when you need it you never have it....

This is an "ask" Post so please don't just "+3/-3" leave a response.

What are something you normally need but don't have on a daily basis. These are things you could use while you are around town, on a road trip, and other "non-survival" situations.

I have collected a few things I think I could use once in a while when the need arises.

1. toilet paper
2. lighter
3. Cologne
4. plastic bag (grocery store style)
5. pencil w/ eraser
6. emergency asthma pills *ephedra* (I have asthma)
7. blank paper scraps
8. Band-aids ( multiple sizes)
9.single use medical wipe (antiseptic wipe)
10. Paper clip (1-2)
11. credit card sized multi tool
11a. toothpick
11c. button compass
11d. 1 inch serrated knife w/finger grip
11e. fire starter (magnesium striker)
11f. mini-Magnifying glass
11g.emergency whistle
12.Keychain multi tool
12a.single edge knife
12b. can opener/flathead screwdriver
12c. abrasive file
13. 16 gig usb keeychain

I keep all of this either on my keychain, in an Altoids tin or my wallet and take them with me every day.
I have had a few people stare at me like im crazy, that is until I actually use something from my "kit".

what are something's you all think would be useful, or what are things you carry all the time.

(note: I remove any weapons or objects that could be considered weapons before entering any government buildings or transit stations)

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  • 3

    A couple of years ago I got one of the below as a stocking filler. It's been in my wallet all this time and I've not used it once.
    41lvgrwrk2l - when you need it you never have it....

    I'm liking the idea of folding some TP into the coin section of my wallet too.

    • Math
    • January 10, 2014, 8:37 am
    the interesting part about that pocket tool is that I have most of the same tools but separated in the rest of my kit. except maybe the 4 position wrench and butterfly wrench

    I recommend the tp trick to anyone. just fold it so it fits, but is as thin as possible. otherwise it will bulk up your wallet. I recommend using more sheets of single ply or less sheets of 2 ply.
    - decrotie2004 January 10, 2014, 9:36 am
    I love browsing this kinda stuff, but I never buy anything. I'm a student living in a city, what the fuck am I going to do with a hand-saw haha
    - poopiteepoop January 10, 2014, 10:51 am
    That particular one is less that £1!!!

    This is a bit more expensive but more practical...
    - Math January 10, 2014, 11:53 am
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    i dont need anything i dont already carry normally... i'm normally only in need of screwdrivers, a knife, a file, pliers, paper, pen, and some other small stuff... on a daily basis i carry a leatherman wave(scissors, knife, file, itty bitty and large screwdriver, pliers, etc.) a waterproof notebook and pen, and a pocket knife. I normally carried everything else in my truck but that got t-boned and totaled so i'm waiting on repairs now... i dont remove weapons when entering a gov't building, if my little pocket knife and a pair of pliers makes them nervous they've got bigger issues.

    • January 9, 2014, 10:47 am
    I don't normally need things like screwdrivers and such as I live a very domestic life style so cuts and scrapes are the worst I have to fare against. I have tools in my car for repairs and such but I keep a very basic first aid on hand at all times. Ive also found that when at a restaurant or mall I have used the toilet paper more then you would think. it might be only like 4-8 sheets of TP but when you have nothing, and no one to help... it can save your butt.( pun intended)
    Edit: looked up the leatherman wave... I would not want something so heavy. but that is personal taste.
    - decrotie2004 January 9, 2014, 3:57 pm
    it's got more... "heft" i would say, while it is a decent weight that weight transfers into it being a very very solid work took. i can drive nails with it and no problem(although it does take a while). besides, leatherman has a replacement plan i can get behind... i actually have 3 of the same thing because i always break things. one is a spare, one i wear, and one is normally either in the mail or at leatherman being fixed/replaced. free of charge, just pay shipping :)
    *edit: the small screwdriver works on my glasses so it really is itty bitty(also useful for under fingernails, reset buttons, and the occasional "i stabbed a fly.")
    - MIKYTEY January 9, 2014, 11:20 pm
    to be honest I normally scavenge my tools and such. My multi tool key chain/pocket knife I found on the ground at a bus stop, just sharpened the blade and soaked it in vinegar and salt to remove the rust, plastic bag (obvious), found the mini lighter tossed in the grass near my apartment, If i'm at my mothers house for a visit, I will raid her medicine cabinet for heart burn meds or (otc) pain pills and add it to a tiny ziplock in my tin. I feel like this works for me because if I use something and it breaks... no loss to me.

