First let me start this off by saying that this is not a bug out bag (BOB) or anything like that. I like to think of my bag as a toolbox I haul around with me most places because I never know what I will need. I typically have this thing crammed with pretty much everything I may need. On a serious note, you would be amazed how beneficial it can be to carry one of these bags. Obviously there are many important components to a EDC bag but the most important is having a solid foundation, the bag.
Lets start with my bag.
Why I chose this bag.
Versatility and size were the two most important factors that went into choosing this pack. I wanted a bag that could transform to multi-task yet be lightweight and comfortable to carry on the go. The Koala is an 800 cubic inch pack that weighs in at less than 2 lbs. Two things make this pack stand out from others in its size class. First is the availability of straps and slings that can transform this pack into a waist pack, chest rig, or shoulder bag. It is nice to have to options available to fit the necessary tasks an everyday carry bag requires. The second most important aspect to this pack is the available CCW pouch and it’s easy accessibility. This pack offers a CCW pocket that utilizes a Velcro patch to organize your pistol and additional magazines. For those who do not know, “CCW” is an acronym for Concealed Carry Weapon.
Starting from the bottom left.
Moleskine notebook (Got to love the embroidered Arc’teryx logo)
Rite in the rain – Black ink Clicker pen 97
Tree finder manual – Identification of Trees by their leaves.
(Just for fun BTW I’m a nerd)
Replacement Lacets for Salomon XA Pro shoes
Blind Horse Frontier Valley 3”fixed blade
– O1 Tool Steel
– Orange Micarta handle
– Custom Kydex sheath
Benchmade Combo Field Sharping Kit
Jetbeam RRT-0 XM-L (CR123) Flashlight
–Jebeam AA Extender
Zebralight H502 CW Headlight (AA)
-260 Lumens with 1 x Eneloop AA battery
-3 months runtime at min output
-Glow in the dark reflector
-2.8oz with battery and headband
4 x Sanyo Eneloop AA NiMH batteries
The benefits of using Sanyo Eneloops.
One Eneloop battery is equivalent to purchasing 1500 Alkaline batteries. Each battery can last over 3 years, compared to 6 months to a year with traditional rechargeable sets. Additionally, each battery can discharge at a higher and faster rate.
4 x Surefire CR123s
AMK Survival Medic Kit
-SOL Emergency Blanket,
-Fire Lite sparker
-SLIM Rescue Howler whistle
Aquamira Water Purifier Tablets 12 Pack
Personal Medic Kit
Burt’s Bees lip balm
Ice Breaker Quantum Merino Gloves
Benchmade – 7 hook Black Oxide X15-T.N
Leatherman Carabineer tool
Glock 19 Gen 3
2 x Glock 17 magazines
I am always adding and taking away items from my pack. I personally enjoy seeing what other people are using in their EDC packs because there is always a different perspective and purpose.