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fritz_monroe:
Call it an EDC  bag, man bag, messenger bag, etc.  What do you carry?

I'm starting a new job.  Up to this point, I would carry a lunch bag and maybe some stuff in my pockets.  Anything else, I would keep in my desk.

But with the new job, I'm looking for a bag to EDC some gear.  I will have a desk at some point, but I'm traveling between a couple of offices.  I want to get a messenger bag or something similar to carry necessary stuff.  I can't carry my phone or laptop into the office, so that's not a requirement, so...

What do you guys carry to the office to hold your EDC stuff?

The Professor:
I recently got on of LA Police Gear's Messenger Bags.  It was rather inexpensive at $35, but I was very pleasantly surprised at it's quality.

The only real problem I've had with it was with the rear pistol pockets.  I usually carry a large-sized handgun, in this case an H&K VP9, and the size of the pocket makes a quick draw. . .well. . .not so quick.  A VP9SK, a Glock 19 or a similar mid-size pistol is no problem.

It's large for what I'm used to, but it's comfortable and will definitely hold everything I need.

https://lapolicegear.com/lapg-bg-messenger-bag.html

The Professor

Ken325:
My list is modified by the fact that I work in a government building with a strict not weapons policy and metal detectors.  I ride the train to downtown and then walk several blocks to my office.   Parking is $10/day but I get a free transit pass from work.  This list is in addition to my EDC.  That includes my iphone, leatherman, ID badge, and flashlight. 

My pack is an REI model that is not sold anymore or I would give it a big recommendation.  It is kind of a haversack model that I like because if is small enough to sit in my lap on the train but big enough to hold all my stuff.  It also has easy access pockets that I can reach when carrying it.  That is a key feature.  It is on my side so I can reach it, not on my back, or rolling luggage.  I have a tactical pen in an outer pocket that is easy to reach.  When I can, I also carry pepper spray in that pocket.

Umbrella- get a good one that fits in the pack. Always carry it.
Over the ear blue tooth headphones- So I can survive the noisy people on the train. Earplugs are also good but I get ear problems if I wear them to often. Ear buds as a backup.
Portable battery backup, USB charger, and cables for iPhone, and micro USB.
Laptop charger, laptop computer.
Flashlight
Map of downtown, and transit system.
Medications
travel packs of insect repellent, sunscreen, and stain remover.
Cotton handkerchief- works better than disposable Kleenex
maxpedition mini pocket organizer filled with a small survival kit.  This is easy to remove and pocket if needed.
Small first aid it, micro CPR mask,
I don’t carry a coat or raincoat in the pack.  If the weather is even close to bad I wear one.  I am exposed to rain and cold when I walk ¼ mile to the office from train station so I don’t take chances. 
Yaesu VX3 Ham radio, (about the size of a pack of tick tacs) lets me listen to emergency response and police radio if needed. 
Hand gel
CASH -Most important thing!  Most problems can be fixed with $200 in cash. Also carry some quarters for vending machines.
Normal stuff like pens, pencils, sharpee, business cards, and notepad.
In hot weather, a bottle of water

FreeLancer:
This is my current favorite.  Tough, comfortable, simple.

fritz_monroe:

--- Quote from: Ken325 on July 22, 2018, 11:27:49 PM ---My pack is an REI model that is not sold anymore or I would give it a big recommendation.  It is kind of a haversack model that I like because if is small enough to sit in my lap on the train but big enough to hold all my stuff.  It also has easy access pockets that I can reach when carrying it.  That is a key feature.

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Any chance you can post a pic of the bag?


--- Quote from: FreeLancer on July 23, 2018, 12:54:20 AM ---This is my current favorite.  Tough, comfortable, simple.

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Seems a little on the large size for me.

I'm probably going for some sort of messenger bag.

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