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I'm wondering who carries a Maxpedition type organizer or other kind of container for more gear than you can carry "on you?" If you do, what do you carry? I am considering a Maxpedition Beefy or Fatty to carry more gear. I am thinking of creating different types of kits such as Practical (safety pins, paper clips, etc,) Mechanical (pliers, screw driver, wrench, electrical and duct tape, etc,) Medical (first aid,) Survival (knife, fire starter, compass, etc,) Tactical (knife, expandable baton, etc,) I would like to carry each “kit” in one container to keep in the truck or my computer bag. Thoughts?
I hope this doesn't sound like overkill, but I EDC a S&W .38 snub in one pocket, a Ruger LCP .380 in a belt holster that looks like a cell phone holster, and a Case Mini Blackhorn and a Leatherman Micra in the other pocket.
JJ, Maxpedition used to make their bags for standard (right-side) & "S-type" (left-side) carry. I'm right-handed but despise having anything in the way of my dominant hand, so I actually preferred the S-type bags. Maxpedition bags are made in Taiwan, I believe, but frankly I prefer the Chinese knock-offs because they're not as stiff, & they're significantly less expensive. Unfortunately, none of the knock-offs that I have found made left-hand versions of these bags.
Maxpedition also used to make a bag called the Colossus, which was an ambidextrous bag similar to the Versipack, only larger. Fortunately, some of the knock-off brands have copied this bag. I would have bought the Colossus if it was still in production, I really like that bag.
However, the NCStar First Responder bag still is in production, comes in multiple color options, & at $33 shipping included (on eBay), it's about a fifth the price of the Colossus, with a very similar layout (maybe a bit smaller). I own this bag & definitely recommend it!
Emory, great question!
I've been fortunate enough to have been working from home since March 2020 (& to have been working most weeks since then), so I don't usually carry more than my pockets will hold currently. There are some exceptions, however.
My wife & I split the dog walking, which gets us outside for at least half an hour, twice a day, regardless of the weather. For these walks, my current set-up involves a "sling" (fanny) pack made by Cannae Pro Gear (the Belerian). Before that, I used a similar sling/fanny pack made by Marmot (don't know the name), and before that, a very small messenger-type bag made by Timbuk2 (the Catapult Sling bag).
For everything else -- taking my kid to school, attending outdoor family gatherings, medical appointments, etc., I currently carry the Mountainsmith Adventure Office Small messenger bag. Carries everything I need & more -- water bottle, multitool, first aid kit, trauma kit, fidgets, pens & notebook (as in, spiral bound paper), gloves, extra masks, hand sanitizer, snacks, bandana, etc. -- all easy to see because of the yellow lining in every pocket.
My first aid kit is one that I have carried for years. In it, I carry several sizes of bandaids, different over the counter meds, safety pins, a Victorinox Classic SD, a magnifying glass, tweezers, nail clipper, safety pins, a lighter, dental floss, a small pen, & a small Streamlight flashlight. I built this around a small Adventure Medical first aid kit I picked up a long time ago (actually, I purchased two, and built two similar but not identical kits). These kits have come in very handy, & I carry one every time I leave the house.
Before the pandemic, I basically had to carry what anyone else might store in a desk at work, since I often work at multiple locations, even for the same company on the same site. This was definitely a challenge (& no doubt will be again -- I'm guessing I won't be able to work from home forever). So I built my EDC on a backpack from Eddie Bauer that I believe is no longer in production -- the Voyager 2.0 backpack.
It says the capacity is 30 liters, but it looks, & feels, like less. (It's not uncommon for manufacturers to seemingly fudge this specification; however, it may be from the total sum of pocket volumes -- which also gets dicey if you're doing things like counting pockets within pockets.) Fortunately, I've made it work, with each pocket becoming its own pouch, so to speak. I actually use an old neoprene floppy disk pouch (3.5" size) for fidgets, a small polyester canvas pouch for electronic gear (charging cords, batteries, etc.), & occasionally a cheap Chinese Molle pouch for miscellaneous items.
If you carry a messenger bag, tote bag, or even a patrol bag, something I really came to love was the Vanquest Drop-In Organizer for Messenger bags. Vanquest, given it's utility. It can act like a lunch bag, or it can act to transfer certain types of gear into & out of your bag quickly. At $45, it's not cheap enough to have a lot of them, but it's much more affordable than I would have predicted from Vanquest, especially given its utility,
I was actually in the process of experimenting with travel cubes & other pouches when the pandemic hit, largely negating my need to use these items in the same way. I actually really dig bags and pouches, and really have to start thinking about what a return to the office will require. Though I'd really prefer to continue working from home & leave the pouches & packs for recreational purposes!
EDIT: I realize these bags might have been larger than you were posting about, but this is what a lot of my EDC is & has been structured around. I am hoping to address some of the pouches I like & use, and smaller packs, but this is the first time I've written about bags for a while, & admit I couldn't help getting a little carried away with the topic!