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Cameron McKirdy produced a new #EDC or Everyday Carry video update!¬† Check out the latest gear Survival Bros uses to stay safe, and be prepared for emergency situations.¬† Many products have multiple uses.¬† For example, you could use the headphone wires as cordage to keep something together.¬† HD video filmed with the new GoPro Hero7 Black camera.¬† It’s just OK.¬† The lens fogged up from the body heat coming off of my hand.¬† I thought this video was ruined, but I’m happy with the post.¬† Making YouTube videos is tough, but rewarding.

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Cam carrying his 110 Liter Kelty Backpack up Tillamook Head to the Hiker Cabins in Seaside, OR



By Cameron McKirdy

On outside:

– S Biners

– Blinking Red Light

– Tool Tether

– Grocery Ties

– Compass Keychain Tool

Front pouch:

– LG G2 with Ballistic Shell Gel Case

– Ear plugs

– Wall charger for smart phone

– Superfood pills – Maca, turmeric, bee pollen, B 12

– Duct Tape on card

– Coast Products PX20 Dual Color flashlight with pouch

– Camera Case (Case Logic)

– Kershaw Blur – Tanto Tiger Stripe folding knife

– Leatherman Skeletool

РMoist Wipes for hygiene

–¬†Toothpaste¬†and travel brush

– Chapstick

– Ballpoint Pen

– Listerine Breath Strips

– Sharpie Oil Pain Pen

– Tide Pen for stains

– Large Professional Sharpie Pen

– Coast Products DX356 knife

– Large Bic Lighter

Main Pouch:

– LED LENSER H14 Headlamp

– Dri-Fit Nike Hat – Go Ducks!

– OPTIONAL: Change of clothes, solar panel

– Notebook for ideas, contacts, calculator

– GSI Outdoors Stainless Steel 1 Liter bottle

– Mechanix Wear M Covert Gloves (Large)

Coast Products F611 Survival Knife with glassbreaker

– Camelbak 3 Liter hydration pack

Right Side Pouch:

 РFood Kit, Airborne Plus Energy Mix, raw food bars, honey, protein bars, condoms, vitamins, Chapstick sample, sugar, oatmeal, dish-washing soap, tea, salmon packets, instant soup, microwavable popcorn, and more Antibacterial Moist Wipes

Left Side Pouch: 

РAluminum Free deodorant, poncho, emergency blanket, Gerber Bear Grylls Survival Kit, spare cell phone and charger, camera charger and camera, shampoo, soap

Notes:  Everyday Carry Backpack items change all the time.  Make something like this for yourself for everyday emergency preparedness.  My pack also has a rain cover, but I have considered buying a medium sized dry bag.  I also carry 3m protective sunglasses, paracord bracelet, keychain with tools, one Hoo-Rag bandana, my wallet, and a mace pen, but the self-defense weapon fell out in my van before filming.  Oh well, I survived.  Please like, comment, and subscribe to the blog and our Survival Bros channel on YouTube.  We are on Facebook too!  Thanks for watching.  Peace and love.

EDC Backpack ItemsPhoto of the full EDC Backpack Gear Setup for Survival Bros.


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Tactical Gypsy, a Marine currently in the National Guard gives you a rundown on his everyday carry¬†gear. ¬†These are items he brings with him¬†wherever¬†he goes in general. ¬†His tactical backpack is packed with things that could¬†help him overcome adversity, and adapt to his environment. ¬†Below is the full load-out list to help you plan out your own emergency bag. ¬†With over 26,000 views on YouTube, this HD video will soon be our most popular production. ¬†Please subscribe to us on YouTube¬†to watch all of our epic videos, and to join in the discussion there. ¬†Thanks for all of your support. ¬†We have big plans for ¬†for Survival Bros. ¬†We’ve launched a secure store to provide you with gear, and nutritional supplements to make you more prepared for life. ¬†We’ll be adding tons of new products shortly, so check out the shop often. ¬†By supporting the blog, it gives us more free time to put out additional information to better serve you. ¬† We wish you the best. ¬†Now go get a prep out of the way today, to make tomorrow brighter. ¬†Peace and love.

