My man purse

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  1. Optical Serenity

    Optical Serenity Member

    Jun 23, 2005
    Atlanta, GA
    So tell me what you think. This is my "man purse." Its a daily carry, somewhat of a bug out bag, but its mostly a shoulder carried pack.

    Here is the latest list of contents in my manpurse, with a few bad pictures:

    Note: I may have missed a few items, and this is not a "bug out bag" but more of an "everyday and emergency bag." So, there are items in here I have for convenience as well as survival. Also, there are items I have on my "need to add list" such as mini cyalume light sticks, a couple krill lights, a glo-tube, some cash, a calling card, spare socks, under armor t-shirt...

    Also there are daily items I carry in my pockets, including a pocketpc phone with bluetooth GPS, Strider AR knife, Hideaway Knife around the neck, badge & ID, glock 27 on ankle, and HK USPc on waist. (these are of course my off duty items).

    Ever since I started Blackhole Forums (www.theblackhole.us), I have become almost obsessed with man purse type setups...

    Pictures of the setup are at the bottom, they are bad pics, but give you the idea:

    I will attempt to split it up in categories as best as I can:

    Purell Hand Sanitizer
    Johnson & Johnson Baby Body Wash
    Currel Lotion
    3 x Moist Towelletes

    Booklets / Writing:
    Pocket North American Road Atlas
    Medical Emergencies
    "Rite in the Rain" weatherproof notepad
    Mini yellow highlighter
    Sharpe mini black

    Rockport Nail Clipper and Tweezer Kit
    Oral B Satin Dental Floss
    Folding Toothbrush
    Colgate Toothpaste 0.7oz
    Tampax pearl tampon
    Terry Cloth Towel
    MSR Pack Towel
    Scope Mouthwash

    Food Items:
    Titanium Spork
    Super Spork
    Collapsable Cup
    2 x condiment packet (salt,pepper,P-38 can opener, moist towellete, paper towel)
    Water purifier tablets
    Water neutralizer tablets
    Waterproof case of splenda (approximately 0.56 ounces)
    2 x Slim Jim
    Starkist 3oz Albacore Tuna packet
    SweetSue 3oz Chicken packet
    2 x cliff bars

    Surefire L2
    Surefire Spares Carrier - 6 CR123s
    CMG Infinity Ultra-G
    Maglight AA with 3-LED head
    2 x generic LED microlights
    Dorcy AAA led light

    256mb SD card
    128mb CF card
    256mb USB drive

    Knives / Tools:
    Leatherman Juice XE6
    Benchmade Rescue Hook
    Al Mar Havana Clipper
    Benchmade Model 42 Balisong
    Ti-Spanner for Strider knives

    Windmill delta butane lighter
    2 x Coleman waterproof matches 40 each
    Bic Mini Lighter
    Magnesium Fire starter
    medicine bottle full of lint

    emergency blanket
    Cutters Advance sport bug spray
    Suunto Compass
    Emergency mirror
    3 x Tide Gel laundry packets
    Sewing Kit
    Slip2000 Lubricant

    CPR microshield
    5 x Icy Hot patch
    Vicks Vapor Inhaler
    New Skin Liquid Bandade
    Blood clotting stick
    After Bite anti itch pen
    Rolaid Soft chews
    Velket Tourniquet
    QR Stop Bleeding applicator
    Splinter Remover Kit
    NexTemp disposable thermometers
    2 pair Nitrile gloves
    4 x povidine iodine swabs
    4 x sting bite swabs
    4 x ammonia inhalents
    about 24 misc. bandages
    3 x triple antibiotic ointment packets
    2 x blistex packets
    4 x anti-itch packets
    2 x trojan non-lubricated condoms (business)
    2 x trojan lubricated condoms (pleasure) ;)

    ASP Zip Cuffs
    ASP OC kubaton
    Handcuff Key
    HK USPc magazine loaded with Ranger SXT (.45)
    Glock 27 magazine loaded with Ranger SXT (.40)

    SWAT challenge coin
    Tornado 2000 Whistle
    LaRue Tactical Bottle Opener tool
    Playing Cards
    NCStar Monocular
    "on the go" trash bags - 25 x 1 gallon
    Blackhawk ID Holder
    2 x lithium AAA batteries
    2 x lithium AA batteries

    And, medicines I keep:

    Pain Killers:

    Excedrin - Extra Strength
    Acetominophen 250mg
    Aspirin 250mg
    Caffeine 65mg
    3 packets, 2 pills each

    Excedrin - Tension Headache
    Acetominophen 500mg
    Caffeine 65mg
    3 packets, 2 pills each

