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This is not a "survival kit" in the sense they are normally thought of. This is a "Possibles". A survival kit is intended for emergencies. A Possibles is meant for everyday use. 18th century trappers used to carry a bag that carried everything that was possible for them to need in a day. I liked the idea and decided to carry my own but adapt it for modern life.

This is the third year that I will be carrying one. I've gone through several different bags, the one I have now is a good balance of size and portability. I got it at a local military surplus store so I can't recommend looking for this exact bag, but I'll discuss why I like this one.

I'll also be deconstructing my bag and rebuilding it with some new ideas that I got from looking at the survival kit instructables.

Aside from having the resources in this bag at my disposal at all times, it also helps me to not forget things because they're all in one place. I usually don't loose my keys, because they go on my Possibles. I don't loose my phone because it's in my Possibles. I have on occasion misplaced my Possibles, but it's kinda big and not easy to miss.
SharpInk3 months ago

Googled "what is a possibles bag" 'cause I see it on knife boards and in youtube videos occasionally and was wondering what, precisely, they were/are. This Instructable was among the search results.

"A Possibles is meant for everyday use. 18th century trappers used to carry a bag that carried everything that was possible for them to need in a day."

So, basically, a possibles bag was/is a man purse. Containing whatever a guy might need during the day, same way a woman's purse contains whatever she might need during the day. Yes, gentlemen, that's what's in your wife's purse, more or less. Sometimes more, sometimes less. Go figure. Amazing the lengths men will go to to avoid calling something what it is. LOL

EmmettO (author)  SharpInk3 months ago
If there wasn't a negative social connotation for a man to carry a purse I'd have no trouble calling it that. Historically, a purse is a bag for carrying your money, and men did carry them. As it is, the current word is specifically "a bag that a woman carries" in every day parlance. Since I can't re-write society (believe me I'd like to) the word "purse" is unacceptable for me to use. I am not a female so the common use of purse does not apply to me.

I feel there's nothing unmale about carrying a receptacle for all my things. It's society that rejects the historically accurate use of a word like purse. If anything a "purse" is more accurately a "woman's hand bag" (or shoulder bag).

In any event, while I would greatly enjoy being able to say "shut up ignoramus" to people that think only females carry anything more than a wallet, that generally is ineffective. I'd also like to give a good language lesson to people that insist that their narrow definition of a word is the whole story, but usually they resort to narrow minded taunts.

I disagree with you on one point though, as I pointed out the term "Possibles" is not a modern invention. I didn't create it to cover up my carrying a purse. Trappers invented the term to describe something that i doubt you would call a purse. It was something of a survival kit for everyday use. A woman's purse often is used to carry luxury items like makeup and sometimes food. A Possibles does not contain that kind of thing and so there is a differentiation.

One can talk about rejecting social language norms, but that kind of talk is rarely effective. Only by creating a new narrative are conventions overthrown. Often an anchor into the past is effective in grounding that narrative so that it arrives in the hearer's ear with some authority to overcome existing biases.
3366carlos1 year ago

nice. you could add a horizontal loop and get rid of the vertical

EmmettO (author)  3366carlos1 year ago
It's been a while since this bag finally died. I was unable to find another exactly like it and I've had to become much more mobile in my daily work. I've made myself a new possibles bag, It's much lighter than this old version, more mobile but less capable. I'm not super happy with my current one. It is still my wallet, and carries my Leatherman, my keys, and a very small emergency kit consisting of some matches, needle and thread, an SD card, rubber bands some tape and toothpicks that fits in a business card holder. I also carry my sling but I haven't been getting in my practice like I should.

I would like it to also act as a cell phone holder, which shouldn't be impossible to accomplish.

If I ever get the right balance, I'll post a new ible about it.

I am pretty sure this is exactly it http://www.ebay.com/itm/New-Passport-Pouch-Travel-...

badwooki3 years ago
super glue is being used now for closing wounds that would take old butterflies ,.. and dental floss(waxed) can be used for most field repairs of gear and clothing i usually keep a needle in the floss container... very good ible .... i like it
PappyGeek4 years ago
I switched to a Maxpedition Versipak with the shoulder strap. Very functional .
EmmettO (author)  PappyGeek4 years ago
That definitely has some cargo capacity to it! I think I would go for that if I wanted to carry a water bottle. My rig would be inadequate for that.
Yep, one of the reasons I chose it. I can fit a 6x8 moleskin notebook, a point & shoot camera, a blood sugar kit, business cards, a flashlight, my phone, a magnetic extendable probe, a combination mini-screwdriver and still have room left over. It has a drawstring & waterproof skirt for bad weather as well as an additional compartment that I can put private things in. There is a carabiner for my keys and it also has a belt as well as the shoulder strap. I use the belt when in high traffic situations(on bus, train, game) for additional security.
train104 years ago
Cool concept. I've been back and forth between backpack, small satchel, and pockets only. A good source for your tactical nylon is County Comm. Plus they sell other cool gear. Check them out at http://www.countycomm.com/.
lafnbear4 years ago
I take it back; previous item I linked to might be an alternative, but I looked a little further... here's a much closer match to your bag: http://goo.gl/3Zd3z
EmmettO (author)  lafnbear4 years ago
The one thing that pack doesn't have is the D rings on the sides. You probably could come up with a different way of hanging the pack, but I like the D rings for hanging my keys on. Still it's really up to the person that's going to carry/wear it.
fondyin4 years ago
I have just one question. Where might I be able to find a bag like this one?
EmmettO (author)  fondyin4 years ago
That's a tough one, I haven't been able to find a bag quite like this one. When I got it, it was simply called a "tactical pouch" in an army surplus store. Being black, I don't think it was a military issue pouch but more intended for something like a swat team member. That's just my guess though.
fondyin EmmettO4 years ago
Thanks. I have a collection of bags that I use when hunting, fishing, hiking, and things like that. I am currently putting together a small bag like this to carry in everyday situations. Thanks again for the info.
EmmettO (author)  fondyin4 years ago
Okay I did some more digging, I knew that if I could get the right search terms I'd find something. This is some kind of a "Tactical Admin Pouch". There are a number of pretty decent styles out there but I can't find this exact one. Most Admin pouches are made for carrying maps this one isn't. Maybe theres another term that I'm missing but I'm getting closer
Better match: http://goo.gl/3Zd3z
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EmmettO: the other term you're looking for is MOLLE; see wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MOLLE_(military);
and here's a close alternative (probably a modern, newer variation; different configuration, but close, and very economical) for the bag you have: http://goo.gl/sIsVv
EmmettO (author)  fondyin4 years ago
CrLz4 years ago
Sound wisdom, Pilgrim.
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