    if your wave works great for you and you use it every day then wonderful, I have nothing to say about the weight in your case. And you have to love a company that will repair the product for free. Not many companies do that anymore.

    thanks for contributing the post.
    - decrotie2004 January 10, 2014, 8:19 am
    i never said i bought them... being military supply has its perks after all :)

    it's whatever works, half my toolbox is scavenged from side of the road(found a nice crescent wrench) or what people leave behind when they leave.
    - MIKYTEY January 10, 2014, 9:59 am
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    The 3 items I will never leave the house without aside from wallet, phone, and car keys are my knife, a lighter, or a bottle opener. These are items I will use at least once a day, otherwise the rest of my EDC stays in the car. But it's always a good thing to keep a roll of TP in the glove box.

    in regards to the TP. I keep a total of 8 squares of decent 2-ply TP, 2 sets of 4, folded tightly in the coin section of my wallet.(mostly because coins wont stay in there). It has served me many times in "dire" situations.
    - decrotie2004 January 10, 2014, 8:21 am
    What do you use a knife for everyday?
    - poopiteepoop January 10, 2014, 10:52 am
    In the winter mostly opening and cutting stuff, it definitely sees a lot more use during the summer though. Thing is you don't realize how useful a knife really is as a tool until you start carrying one regularly, I carry a fixed blade out of personal preference, but even a little pocket knife has a lot of uses.
    - triclebickle January 10, 2014, 6:27 pm
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    i hope im not the only one that carries a gun... i also carry a fixed blade fighting knife...

    • Boss429
    • January 11, 2014, 3:54 pm
    Now that is just unnecessary...
    - poopiteepoop January 11, 2014, 4:56 pm
    Depends on where he lives really.
    - triclebickle January 11, 2014, 8:50 pm
    I rather be safe than sorry...
    - Boss429 January 11, 2014, 9:03 pm
    This is true, but I'm willing to bet he's not from CAR or South Sudan
    - poopiteepoop January 12, 2014, 8:20 am
    true, but even I carry during points of the year when crime is at it's highest.
    - triclebickle January 12, 2014, 5:00 pm
    What city/state do you live in if you don't mind me asking? Is it really that dangerous?

    I have heard that Detroit has terrible crime and murder rates, I just sort of assumed that Detroit was a unique situation...
    - poopiteepoop January 13, 2014, 12:48 pm
    I live in Idaho Falls, Idaho. The longest period I carry a concealed weapon of any kind is during the summer, because the area of town with the highest crime overall (Theft, vandalism, and assault being the big 3) is in close proximity to the downtown area and the green belt (An established blacktop running on both sides of the snake river). Now most of the time I just carry a can of mace with my knife because it's all I would really need because the police force isn't strained. However between June 25th and July 6th I carry a firearm because of a huge influx of tourists coming to town to see our annual firework show (it's ranked as the largest show west of the Mississippi) this puts a huge strain on the police force causing a spike in crime that while small compared to other places in the state it is noticeable to the community and makes people uneasy. So I along with others carry to give people a little peace of mind.
    - triclebickle January 13, 2014, 6:49 pm
    I see, I see.

    If I knew that my neighbours had guns I would most definitely not have more peace of mind.

