As promised, this is my post about my expanded Travel EDC.  It seems the more I travel, the more I think I need when on the road.  I am finding there is a fine balance between having what you think you might need in an emergency, and just packing your whole Get Home Bag in my luggage and checking it at the airport.  The contents of this are pretty personal to me, and cover most of the areas I would need when on the road.  Items not represented, that I am sure many readers will notice such as a “container for water” are intentionally left out, as, these items add additional bulk when traveling are are readily available at the local drug store, convenient store, etc.  For instance, one of the first things I will do after getting off the plane is to buy a couple bottles of water.  This covers carrying water for a short period, gives me a container to purify it in, etc.

So, below is a picture of my Travel EDC to date with corresponding numbers in the list below outlining what and why…

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  1. Qty 5 – Zipties
  2. Knife Sharpener
  3. Disposable Lighter
  4. Leatherman Wave
  5. Folding Knife (to be replaced with the Ridge Runner Assist Folding Rescue Knife because it has a glass break spike and seat belt cutter.  I figure if I am on the road, this might come in handier in an emergency than the plain folding knife.
  6. Firesteel
  7. 9 LED flashlight (takes three AAA batteries)
  8. Iodine Water Purification Tablets – I replace the package once a year as they are exposed to extreme heat and cold due to travel.
  9. Mosquito Repellent – 100% Deet.  Also flammable and can be used to start a fire.
  10. Emergency Mylar Blanket, with opposite side in orange.
  11. 1/4 roll of toilet paper.
  12. Purel Hand Sanitizer – Also flammable and can be used to start a fire
  13. Homemade Altoid Survival Kit – Check it out here for the contents.
  14. Headlamp flashlight (clips to baseball cap)
  15. Emergency Mirror
  16. Several feet of Ace bandage wrap (added to the REI first aid kit)
  17. Gerber Paraframe Mini knife (added to the REI first aid kit)
  18. Fingernail Clipper (added to the REI first aid kit)
  19. Duct Tape – 10 Feet (added to the REI first aid kit)
  20. Cotton Balls (added to the REI first aid kit)
  21. Triple Antibiotic (added to the REI first aid kit)
  22. Superglue (added to the REI first aid kit)
  23. Cortisone Cream (added to the REI first aid kit)
  24. Carmex Lip Balm – Also Flammable – (added to the REI first aid kit)
  25. REI Day pack First Aid Kit
  26. Pack of Travel Tissues
  27. Fire Kit (firesteel, scrapper, etc) and small compass (I know it doesn’t belong in there, but I know where it is if I need it)
  28. Qty 2 – 55 Gallon Drum Liner – Can be used as makeshift shelter and/or rain poncho
  29. Mora Clipper Knife
  30. 50′ of Paracord.
  31. Not Pictured – Another Mora with ranger band, emergency needle, and another fire steel attached to the sheath
  32. Not Pictured – The plastic zipper pouch all of this gets contained in.
  33. New Addition – An emergency whistle.
This is all in a plastic pouch that zips shut as it becomes a modular gear pouch that gets interchanged for hiking, my Get Home Bag that sits in my truck, and my luggage.  Not pictured is also any MRE meals I may slip into my baggage as well.
Now that you see the contents, and when they are all in the plastic pouch, it weighs about four pounds.  You wouldn’t think so by just looking at the contents, but it is.  Add it to a few items in your backpack like your laptop, power supply, a couple 1 litre bottles of water, and some food and you are quickly at 10 – 15 lbs on your back just gear and consumables to get you where I am going.
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