Urban Commute Kit

Originally written on Nov 2018, updated Dec 2021.

A couple of weekends ago, a good friend (a former JSOC operator, now turned techie for the win) asked me what I carry on my backpack during my commute. Since this is a question I get asked very often, I thought it would be a good thing to write the kit here.

All The Carry

Urban Kit

The kit, in addition to the laptop, is simple and has:

Generally, when you are going light and rely partially on your kit, and partially on your knowledge and experience, you need to train and see what works and what doesn’t. Like I mentioned before, practice, and then practice some more.

Once you have an idea of what your commute is like, try to think ahead about the things that can go wrong, and select the most minimal kit you can that can help you in those worst case scenarios. Try it for some time. Loop and select what worked and what didn’t, and adapt accordingly.

The Entry Kit

Entry Kit

Why an entry kit and digital tools? Because you should be able to get into things or escape from things. In case of an emergency it may be the difference between safe and not safe, besides, it enables you to acquire things you might need, allowing you to go lighter.

The same with the digital tools, it lets you get into “places” and maybe send out a distress call, call a ride, etc.

It all lives in small pouches that I can just grab, discard the rest, and go. The kit contains:

The basic E&E/Entry kit is:

Entry Kit

Entry Kit

And The Laptop

Currently using:


That’s it. It’s light, it’s fast, and it’s safe. It’s about mindset.

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