    Ibuprofen 200mg
    1 packet, 2 pills

    Pain Killer / Cold Medicine Combos:

    Tylenol Sinus Day
    Acetominophen 500mg (pain killer)
    Pseudoephedrine HCI 30mg (nasal decongestant)
    2 packets, 2 pills each

    Advil Cold & Sinus
    Ibuprofen 200mg (pain killer / fever reducer)
    Pseudoephedrine HCI 30mg (nasal decongestant)
    1 packet, 2 pills

    Flu, Cold, Cough (Generic for Theraflu)
    Acetaminophen 650mg (pain relief / fever reducer)
    Chlorpheniramine Maleate 41mg (antihistamine)
    Dextromethorphan 20mg (cough suppresant)
    Pseudoephedrine 60mg (nasal decongestant)
    2 packets for 6oz of drink each.


    Alka-Seltzer (antacid & pain relief)
    Asprin 325mg
    Citric Acid 1000mg
    Sodium Bicarbonate 1916mg
    1 packet, 2 pills

    Pepto-Bismol (upset stomach & antidiarrheal)
    Bismuth Subsalicylate 262mg
    2 packets, 2 pills each

    Loperamide (anti-diarrheal)
    Generic for Imodium AD
    3 pills

    Bisacodyl (Laxative)
    6 pills


    Benadryl (antihistamine)
    Dyphenhydramine 25mg
    2 packets, 2 pills each


    Dramamine (anti vomiting, anti nausea)
    Dimenhyrdinate 50mg
    1 packet, 2 pills

    Blistex (Lip Ointment)
    Allantoin 1%
    Menthol 0.6%
    Camphor 0.5%
    Phenol 0.5%
    2 packets, 0.017oz each

    CalaGel (anti-itch cream)
    Two 0.92ml packets


    Midol Cramp Maximum Strength
    6 pills

    Midol Maximum Strength Menstrual
    Acetaminophen 500mg
    Caffeine 60mg
    Pyilamine Maleate 15mg
    8 pills


    Chewable Aspirin 81mg
    10 pills

    Triaminic Thin Strips
    10 strips


    I use the maxpedition Fatboy Jumbo on the right:






    Last edited: Apr 4, 2006
  2. 1911austin

    1911austin Member

    Sep 12, 2003
    Austin, TX
    Dude, you have way too much free time.
  3. ezypikns

    ezypikns Member

    Jul 16, 2004
    Dallas, Texas
    You're single.......

    aren't you?
  4. Ramius

    Ramius Member

    May 13, 2004
    Mayberry... no kidding.
    Wow... and I thought I carried too much stuff...

    Thank you sir, for showing my wife that there are others out there far worse than I .....

    Still, better to have it and not need it than need it and not have it, right? :evil:

    I carry one of those multi-pocketed 'Doctor bags' you see at all the gun shows, keep the usual stuff in it, multitool, extra mags, hankerchief, pliers, some first aid stuff and the like....

    But I don't hold a candle to that... I bow sir, to your absolute preparedness to meet any situation....:D
  5. Lou629

    Lou629 member

    Feb 7, 2006
    Don't forget...

    Mrs. 629 says to remind you that you can also use a white purse now that spring is here, :neener: just remember to put it away after labor day, and don't forget that the bag should always match or compliment the shoes you're wearing :evil:
  6. R.H. Lee

    R.H. Lee Member

    Jan 26, 2004
    Not that there's anything wrong with it, but why do you carry all that stuff around in urban Atlanta? I mean, couldn't you just leave it in your car, or walk into a drug store and buy it? :confused:
  7. Kharn

    Kharn Member

    Dec 24, 2002
    You dont have any tampons (for plugging GSWs). :p

    Last edited: Apr 4, 2006
  8. Just_a_dude_with_a_gun

    Just_a_dude_with_a_gun Member

    Feb 14, 2006
    Peoples Republik of Neu Jersey
    I typically have a wallet, keys for house, safe and car, some cash,
    a lighter and pack of smokes...

