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#218 Lets see your EDC bags!

Posted by Ryan Schertzer on 03 December 2014 - 03:38 PM

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Mine is a bit more basic and focuses just on the essentials of what I actually carry. As a bonus, I made the leather case myself. I make custom leather goods for a variety of uses, so if you're interested, let me know.


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#1598 EDC storage unit

Posted by Dom on 23 January 2015 - 03:16 PM

My DIY storage unit. My carpentry & woodworking skills are pretty crude, but if you squint from a few feet away it looks pretty good. It's usable and functional. Needs a bit more sanding and will need oiling to bring out the finish. 

 

 

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#6408 Why knives are so popular in USA EDC?

Posted by Duff72 on 08 March 2015 - 05:51 PM

.............because it is quieter to open a box with my knife than with my pistol .
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#3 Welcome!

Posted by Bernard Capulong on 11 November 2014 - 01:48 PM

Hi there,

 

I'm Bernard, co-founder and eic of Everyday Carry. I just wanted to thank you for joining us, and welcome to the brand new forum! When I first got into EDC, I had to register and browse through many different forums that specialized in flashlights, multitools, bags, pens, knives, and so on. There were so many intelligent enthusiasts with valuable information out there for someone to learn about the world of everyday carry items, but unfortunately, that information was fragmented across all these communities. My hope is that with this new forum in place, you'll have one central community to discuss, showcase, review, and share your enthusiasm for the items we proudly carry.

 

So please, don't be shy! If you have a question you want answered, a product recommended, some insights you'd love to share, start a topic and let's get the conversation going.

 

Best regards and carry on,

Bernard


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#1379 How-to: Leather key bar

Posted by Glen on 20 January 2015 - 03:26 PM

Let me preface this post: the idea for this project came from the beautiful OrbitKey.  I wanted to try the format before buying, and quite liked my own creation.  If you want something professional looking with actual engineering behind it, head on over to their website!  If, on the other hand, you like making stuff or you'd like to try the format before committing to purchasing an OrbitKey or similar, then I hope this is of interest to you.

 

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This is a simple make - it involves cutting out some leather, making holes in it, threading everything onto a bolt, then trimming the excess metal.
 
I've tried a few combinations of nuts & bolts and made some mistakes, so I'll try to give that info without rambling on and making it look difficult.

 
Cost: <£5
Time: 15/20 mins
Difficulty: Low
 
Materials you need:
 
Leather
Something sturdy, but flexible and not too thick; I used a ladies belt from a charity/thrift shop.

1x M5 bolt
M5 (5mm thread) is a good width for the hole in my keys, if your hole is narrower, just move down widths.  Regarding bolt length: start long and trim down; I ordered too short then had to buy longer bolts, I use a 25mm bolt to hold 4 keys with little excess (results may vary).  Choose your head type on looks & profile; I chose a stainless steel torx security bolt because it looks cool; hex/allen heads also look the business and even slotted heads look good. (I used this)

2x M5x20mm Washer
Sometimes called penny washers or repair washers.  The width of the washer dictates the width of the strap, 20mm outside diameter was best for me (probably you too).  Use the flattest/thinnest washers you can find. (I used this)
 
1x M5 Nyloc Lock Nut
You really need a lock nut rather than a regular nut (to stop the nut loosening and falling off).  They're a little taller, which is annoying.  I tried using a domed lock nut to hide the cut end of the bar, but found it too obtrusive. (I used this)
 
Keys
Before you cut anything, you need to know how many keys you'll use (one of the limitations of this DIY method).
 

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Tools you need:

  • Knife or sturdy scissors for cutting the leather
  • Hacksaw or Dremel etc for trimming the metal bolt
  • Leather punch (or drill if you're stuck) for making holes in the leather

 

Method:
1 - Cut the leather
The length of the leather part will vary depending on how long your keys are and how many of them you have.  Wrap the leather around the length of the keys and mark to get your length - you need enough room to be able to freely rotate the keys and the leather needs to protrude ~7mm above the hole in your keys to accommodate the entire washer.  The width of the leather is very slightly wider than your washers.  Use the washers as a template to mark the round ends of your rectangle, then cut it out.  If you want to be precise, I'm sure you can make a template out of paper first and adjust your measurements accordingly.
 
