What should I put in my "man-purse" daily survival kit?

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by mrgreen4242, Sep 7, 2008.

  1. mrgreen4242 macrumors 601


    Feb 10, 2004
    Ok, I have a very nice messenger bag (or a man purse as my wife calls it) - like this. I don't like the feel of it when it's empty, so I'm packing it up with an "every day (nerd) survival kit". This is something that I'll be carrying with me all the time so I don't find my self unprepared for any situation (so I guess that makes it a man purse).

    Here's what I've come up with so far:

    • multitool (of course). Swiss Army knife or Leatherman style. Or both. Probably both.
    • duct tape (small sized roll)
    • small roll of electrical tape, too
    • zip ties
    • travel sewing kit
    • dental floss (not for my teeth, but it's an amazingly handy way to pack pretty strong string - I've sawed through 1/4 plastic with floss before. Don't ask.)
    • Small flashlight
    • AA and AAA batteries
    • USB Dock cable
    • standard mini-USB cable
    • USB to AC charger
    • Spare cellphone charger (I can save space here using the USB cable for my Palm and the above USB to AC adaptor)
    • blank DVD/CDs
    • USB flash drive (actually I'll be super efficient here and pack a 2gb microSD card in a tiny USB adaptor, and my microSD to SD adaptor... I'll be able to plug the card into any PC, my/most digital cameras, and my/most cellphones, too)
    • Digital camera (about to get a Nikon D40, but it's pretty small, so it'll should still fit even with a smallish case/wrap around it)
    • Cellphone/iPod (though those are usually in my pockets)
    • ziplock bag with: travel toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, hand sanitizer, "wet wipes", and some extra, empty, ziplocks
    • .5L bottle of water (if it gets too full this will be the first to go. Water is heavy/dense, but I'll keep an empty bottle for refilling when thirsty)
    • couple of energy/granola/candy bars
    • gum/mints

    So, what am I missing? What's the one thing you couldn't get through the day without that's not on the list? I'm considering putting a spare ATM card (not debit, since ATM cards NEED a PIN to work so if it gets lost it is less of a risk), a $20 bill, and some secondary form of ID (it's illegal to have two copies of your drivers license, so I'm not sure what else might do me some good).
  2. Melrose Suspended


    Dec 12, 2007
    - lipstick
    - nylons
    - a Band Aid
    - Blues Brothers Special Edition DVD
  3. mrgreen4242 thread starter macrumors 601


    Feb 10, 2004
    :p bandages are a good actual suggestion, though.
  4. tringo macrumors regular

    Aug 30, 2006
  5. mrgreen4242 thread starter macrumors 601


    Feb 10, 2004
    Paper/pen/pencil/sharpie marker... duh! Thanks for the obvious additions! Map is also a good one, and I have a nice laminated one that will go perfectly.
  6. BoyBach macrumors 68040


    Feb 24, 2006
    Good grief man, throw your "man purse" into the bin! If it doesn't fit into your pockets, then you probably don't need to carry it. :p

    Good luck in explaining those away to a policeman. :eek: ;)
  7. shfreelance macrumors 6502a

    May 24, 2008
    Eustis, FL
    You call that a man bag?

    Hmmm, well this is what I carry.

    -Knife (Emerson or Gerber)
    -SureFire Flashlight
    -Oakley Sunglasses
    -Hand Sanitizer
    -Face Cleanser
    -Bleach Pen
    -Blackberry 8830
    -Laptop Asus EEE PC (Soon to be replaced with an MBA or MBP)
    -USB Flash Drive (4 GB)
    -Canon G9
    -8GB SD Card
    -Canon 430 EX
    -Spare Battery for Blackberry and Canon G9
    -Charger for EEE PC
    -Two Condoms & Lube (Just in case, still a virgin :) )

    There's probably some more, just to lazy to look. My current bag is from American Eagle, but I am keeping an eye out for a nicer one. But keeping under $150...
  8. northy124 macrumors 68020


    Nov 18, 2007
    Damnit to late I was just going to say although not the virgin part as I'm not:p nor was I going to suggest lube.
  9. erickkoch macrumors 6502a

    Jan 13, 2003
    Looks like everything is covered.

