Welcome back. It is time to go for the second part of this life is an adventure blog. This is where the rules and tools of the trades come in. This will strike you as a little zombieland or NCIS, but it is a good way to live. My Uncle Fred will attest that I have kept a little note book of reminders since before the movie so laugh all you want, but I am still alive. You are also about to get a birds eye view into things I spend too much time thinking about. Anyhow let us get right into the good stuff. Your necessary gear list starts now. Feel free to write this down hahahahaha (you’ll understand in a moment.)
- A knife.
- A notebook.
- A pencil.
- A bag.
So part 1 is a knife. This is also rule 1. Again this is not a tv joke. Live by the quote A knifeless man (woman) is a lifeless man (woman). The best tool you can have is a knife. Multipurpose endless ammunition survival tool never ending uses knife. Also make a note this is not the place to go cheap. Your knife is your life, think that through when you are pricing them.
Some of my favorite pieces. You have the Gerber folding tanto based off the IDF fighting knife, A gerber multi tool w/knife, the ever handy much knocked off Victorinox prize bragging rights of the school yard Swiss Army Knife, Skallywag Tactical dagger (advanced users only), the Gerber Bear Grylls survival knife (one of the best despite the name on it), and the beast of the western fighting force the Ka-Bar fighting knife (advanced users only). Not pictured is the Case Medium Stockman, and the classic Opinel #8. One day when Im running short on material I will do an in depth on each and every one of these beauties will get the job done, with a couple of caveats. 1. do not just rely on a multi took, in fact have one of each if at all possible. I personally have a fixed blade stashed somewhere with a folder in my pocket. Congratulations you have now started your everyday carry kit. Now that I have said it once I will henceforth refer to it as EDC. These tools are not just for adventuring, it is just life. It is a wacky wacky world.
2. You are on an adventure! this is your life! write it down. You need a notebook! (also yes this is part of why I thought telling you to write it down earlier was funny.)
I love notebooks. I have one for everything. I have a journal (you see it in pictures on this blog) I don’t keep so much of a journal for myself anymore…I will work it out. Anyhow Journal, rule/gear book, a notebook tracking which books I have read (and when), I keep the books in a notebook, a bucket list notebook, a notebook for when I read the Bible, and one day I will have a notebook to track what each notebook is for. My notebook of choice is the great Moleskine. It was the simple product of choice for years of adventurers, artists, writers, and whatever your hobby is they probably have a notebook specifically for that. In the photo you will see some various choices. Once you have payed for a nice knife you can rest assured that a simple composition book will do. Whatever it is, there is not quite any feeling like seeing those pages fill up and knowing that it is your life, your story you are writing down. The simple and sturdy notebook should you choose Moleskine has what you need and no more, a ribbon page marker, lined pages, an elastic strap to keep it closed, and a little accordion pocket for the odds and ends you pick up along the way.
3. Along with the notebook comes another one of my favorite things in life is the pencil. Humble lovable pencil, or as some call it The Russian Space Pen.
The pencil is your stylus of choice for any reason you can list. Do not get me wrong, I love pens too, but the pencil is the way to go. Reasons you ask? The pencil doesn’t quit working despite still having ink, it does not dry out, it is unaffected by weird gravity fluctuations (despite the whole space pen, Russian story being just that), they just have that classic feel in your hand, the ink does run when wet, you can erase (some people say thats a reason not to use them), and when/if it breaks or gets dull you can use the knife that you most certainly have to resharpen your pencil, and you will feel awesome for having done so. I keep a pretty large stash of pencils with me at all times (with my notebooks). Whats not to love about a good #2??? Some of my favorites? Ticonderoga and Mirdao.
4. Last but not least, a bag. You will need a bag to carry everything with you. The knife, a small notebook, and pencils can go in your pocket, but you can put more in a bag. A bag holds your various other goodies, stuff you find, or your whole life when you are out on a journey. Back pack is my norm, but I also enjoy a good messenger bag for a day at school.
These are my two carry all, be all bags for most every day. Pictured is a black Goruck GR1, and a line of trade messenger bag. Both of them are top of the line, and their price can reflect it. The Goruck is meant to carry more crap than you can come up with, and the line of trade while it holds plenty is meant to carry the bare essentials. I use the go ruck for everything you can imagine, during the week it carries my lunch, gym clothes and shoes, water bottle, and thermos. The line of trade carries note book, pencils, and every school book and notebook, and computer for school.
These items are the start of your everyday carry and if you want to be able to pick up and go you will put them together. Do not do it because I told you to, do it because you want to go where your feet carry you.