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This is my bag that I keep in my vehicle so I have it with me whenever I go away from the house.  I use this bag in addition to my EDC items that I carry in my pockets.

Things I never leave home without .. small 7 LED flash light, pocket multitool, cellphone, razor knife

I take this bag with me whenever I go anywhere "off the beaten trail", like taking the kids for a hike or scouting a new area to hunt. I even take it with me when we just go for a bike ride through the park.
Thankfully I have never had to use any of these items in an emergency scenario (and I hope I never have to) but it brings great peace of mind to know that I have them with me if I need them. 

Like mom liked to say every time I balked at having to take a sweater or jacket  with me on a nice fall day .. "it is better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it"
 
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Step 1: Bag overview

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When I started out I knew I wanted a bag that either came with or had space for water bottle(s).  With a little patience and a little luck I picked up the main bag for a few bucks on eBay.  attached to one of the zipper pulls on the main pocket is a clip on flashing LED.  I bought it to use when i walked my dog at night but he hates it so I found a new use for it. It makes a great high visibility signal at night to mark your location. (but it is a pain in the but to try to get a picture of .. it took me 7 tries to get one when the light was flashing)

The side pockets are small camera bags that I picked up at the dollar store.  Right now the two that I have fit my needs but if I need additional space down the road I can always go buy a few more and slide them onto the main belt.

You will notice that I keep alot of things stored in ziploc bags inside my pack.  There are 2 reasons for this.  1) it helps to keep thing organized and uncluttered 2) it gives me lots of extra containers to use for collecting things like forage foods or additional water should the need arise

I sort my supplies into 4 main categories

Shelter / fire
First aid
Food
Multifunction

Shelter / Fire
Compass
Emergency Blanket
Fire Starters
Flashlight
Lighter
Wire Saw
Whistles

First Aid
Assorted Band-aids
Crazy Glue
Gauze
Latex Gloves
Medical Tape
Neosporin
Tweezers
Alcohol Wipes

Food
Bullion Cubes
Drink Mix
Fishing Tackle
Salt and Pepper
Sugar
Tea Bags
Water Bottles

Multifunction
aluminum Foil -  cooking pan (wrap foil over a forked stick to make a frying pan), fishing lure (wrap a small bit of frayed foil around the top of a fishing hook), trail marker (cut or rip into strips and hang at eye level.  waterproof, easily shaped, reflective for highly visibility, use a sharpie to note direction of travel date and time),  funnel

Bandana - Hat, Headband, Dust Mask (or as i like to call it "playing cowboy train robber"), Wet and wear for Hot Weather,  Pot Holder, Collecting Wild Edibles, Sling (first-aid, weapon .. pick your favorite definition), Cordage  (strips or as is), Washcloth/Towel, Dish Rag, Napkin, Pre-Filter for water (like Coffee Filters), Clean Glasses and other lens, Bind a stone and toss a line over a limb, Tourniquet

Black Trash Bags - container for gathering water or edibles, tube tent (open the bottoms and combine 2 bags with some duct tape), poncho, waterproof sleeping mat

Chapstick - preventing painful chapped lips, combine with tinder(Q-tip, non synthetic cordage, small bits of fabric) to make a longer burning fire starter

Duct Tape - I think we all can come up with 101 uses for this wonderful material. 

If you have never heard of duct tape allow me to read to you from the holy scriptures "Yea, though I walk through the valley of wibbly-wobbly things, I will fear no shimmies: For thou art with me; Thy glue and thy fabric backing, they comfort me. Thou securest all things that shouldn't be moving."  *passes around the collection plate* 

Hand Sanitizer -  banishing nasty hand germs back to the third plane of hell, fire starter (see chapstick for ideas)

Mirror - daytime signaling, seeing things you can't normally see .. like your face (handy if you accidentally walk into a tree branch with your head and get cut.. not that that has ever happened to me *innocent face*)

Multi-tool - depending on the tools included in your multi-tool will determine what it can be used for. The one I have in my pack has pliers, 2 sharpened knife blades, bottle opener, 2 flat head screw drivers, Phillips head screw driver, fish scaler/hook extractor)

Nail Clippers - trimming hang nails or cleaning up broken fingernails so they stop snagging on everything (if you have ever experienced this .. you know what i mean), clipping fishing line

Q-tips - cleaning boo-boos, fire starter

Razor Blades - i know this is a stretch .. but bear with me on this one .. cutting things .. I know,I know .. it's sounds crazy, but it is true. cut cord to make a shelter,  cut up bait for fishing/trapping,  cut up food (either what you forage or if you are successful fishing/trapping),  go all Aron Ralston and lop off an extremity pinned under a boulder.