    Only thing missing that's in my man purse is:

    Small container of sunblock
    Roll of quarters
  10. shfreelance macrumors 6502a

    May 24, 2008
    Eustis, FL
    Oh, almost forgot. PAIN KILLERS!!!!! Lol, like aspirin for headaches....
  11. quasinormal macrumors 6502a

    Oct 26, 2007
    Sydney, Australia.
  12. EricNau Moderator emeritus


    Apr 27, 2005
    San Francisco, CA
    Your going to carry that with you everywhere, all day?

    ...I'll stick with my wallet and keys; if I need anything while I'm out and about, I'll just buy it. :D

    If I was traveling, that would be a difference story entirely, and then (and only then) would some of your items make sense. :p
  13. shfreelance macrumors 6502a

    May 24, 2008
    Eustis, FL
    I do school online from home and I don't like to be caked up in the house all day. Hence I take my office with me... It's much more enjoyable.
  14. mrgreen4242 thread starter macrumors 601


    Feb 10, 2004
    Good suggestions!
    Let's see, the condoms are out (married, have a 6 month old... let's just say they're not needed). But, the ear plugs, asprin (well, Aleve is my drug of choice), sunblock (I'm very pasty :p) are good ones. Tide/bleach pen is a good idea, too. I'd like an eeePC (or a MSI Wind, or one of the new Dell mini's... any subnote would be good, specs not important, but needs BT for tethering to my Centro) but I can't justify one at this point, especially since I'm about to drop $500 on a new camera... my touch and my Centro get my by for mobile hardware, for now.

    Also, to the "explain that to the police" comment. Well, I'll explain it to them as soon as they present a warrant. Fah.
  15. shfreelance macrumors 6502a

    May 24, 2008
    Eustis, FL
    If they ask to search you, just tell them you have a knife and where it is located. There is no crime in caring a knife, it's a tool. That is if I let them search me, they better have a very good damn reason.
  16. marbles macrumors 68000


    Apr 30, 2008
    EU mostly
  17. tyranna macrumors regular


    Jan 13, 2007
    great american sw
    with all the items listed and the suggested items you're going to add, you might have to go with a roomier bag. :eek:
  18. Leareth macrumors 68000


    Nov 11, 2004
    for me I have :

    For secondary ID I carry a certified photocopy of my passport.

    A pair of latex gloves is good too ( though combined with the duct tape etc -hmm)

    a package of QuikStop for bleeding cuts

    small padlock

    postage stamps

    hair elastics ( when you have thigh length hair they critical )

    in my bag I have pretty extensive First Aid kit.
  19. StoneColdSober macrumors 6502

    Jul 19, 2008
    Your survival kit seems to be missing anything for self-defense. Get a conceal carry permit and start packin'. :cool:
  20. shfreelance macrumors 6502a

    May 24, 2008
    Eustis, FL
    I plain to when I turn 21, when I can legally pack a gun. Lol, can I put my M-4 in there?
  21. ski2moro macrumors 6502

    May 3, 2007
    How about an umbrella or small folded raincoat/poncho???
  22. rdowns macrumors Penryn


    Jul 11, 2003

    I can't believe all the crap you people carry around.
  23. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
    Most of the time my id, bank card, and cash are in my back pocket. I hate purses though I carry them to work.
  24. donga macrumors 6502a


    May 16, 2005
    ah dude, don't call it a man purse. please. it's a messenger bag. a jack bauer bag if you will. :cool:

    anyway, to save space for tampons and what not, hopefully you have a nalgene bottle, and you can wrap the duct tape maybe 10 times around the base of the bottle (a friend did this in madagascar). i thought it was pretty genius. he also cut old newspaper into squares to use as toilet paper, that's another story.

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