2 - Punch the holes
Use the washers as a template and mark where the holes in the ends of your leather need to be, then punch or drill them out.  Make the holes slightly wider than the thread of your bolt, it makes assembly easier.  The holes are covered by the washer, so if they're messy, it doesn't show.
 
3 - Assemble
Start with your bolt, feed a washer onto the bolt, then one end of the leather, then all your keys, then the other end of the leather, then the other washer and finish with the Nyloc nut.
 
4 - Trim the bolt
Tighten the nut & bolt so your keys can move freely, but don't flop around (holding the nut with pliers and tightening the bolt with another tool).  When you're happy with the tension, trim the protruding end of the M5 bolt.




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That's it.
 
Customisation
In my version, I've included a USB drive.  I mounted it by fixing it on a thin piece of metal, attaching it like a regular key, but twisting the metal support 90 degrees so it sits behind the keys rather than along side.  (it's such a hack job, but it worked)
 
If you want to add keys, just cut another bolt.  If you want a different colour, just cut another piece of leather.  You could easily go titanium to save weight and I considered making a version with brass fittings, (but struggled to find brass washers the correct size).  eBay has M5 anodised bolts in lots of colours and you could swap leather for rubber etc.
 
Road Test
I've used this thing for 6 months (as of this post), and there are good points and bad:

Things I like:

  • I made it myself
  • It's compact
  • It doesn't rattle
  • When I slide out a key, it stays out until I put it back in (I leave my back door key selected at night so I can unlock the door quickly in an emergency)

Things I don't like:

  • It can be fiddly to slide out keys, esp with the USB drive
  • It can be difficult to get a carabiner to attach nicely (I clip my car key to the loop end of the leather)
  • You're limited to what you can attach, e.g. pocket tools (but I reckon you could attach a pry bar / bottle opener etc)

 

Show me yours!
If anyone makes their own, something similar, or has an improvement or addition to the design; post a reply!


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#6352 Why knives are so popular in USA EDC?

Posted by coldwater on 08 March 2015 - 10:01 AM

Popularity comes from a history of being makers and builders. We do things, we build things, we fix things, and a knife is a handy extension of what a man can do with his hands. Not so much anymore, but when I was a boy, you had a pocket knife by the time you were 10 years old, and you used it every day carving and whittling, and making boats and sling shots. You went fishing and cleaned the catch, and it was your first step into being a young man. A knife was a right of passage. Back then, there were no restrictions on carrying a knife. In fact, I carried a pocket knife every day in school, and some of us used to sit outside at recess and whittle sticks. Doing that now will net you an arrest, a record, counseling, and probably result in being taken from your home and placed in foster care.  Now, nothing over 4" unless you're afield.


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#8001 post a picture from your job

Posted by Joe Moffatt on 22 March 2015 - 07:46 AM

Here's the HUD on a B 757

 

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#6623 post a picture from your job

Posted by Joe Moffatt on 10 March 2015 - 05:38 AM

How about a picture of your work environment, that is of course if it does'nt violate any OPSEC, Here's a couple of mine, I'm a senior aircraft maintenance tech for a certain frieght company.

 

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#3843 Lets see your EDC bags!

Posted by John B. on 18 February 2015 - 05:17 PM

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I carry this Copper River Bag Co. leather briefcase. It has a 3-compartment insert on the inside to keep things separated. 


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#3608 What is your EDC Watch?

Posted by Noel Rivas on 15 February 2015 - 05:35 PM

I have two that I switch between.

 

Heuer Carrera 1964 re-issue

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Sinn 856 UTC

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#9454 52 years

Posted by Joe Moffatt on 11 April 2015 - 06:08 AM

52 years ago today I came into this world kicking and screaming and covered in someone else's blood and I plan on going out the same way. :D


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#7061 SCOTTeVest hidden pocket clothing

Posted by Scott Jordan on 13 March 2015 - 10:06 AM

Hi everyone!

