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#290102 - 07/30/18 09:32 PM Re: FAK + survival kit = comfort kit [Re: TeacherRO]
amper Offline
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As I was saying in another thread:

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I keep my usual backcountry ditty bag in my handbag, right next to my makeup bag. I used to have just the basics in my makeup bag, but decided recently to carry more.

I have a Victorinox Rambler, Bic mini Bic, and Fisher Bullet Space Pen, a Storm whistle, a small PackTowl, an Inova X1 flashlight and spare battery, a LMF Swedish Army FireSteel, and a DiaSharp card, along with a few odds and ends like a couple of blanket pins, a couple of ponytail elastics, and a small vial of acetaminophen, ibuprofen, and diphenydramine, plus a 1 oz spray bottle filled with 70% isopropanol for hand sanitizer.

All of that goes in an IKEA fabric sandwich bag. I'm looking for a new pouch, though. There's a few things that need to be added/replaced, like a simple compass and a bit of cordage, those are on my shopping list.

On top of that, in my handbag is *always* a full set of Snow Peak titanium flatware (knife, fork, spoon, spork) a pair of Keith titanium chopsticks, and a fixed-blade Buck Diamondback for cutting baguettes, because those are all my EDC for lunch.

And then there's my vintage Gerber AirFrame folding knife.

My makeup case always has a compact in it that has a mirror that could be used for signalling, if necessary. Also, lip and eye pencils make good tinder, or a carpenters' pencil, if you don't wear makeup.


I'm having to rethink my idea of a first-aid kit, since I've recently discovered that I have developed a severe allergy to adhesive bandages, and have had terrible reactions to four different brands. It started to develop last year, but I didn't realise what it was.

But, really, my philosophy these days is more "stay out of trouble" than "be prepared for the apocalypse".

Just what I have in my handbag on a daily basis would enable me to get by in most situations. Usually, I'm carrying a 1 L Nalgene bottle, too, for lunch.

Because I live in a mountainous area with many dirt roads (New England), during winter, I keep a sleeping bag and MSR Rapidfire stove in my truck, as well as my Husqvarna/Hultafors axe, a Fanno Saw Works 30" log saw, a 36" DeWalt demolition bar, and a 15000 lb tow strap.


Edited by amper (07/30/18 09:40 PM)
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#290400 - 09/04/18 01:29 AM Re: FAK + survival kit = comfort kit [Re: TeacherRO]
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I've added some cordage - either dental floss or 50# fishing line, some rubber bands and larger safety pins

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#290985 - 10/30/18 07:03 PM Re: FAK + survival kit = comfort kit [Re: TeacherRO]
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More things I need to add are cash, writing paper and a pen.
And still keep it under a pound.

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#291303 - 12/05/18 06:33 PM Re: FAK + survival kit = comfort kit [Re: TeacherRO]
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for the wilderness/boating kit, I've added a pocket fresnel lens and a tiny signal mirror

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#296378 - 06/12/20 08:38 PM Re: FAK + survival kit = comfort kit [Re: TeacherRO]
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I am adding some bug wipes - foil pouches with bug repellent.

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#296383 - 06/14/20 06:45 PM Re: FAK + survival kit = comfort kit [Re: TeacherRO]
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I'm experimenting with a Wazoo Cache belt to potentially replace part of my PSK. It has a lot of potential as an altoids tin alternative. Insufficient on it's own, but as a supplement to an EDC has potential.

I very much like the idea of being able to carry a couple of 1 liter water carriers and purification tablets (among other things) even when I don't have a cargo pocket, such as when wearing jeans.

I was able to fit a space blanket in there, so I will try again with a more durable SOL blanket. I do wish it was a 1.75" belt rather than a 1.5"... I may have to experiment with making something of my own.

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#296403 - 06/16/20 06:58 PM Re: FAK + survival kit = comfort kit [Re: TeacherRO]
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Have you considered just adding a pouch? Something the size of a cell phone holder would work.

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#296406 - 06/17/20 08:02 AM Re: FAK + survival kit = comfort kit [Re: TeacherRO]
Burncycle Offline
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Definitely an option! I generally wear my shirt untucked though and I'm not a fan of pouches or anything that really sticks out on my belt.

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#296407 - 06/17/20 06:02 PM Re: FAK + survival kit = comfort kit [Re: TeacherRO]
GoatMan Offline
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Registered: 08/17/07
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@Burncycle

How much velcro is on the inside of the Wazoo Cache belt to actually hold it closed? I also think a 1 3/4" width would have been better. I like the concept as long as it isn't over stuffed. I would assume the space blanket took up most of it, isn't pratical. Easier to just put it in a pocket and put the variety of backup necessities in the belt.

Curious of any other feedback you have on it.

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#296409 - 06/17/20 08:05 PM Re: FAK + survival kit = comfort kit [Re: TeacherRO]
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Looks like they used .5" velco that serves as a flap to hold items against the inner side of the belt, but actual contact area when packed is about half that since it bulges a little.

The space blanket does take up most of the available space, only about 1.5" left on either side for items, so I'd probably just stick it in a pocket as you indicate.

Otherwise though I rather like it.

I've picked up some 1.75" webbing and will see if I can find someone with a heavy duty sewing machine to DIY a test article, but that little bit of extra room looks like it will make a big difference.

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