    You guys have just way too much stuff lol
  9. Manedwolf

    Manedwolf member

    Nov 10, 2005
    New Hampshire
    Me, CCW weapon (of course), Samsung Blade ultrathin Bluetooth camera phone, wallet, keys, and if cargo pants, a 1/2 inch thin ViewSonic color PDA with all that data and books and stuff on it, with a tiny GPS thing poking out its top slot. (and all the GBA and most of the SNES games ever made, too) :D

    I can't carry too much junk.
  10. tegemu

    tegemu Member

    Nov 2, 2005
    Orange Park, Fla.
    What do you carry all that stuff in?
  11. Optical Serenity

    Optical Serenity Member

    Jun 23, 2005
    Atlanta, GA
    haha, oh boy, I should have known I'd get tore up! LOL :) Its ok, it is almost a perfect act of redundancy. Its funny though, everyone around me thinks I'm totally nuts until they need something. And yes, I can just go buy it, but its mostly for special events, vacations, and what not. I used to carry it more religiously, but since I added the additional pockets and it got heavier, I've slowed down how often I carry the darn thing.

    Tegemu, I carry it in the Maxpedition Fatboy Jumbo (first pic, larger bag on right)

    And yes, I have a tampon in it, along with two different versions of midol. Which should say: I'm not single. How does anyone put up with me??? No clue! :D

    Like I said, I am always in search of new things I can do. The latest ploy is I bought a vacuum sealer so I can seal items in there and compress them. That way, I can fit more. I also have been considering moving from the Fatboy Jumbo to one of maxpedition's back pack type packs. I dunno.

    Maybe since while I'm on duty I have this huge & heavy duty belt on, I'm used to carrying a bunch of stuff? hah

    One of these days I will start to consolidate and cut down though. Right now, I have items in there for others also, and if I start to cut that down a bit, I will save a lot of room and weight.

    So, what am I missing? :evil:

    Thanks for the all the comments, advice, etc.
  12. Kharn

    Kharn Member

    Dec 24, 2002
    Oh, missed the tampon, I thought they'd be listed under 'female'. I'd throw a few extras in there, just in case you've got more than one GSW to worry about. Ones without applicators are also more compact.

    Another thought: sanitary pads also hold about one unit of blood, so they're good for soaking up blood and also knowing how much they've lost.

    I forgot to mention in my first post, I have a Fatboy Jumbo on order that should be arriving tomorrow, but I was just going to put my 1911, a few mags and some AR15 mags in it, with a Rolly-Polly dump pouch on the front. Maybe I'll add some Tylenol in case someone offers to let me shoot their .678UberMagnum the next time I'm at the range after seeing this thread.

  13. Igloodude

    Igloodude Member

    Sep 24, 2004
    southern NH
  14. Boom-stick

    Boom-stick Member

    Oct 4, 2005
    I think my wife has the same items in her little clutch bag???

    With a bug out bag like that, I would have you'd be better of bugging 'in' than 'out':)
  15. AJ Dual

    AJ Dual member

    Feb 20, 2003
    You earned a three-fingered Boy Scout salute. :) Since no good deed goes unpunished, I'm going to suggest more items.:evil:

    Window breaker/Self sprung machinists center punch to go with the rescue hook.

    Is your "strider TI-Spanner" like the Atwood Prybaby? Maybe a bigger prybar?

    A couple hundred feet of paracord. (be creative, wrap something, or look up one of the neat quick-repease ways of weaving it.

    Travel-size roll of duct tape.

    Green laser pointer (signaling/directing)

    GPS unit if your phone/PDA is not so equipped.

    Mini-filter to stretch the water purification tablets.

    Come on, you're not even close to being done. You obviously need more stuff… :D

    Micro screwdriver kit.

    EMT shears.

    Wire pull-saw.

    Magnifying glass.

    Crazy/Super Glue.

    (I'm on CandlePowerForums, so I'm sympathetic…)
    Last edited: Apr 4, 2006
  16. robert garner

    robert garner Member

    Feb 9, 2004
    columbus georgia
    Dood you forgot the hernia belt your gonna need!

    move on up to the tactical wheelbarrow!
    What no (insert pistol name here)?
  17. c_yeager

    c_yeager Member

    Mar 14, 2003
    Damn, thats a lot of stuff. I just looked through my "man purse", which is just my motorcycle tank bag, but it goes everywhere with me and I carry it from a shoulder strap off the bike, so yeah, its a purse. Ive got my wallet, a notebook, a pen, some bungee cords, a tire guage, my cell phone, wallet, bersa .380 (with one magazine), a pair of old shopping lists, some ATM reciepts, old driving directions, some bandaids, a pack of gum that I forgot about (chewing a piece now), a bottle of tylenol, a pocketknife and a whole pile of loose change, and my checkbook.

    Upon reflection the internal contents of my UBERMANLY man purse actually resembles the interior of just about any ladies purse. I need to get some cooler stuff in there. I think I will copy you and increase the quantity of knives and ammunition, maybe throw in the manliest of manly snack foods, some slim jims.
  18. Otherguy Overby

    Otherguy Overby member

    May 8, 2004
    Refrigerator box
    It's quite easy to presume OS hasn't taken very many long motorcycle tours.