 

Scott Jordan from SCOTTeVEST here. Almost all of our products have our weight management system which is a special design and fabric used to evenly distribute the added weight from your devices. I wear my SeV products with my full size iPad, iPhone, wallet, keys, dog treats, chapstick, pens, snacks, gum, and sunglasses without looking lumpy or marshmallow-like. Of course, if you put your whole kitchen sink in there you’re going to look bulky, but we designed these products with the idea in mind that people carry a lot of stuff.  These products are full of pockets for your EDC items (Our QUEST Vest has a total of 42 pockets)!   We have an easy 30 day return or exchange policy so try one of our 50 products out and get yourselves some pockets!

 

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#5822 Show us your collection...!

Posted by Chris Szaroleta on 05 March 2015 - 02:36 PM

This is the fixed blade collection.  Let me know if you need specifics on any of these knives.   :)

 

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#5558 Show us your collection...!

Posted by Chris Lae on 03 March 2015 - 05:52 PM

Exactly like the title says, show us your collection! This can be anything from fixies, folders, hatchets, tomahawks, throwing knives, etc...

 

I'll start...!

 

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#13801 DoohiKey vs Brewzer vs Shard, which do you prefer?

Posted by Duff72 on 02 June 2015 - 07:00 PM

I like the brewzer but do not have one yet.
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#6400 Smoking a fatty

Posted by Joe Moffatt on 08 March 2015 - 04:47 PM

I rolled a fatty and smoked it, seriously do any of you guys smoke meat, I make my own sausage. here's the fatty.

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more to come


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#5896 Show us your collection...!

Posted by David Quevedo on 05 March 2015 - 07:22 PM

My EDC knife load-out has gotten bigger, while my EDC lights have decreased. Here is the latest:

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From the top, then working counter-clockwise:
 

  1. Leatherman Rebar
  2. Victorinox Champion Plus
  3. Kershaw Leek
  4. SOG Spec Elite I
  5. Spyderco Manix2
  6. Kershaw Chive
  7. Victorinox Sentinel
  8. Spyderco Endura 4 (Blue)
  9. Buck 110 50th Anniversary Edition
  10. Cold Steel Gunsite II
  11. Not pictured - the newest addition, which is a Leatherman Wingman.  That's always on-person.

Most of these are carried in a bag. There's definitely some duplication; but I like duplication, so...


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#5034 "Pen" Pals Pics

Posted by Chris Szaroleta on 28 February 2015 - 03:47 PM

I'm not certain that I've met Marc's requirement of a clever name for this thread, but I tried.  It's a play on words since pen pals send letters to one another, and EDCers love pens!  I dunno...

 

Anyway, when Marc messaged to say he wanted to send me a little something, I knew it would very cool.  What I didn't expect was to receive such awesome, well thought out gifts.  I am extremely thankful and I will make sure to pay it forward.  I hope this begins a safe, fun trend amongst those who participate in our community.  Once that ball gets rolling, this can be the thread used to post your pics and describe what you received. 

 

Here's what Marc sent:

 

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At the top, you're seeing a cigar.  I won't mention the brand name or country of origin, but it might be visible enough for you to see it on the cigar band pictured.  Let's just say, the band was sent separate from the actual cigar.   ;)  It puts off an amazing aroma!  I cannot wait to sit down with what's left of a 12 year old bottle of Glenfiddich I've been saving for the right occasion and enjoy this cigar.

 

Just below the cigar and to the left of the cigar band, you'll see a Marc made key organizer.  Marc used parts of the "Glen-Bar" method from the thread our good buddy Glen made in his DIY post.  It is seriously awesome.  It's one thing to buy someone something and send it their way, but it's another thing altogether to actually create something for them.  Absolutely floored.

 

Finally, Marc made his gifting relatable to an earlier thread.  On page 2 of this thread, Walrus and Glen mentioned keeping some Fisherman's Friend with them as part of their EDC...I said I'd never heard of it.  Marc remembered this info and sent a pack of these fantastic little lozenges.  I'm almost looking forward to getting a sore throat or a bit of congestion!      

 

 


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#4511 Paracord Accent to Your EDC

Posted by Alex F on 23 February 2015 - 09:51 PM

my wife refers to me messing around with paracord as 'man-knitting'


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#1145 Must haves for long hikes/outdoor exploration?

