Defeater's EDC + "Tactical Diaper Bag"

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Defeater's EDC + "Tactical Diaper Bag"

Post by Defeater » Mon Jul 12, 2010 3:36 am

I'm going to preface this thread by saying that I am relatively new to the "have cool gear, will travel" scene. My first major purchase was a 5.11 Rush 72 which is considered a three-day or assault pack. Nice piece of gear, swallows tons of stuff, and good enough for a solid backpacking/camping/whatever rig. However, it became soon apparent to me that lugging it around all the time as it was being improved with more stuff was becoming a burden. So, it was time to downsize my EDC to a manageable level.

The second consideration: I'm a dad with two little ones, both in diapers, so it's a necessity that I have stuff on hand to address their baby problems. I figured since I have to carry a diaper bag around anyways, I may as well consolidate the few items I regularly need from my 3-day pack into an EDC diaper bag.

Enter the Tactical Diaper Bag.

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The bag itself is a Maratac Extreme XL EOD bag (County Comm). It's in Coyote, like everything else I own, but the cell phone doesn't do it right. I gave a brief review of it in another thread, but I'll recap it here:
I wrote:Good points: Large amount of space for the price (almost 1000 cubic inches). Lots of PALS webbing. Really really beefy zipper which allows for guilt-free tear-open. The strap that came with it is awesome. And, even though by all accounts it may be considered a "man-purse" when in normal use, I don't look like a complete bitch when using it (or at least, I don't think I do). Also, worth noting is, like always with County Comm, blazing fast shipping.

Bad points: PALS webbing is inconsistent in the space between stitches, sounds like no big deal but it actually kind of is when you're trying to feed things through it. It has straps on the reverse side to connect as a MOLLE attachment, though I can't honest-to-God think what you would attach it to, so it's actually nearly worthless. It has PALS webbing on the underside, but not the sides, which doesn't make any sense at all to me. Finally, and probably the most important, it is single stitched throughout; it will not enjoy a substantial amount of durability under really heavy use. However, all this comes back to one final good point... It is only $32.

It's a pretty nifty idea and a very handy bag, when you need such things. However, the design could use a large amount of improvement. I am considering walking it over to Tactical Tailor and having them perform some improvements, such as double-stitching and adding PALS webbing as well as some loop panels to the ends.
Its contents usually contain enough diapers for my kids as well as a spare change of clothes, a sippy cup and disposable wipes. However, it wouldn't be suitable for posting on ZS without a proper amount of "be prepared" gear. And, here it is (complete with blurry monster thumb approaching from the left):

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  • Convenience: Spare NWU undershirt, 2x blousing bands, 4x NWU buttons, 1pr crew socks, 1pr spare boxers (not shown, ha ha), stain removing pen, ink pen & mechanical pencil (external to bag), Rite-in-the-Rain notepad
  • Hygeine: Microfiber towel, ditty bag which holds a shower kit (travel size shampoo, body wash, deodorant, shaving foam, safety razors and nail clippers), Gold Bond powder, Wet Ones travel pack, waterless hand sanitizer, SPF 55 roll-on sunscreen, A+D ointment
  • Survival: Coleman 3xAAA LED flashlight (carried external to bag in Tactical Tailor knife pouch), Swedish firesteel, Jetscream whistle, box 32 strike-anywhere matches, Cyalume 12-hour lightsticks (secured with 2 ranger bands), 25' OD strapping material (secured with ranger band), 50' black 550 paracord, pocket sharpening stone from County Comm, 8x Katadyn MicroPur tablets, emergency blanket, shemagh, mini-Bic, standard size Bic (external to bag)
Points to note: I have a knife as part of my EDC, a Victorinox OHT. I took a badass pic of it and my other EDC pocket stuff (4 1/8" straight pry widgy, LED keychain light, kubotan) but it didn't ever feel like uploading. Secondly, the irony of having water treatment but no water container is not lost on me, and is a problem I'm working on resolving (probably by way of a 1qt USGI-style canteen - a regular Nalgene is too huge for this). Thirdly, there is a pouch mounted to the back of the bag which contains a boo-boo kit which is basically nothing but various bandages and children's Tylenol.

Let me know what you think!
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Re: Defeater's EDC + "Tactical Diaper Bag"

Post by 1200RT-P » Mon Jul 12, 2010 9:15 am

Nice kit.

Maybe a folding Nalgene canteen would fit good in there. I've got one in my BOB to enhance my water carrying capabilities.

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Re: Defeater's EDC + "Tactical Diaper Bag"

Post by Murph » Mon Jul 12, 2010 9:35 am

I have a similar bag and have thought about using it for similar purposes.

I agree with 1200RT-P, it needs some sort of canteen.
I'd also add a basic first-aid kit, and possible a poncho to supplement the space blanket.
Maybe also a snack or power bag or whatever too.
Does your BOB at least have: water, basic tools, fire, food, first-aid kit, and shelter?
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Re: Defeater's EDC + "Tactical Diaper Bag"

Post by larmus » Mon Jul 12, 2010 10:01 am

awesome nice to see others making bags for the babies... i got littles aswell and thats an awesome set up, i have bags set up just specificaly for my babies, seperate from my own bags... diapers, wipes, clothing, binks, formula, meds/creams and ointments, silent toys, recieving blankets.
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Re: Defeater's EDC + "Tactical Diaper Bag"

Post by Defeater » Fri Jul 23, 2010 4:55 pm

Shemagh use #445: Emergency shirt when children throw up on themselves!

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Added items: WD-40 pen, Sharpie, boonie hat (khaki), chemical hand warmers.
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Re: Defeater's EDC + "Tactical Diaper Bag"

Post by Milkboot » Sat Jul 31, 2010 12:06 am

Most epic use for a Shemagh ever :D

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Re: Defeater's EDC + "Tactical Diaper Bag"

Post by sdg » Mon Aug 23, 2010 12:17 am

Defeater wrote:Shemagh use #445: Emergency shirt when children throw up on themselves!
It can also cover nether-regions when things come out the other end... with gusto. Been there... without Shemagh!

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Re: Defeater's EDC + "Tactical Diaper Bag"

Post by 423aaron » Mon Sep 20, 2010 6:47 am

Milkboot wrote:Most epic use for a Shemagh ever :D
+1 Awesome!
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