Towel - see step 3 "side pocket 2" for complete description

Twine - constructing a temporary shelter (tube tent, lean-to), Trap making, fire starting, fishing(extending your existing fishing line or improvising if you don't have any)

Zip Ties - shelter building, securing items to your pack,  temporary handcuffs .. oh wait .. that's a different instructable
hamov2 months ago

What great tips! Where did you get the bag from? I have been looking online and I found a really cool website that has some very cute CCW Bags but I still havn't figure out which one to get. But if you guys want check out

http://zuffel.com/collections/sling-bag

Lorddrake (author)  hamov2 months ago

I found it on Ebay.

fyremanjef11 months ago
I like the mentos containers u have for storage ( fishing etc). If that's what they are
Lorddrake (author)  fyremanjef11 months ago

I think they were gum containers, but I don't recall exactly. All I Know is they are flip top and close securely, so that is why I kept and used them.

cjagg11 months ago
Some great ideas and things to incorporate into my own vehicle bag as well. What about snare wire? You mentioned foraging if nessicary, might help a little
I think that you need some better cordage. Maybe some 550 lb. test paracord or some thick fishing net twine.
Lorddrake (author)  I love.... Desk2 years ago
While I will not argue the versatility and functionality of paracord, I did not bother to add any to this pack for a few reasons.
1) any considerable length of it would take up more space than I had available in this pack (remember that size wise this is a glorified fanny pack)
2) I have paracord in my main GOOD bag
3) I have a full size container of dental floss, over 100 feet of 150lb test nylon twine, a dozen zip ties, 50 feet of Duct tape, 50 feet of 10lb test fishing line, 50 feet of 14lb test fishing line, and a spool of wire (i'll have to add a picture to the IBLE of the wire when I get a chance). If that won't get the job done I'm in deeper doo-doo than paracord will save me from.
poofrabbit2 years ago
Congratulations on being a finalist in the be prepare contest!
Lorddrake (author)  poofrabbit2 years ago
Thank you very much.
Oh, ok , I thought you were gonna put Robin Williams in you hip pack...lol
Great ideas in this thanks.
Lorddrake (author)  UC FATHER TIME2 years ago
If he would fit in the bag .. I would consider it .. endless hours of entertainment .. beats a deck of cards any day of the week :)

Don't know if I could rock the rainbows as well as Mr. Williams did (mighty big suspenders to fill there) .. Considering everything else in this pack is geared towards being visible so that you can get found if you are lost, I figured to head as far away from dull, dark, or camo colors as possible .. If I can find Hunter orange suspenders I plan on getting them.
Great bag, I would add a pocket mask (keychain). I know that you may not give CPR to someone, but they might give it to you or one of yours and having one of those things is priceless. I also agree with a map in a plastic zip bag. *All three of those items are multi functional.
Just toss in a copy of some kind of hitchhiking book and I think you could use this pack to cross the Universe!
Lorddrake (author)  Vertical00012 years ago
great idea .. I will have to add that to step 8 .. thanks
RabidAlien2 years ago
Just thought I'd make a suggestion: if you're going to have a compass, might as well get one of those travel maps for the state you're in, fold it up and put it in an ever-present Ziploc baggie. Plus, if you're going for a day-hike, weekender, or longer backpacking trip, print off maps of the area on a laser printer (with inkjet printers, you'll lose your map at the first hint of rain). Forestry ranger stations usually have local maps available, or you can always find them online. Nothing sucks worse than forcing your way cross-country, only to find out that there's a well-established trail or (worse yet) service road 100 yards *that way*. Been there, done that.

http://www.fs.fed.us/maps/

http://www.nps.gov/hfc/cfm/carto.cfm
Lorddrake (author)  RabidAlien2 years ago
I couldn't agree more about how valuable maps are. The only reason I did not include them in the contents of the bag is that my maps change depending on the area I am heading to.

http://www.digital-topo-maps.com/
is a nice place to find printable topographical maps.
They're usually pretty easy to print, and stick in a binder if its for an area you go to often. I agree that maps would change often with different destinations, but to me it would be worth the extra bit of time/effort to have an up-to-date map (topo or otherwise!) on hand. That well-established trail that was 100 yards away? Yeah...turned out we were following a survey topo map that was printed back in '59, loooooong before the Pacific Crest Trail was cut through that area. :facepalm: Got to see some nice forest, though!
Lorddrake (author)  RabidAlien2 years ago
I like that binder idea. I will have to get started putting one together :)
Lorddrake (author) 2 years ago
this is my tiny bag and it took alot longer to document than I thought it would. I am going to have to block off a whole weekend if I plan on doing an IBLE of my bug out bag lol
Nice! Lookin to put something like this together to keep in my wife's truck, and another for mine. We're also slowly piecing together our BailOutBags, and are always looking at what other folks have in theirs for inspiration for ours!
Lorddrake (author)  RabidAlien2 years ago
Thanks.

Here are some other thing I keep in my vehicle:
A basic tool kit for minor repairs (screwdrivers, pliers, etc).
Jumper cables.
A case of bottled water.
A small air compressor that runs off the lighter plug - I mostly use it to blow up pool toys for the kids, but I have used it to reinflate a low tire, saving me from having to try to get a tow truck to come out to the middle of nowhere :)
Got most of that in both mine and my wife's trucks at the moment (need water, and need another DC air pump, those things rock!), but otherwise I try to keep enough stuff to let someone weather a storm or night on the side of the road in semi-comfortable conditions. Old milsurp US Army blankets (or poncho liners, those things are heaven-sent!) fold up nice and small and store easily under seats.
Lorddrake (author)  RabidAlien2 years ago
It is amazing the things you take for granted (like a nice warm blanket) until you need one and don't have access to it.

I learned to keep a change of clothes in my van .. lesson learned after getting caught out in the rain hunting in December a few years ago. That was a long ride home even after the car warmed up and started blowing hot air .. I was still suffering from "soggy britches syndrome" lol