Building a micro kit for formal occasions

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Building a micro kit for formal occasions

Post by KnifeStyle » Mon Nov 18, 2013 12:44 pm

I recently bought a Maxepdition Micro Pocket Organizer because it fits perfectly into a sport coat inside pocket, I work in an office and spend a lot of time working charity events in a suit so it became an opportunity to expand my formal EDC with smaller odds and ends. So far I've put in a few must-haves, but I'm drawing blanks on what else I can put into it.

My workplace EDC which is being supplemented:
Keychain: Leatherman P4, Fenix Eo1, Fox 40 Micro, pill fob, carabiner, flash drive.
Victorinox Alox Cadet
Bandanna
Lighter
Pen
Wallet
Phone/headphones
Boker Subcom knife

So far I've placed the following into the pocket kit.
4 Safety pins
Countycomm Pry bar
Microfiber cloth
Small S-biner
Uncle Bills tweezers
Pen
Micro Sharpie
Pair of nitrile globes
fresnel lens
Hair tie (I have a ponytail)

What small but handy items am I missing out on? This will be carried at work, conferences, charity events both indoors and outdoors, nothing off-the-grid or life threatening.
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Post by mossberg » Mon Nov 18, 2013 7:40 pm

nailclippers,aspirin,a few bandaids.........

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Post by quazi » Tue Nov 19, 2013 2:59 am

I bought a Micro I need to setup. I EDC one of the bigger ones, but it usually stays in my backpack.

Here are a few items I've found useful:
Breath mints or gum
Comb (maybe the hair tie makes this unecessary?)
Rubber bands
Small piece of wire
Wet Ones wipe
Duct tape (business-card style)
Extra battery*
Extra socks during cold weather (Can be worn as socks, mittens or as a headband using your safety pins.)
Bus schedules (if applicable to your AO)
Contact info (phone numbers and addresses on an index card or something)

*Okay, I haven't used the extra battery yet, but I started carrying it after both my headlamp and backup flashilight went dead on a country road on a cloudy night.

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Post by 74 or more » Tue Nov 19, 2013 7:07 am

mossberg wrote:nailclippers,aspirin,a few bandaids.........
+ 1 on the nail clippers. Never leave home without them.
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Post by bltjr1951 » Fri Nov 22, 2013 11:43 am

Either I work and live in another world, but I can't figure out what you guys need mini pry bars for?

Gas X and rolaids/tums are in all my EDC/PSKs.
Single wipes have come in handy too, if you don't like the little bottles of cleaner.

Also a mini flashlight, Mag solitaire, Streamlight nano or Energizer micro keychain light.
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Post by 74 or more » Fri Nov 22, 2013 12:35 pm

bltjr1951 wrote:Either I work and live in another world, but I can't figure out what you guys need mini pry bars for?
I use them for dumb small stuff I don't like to use my knife for. Like taking apart different parts on a server. Kind of hard to explain with out showing you.
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Post by Aceman » Sat Nov 23, 2013 3:14 pm

Here is my MAxped Pocket organizer.

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Post by 2now » Mon Dec 02, 2013 1:08 am

needle [magnetized] and thread
OTC drugs in a small ziplock
blanket pin [safety pin on steroids]
spare key?
spare cash?
spare ID?
spare bic lighter
vitamin C cough drops
chapstick [can be used as a candle if you have a wick]
6" cotton string [makes a good wick]
ziplock baggie [find the size that works for you, it can hold water in, or out]
fine wire
maybe a small screwdriver with swapable hex heads?
What small tools to do you use often?
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Post by Sworbeyegib » Mon Dec 02, 2013 3:31 am

I think super glue would be a good item to have in a small kit like that. In fact I think super glue has a place in any kit. Small tubes take up little to no room, and its great for small instant repairs for most things.

We also have a good thread somewhere around here about using super glue for medical purposes (similar to using derma-bond for lacerations), but I would only suggest that if you have the know-how and no access to anything better.
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Post by Silent Kube » Mon Dec 02, 2013 7:59 am

I try to always have a p-38 or p-51 can opener on me. They're cheap and take up almost no space or weight. I have them stashed all over the place.
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Re: Building a micro kit for formal occasions

Post by bltjr1951 » Mon Dec 02, 2013 8:50 am

2now wrote:OTC drugs in a small ziplock
Some cops don't like small bags of drugs.

I have single use packages of OTC drugs, with brand name.
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Post by Halfapint » Mon Dec 02, 2013 11:43 am

Sworbeyegib wrote:I think super glue would be a good item to have in a small kit like that. In fact I think super glue has a place in any kit. Small tubes take up little to no room, and its great for small instant repairs for most things.

We also have a good thread somewhere around here about using super glue for medical purposes (similar to using derma-bond for lacerations), but I would only suggest that if you have the know-how and no access to anything better.
+1 to this I always carry superglue and about 10' of gorilla tape wrapped around a section of a pen. I might add that 99% of OTC meds have stamps on them to identify them so if a police officer asks you can always pull it up online for him.

