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What’s In My EDC Bag?
Following my ‘How to pack an EDC Bag‘ article, it’s time to take a look at what I carry – I get this question a fair bit over on The Perfect Pack.
I won’t be talking so much about the actual bag itself, but my current everyday carry bag is an Alpha One Niner Chio – I’m trying something a bit different, and so far I’m pretty stoked. I’m a traditionally big EDC guy, I’m used to carrying a liter of water, food, lots of “might use” items and a bunch of “will definitely use” items.
After moving to a much smaller shoulder pack purely by chance (long story short I got sent one and I tried it once and now I can’t stop) I have severely cut down my carry.
Let’s break it down by bag compartments.
External Velcro-lined pocket
2x ANKER USB-C / USB 3.0 cables
1x ANKER Micro-USB / USB 2.0 cables
1x ANKER PowerCore Elite 20000mAh powerbank
1x Olight M2R
My partner and I both have USB-C phones, so the ability to charge both, with a port free, is super important in my powerbank choice. I chose Anker because of fast output, great warranty and fantastic reputation.
The Olight M2R is the best EDC flashlight I’ve ever had, I haven’t left home without it since it was released. The magnetic charging actually makes charging your flashlight fun.
The gear ties come in handy for damn near anything. So far they’ve been used for:
- Holding phones for movie / Netflix viewing
- Organizing power cables neatly
- Wrapping up earphones to stop pocket gremlins
- Temporarily blocking a garden hose
- Towel hanger in a dodgy hotel
- They’re an item I never forget to add to a pack.
All of these items are nicely held on with Velcro. Powerbanks don’t come with Velcro, so a handy adhesive strip of ‘hook material’ does the trick.
Cables and gear ties are held in a custom organizer made by High Range Outdoors.
External vertical zipped pockets
These are nifty little pockets tucked in behind the previously mentioned Velcro pocket.
In one, I have my stock earphones that came with my phone. They do the job, the inline mic never fails and they’ve taken a good beating.
The other pocket has a small ziplock bag, with business cards and stickers.
External horizontal zipped pockets
These two are on the opposite side of the bag to the previously mentioned pockets.
Spread across the two pockets are:
1x Tom Bihn Clear Organizer Wallet
1x Rite in the Rain Notebook Cover
Inside the Tom Bihn Organizer is:
1x Sandisk Ultra Dual Drive USB Type-C
1x USB-C to Female USB 3.0 OTG
1x Tom Bihn Ultrasuede Cloth (discontinued)
Inside the Rite in the Rain cover is:
1x Sharpie permanent marker
Those two organizers fit super nicely in the external pockets, providing quick access if the bag is on-body, or on a desk. It just works!
I’m a huge fan of pouches, there’s all different kinds and you’re guaranteed to find something that will suit your needs – and then you can just take it to each bag you use. Pouches are forever.
The pouches in my main compartment are:
2x IKEA FÖRFINA Pouches (with DIY zipper pulls) – I know, I know, what am I doing with IKEA pouches!? Well, these little things are absolute gold. They’re dirt cheap, and can be modded for even more modularity.
I use a red pouch for a first aid kit, and a black pouch for general small stuff I want to keep together. Everyone has different first aid needs on a daily basis (some people may have none!) so I won’t bother going through my list. The black pouch has some small goodies like:
1x humangear GoTubb with basic medicines inside it
1x BOgear Shrapsac containing chapstick, Leatherman bit kit, BIC lighter, old loyalty card wrapped in Gorilla tape and a Boker VAT
1x Clif Bar
Hanging 210D ripstop nylon pocket in main compartment
Inside this little pocket we have:
1x BOgear Shrapsac full of mints (discontinued product)
3x Moist towelette for grubby hands
I’ve also been known to throw my wallet in here occasionally.
For a bonus, my general on-body carry is a Fused Goods Bifold, Gear S3 Frontier with a custom Fused Goods watch strap and a Leatherman Charge TTi in a custom leather holster.
My carry isn’t perfect, but it’s what works for me – I routinely change bags and carry, but when I’m not reviewing a bag the Chio will be my go-to. My total commute to work is 900 meters / 0.5 miles so right now the Chio just works, and my loadout for it hasn’t let me down yet!