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#289689 - 06/29/18 09:00 PM 10 essentials...for the city?
TeacherRO Offline
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Registered: 03/11/05
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What are the 10 essentials for the city?
How do they differ from the wilderness 10?

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#289700 - 06/30/18 03:52 AM Re: 10 essentials...for the city? [Re: TeacherRO]
Russ Online   content
Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 06/02/06
Posts: 4939
Loc: SOCAL
Havent we discussed this... maybe not.

Off the top of my head:
1. appropriate outerwear for the conditions,
2. Shoes which are good for walking distance and protecting your feet (not beach flops/shower shoes)
3. an umbrella
4. Cash - Minimum would be enough for a few meals and a taxi/Uber ride home in my case >$100.
5. In the great desert Southwest, a car/truck with a multi-day survival kit in the trunk. (Back east Id have gone with my bicycle but the commute here is 10x what it was there.)
6. A sharp instrument for cutting, quality knife/serious scissors (non-locking folder in NYC and other urban areas). Urban - think SAK or LM. I EDC an SAK, a locking folder and folding scissors - different tools for different needs.
7. Flashlight, AA or AAA, LED,various outputs for different situations. I EDC a 1xAAA.
8. Cellphone (smartphone or otherwise). Im transitioning back to a basic flip-phone, its all I need and I can have a spare battery. People these days are so proud they can buy coffee with their smartphone wink

Ill reserve 9 & 10

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#289701 - 06/30/18 08:06 AM Re: 10 essentials...for the city? [Re: TeacherRO]
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Registered: 04/28/10
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Loc: Great Plains
My list (ordered randomly):

1. Sidearm
2. Spare magazine
3. Flashlight (generally I tote a Malkoff MDC)
4. Cell phone
5. Cash (my habit is to keep a couple hundred bucks)
6. Keys
7. Vehicle (so keys)
8. Spare battery
9. Extra clothing layer (in car)
10. Map of the area
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#289702 - 06/30/18 08:11 AM Re: 10 essentials...for the city? [Re: TeacherRO]
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Loc: Great Plains
I'll note that never before has my smartphone been as essential to my daily life as it is now. Recently I moved 1,200 miles to a city I'm not at all familiar with so Google Maps has been a godsend. Obviously I don't have to explain the limitations of technology but 99.5% of the time it's useful.
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#289703 - 06/30/18 11:39 AM Re: 10 essentials...for the city? [Re: TeacherRO]
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Registered: 11/13/06
Posts: 1894
Loc: Emerald City, OZ
The following is not intended to be an essentials list. Rather, this is based on my experiences of living in Dallas.

Whistle
First aid kit - even something as simple as an AMK Ultralight .3 and a pair of scissors is helpful.
Medications - Rx and OTC beyond what you have in your FAK.
Water - have at least a bottle on your person. If you drive, keep a case of bottled water in your trunk.
Keep some food items on your person.
Kleenex pocket pack
Hand wipes or hand sanitizer - even in the city there are places where there is no running water such as at the porta potty or at the house of a friend who forgot to pay the water bill again.
Lip balm and sunscreen
Flashlight
Your tool of choice - if you're driving, have every tool in your car that it needs.
Wallet and cell phone
Bus schedules

Jeanette Isabelle
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#289704 - 06/30/18 02:04 PM Re: 10 essentials...for the city? [Re: Russ]
Russ Online   content
Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 06/02/06
Posts: 4939
Loc: SOCAL
There are things I carry that dont even cross my mind for a list like this but there they are; my 9 & 10 are keys and sunglasses.

Back east my list would be different. For one Id have a Metro-card or two and my briefcase carried a lot of stuff. I could date myself by saying I had a Gerber Guardian clipped inside my briefcase and none of the security guards gave it a second glance; they didnt care about something so benign. I dont carry that briefcase any more, but the Gerber Guardian is inside.

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#289711 - 06/30/18 08:21 PM Re: 10 essentials...for the city? [Re: TeacherRO]
hikermor Offline
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Registered: 08/26/06
Posts: 6617
Loc: southern Cal
A lot depends on whether you are at home, or at least in familiar territory, or in a totally unfamiliar setting. Always a good idea to have cash/credit cards and good ID, especially when away....
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#289713 - 06/30/18 09:22 PM Re: 10 essentials...for the city? [Re: hikermor]
Russ Online   content
Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 06/02/06
Posts: 4939
Loc: SOCAL
Interesting... I carry a small zipper pouch when out on my neighborhood walks. Besides the folder and flip-phone I carry when out walking, the pouch gives me cash and ID. I dont carry credit/debit cards.

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#289714 - 07/01/18 09:15 AM Re: 10 essentials...for the city? [Re: TeacherRO]
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Loc: Great Plains
Oops, forgot to mention the sunglasses! I'm never without mine (a necessity for us blue-eyed types).
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#289715 - 07/01/18 06:08 PM Re: 10 essentials...for the city? [Re: Phaedrus]
Russ Online   content
Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 06/02/06
Posts: 4939
Loc: SOCAL
It depends somewhat on where you live, but in the desert Southwest, carrying water might be in order. Just back from my morning walk; if Id walked any further, or if the temps had been higher (ie, in a couple hours), Id have needed water during the walk rather than now, after the walk.

If necessary I could have fixed this by using another of my essentials and just bought a couple quarts at the supermarket I passed, fortunately, that wasnt needed.

11. Water.

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