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#137021 - 06/21/08 04:28 PM Carried but not used
TeacherRO Offline

Registered: 03/11/05
Posts: 2253
This is a place to note items carried but never used. As in, it might be time to re- think the equipment.

For me I've carried latex gloves for 5 years in my edc and never used them.

#137029 - 06/21/08 05:46 PM Re: Carried but not used [Re: TeacherRO]
Mike_H Offline

Registered: 04/04/07
Posts: 612
Loc: SE PA
Just because you haven't used something, doesn't necessarily mean that you don't need it or won't at some point.

I think the whole purpose of being prepared is to carry those things that will help, even if you never wind up using them.
"I reject your reality and substitute my own..." - Adam Savage / Mythbusters

#137037 - 06/21/08 07:29 PM Re: Carried but not used [Re: TeacherRO]
ironraven Offline
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Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 09/08/05
Posts: 4642
Loc: Vermont
2m of wire, and the contents of my PSK (or SOL in the past few months). The FAK items haven't been used, but their predecessors were. :P

When a man dare not speak without malice for fear of giving insult, that is when truth starts to die. Truth is the truest freedom.

#137038 - 06/21/08 07:36 PM Re: Carried but not used [Re: ironraven]
Susan Offline

Registered: 01/21/04
Posts: 5163
Loc: W. WA
My experience has been that soon after you get rid of something, you need it. Mr. Murphy is watching, you know.


#137041 - 06/21/08 07:44 PM Re: Carried but not used [Re: Mike_H]
JCWohlschlag Offline
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Registered: 11/26/06
Posts: 724
Loc: Dallas, Pennsylvania, United S...
I agree with your synopsis, Mike_H. In fact, I would like to add that there are some preparedness items that are carried and one hopes never to use, e.g. a firearm.
“Hiking is just walking where it’s okay to pee. Sometimes old people hike by mistake.” — Demitri Martin

#137045 - 06/21/08 08:15 PM Re: Carried but not used [Re: TeacherRO]
M_a_x Offline
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Registered: 08/16/02
Posts: 974
Loc: Germany
A few days ago it would have been some stainless steel wire carried around for 8 years. This week it was used to repair the lubricator for the chain of my motorcycle.
My FAK still is unused. So are some matches, a whistle and safety pins. These items would be hard to improvise so they stay even though I hope I´ll never need them.
If it isn´t broken, it doesn´t have enough features yet.

#137054 - 06/21/08 10:26 PM Re: Carried but not used [Re: M_a_x]
samhain Offline

Registered: 11/30/05
Posts: 598
Loc: Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Interesting thread idea.

1) CPR face mask.
Fortunate enough to not had the necessity of using it, yet....

2) Match case with tinder.
Lighter has served any fire needs that have come up. So far....

3) PSK
Takes up the space in only one pocket and doesn't weigh much, but when I need it I'm really gonna need it!

4) Glow stick ...
Actually I haven't needed it but our friends that were out of power for a couple of weeks and a house full of family were glad to have all our stash from the hurricane box/car kits/ my edc bag....

... that's all that comes to mind for the moment.

A little redundancy never killed anyone (except when all the stuff in one's pockets weighed one down in the water and drowned one....)
samhain autumnwood

#137070 - 06/22/08 12:05 AM Re: Carried but not used [Re: TeacherRO]
wildman800 Offline
Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 11/09/06
Posts: 2808
Loc: La-USA
If your latex gloves are 5 years old; try pulling a pair on. You'll see what I'm getting at.

The best luck is what you make yourself!

#137071 - 06/22/08 12:09 AM Re: Carried but not used [Re: wildman800]

There are a lot of items I carry which I've never used for their intended purpose but have used for creative purposes.

I carry snare wire in my EDC kit. I've never need to set snares on my way to work downtown but I have used the wire to repair a ripped backpack strap.

Just another reason why I love multitaskers!

#137080 - 06/22/08 12:46 AM Re: Carried but not used [Re: ]
dweste Offline

Registered: 02/16/08
Posts: 2463
Loc: Central California
Always good to re-think the purpose for survival kit contents.

I-have-not-used-it-yet analysis may might propmpt a re-think on the more likely survival scenarios, but the scenarios and not the non-use should rule. Still want to cover the bases whether or not life has been kind to you and yours for a while.

Some gear also has a useful life and should be replaced periodically, but that is a different aspect of keeping your survival kits ready to serve their intended purposes.

Edited by dweste (06/22/08 12:48 AM)

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