Tactical Gypsy’s EDC List:

– Notepad aka Black Book with Pen(s)

– Casio G’zOne Smart Phone

– Surefire LED Flashlight with extra batteries

– Bic Lighter

– Flavored Chapstick with SPF 15

– Wallet with cash, IDs, concealed hand gun permit, plus Passport

– Coast DX356 Knife

– Survival Straps Paracord Bracelet

– Suunto Black Core Watch

– Clothes Vary – Leather Belt

– Merrell Moab Boots (waterproof) with paracord shoe laces

– Glock 23 .40 Smith and Wesson with inside the waistband kydex holdster by Blade Tech

– Black Tactical Backpack (Adidas)

– Maxpedition Medical Pack with extra magazine, includes gauze, QuickClot, sterile pads, lots of tape

– Laptop (password protected) with charger

– Multi-tool and small serrated knife in case

– Large Plastic Bag

– Level 2 Body Armor

– Fixed blade throwing knife with paracord wrapped handle

– Boo Boo kit with Neosporin, duct tape, band-aids

– Toothpast (fluoride free) and toothpicks with floss

–¬†Combat Application Tourniquet

– Weapon Light

– Electrical Tape

– Extra Cordage (shoe laces)

– Pouch of crystals and rocks

– Keys

– Odor Spray for Bullet-Proof vest, ect.

–¬†Military¬†Lensatic Compass

– Headphones and Earplugs

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Learn all about the NEW contest from Survival Bros, and Cougar Ridge Knives!¬† Visit, or ship your Altoids Survival Tin Kit to the shop for review at:¬†3348 Hwy 101 N.¬†Seaside¬†OR¬†97138 USA ¬†Call Rick Smith at (503) 738-9812 for additional details on this giveaway. ¬†There’s incredible prizes on the line. ¬†Lots more soon, so keep checking back on this blog post. ¬†Good luck preppers. ¬†

*Good news:  

This contest has been extended, and is now running until May 1, 2014.  So get those entries in.  If you are shipping them, please include money for return postage.  Thank you.

Here’s the official rules:

1.  All contents must be legal commercially available products.  All contents must fit inside an Altoids tin and close.  Paracord can be used to wrap the tin.

2.  Entry submissions can be returned with provided postage, or pickup within 30 days after the contest end.

3.  Contest will run from 3/15/14 Р5/1/14.  Entries will be judged on practical use and creativity.


1st Prize – Gerber emergency survival pack valued at $60

2nd Prize – Coast emergency lantern valued at $40

3rd Prize – CRKT Eat’N Tool valued at $8


survival tin contest prizes

Survival Bros visits a fine knife shop on the Oregon Coast.  Stop by the store when you take a trip to the beach. 

Owner Rick Smith tell you how you can create a knife with expert guidance at his shop Cougar Ridge Knives in Gearhart, Oregon. 

Produced By Cameron McKirdy

This is my new and improved EDC keychain system. ¬†Now I have many practical items handy at all times, with little redundancy. I plan on changing out gear as I acquire smaller, higher quality tools, but this is stuff I had on hand. Everything fits easily in my pocket, since I usually wear athletic shorts, and not tight pants like a hipster. ¬†I’ve also hooked my everyday carry survival keychain to the belt loop on my jeans, and to the outside of my tactical Bug Out Bag, for easy access. ¬†I’d like to add a telepen, peanut lighter, USB thumb drive, glow in the dark tape, 550 paracord, bit driver, seat-belt cutter/knife sharpener, and maybe something for self defense like a kubaton, or pepper spray. ¬†

I will update this blog post as the project develops. Tell us what’s on your keychain, and help out other Survival Bros readers. Below is the EDC Keychain items list. Thanks for visiting.

– Sharpie Mini
– CRKT Eat N’ Tool (tactical spork)
– 4 In One Tool: whistle, compass, thermometer, magnifying glass
– Gerber Shard multitool: pry bar, bottle/can opener, Phillips/Standard screw driver, nail puller
– Coast Products TX5 Night Vision Red Keychain light
– LED LENSER P3 AFS P focusing LED light with pocket clip, sheath, and carabiner included
– Leatherman Style Multitool: knife, tweezers, nail file, and scissors
– Kershaw Rainbow Chive with Tip-lock (Ken Onion Design)
– Mini Nail Clippers
– Waterproof pill container
– Lighter Leash for Bic
– Belt Loop Clasp

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In this HD video clip I relieve pressure on my foot. ¬†These big blisters were the result of an 18 mile hike on The Ramona Falls Loop and The Pacific Crest Trail. ¬†I should have busted out the Moleskin as soon as it started hurting, but I didn’t think they would develop so quickly, and puff up like this. ¬†If your blisters are huge, there’s nothing wrong with poking into them with a sterile knife or needle. ¬†You can sterilize your tools by cleaning them with alcohol, a lighter, or boiling them in hot water. ¬†It’s also a good idea to soak the wound in Epsom salts for up to 30 minutes. ¬†Plus, apply an antibacterial cream like Neosporin before covering with a bandage. ¬†Clean the area twice daily if possible too. ¬†Prevention is key. ¬†Wear thick socks, and break in your hiking boots long before you hit the trail. ¬†

survival bros logoDisclaimer: ¬†Information provided on the Survival Bros blog is for entertainment purposes. ¬†Do what’s right for you.

