EDC Meets Bug Out Bag

Are You Ready For Life’s Daily Emergencies?
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We’re not talking end of the world stuff here, just those mostly annoying pitfalls we stumble into going to work, taking the trash out or when the “On/Off” switch doesn’t happen to work for a few hours. Herewith are a small handful of handy widgets we’ve come to rely on. I’ll bet you could add to the pile easily — and you should. Circle what you want and leave it in a conspicuous spot so Santa knows, eh?

Fire? Yup, it gets cold and hungry fast without it. Here’s a small collection of ferrocerium “fire starting” rods to solve that problem. (L-R) From Michigan Wildfire custom, HRK Machining, LT Write Knives and www.firesteel.com. Add a scraper and presto — hot sparks!

The SEAL Strike from SOG Knives weighs 5.6 oz., featuring an AUS-8 stainless steel 4.9" blade. The full tang construction allows a handy hammering pommel. The overall length is 9.6", carrying easily in the hard-molded nylon sheath. That sheath features a steel belt clip, built-in cord cutter system, a single-stage sharpener, fire-starter strip and ambidextrous carry. MSRP is $134.

https://www.sogknives.com

Kimber’s Pepper Blaster II is the latest generation of this handy two-shooter. Firing pepper irritant, it shoots a sort of “glob” of OC goo up to about 13'. It gives you two fast “shots” of the glob using small pyrotechnic charges and costs around $40 or so. An upper chest or face hit should give you time to get out of Dodge!

https://www.kimberamerica.com

First Tactical Specialist’s 1-Day Backpack ($99.99), is 2,200 cubic inches (36 liters) of “carry-it” with YKK zippers, Duraflex hardware and 1000D water-resistant nylon construction. Lots of pockets and stash spots. The big thing is to just take the time to do it!

https://www.firsttactical.com/products/specialist-1-day-backpack

Gotta’ light? The Fenix TK20R is 10 to 1,000 lumens of night-into-day. It will run for 160 hours on 10 lumens and up to two hours at retina-searing 1,000 lumens. USB rechargeable (maybe from a solar kit?) and tough as nails. Around $99 in lots of places.

http://www.fenixlight.com

If help is far off, stopping serious bleeding is your number one chore if it hits the fan. North American Rescue’s new Combat Application Tourniquet (CAT) features a single-routing buckle ensuring faster application with fewer turns of the windless rod. In this case, trust me from my street cop days — simple is always best.

https://www.narescue.com

The Outdoor Edge Slide Winder is a convenient EDC “knife” using boxcutter blades. Brilliant. It also has two screwdrivers, a pocket clip and a bottle opener. Their ChowPal rocks a can and bottle opener, wrench, fork, spoon, folding knife and flathead screwdriver — with a storage pouch. You gotta be able to cut and eat those lifeboat rations!

https://www.outdooredge.com

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