Multi-tools for Travelers + Popov Leather EDC Pocket Armor Giveaway | Tips on Traveling with Tools


I have to admit that I love carrying multitools. I don’t often need them, but when I do,
I love having accessible tools to help solve a situation, even if it’s just tightening
a loose screw or cutting open a package. Hey, how’s it going everyone? It’s Ernest from Trip Astute. In this video, we’re exploring multitools
for travelers, and the challenges of traveling with them. Also, we’re going to share how you can win
an EDC Pocket Armor from Popov Leather, which is a perfect case for your multi-tool. I don’t know if it’s just my personality,
but I’ve always been a huge fan of multi-tools. I love the feeling prepared and confident
to handle situations. In fact, I’ve always carried one, whether
it be a full-size leatherman or a small keychain swiss army knife. However, after 9/11, carrying multi-tools
on a plane became nearly impossible, mostly because of restrictions on blades. Even tiny keychain-sized multi-tools were
being confiscated by the TSA. So, if you’re someone who likes to travel
but also likes to be prepared, I thought we’d explore the options that are available, and
also some tips to keep in mind when traveling with multi-tools. But first, if you’re new here, welcome to
our channel. Trip Astute is a travel channel that is focused
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consider subscribing. As I mentioned earlier, anything with a blade
is frowned upon when traveling. Luckily, there are some muti-tools that are
geared for travelers. You’ll see traditional multi-tools that
do not include a blade. There are single piece multi-tools that are
often less complicated and more friendly looking. And there are even wearable multi-tools, like
the Leatherman Tread series, that have tool bits built into a bracelet. In the traditional multi-tool category, you
have a few choices. Victorinox, which is one of the makers of
the Swiss Army Knife, has a tool called the Jetsetter. It’s a keychain-sized tool without a knife
blade. It’s very basic, but it might be all you
want or need to carry. Leatherman also has a keychain-sized tool
called the Leatherman Style PS. I actually showed it in a previous video about
my every day carry, or EDC. Gerber also has a keychain-sized multitool
called the Dime. The normal version has a knife blade, but
there is a travel version that does not include a blade. If you’re looking for a multi-tool with
a bit more heft and size, you’ll want to check out the Gerber MP600. Just be careful since the tool comes in multiple
versions, with one being a no-knife version. I actually couldn’t find it on their website,
but I did find it on Amazon. It may be discontinued, so not sure how long
it will be available. But if you prefer a more traditional sized
multi-tool with no knife, it may be your best option. The next set of multi-tools are single-piece
tools. These are tools that are usually one or two
piece designs tools. They are generally less expensive than traditional
multi-tools and more simple and friendly-looking. That might seem like a weird thing, but I
generally don’t recommend looking too tactical when traveling. In fact, I’ve even heard travel sites recommend
against wearing anything that looks military-related when traveling to certain parts of the world
as it will only draw unnecessary attention and scrutiny. There are a ton of example of tools in this
category from all sorts of multi-tool and knife manufacturers. For example, here’s from a company called
KeySmart called the Alltul Raptor. I like this one a lot since it has wrench
tools which are useful if you think you’ll be biking. I’m not much of a cyclist, but I do seem
to end up on bikes a lot when traveling, so having some basic tools to make adjustments
is very handy. The other one-piece tool that I carry a lot
when traveling is my Gerber Shard. Again, I covered it in my EDC video. It’s a very inexpensive and basic tool,
which makes it very useful for traveling. The last category of multi-tools is wearable
tools. I don’t actually have any of these tools,
but they are intriguing to me. Leatherman was the first ones in this category
with their Tread series. These are basically bracelets and watches
that have multi-tool bits built into the band. To be honest, I don’t know how discrete
these bracelets would look when traveling. But they technically shouldn’t pose an issue
when passing through security and could be a useful way to carry tools. I haven’t handled one, so I can’t comment
on whether they are comfortable or heavy. While I like the idea of wearable tools, they
are a bit pricey, and a bit too flashy for my taste. Maybe I’m a bit old school, but I don’t
want to draw unnecessary attention toward myself, especially when I’m away from home. In terms of carrying tools and knives, I much
prefer to carry them in my pocket or bag. But as you know, we tend to carry a lot more
sensitive electronic gear when traveling. So, keeping things from scratching up your
phone or even destroying your pocket can be an issue, especially when you’re wearing
specialty fabrics that are lighter and more breathable. The best solution that I’ve found is to
use a lightweight and thin case. I’ve been using a product from Popov Leather
called the EDC Pocket Armor. It can fit a variety of tools and knives including
single-piece multi-tools and some slim Swiss Army Knives and Leatherman tools. It also has an elastic slot for a small pen,
which is very useful. Also, if you have a knife or multi-tool with