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In this HD video I test a brand new blade from Kershaw Knives out of Tualatin, Oregon.¬† I hiked with it in my pocket near the crater of Mt. St. Helens, from the Johnston Ridge Observatory.¬† This park is a National Monument, and a true American treasure.¬† The Junkyard Dog 2.2 is also a gem.¬† It’s a rigid manual opening knife, loaded with style.¬† It’s bold, from the slick pocket clip, to the textured black G10 handle.¬† Kershaw thought of everything.¬† It comes with a protective zippered pouch too, which will keep the sand and dirt out of it, and save it from hard falls.¬† My favorite part of the design is the way it opens.¬† The flipper on the top is easy to grip with one finger, and flick open, and into a locked position.¬† The liner lock is also the beefiest I’ve ever seen.¬† It’s no joke.¬† The blade isn’t closing unless you deliberately push the lock to the side.¬†

Overall, the Junkyard Dog 2.2 is easy to handle, and use.¬† I recommend it fully.¬† I like it’s aggressive design.¬† Plus, for a folder, it has a thick and wide blade.¬† It must also be mentioned that the blade is made of composite steel.¬† It’s quality engineering, boasting both D2 steel, and high-performance Sandvik 14C28N stainless on the spine.¬† The Junkyard Dog 2.2 can take any beating you dish out.¬† Survival Bros has even battoned it with wood to cut kindling for a fire.¬† It has sliced through every material I’ve tried; duct tape, rope, fabric, tree branches, elk meat, and more.¬† If you’re looking for a bigger EDC knife, this one is epic.¬† The JYD 2 retails for $149.95.¬† The version tested is Model 1725CB. ¬†More reviews soon.¬† I’d appreciate your comments.¬† Thanks!

jyd 2.2

kershaw blur gbThis is the blade I carry every day. ¬†It’s the famous Kershaw Blur, but with a carbide tip designed to shatter glass with ease. ¬†It does, as you can see in my video review below. ¬†

I’ve been testing the Kershaw Blur for 2 months now. ¬†I love it. ¬†It’s quality, and produced locally in Tualatin, OR. ¬†I rep gear made in the USA as much as possible, especially Oregon. ¬†The first thing that¬†fascinated¬†me with the knife is the unique design. ¬†It’s beautiful. ¬†Simple. ¬†Elegant. ¬†The subtle curves are sexy. ¬†I couldn’t wait to get her out of the box. ¬†Initially, I noticed how fine the blade is. ¬†It’s razor sharp. ¬†Also, I was impressed with how well the scallops cut. ¬†Slicing through materials like cardboard, plastic, rope, and paper is effortless, and so is opening it, thanks to the SpeedSafe assist. ¬†It flies out, and feels extremely secure in place with the liner lock.

Another excellent feature is the rigid angled thumb studs. ¬†You wouldn’t believe how easy it is to grip the nubs, and whip it out. ¬†Kershaw really made something special with the Blur. ¬†They even upgraded the steel in this new version to¬†Sandvik 14C28N with DLC coating. ¬†So it’s tough. ¬†Which brings me to the tiny carbide tip¬†embedded¬†in the aircraft¬†aluminum¬†handle. ¬†People don’t even notice the special tip at first, but believe me, it works. ¬†I broke a sheet of glass in my video, plus several bottles with minimal effort. ¬†The glass breaking feature is one I have to have on my EDC knife. ¬†It could save my life if I’m ever trapped in a vehicle, and it’s not bad for¬†self defense¬†either. ¬†

The Kershaw Blur is a great size, and light at only 4.2 ounces. ¬†I like the blade length too, at 3 3/8″. ¬†The overall length is 7 7/8″, and 4 1/2″ closed.¬† And the belt clip is removable, so you can have the tip up or down. ¬†In the end, this is the knife I trust with my life right now. ¬†It’s blacked out, and stealth. ¬†But above all, it’s well made, and sharp as hell. ¬†Survival Bros gives it 5 Stars. ¬†I can’t complain about it at all, besides the handles getting a little scratched up after smashing so much glass. ¬†I go into more detail in my HD video review below. ¬†Please comment, and feel free to ask me any questions about it. ¬†Thanks for visiting Survival Bros – Emergency Preparedness.