Great thread and now I HAVE to get one of these organizers. I have most everything on here and a few more this might help organize the top pouch of my EDC bag.
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Re: Building a micro kit for formal occasions

Post by Randito » Mon Dec 02, 2013 9:58 pm

Definitely needs some duct tape folded up into a square. It's good for an improvised bandage and can even be used to remove lint from your suit jacket.

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Post by 2now » Tue Dec 03, 2013 2:43 pm

As far as OTC drugs in small bags.

I like to put several in my "drug bag" for small survival kits with a small printed legend like:
red=ibuprofen
sm white=immodium
lg white=nodoze
pink=benydryl

given that it will be in pouch with other prep gear and not in your tube sock, it should not be a problem.

But why is an LEO looking through your kit? Do not give consent to a search.

[Of course I carry a bar card which normally defuses problems with LEOs, truly YMMV]
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Post by Towanda » Tue Dec 03, 2013 3:16 pm

Most of what I'd recommend has already been covered. Here are a few more suggestions:

5-10 feet of paracord.

A disposable lighter. I'm fond of Djeep lighters, but a mini Bic might fit your kit better.

Ginger mints. They freshen your breath and can help settle nausea/indigestion.

You have a pen. Do you have note cards or a small notebook?

A screwdriver similar to the CountyComm Technician's screwdriver, or maybe something like a Leatherman Micra.
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Post by Farmerhunterjr » Sat Dec 21, 2013 10:14 pm

I would upgrade your SAK to one with a cork screw. A small kit in your coat pocket sounds like just the situation where you might need to open a bottle of wine. Then Id add some bandaids and wrap your lighter in duct tape.

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Post by Murph » Sun Dec 22, 2013 5:27 pm

Farmerhunterjr wrote:I would upgrade your SAK to one with a cork screw. A small kit in your coat pocket sounds like just the situation where you might need to open a bottle of wine.
Dang. Now I'm shopping for a SAK just to be able to pull off at a party, LIKE A BOSS. :lol:
Does your BOB at least have: water, basic tools, fire, food, first-aid kit, and shelter?
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Re: Building a micro kit for formal occasions

Post by Rednex » Sun Dec 22, 2013 6:03 pm

I like the Leatherman Juice C2's bottle opener/cork yanker over the regular SAK cork screw. Plus its both a knife and a multi tool.

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Re: Building a micro kit for formal occasions

Post by none1 » Sun Dec 22, 2013 11:26 pm

Hi OP! Great start, and some excellent suggestions.

You might go look at some of the BOAT or altoids tin threads. Some folks stuff enough into an altoids tin to rebuild civilization, and looks like your case is even bigger. :) They've got some great "small gear" ideas in some of those tins.

Similar to the response in many BOB threads .... what are you prepping for? Going camping with just that case + EDC? Or more probable "emergency" situations?

Some thoughts ....

1) Clean water ... I'd add either a purification straw like already suggested, or some water pur tablets. Small water container, like a small platypus.

2) PAW or normal emergencies?
E.g. some hooks + some of the newer "thin heavy duty" fish line (e.g. spiderwire)
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Small tide stain stick? I've had some important meetings where tide stain stick saved the day, more often than I've needed to fish out of my pocket. :)

The answer to this question sort of drives some other recommendations. Pill pockets (mini zip locks) or the very small 14 pill rolls of antacids, ibuprofin, maybe a couple BX POWDER pouches (migrane), couple individually sealed wet naps, are all stuff I've used "occasionally" when in a suit.

On the PAW end ... how about a real small firesteel? Number of online stores sell them as blanks, a small 3 inch would seem like a good survival tool.

3) Money / backup wallet. In a pill pocket, I'd put in 8 quarters and $100. If you have a backup ID, I'd drop that in there.

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Post by 91Eunozs » Tue Dec 24, 2013 8:48 pm

I just built up 4 BOATs in metal cigarette cases as stocking stuffers for the family.

The cases were given to me by one of the Belgian officers who worked for me in my NATO tour the last few years...a little wider than an Altoids tin (basically square) and a bit thinner. Designed to fit inside an inner suit jacket pocket.

Contents:
- Pico pry bar from County Comm
- Leatherman Squirt PS4
- eGear pico lite LED flashlight
- Gearward mini survival cord spool-25' of 3-strand Kevlar cord
- mini Bic lighter
- WetFire tab in individual sealed packet
- small birthday candle
- mini button compass
- silver dollar
- Serepick universal handcuff key on ring-shaped tab that can be worn as a necklace
- Wetnap type wipe in sealed package (from some restaurant or another)

Each tin is wrapped in two "Ranger bands" cut from an old bicycle innertube

Edit: Gonna have to add a heavy needle and a single fish hook too...

Pics after they open 'em tomorrow! :lol:
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