Posted by Chris Szaroleta on 17 January 2015 - 12:47 AM

You're in my wheelhouse, Bernard!  I think my love of the EDC community started in the outdoor gear community.  You probably saw the day hike carry I posted last Sunday...some of the items I mention will mirror those.  Do keep in mind that every situation is unique, as well as the geographic location of the hiker, meaning that some items might only be specific to certain areas.  This goes for seasonal needs as well.  Also, the majority of items most of us take into the woods, especially on a day hike, go relatively unused.  Realistically, you're just walking through the woods, right?  Why on Earth would you have a tarp with you???  For emergency purposes, of course!  I'll try to keep my ideas as general as possible, but with notes to the side...could get lengthy at times!

 

SURVIVABILITY:

  • Daypack (Without the bulk of a tent, sleeping bag or several days worth of food/water, the pack itself can be a bit heavier than one carried on an overnighter/multiday hike.  Also, I'm listing the pack first because the other, more important, elements have to go into something, right?  GoLite makes amazing bags for hikes of all sorts.  If you're looking for something that can be purchased from a brick and mortar retailer, REI does it better than anyone.  They design, market and sell their very own branded products, and the daypacks they produce are some of the best.  Look at anything in the Flash series.)
  • Shelter (A common survival concept among the uber prepared is called the Rule of Threes.  The Rule of Threes dictates that you can survive 3 minutes without air, 3 hours without shelter [exposure], 3 days without water and 3 weeks without food.  On a day hike, I prefer a tarp.  Personally, I like one a little on the large side for comfort purposes, perhaps an 8x10.  A 5x7 ft. will work just fine, but if you're caught in a downpour, you're relegated to a small area beneath the tarp.  Also, keep in mind that it's not likely going to be a strict 5x7 ft. above your head...depending on how steep the pitch is [the peak], it could be substantially smaller.  The one I'm adoring the most at the moment is the Terra Nova Competition 2 Tarp.  A scant 19.5 oz.)
  • Water (Anytime you're away from easily attainable water, you want to be as prepared as possible.  Remember the Rule of Threes above...3 days without water.  When it comes to my personal preference, I carry water with me, but also with redundant means of disinfecting water that I might have to gather.  I almost always carry a Klean Kanteen, or similar stainless steel bottle, that is NOT insulated.  The reason is for the purpose of boiling water [the best way to disinfect potentially contaminated H20].  The other option that I will often carry with me is a Sawyer Mini filter.  If you don't want the bulk and relative imbalance in your pack caused by a bottle, a hydration bladder is the next best option.  You can still use something like the Sawyer with most bladders.  My personal preference is and always will be for the Platypus Reservoir...any size.)
  • Fire (This goes back to the exposure thing from the Rule of Threes.  Let's face it, we love starting fires in the backcountry.  I'm not talking about the yearning a pyromaniac has for flames, but the inherent, primal joy that comes from setting logs ablaze to provide heat or cook food...we're all cavemen at heart!  While there's absolutely no substitute for a good, working knowledge of fire building, having the necessary implements to make it easier is always nice.  A lighter, matches, ferrocerium rod, two sticks...whatever!  Just be well versed in the process before heading in to the woods.  Remember, too, that responsibility with fire is always important, even in a survival situation, which is exactly the reason we're even talking about fire.  On an ordinary, uneventful day hike, there shouldn't be a need.  A product like WetFire Tinder can make fire starting 100% simpler, even in wet conditions.)
  • Saw or Axe (Again, this is an example of preparedness overkill, but better safe than sorry.  Most people tend to use a saw in warmer months/climates and an axe in wintry conditions.  The idea here is to have the necessary tool available for processing firewood, or possibly, shelter building.  The thing is, it's almost completely unnecessary.  In nearly any situation, the wood needed to start a fire AND keep it going is already available right on the ground, broken up into nice little pieces.  As for shelter building...bring that tarp!  For a small folding saw, few are better than the Bahco Laplander.  For a small axe or hatchet, almost any could fit the bill for the needs mentioned above.  I rather enjoy the Morakniv Boron Steel Camping Axe.)
  • Fixed Blade Knife (This one's a bit easier to explain.  We love, love, LOVE knives, so take them everywhere, including the backcountry!  That's it.  Ok, not really...... A knife in the woods has a plethora of uses.  Most notably, in this scenario, it's very helpful when processing wood for a fire, especially if the blade length is 4-5", has a flat edge and is full tang.  I'm a fixed blade knife nut, so I could speak on this topic for days.  To keep it light and cost effective, the Mora Bushcraft Black is hard to beat for an all-around outdoor/bushcraft knife.  It isn't full tang, but visit YouTube and you'll see any number of people abusing this knife and it maintains beautifully.)
