Wednesday, March 23, 2011

My EDC Bag Part 2/2

My EDC Bag Part 2/2 wraps up these two videos.

As always a thread is automatically created in the forum section so as to discuss the video clip and share ideas.
Take care folks,


Don Williams said...

1) If you have a set of lockpicks, you don't need no stinkin' EDC bag. heh heh
You can do like the US government and"commandeer resources":
(See prerequisites on right margin)

2) An interesting subject, especially if you think you might have to evacuate from your home area in special circumstances, is MAPS.

During WWII, The US and British military printed maps on superstrong, thin silk and rayon to help downed pilots,soldiers,etc escape from behind enemy lines.
This continued during the Cold War for spies and for US nuclear bomber crews who would have had to bail out in Mongolia after attacking Russia. See

2) Advantage of the maps were that they were hard to detect if sewn inside the lining of a jacket --no rustle as with paper. Plus they were printed with pectin to make them waterproof.

3) A map of some kind could be helpful if you needed to evacuate from your city -- a la Hurricane Katrina. Especially if you had researched exit routes in advance--not only car but bicycle and foot routes that would evade danger areas. (High crime, floodprone regions,etc.)

4) IF you are a foreign businessman trying to evacuate from a region suddenly in upheaval from civil war, then additional information is needed. Pre-scouted Routes likely to keep you concealed--marshy areas with thick vegetation,etc. Plus even in urban areas there are sparsely populated routes -- along hillsides, etc.

Cold War spies were especially interested in this -- several had to escape across Russia's rural border with Finland after discovery.

5) As another example, note that the US Army located and mapped the secret water wells in the Libyan desert during WWII. A updated map of those would be helpful today for an oil worker trying to escape the fighting going on there.

6) Even if you can tell direction by the sun and stars, A small compass can be helpful in densely wooded areas, overcast conditions, or fog.

Don Williams said...

1) Ferfal's use of sunglasses is a good idea. If someone is trying to mug you, one thing they can do is suddenly attack your eyes with pepper spray, pepper, even dirt. At which point you are screwed even if you are armed. This may be why the US Secret Service wears glasses when guarding the President.
Another benefit is that you can watch people to the side without them knowing it.

2) One interesting item is sunglasses that are partially mirrored on the inside -- i.e., that let you see behind you as well as in front so you can see if someone is following you.


FerFAL said...

Thanks Don, always so informative. ;-)

Doug from Oz said...

That was interesting hearing about Plumpynut. Shame it isn't for sale to the public, though if things get really bad in the 1st World, I guess we'll be seeing it soon enough ourselves...

Anonymous said...

Plumpy Nut'nut

Anonymous said...

I came to a point where I don't even carry matches anymore - hard for an old boy scout. Matches just have too many issues as far as I'm concerned. They can get damp. They can be ruined by trying to light them. Their guaranteed shelf life is relatively short, 3 yrs, although stored properly they might last 10. So, I just carry Bic lighters now - longer lasting than matches, moisture resistant, and more reliable. And of course a firesteel - zero moving parts, indefinite shelf life, easily dried after submersion.