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Urban Survival Kit

 Or everything you possibly would need in the course of a day in an easy to carry pouch!

 Lets talk about something that probably has been talked to death on this site. SURVIVAL KITS!
 This is different though.
 This is one you will use on a day to day.
 In the 1800's mountain men carried a "possibles bag" it was a pouch they carried over their shoulder and contained "everything they would possibly need during the course of the day" It was their idea of a pocket.
 
 I often find myself without enough pockets even though I usually wear tactical BDUs, EMT or firefighter pants for the extra pockets. Me, carry a purse? No, I'm pretty sure I'd get my butt kicked for that in my line of work. This pouch carries everything I would usually keep in my pockets in a convenient location and frees up my pockets for anything else I need to jam in there for temporary use.

 The overall cost for me was rather low ($20) since I had everything except the pouch and the altoids for the tins. It IS after all what I carry every day.
 
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Step 1: Start with good equipment!

I've always found myself needing "just one more thing" when I'm out and about. or I break what I have available to me. It's important to always chose the best gear you can afford, It pays off down the road.
 In my "kit" I have more than most people think I do, I'm always surprising people with whats all in this thing!

 Lets start with the pouch:
 I ordered it online through Menard's, a local midwest hardware store. Its known as a "tool belt pouch" but after looking at a picture for a few minutes, it was easily modded for my use.
 
FIRST MOD: magnetic closure over multitool. I HATE losing tools, especially when they run me more than 50 bucks. i changed that possibility by placing two hard drive magnets into the pouch. one was in the "pen holders" area directly over the multi tool, the other was a bit more difficult in that i had to slice the webbing of the pouch to slide in a magnet down to the snap. In retrospect, i would have made the slice on the inside so that it would be visible. Melt the webbing so that it does not fray.
 SECOND MOD add a few snaps to keep the upper pouch closed, and on the back so that it does not slide off belt. this pouch has a secondary area that is supposed to fit "in your back pocket" however it does not do well around a belt. That is how most people will carry it, so make it secure!
You really want to be careful with the e-matic mp3 player, me and my brother had one, and the wires inside are very fragile. Mine was stuck on the screen with the sun and so was my brothers. We let it sit and it was about an hour and it was still stuck like that so I tried taking mine apart and the solder came right off.
Where did you get that bag?
reptilehead (author)  thechilipepper1 year ago
Do a search of any big box retail home improvement store and you will find something to fit your needs, however if you want the EXACT model, its a "bucket boss CYA rear guard" tool pouch that I ordered online from Home Depot. Since then, Ive seen others that are more suited to my job and will eventually be upgrading it. I did however modify it from original with a few snaps.
Amlord12 years ago
You should try these headphones: http://www.amazon.com/ARCTIC-Sound-ORACO-ERM28-GBA01-Headphones-Black/dp/B0040Z1EHY/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1336387498&sr=8-2

I've had them forever and they have great sound quality! They are wireless bluetooth (good for working, no cords to snag) They work with iPhone or iPod but I'm not sure about your MP3 player. Did I mention they fold? They come with their own case (which fits in my pockets, depending on which pants I wear and what else I'm carrying). They do have some sound leakage, but it's manageable. For a EDC, they are perfect. If you get an adapter, they can even work with your computer.

Hate to sound like an advertisement, but I love them. They are surprisingly durable.
bryon36423 years ago
Awesome, and never mind the chain and leatherman ( cough ) personal defense tool.
reptilehead (author)  bryon36423 years ago
"personal defense?" Ive got a .38 for that. a knife is a tool, no more dangerous than a pliers in a competent person's hands. I use the knife less than the scissors and pliers actually, the knife blades being somewhat "weak" in comparison to the other knives I have
bryon36423 years ago
MP3 player of choice for me was the creative zen, I love it and walmart had a special on them for christmas
what exactly is the rectangle mp3 device (make model) ive been looking for a nice all in one like that
reptilehead (author)  kasualkiller3 years ago
its a crappy 4gb Chinese one i picked up at a home improvement store on sale for 20 bucks. if you google search pictures for "cheap chinese mp3 player" youll see a few pictures of it.
being honest, i dont know the model, make or any of it as it was 2 years ago i bought it.

It is NOT great, but it does the job almost well enough not to be thrown out when i got my ipod. Id rather not use the ipod for my job though as it would get broken eventually. the reason i say its amazing is how much is packed into it and how few buttons control it.
as a suggestion, if youre in the market for one of these "do all" units, DONT buy this one if its going to be your only media player.
as something you just have as a backup unit it does the job well for the price.