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US army water canteen for my bug out kit

I doubt if I can last more than 2 days without water in the hot & humid Malaysia
I doubt if I can last more than 2 days without water in the hot & humid Malaysia

This is my new (used) US army water canteen/ mug system I am currently using for my bug out bag setup. I have been working on my bug out kit for some time now. Still in the works and I have not really perfected it. I guess it will forever be a work in progress. The water bottle system (that’s what I prefer to call it) is an important part of the kit. I can only last 3 days (technically) without water. So, having a system to procure, purify and to contain water is important to me. Here is a recent water bottle system I got recently.

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Every Day Carry (EDC) knife in Malaysia

My EDC of choice in Malaysia
My EDC of choice in Malaysia

To Every Day Carry (EDC) a knife in Malaysia can be tricky. I asked friends, local shops and even a police chap about this and their advice is always the same, ‘avoid’ it…just to be on a safe side. I have gotten away from the hands of law a few times here  but I am not going to push my luck too far. So…a compromise on an EDC  knife VS the local law is a Leatherman multi tool.

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Fenix LD22 failed the water baptism test.

There’s quite a lot of water in there seriously
There’s quite a lot of water droplets in reflector

My Felix LD22 torch definitely failed my version of water test. According to websites, the Fenix LD22 is rated to IPX8, 2 meter submersible. Well, mine did the 2 meters dunk and failed. It still works (with some minor issues) and still a good every day carry light but I think the manufacturer got to review their IPX rating.

Night river wading.
Night river wading.

So, what sort of test did I put it through? Unlike the usual armchair warriors of bathtubs and sinks, I took the LD22 to a jungle river wading. Yup…it was a good solid 3 to 4 hours river wading with the light hanging from my neck to about my waist. We started at about 8pm and finished in freezing cold water at around midnight. The river water level was about 1 ft to 3 ft. Honestly…there was rather limited real water submersion time.

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Snatch thieves…responding with a screw driver

RM10 can buy many screw drivers and they are available anywhere
RM10 can buy many screw drivers and they are available anywhere

I read about snatch theft cases quite often in local Malaysian papers, hence it is only logical that I prepare myself to respond to the intrusion accordingly.  The most common victims (many were fatal cases) are pedestrians. But because I drive to work daily, I have decided to keep my screw driver within my reach. It helps that my work requires me to carry tools but if someone smashes my passenger windscreen while I am in the car, I will not hesitate to use it.
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