    MC touring quickly teaches one to decide what's really needed... :)
  19. Snake Eyes

    Snake Eyes Member

    Jun 30, 2003
    Spokane, WA
    I love guys that carry stuff like that, so when the SHTF, and all I've got is a gun and 3000 rounds of ammo, I know where to go to get the rest of the stuff I need.

    Have you got 3 years of food stockpiled at home too?
  20. 0007

    0007 Member

    Dec 25, 2002
    Back in the USA
    But the real question is which ear do you put the earring in?? heh, heh
  21. blinkin357

    blinkin357 Member

    Apr 4, 2006
    Central Florida
    Optical Serenity, I'm sitting here with my mouth hanging open.

    You carry all of this with you every day? Have you added up the cost of everything? I'm curious what you have invested here. Also how much does it all weigh? You show two bags. Does this all fit into them?

    I'm way beyond impressed... you're the man to have around when a need arises.
  22. Dogmatix

    Dogmatix Member

    Feb 14, 2006
    Bozeman, MT
    Marketing Opportunity


    When you end up marketing this survial pack you should hook me up. I'm way impressed. And also, you should give me an estimate on the amount of money you've put into this just so I know how much to save up when it comes to my local Walmart.


  23. 3fgburner

    3fgburner Member

    Feb 13, 2006
    I'll post pics, later. I'm a bit lighter, but not much

    I've got a layered approach -- I don't have everything all the time. MadMike has seen some of this stuff in person. Also, if I'm anticipating a Klingon Pecker-Swinging Contest, I'll carry more in the way of hardware. This is also urban, so I'll add stuff for the woods.

    Pockets / clothing:
    CRKT folder knife, PDA, pens/pencils, comb, Day-timer, #2 wallet aka card-case. Dogtags around neck with LED light, multifunction watch, FEG PA63 in IWB holster if on the right side of the Potomac. Keychain on carabiner, including gun-locker keys, a dogtag, and P38 (Shelby, not Walther).

    Always on, any time I'm dressed: Fanny pack, aka "the Bat-Belt" by my coworkers. Leather gun-pack, with:

    Wallet and money
    First-aid kit and med pack
    Bandaids, gauze pads, tape, triple-ABX ointment, hand sanitizer, exam gloves, antiseptic wipes, thermometers, thermo covers, tampon or 2, condom or 2.
    Acetaminophen, Loperamide, Benadryl, Dramamine, couple of multi-symptom cold pills.
    North American Arms Black Widow in .17 HMR
    Pock-its pack
    Maglite, Super Leatherman, Hemostats, EMT shears, short bladed folder / LED light / whistle combo
    Fannypack Belt
    CPR mask and gloves, pager, cellphone, Altoids, water-bottle carrier, lightweight poncho, pepper spray (I work in DC, can't carry real there), camera.

    Outback vest
    Sewing kit, LED lights, boot laces, boot garters (aka blousing rubbers), Kleenex, shades, ear plugs, bundling tape (think fine-grained 2-sided velcro), emergency blanket

    If I'm going to be more than a hop-skip-jump away from the car, add a backpack with:
    MREs, water, change of clothes, heavy poncho, toiletries, (including TP) mess kit and pocket stove, room for lunch-cooler or other sundries as planned for.

    In the car:
    -Tent, sleeping bag, air mattress, blankets,
    -Case of MREs, 7 gallons water, propane stove and gas, cook kit, coffee pot and fixins, camping and medieval-event first aid kits
    -Automotive toolbox, plus axe, saw, shovel, short sledge, hydraulic jack, gas can (on tire rack outside, locked, full)
    -Rope, 'biners, zipties, cord, duct tape, trash bags, electrical tape, tarp clips, batteries for sundry equipment
    -Map bag with local maps and US atlas, emergency kit with flashlights, flares, e-blankets, quick-grab first aid kit

    And I just got reminded that I need to throw the car kit's BP cuff back in there - it wound up in another tub o gear inside the house 3 weeks ago :(
    Last edited: Apr 4, 2006
  24. BerettaNut92

    BerettaNut92 Member

    Dec 23, 2002
    The Skunk's:

    Optical Serenity, how do you like your Fatboy Jumbo? I like smaller manpurses, if that gets too heavy I rather carry a small backpack.
  25. BerettaNut92

    BerettaNut92 Member

    Dec 23, 2002
    I gotta ask: What's that with Nemo on it?
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