  • Lighting (I am of the opinion that a handheld flashlight becomes pointless in the the wilderness, especially in a survival type scenario.  Why in the world would you want to take up precious hand real estate when you can jus strap it to your head?!  Headlamps are invaluable resources in the hiking/camping world.  Obviously, if you're keeping with the standard theme of redundancy, carry a small flashlight, if you must [I'll catch plenty of flack for these anti flashlight remarks...ha!]  I highly recommend Petzl Headlamps.  I love lightweight items that disappear when you're not in immediate need of them, so I enjoy the Petzl Zipka line of headlamps.  Instead of having a large, obtrusive band around your head, they have a retractable cord...super convenient!  Oh, I almost forgot, don't forget an extra set of batteries.)
  • Cordage (While cordage isn't necessarily necessary, it can be VERY helpful in emergency situations, and definitely for getting your tarp between a couple trees.  Most of us enjoy good ol' 550 paracord and there's certainly nothing wrong with that.  Others will swear by bankline or trotline...whatever floats your boat that day, is what I say.  Have some of all of it at your house and take what you decide on that day.  There's a new company that ran a a wildly successful Kickstarter campaign early in 2014 for a new type of paracord.  Their name is Live Fire Gear and the product is FireCord.  It's essentially regular 550 paracord, but one of the inner strands is made of a water resistant fire tinder.  Cut of the end, pull it out a bit, throw a spark at it and it lights up.  Man, I love multi-purpose items!  I'll add in a pic of some of my more beloved fixed blades below, each with an orange FireCord lanyard.)
  • Navigation (Since we're basically covering all of our bases for an emergency scenario, we can't overlook the possibility that we've wandered off the trail and are now lost.  This can make for desperate times.  Only once have I been lost in nature...it was decidedly NOT fun.  I was far too young to understand navigation in the wild and the concept of staying put, staying calm and properly thinking out a plan.  Nowadays, I'm decent with a compass.  You don't have to have anything super fancy...anything from Suunto will do, but I do prefer actual liquid filled compasses to digital compasses for their accuracy.  The Suunto Clipper is so tiny and light that it will disappear in a small pouch within your larger pack.  As with fire starting, know how to use it before venturing into the wild!)
  • Signaling (So you've gone for a day hike alone [seriously, take a buddy] and your foot got trapped between to large rocks as you were traversing a moderately steep ridge.  You lost your balance, your weight shifted hard to one side and BAM...broken ankle.  This is now where you live until someone comes along to save you.  Hopefully you remembered the Rule of Threes and you're prepared with a tarp to throw overhead and enough water to sip on for a couple days.  Otherwise, adios!  Having a mirror, using smoke from your fire, a whistle or a light source [you have your headlamp, right?]...anything will do as long as it gets the attention of someone from a distance.  Ultimate Survival Technologies makes the StarFlas mirror which works quite well.  For a whistle, going back to REI, they make a ridiculously small keychain whistle made of anodized aluminum that is ear piercingly loud!)
  • Multitool (This is a must have item for me.  I want it to have as much function as possible to set me up for success in nearly any scenario.  In order for it to accomplish my needs entirely, it must have a pliers, a blade, a saw [more firewood processing], a file, and scissors - anything else is awesome, but not necessary in the woods...dare I say, I won't have a need for a screwdriver out there.  The flathead, if broad enough, can be used to pry apart things, however.  I have two recommendations in this category...in my mind, they are virtual equals.  The Leatherman Wave and the Victorinox Swiss Army SwissTool Spirit X.)
  • First Aid (For a day hike, there's no need to get crazy fancy here.  Some bandages of varying sizes, a good bandana, which can be used for a TON of different things outdoors [a sling for a busted arm, for instance], medicines [Ibuprofen, Aspirin, Benadryl, Triple Antibiotic Ointment, antacids, and antidiarrheals are ideal], personal needs items - if you wear glasses/contacts, bring backups for each.  You don't want to be blind in the wilderness, do you???  Your multitool will have things like a small blade and miniature scissors to use as part of your FAK.)
  • Food (Remember, you can survive 3 weeks without food, but that doesn't mean you want to.  You're on a hike, which is arguably the single most calorically depleting aerobic exercise you can perform [side note: if you're interested in some of the best fat burning exercise possible that's also fun and gorgeous, look into trail jogging].  If not for a survival situation, at least have some food items with you to maintain your body's need for energy.  A couple protein bars, some jerky, nuts...they're all light and they all work well to keep you energized on the trail.  The protein bars I enjoy the most are Clif Bars.  Either the tried and true Clif bars, or their sweet and salty variety.  If you go the route of the latter, try the Mountain Mix...YUM!)