a nicer finish, the Pocket Armor can help protect it from scratches and wear. In case you haven’t heard of Popov Leather,
they are a Canadian leather goods maker that is fairly popular in the EDC community. They hand stitch all their products, and they
source their leather from Horween, which is one of the most famous and prestigious leather
tanneries in the US. They make a variety of products, including
wallets, belts, watch straps, and travel gear. They are known for their high-quality craftsmanship
and all their products including a lifetime guarantee. Popov Leather generously sent over an EDC
Pocket Armor to giveaway to you all, so I’ll include details at the end of the video. This isn’t a sponsored video, but we thought
we’d try to partner with them since they make a lot of high-quality leather goods that
are useful for travelers. Some of you might be thinking that it’s
just not worth carrying a multi-tool while traveling. And you might be right. Though I generally prefer to be prepared. And if you’re traveling with kids or are
going to be in situations where the stakes might be higher, it never hurts to have tools
that can resolve a situation. In fact, I’ve had some several situations
during my travels where they’ve come in so handy, like when fixing a bike seat post
that came loose while cycling around Panama or even removing a cactus needle that got
stuck in my hand in Joshua Tree National Park. So, if you’re traveling with multi-tools,
here are some tips to keep in mind. 1. Keep it small and simple: While it might be
tempting to bring a multi-tool that is at the limit, for example, a multi-tool that
has scissors just under 4-inches which is required by TSA, you’re probably asking
to have it confiscated. My advice is to keep it small and simple. Anything that looks complex or potentially
larger than necessary is likely going to be inspected and potentially deemed dangerous. Also, bright colored tools like a Swiss Army
Knife are just going to look a lot more friendly and less threatening. With that in mind, 2. Assume that it will be confiscated: Even if
you meet TSA guidelines, your item is still under the discretion of the agents. If losing your tool hurts your wallet or if
the tool has some kind of sentimental value, it’s not worth trying to take it on a plane. This is why I love inexpensive single-piece
tools like the Gerber Shard or Alltul Raptor. Otherwise, I recommend putting it in checked
luggage. 3. Be proactive: If you’re going to take a
multi-tool on a plane, I suggest being proactive and opening all the tools before putting it
through the baggage inspector. I know a lot of people online recommend putting
it at the bottom of your bag and playing dumb, but I don’t think it’s worth the risk
or trouble. 4. Be polite: If you are asked about your tool
or even told that it’s cannot pass through security, I suggest being polite and explaining
why the tool meets the guidelines. As with most things in life, being polite
can often help alleviate tension and move the situation toward a positive outcome. 5. Bring a stamped envelope: A lot of people
online recommend bringing a self-addressed stamped envelope with you. That way you can drop it off at the airport
postal box to have it shipped back to your home rather than donating it to TSA. I’ve never personally done this, but it
makes a lot of sense. 6. Be discrete: Those of you that carry multi-tools
or knives are going to think I’m crazy, but I honestly recommend not using a pocket
clip when carrying a tool or knife abroad. Again, it draws unnecessary attention to the
fact that you’re carrying something. Instead, I recommend carrying it in your pocket
or bag. 7. Know the laws and rules of your destination:
While TSA rules and regulations seem strict in the US, don’t assume that the laws are
the same in other countries. Even if you pack your multi-tool in your check-in
luggage and are able to carry it during your trip, make sure you check local laws at your
destination. For example, many places, like the UK, have
restrictions on the length of knives and on locking blades. The last thing you want is to not only have
your multi-tool confiscated, but also found accidentally breaking the law. Even a small knife with a locking blade could
be a violation at your destination. This also goes for other places where there
might be a security check. Just because you can take it onto a plane
doesn’t mean it will pass the security checkpoint at a government office, museum, or even an
amusement park. When in doubt, I suggest leaving it at home,
your hotel, or in your car. Lastly, I mentioned that we were doing a giveaway. Popov Leather sent us an EDC Pocket Armor
to giveaway to our audience. Just head over to our website to enter. You don’t have to purchase anything, but
there are multiple ways to enter and gain entries. By signing up for some of the social media
channels or sharing the giveaway, you’ll earn extra entries into the contest. The more options you complete, the more entries
that you’ll earn. And of course, there’s no pressure to enter! The giveaway runs until Friday, July 12th. We’ll then randomly select our winner on
July 13th. I’ll include a link in the video description. Keep in mind that the contest is only for
US and Canadian residents. Though if you’re not based in the US or
Canada, don’t worry. We’ll have more giveaways soon, so stay
tuned. Do you travel with a multi-tool? If so, which one do you carry? Also, do you have any stories or tips for
carrying tools when traveling? Let us know in the comment section below. I’ve included Amazon links to the tools
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