Letter Re: One Approach at a EDC Get Home Bag

Hi James,
I have gone through many variants of a BoB or EDC Bag over the years, and feel that I’ve found a really good setup for a “covert” EDC bag that can function as a get home bag (GHB) more so than a BoB.  It doesn’t draw unwanted attention to carrier, but provides what I think is essential to EDC.  

As a summary, I am using a 5.11 Covrt Backpack as my bag.  It provides all the needs I want in a “tactical” bag but doesn’t scream “HEY LOOK!! I have a MOLLE bag with a bunch of stuff on it!  Shoot me first bad guy (or LEO, take notice of me).”

It is set up with:

  • Concealed full size pistol + 1 extra magazine
  • Individual first aid kit (IFAK)
  • Toiletry kit
  • Hand-crack radio
  • Leatherman MUT
  • Lock pick set,
  • Streamlight Pro-Tac 1l flashlight
  • Fire starter tools
  • Water purification items
  • Paracord wrap
  • Oakley gloves
  • ORAL IV rehydration ampoules
  • Pen/notepad
  • Poncho
  • Plus a slew of other small EDC items

That still leave plenty of room within the pack itself.  This is a bag I carry into work and in my car on a daily basis, and no-one gives me a second look.  Previously, I had a MOLLE bag with most of the same items in it, but it would draw unwanted attention to myself (even though I thought it looked cool). 

Regards, – Nick K.