COMFORT:

 

  • TP (This one should be obvious to us all.  No one wants to feel discomfort...there.) 
  • Blanket/Sleeping Bag (Most blankets are a tad bulky just for the sake of convenience in a day hike situation.  If you're considering a blanket because you're heading out in the winter, might I recommend just going with an extra layer instead?  There are also sleeping bags that bundle into super tiny carry sacks, but they have minimal loft in order to pack so small, so you don't get a great deal of warmth out of them.  For many, covering up isn't just about warmth, it's about a comfortable, familiar feeling, which is very important when you're stuck outdoors.  Anyway, if you go that route, I recommend something like the Lafuma Simple USe 600, though it may no longer be available.)
  • Cell Phone (Your cell phone can be a lifesaver.  I mean that literally.  I posted a story on someone's daily carry pic recently about a time my phone got me out of a pinch when I was on an outdoor adventure.  Nowadays, smartphones can do a ridiculous amount of helpful actions for the outdoors.  GPS still works, even when you're in airplane mode, so many navigation apps work.  This is great, especially if you were to lose the map you should have been carrying with you from the ranger station at the trailhead.  You can use your phone as an additional light, as a source of music to remain somewhat sane in the event of an emergency.  That being said, I would never advocate anyone actually hiking with their hearing restricted.  Where I live and hike, we have rattlesnakes.  The first time you see one, it's a bit jarring, and it's not because it's a snake either.  It's because the first time you see one, you don't actually see it first...you HEAR it first.  If you have earbuds deep in your ear canal, rocking out to the latest from the Foo Fighters and a rattler goes off, it might be too late by the time you realize he's there.  They make the sound to warn you of their presence.  This has happened consistently to me at least once a year, every year.  At this point, when I hear it, I stop, calmly look for him and find a new route.  If he's kind enough to let me know he's there, I want to be kind enough to respect that I heard him and find another way.  Ummm...oh yeah...your smartphone can be used for a ton of awesome application in the outdoors, but your battery won't last forever, so...)
  • Battery Backup (This is really for your phone, should you decide to bring it along, or the last item I'll list.  I'll go outside of the battery backup norms here and suggest one that I have an absolutely LOVE.  The Joos Orange.  It's a single solar panel charger, but can be precharged using micro USB before you leave the house.  5400mAh is all it holds, but considering that you can charge it over and over and over again, using the power of the sun, who cares that it's not 12,000mAh!  I especially love this guy on canoe trips.  After I've used it the first time, it stay face up in the middle of the boat while I paddle all day.  By the time I get to camp, I can charge any electronics I've brought along.)
  • Camera (The technology we have right now is phenomenal.  If you have your smartphone, it's probably sufficient for your stills, even some video.  Depending on how much video you plan to shoot, you might want to consider something a bit more dedicated to either stills or video.  For me, I like to accomplish both using a GoPro.  The Hero 3+ has served me well, but you could go newer if you want to shoot your outdoor adventure in 4K!)

 

Ok, that's it.  I've now been working on this for over two and half hours (my wife is going to divorce me...I'm certain of it) and I'm sure I've forgotten something obvious.  I hope you enjoy.  Feel free to ask about any of the specific items I posted.

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