    Different cultural mentality I guess.
    - poopiteepoop January 14, 2014, 2:47 pm
    It's culture and exposure. I grew up around guns and handle a firearm in one way or another almost every day so they're no big deal for me. Where as you, living in Australia, don't have the exposure so you're not desensitized to them.
    - triclebickle January 14, 2014, 6:27 pm
    i normally don't carry on my person but i do carry a handgun, a combat knife, and one of the large Maglite flashlights in my truck. granted, i used to live in colorado springs, CO. some of that city including right off post is some of the seediest i've ever seen and i suppose it just became habit and i still carry. the knife was habit overseas so i'm just kinda adding things to it.
    - MIKYTEY January 14, 2014, 7:25 pm
    haha I got downrated for feeling uneasy around guns :P
    - poopiteepoop January 16, 2014, 6:27 am
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    thank you to everyone that replied to this, doubly if you listed what you carry that you use all the time.

  • 1

    why do you need all this on a daily basis?

    stuff i always bring though are phone, keys, bus/train card, headphones
    and if i'm going out for social reasons (not going to school) then money and ID to prove i'm 18

    1. toilet paper: enough for a single use, this has saved me from many awkward moments where there would be no toilet paper in a public restroom.
    2.lighter: just recently used this on jan 1 at mid night to light fireworks when the main lighters we had ran out of fuel
    3.cologne: this is a .05 oz bottle that has helped me smell decent if I go to somewhere after I have been physically exerting myself and I smell less than fresh.
    4.plastic bag: some stores like Aldi's and save-a-lot don't offer free bags, instant savings if I always have one.
    5.pencil and eraser: left a nice note on someones car who parked like a jack ass.
    6. ashthma pills: obvious
    7. scrap paper: see #5
    8+9. bandaids and wipe: cut and scrape first aid. frequestly used.
    10.paper clip: fixed many things with a single paper clip. like a grill hood, flip flop and even rigged together a "button" for a pair of jeans once.
    11+12: multi tools: obvious uses such as needing tweesers, need to cut something, need a screwdriver.. you get the jist.
    13. usb stick: its loaded with programs that play from the usb as well as computer recovery tools. saved a couple computers from the grave in a singl week.
    Extra added recently: pain killer/ anti-inflammatory, (naproxen sodium)

    this is why I have it every day. this is in addition to my phone. and many of these things are in my wallet or on my keychain.
    - decrotie2004 January 14, 2014, 12:01 am
    you must have big pockets
    - poopiteepoop January 14, 2014, 2:53 pm
    no, I have 4 pockets and 4 things to carry. keys go in the left side pocket, phone in the right side pocket, altoids tin kit in back left pocket and wallet in the back right.
    - decrotie2004 January 14, 2014, 4:00 pm
    8+9. bandaids and wipe: cut and scrape first aid. frequestly used.
    i don't remember the last time i used a bandage tbh
    if i scrape something or start bleeding, i just let it heal itself, press against it with your hand for a little until it stops bleeding, and then the fresh air heals it
    but the last time i've needed to do anything like that was, ermm
    April i think? so 9 months ago, during a football match

    11+12: multi tools: obvious uses such as needing tweesers, need to cut something, need a screwdriver.. you get the jist.
    also, why do you randomly need tools all the time?
    unless your job requires it, which might explain the bandage thing as well?
    But if i need any tools, it's most likely a one-time job that i'm doing, in the house, so there will be something that i can find.
    Not sure i'll ever need tools when i'm outside the house tbh, i can't see of a situation where i'd need them
    - Fail4424 January 14, 2014, 8:27 pm
    I'm exactly the same man.

    I'm a student living in a city, if I need a plaster its usually for a blister which I can take care of when I'm home. If I need some tools, then I am most definitely at home where I can find some lying around. I've never been in a situation where I've spontaneously needed a screw driver....
    - poopiteepoop January 16, 2014, 6:26 am
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    the bandaids and wipes are more for other people than myself. And I found my self in situations where there was no proper first aid kit to get a bandage from. Many of the bandanges I carry are butterfly bandages, great for holding deeper cuts closed till stitches can be put in.

    as for multi-tools, ill use a simple explanation for these. because they are convenient and small. my key chain multi tool is as thick as 2 keys and shorter than anything on my keychain. My wallet multi tool is the size of a credit card , and I hardly notice it is there, if at all.

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