul Small daypack (it's the perfect size and has a padded compartment for my tablet or laptop)
  • Pepper spray (hanging on the daypack)
  • Contigo insulated bottle (we bring our own drinks instead of buying them every day, best of all these bottles don't leak and keep drinks hot or cold for more than 10 hours)
  • Not shown--Galaxy S8 cell phone (I took the picture with the phone)
  • Lunch (we always bring containers of snacks, sandwiches, or meals depending on how long we intend to be gone, again, so we don't have to eat out every day)
  • Kleenex packet
  • Keys
  • Sunglasses
  • Fisher Space Pen (so tiny and works great!)
  • Charging cord with a tip so I can charge via USB-A (tablet) and USB-C (cell phone)
  • Suntan lotion (I tend to walk a lot when we are out, even during the high heat of summer)
  • Wallet with ID and two debit cards from different banks
  • $100 emergency cash
  • Tiny folding shopping bag (when I walk I sometimes do my shopping along the way and what won't fit into my daypack I can carry in the bag)
  • Galaxy Tab S2 (I LOVE this tablet and use it everyday but the battery doesn't hold a charge for long and it is slowing down so I am looking for a new one.  If I have a lot of work to do on the computer I will bring my Galaxy Book 10 inch laptop instead of the tablet).
  • Spork (I have a long spork so I always have an eating utensil with me to eat the lunch we take from home with)
  • Umbrella (necessary for walking outside in the summer or winter to keep the weather off me)
  • Battery bank
  • Tiny REI towel
  • Green bag is stuff for hubby (two days worth of prescription medication, glucose tabs, mints, cough drops)
  • Colorful bag (includes lipstick, eyeliner, tampons)
  • Blue bag is empty, it's what I use to carry all of the small items shown including:
  • Pocket knife
  • Earbuds
  • Mini sharpie
  • Tiny flashlight
  • Tiny glowsticks
  • Nail clippers
  • Coins
  • Tiny super glue
  • Matches
  • Nail file
  • USB drive with all of my files backed up on it
  • Wet Wipe
  • Earbuds
  • Pair of Nitrile gloves in a tiny ziploc
  • Sticky notes
  • A mini ziploc bag with floss, Tylenol packet, bandaids, Motrin packet, condom (for an emergency tourniquet)
Some of these items are things I use everyday like the earbuds and tablet but most of the items are to use during an emergency.  I've been in a big building when the power went out and there was no light at all thus the flashlight.  I use my pocketknife for all kinds of things (I even put a desk together with it once!).  With so many mass shootings going on, the gloves/towel/tampons/condom can be used to "Stop the Bleed", if my house were to burn down while we were gone I wouldn't have my main laptop anymore but I religiously back up my files every week on my USB drive so I could always get a new laptop and be good to go again.  I've lots count of how many times I have given my first aid kit items--bandaid, Tylenol, etc--to people who needed them.  And Wet Wipes are always useful.


  1. It looks like you well-prepared when out and about. I carry many of the same things except for the condom, various edibles, backup for my laptop. How much food I carry depends on how far and how long I will be gone. I try to get Tommy to bring meds, especially when we are going to be gone for a long time, but he invincible and knows better than I. Of course, that is why I am others keep calling EMTs for him. Anyone is wise to be prepared for any emergency. You do well in being prepared.

  2. Oh no! I started bringing meds for hubby when his blood sugar tanked and it was a close call between hurrying up to find him some juice to drink or calling an ambulance. Everyone who MUST HAVE certain medications should always carry some with them just in case...