EDC / Go Kit Inventory

As a liaison officer between Red Cross and FEMA, my primary purpose is to listen, learn, move information, and recommend solutions to maximize resources. My everyday carry (EDC) and go-kit is the same bag.  The critical items are the same if I’m in the office or out in the field due to the highly mobile nature of my position.  Anything stored behind “break in case of emergency” glass (real or virtual) won’t work if it hasn’t been used and tested.

The 2017 Hurricane Season took me through Texas, Georgia, Florida and Puerto Rico.  Many different conditions existed along the way that caused a range of issues. I dumped out my EDC and took stock of what I had: items picked up, lost, broken and so on.

Some of my EDC bag laid out (dumped out?) on my desk for review.

Here’s the contents of the bag now…


  • MacBook Air
  • iPad Pro (Verizon)
  • AT&T Velocity Hotspot
  • Apple iPhone 6s (Verizon) with Apple Smart Battery
  • Apple iPhone 8 (Sprint)
  • Apple Mouse


  • Earphones (at least three)
  • USB Lightning cords
  • USB MicroUSB cords
  • Cat 5 network 6-ft cord
  • HDMI to HDMI 6ft cord
  • USB 3-way from USB A to Micro, Lightning, 30 pin
  • Mini DisplayPort to VGA Adapter (A1307)
  • Thunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet Adapter (A1435)
  • Thunderbolt to FireWire 800 Adapter (A1463)
  • Thunderbolt to HDMI
  • Lightning Splitter
  • Lightning to VGA Adapter (A1439)
  • Lightning Digital AV Adapter (A1438)
  • Identiv SCR3500 Smartfold Smart Card Reader
  • USB Memory Sticks
You got any more of those connectors?

Office Supplies

  • Reading glasses (at least three)
  • Pens
  • Pencils, mechanical
  • Sharpie Markers (variety of colors and sizes)
  • Blank n’ Red notebook (6×4)
  • Index cards, 3×5


  • Anker PowerCore II 20k mAh battery
  • Anker PowerPort 6-port USB Charger
  • Waka Waka Power+ Solar Charger
  • 12v Inverter 150 watt w/ USB port
  • Extension Cord (6 ft, 3-prong indoor)
  • 12v to USB car adapter

First Aid Kit

  • Gloves
  • Hand sanitizing wipes, single use
  • Elastic Bandages
  • Moleskin
  • Gauze pads
  • Sponge pads
  • Bandaids
  • Duct tape
  • Chapstick
  • Afterbite
  • Tums
  • Neosporin
  • Aspirin
  • Ibuprofen
  • Acetaminophen
  • Safety pins
  • Tweezers


  • Fox40 whistle
  • Flashlight (2xAA)
  • Hand sanitizing wipes, single use (more)
  • Insect repellant wipes, single use
  • Coffee singles and sugar packets (for the safety of others)
  • Match book
  • Water bottle, Nalgene wide-mouth
  • Emergency poncho


  • Sunglasses (two)
  • Folding knife (I prefer a <4” tanto blade)
  • Screwdriver, pocket
  • Flat multi tool, credit card size
  • Screen wipes, single use
  • Stain removal wipes for clothes, single use
  • Quarters
  • Fidget spinner
Packed and ready.

Most of these items are personally owned or consumable items issued to me.  I find that I’m better off to use my own gear.  As a nerd, I can maintain my own stuff better than IT.  There are two primary exceptions: the iPad and an iPhone.  These items are government issued as that’s the only way behind the firewall to the FEMA systems.

My field gear bag is the add-on when deployed.  That contains seven days’ worth of clothes and appropriate weather gear.  An MRE or two, water filters, and a larger folding knife get tossed in just in case.  This is checked luggage on a plate so the weird gear and tools are not an issue.  I’ll move anything sharp from the EDC bag to the gear bag before flight.  The logistics part of our team brings additional gear, including tents, sleeping bags, cots, food, water and team-use items.  Being part of a larger team is another reason my kits are not inclusive as stand-alone kits.