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Hey friends.¬† I had to show you my Swiss Army multitool.¬† This is a super rare traveler’s set.¬† I couldn’t even find a picture of it on the internet.¬† I bought this 10 years ago while traveling through Europe.¬† I saved around 50% by purchasing it in Switzerland, compared to the states.¬†¬†The set¬†cost me 127 Francs.¬† Which today converts to $138.99 US.¬† It’s one of the nicest knives Victorinox¬†makes, and came with a compass, Maglite¬†Solitare¬†keychain¬†flashlight, and leather carrying case.¬† The best part is, I got the side of the knife engraved with my name for free.¬† It’s mint, but I’m going to start using it as part of my EDC, or every day carry.¬†

Unfortunately, I left the batteries in the flashlight, and now I can’t get the end cap off to fix it.¬† So I’m sending it to Maglite for a free repair or replacement.¬† I just have to pay for shipping.¬† That’s the second flashlight I’ve found this week that had the batteries leak.¬† Not cool.¬† Lesson learned.¬† Take the batteries out, or keep them fresh.¬† You can find just the knife for sale online for about $75.¬† It got a 5 star rating on Amazon.¬† It’s no wonder, because they’ve been in business since 1884.

swiss army victorinox champ traveler's set
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An Every Day Carry EDC Example

The following was submitted by Kelvin.  This is what he never leaves home without, and why.  

Love your site. I check it often, wanted to show you my EDC, or Every Day Carry.

Droid 3, rooted and running custom rom, allows me better 1080p video, better HDR photos, and instant flashlight access using my power button. The BodyGlove case is a must in my life, the tight fit keeps it from eating all the space in my pocket, but the synthetic leather feel matches perfect with my black leather car.  Pro tip: Keep $20 between the phone and the case.  This is an excellent cash stash in a pinch.

Off Brand Knife, it has been my EDC for over 2 years now, and I still can’t kill it. Spring assisted so it flicks open FAST! The emergency glass smasher and the seatbelt cutter keep me safe in an emergency, as well as a tactical defense device. For only $10 I plan on buying another one as soon I can I find one.

Nebo CSI LUMA, using a single AA battery it can outlast itself before the battery dies. Seriously, it’s as reliable as gravity and just as cheap to use. I picked this up because its roll resistant, sturdy as all hell, has a glow in the dark bottom click button, and I liked the font teeth on the lens. Perfect for opening beer bottles, lighting your way, or smashing someone’s face with it.

Bic Lighter, I prefer the brown ones as they are less common, and there for harder to get stolen. IE, Bic’ed by someone who has the same color as you. You have to remove the child proof lock on it or else it doesn’t belong in your pocket. Fire, bottle opener, floatation device for a fishing lure… the list goes on. Carry a bic people. Anything less is useless.

Chapstick, beeswax is better than paraffin and usually lasts longer on your lips. In a pinch you can burn it, or use it to dress a small abrasion, or scrape. Nothing involving blood though as it’s not a clotting agent.

Wallet, I didn’t break it down to much, because that’s almost a thing in itself as far as how much cash and coin to carry, so I’ll keep it to a simple break down.  It’s a Fossil leather wrapped canvas bi-fold that has seen much abuse and only gets better with time.

  • Rubber Band, I get money, and I like to keep it banded together. Could be used for any number of other uses.
  • Bobby pin, Used again to separate money for whatever reason, used to stir the tobacco in my pipe, and in a pinch the spring steel can be used to jimmy open a lock.
  • Multi-function Credit Card Survival Tool, is a plate of high grade stainless steel in a case that should only be used in EMERGENCYS. It has a knife edge, a can opener, a small saw, a flathead/Philips screw driver, a nail file, a ruler going to 3‚ÄĚ, a bottle opener, has a hole for it to be used as a signaling mirror, a staggering sized multi wrench, has a V grooved rope cutter, plus a North delineation on it to be used in conjunction with its straight edge to aide in map reading, I‚Äôm sure I could list more, but I won‚Äôt. Spending less than $3 on this was worth it!