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The Jumbo Versipack, A Weekend EDC Bag

The Jumbo Versipack, A Weekend EDC Bag

I got the Jumbo Versipack a few months ago, and have used it on various occasions. It's a very tactical-looking shoulder pouch that carries anything up to a 7-8" tablet size object, plus a lot of extras in all the pockets. I originally got it thinking it would be a full time Everyday Carry bag, but later realized that on weekdays, I usually am carting around my backpack anyway, so I've created two different sets of everyday carry items -- one for work and one for weekends. The Versipack is perfect for when we decide to make a run over to Ann Arbor, Canton or any other day trip where we won't be back until late evening, while I have the work backpack equipped for more immediate needs during the workday.

Back in April of this year, I got turned on to Everyday Carry by Patriot36, a Youtuber that created a bunch of videos on Survival, EDC and hiking around. I did some research and found out that EDC was a popular thing in the "Prepper" and "Survivalist" communities already, but was just starting to seep into the general awareness. Everyday Carry is all about being aware of what you carry everyday when you leave the house. For some, an EDC is as simple as keys, wallet, phone and watch, but for others, an EDC consists of things you generally need or want at any given point during the day. For instance, I now carry nail clippers so when my fingernails get long enough to click on the keyboard, I trim them. I also carry a small stash of First Aid supplies, flashlight, multitool, rain poncho and a mylar emergency blanket. Actually, there's a lot more in the versipack than that, but those items are with me no matter what day or bag I have.

I created The Everyday Carry site to capitalize on some of the sales opportunities that were available when people would check out what other people carry everyday. This is known as a "bag dump", and it's the process of laying out everything that you carry in your EDC to show of and give others ideas of what they might want to carry in their EDC as well.

As a part of the process, I emailed various companies to see if they'd send me samples of their products for reviews on the Everyday Carry site, and sure enough, more than just one or two responded (I've got a lot of free stuff from different companies for review, and I've never had to send anything back after reviewing it). The versipack was from one such company, and although this isn't a sales review, per se, I do endorse the Versipack as it's so useful to people who've asked me about it when I have it with me.

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So this is what an EDC Bag Dump looks like... This is all the stuff that the Jumbo Versipack can carry. I still had a bit more room inside the pack for other things as well. From the picture, you can see I carry snacks, flashlights, water purifier and a lot of other stuff. While most of this stuff is useful on a day to day basis, I do admit that there's a few things that you might not need a lot of -- The SOL Escape Bivvy (top right near power strip, orange/blue roll in the Ziplock bag) is an emergency sleeping bag, and I've actually used it. The first weekend out here in Battle Creek, I stayed at our new house before the furnature was moved over, and I used the sleeping bag that night with a sweater as a pillow. Not the most conventional use, but since the Escape Bivvy is a heavy duty mylar emergency blanket made into a sleeping bag, I did stay quite warm and comfortable. I also used the Sawyer water purifier (round blue tube with black ends at bottom of photo and rolled up "squeeze" pouch) as the water at the new house was a bit questionable since I wasn't sure how long it had been since the water in the softener was cycled. The picture was actually taken during the couple nights I stayed at the new house, I believe.

At any rate, the Jumbo Versipack doesn't carry all these items now as it did on that venture. I still do carry the flashlights, first aid, pens, notebooks and chargers, but the Bivvy and water purifier are in another bag now (yes, a third bag designed for crisis or disasters called a "Bugout Bag").  

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