Friday, October 7, 2011

EDC Pocket Dump

Obviously this is not a review. The goal of this post here is to just share my EDC items. By doing so, others get an idea on how to better their EDC. Check out this website for many more "pocket dumps". 

Items (from left to right):
     Okay's key safe
          Two sets of keys (in case I look my keys in the car)
           Lacie 4gb jump drive (always have a way to collect/share data quickly)
     Cell phone
     Bandana (for drying hands, sweat, oil...)
     Streamlight Microstream Flashlight (Nutnfancy's Review
     Mace brand "Keyguard" pepper spray
     Slim wallet
     Spyderco Tenacious 
     Victorionix Climber II
     Timex Ironman Road Trainer Heart Rate Monitor Watch (not shown)

     In the future, I see myself replacing my phone with an iPhone 4s (for the obvious music, photos, contacts, calender, notepad, video, and camera capabilities). My knife will be swapped for a Kershaw Skyline while a Smith and Wesson Bodyguard would be added. Lastly my watch would be replaced by a Suunto Core. 

Shave, Shampoo, Bodywash?

Item: Nivea Active 3
Price: $4.00
Make: Domestic
Features: Shaving Cream, Shampoo, Bodywash
Unit Volume: 8.4 or 16.9 fl oz available
Time in testing: 6 months


I've been dying to get the word out on this product since I laid eyes on it a year ago. Active 3, Nivea's all in one shaving gel, shampoo, and body wash is for any man (perhaps even women) that travels. Now, you may be wondering where such a product fits into my system and what makes it so appealing.

The big catch for me is that wether my trips be in the field or to a hotel, I now only have to carry and search for one bottle. This means less weight and more space. Now the first thought to cross most people minds is, that wouldn't one need more as they are using perhaps three times as much. A 3.4 oz bottle can last me roughly a week in a hotel and even longer in the field. So imagine how a 8.4 or 16.9 fl oz bottle can go. Also it is fairly cheap, and since it is not widely used, it can often be found on clearance (see picture above).

While this product suites me well, there are two slight potential problems. First, you may need more than me as my hair is quite short and secondly some people may not like the viscosity. It is very smooth and gelly like, and washing it off in the field may be a pain. At first I found this to be the case when shaving in the field, however with a soft rag, I've eliminated the problem of irritation from trying to wipe it off.

This may be a simple product, however I certainly feel it lightens your load when traveling abroad or in the field. It may even entice you to replace your daily shaving cream, body wash, and shampoo. Hopefully, on your next trip this will save you weight and space so you can pack more of the gear you want.