What is an Every Day Carry (EDC)? Disasters, like babies being born, show up on when they want, not when we want. That generally means at the most inopportune times. Something’s probably not going to happen when you’re at your home and have just finished repacking your bug-out bag. It’ll happen when you least expect it and aren’t anywhere near your survival equipment.
That’s why you need to be carrying some basic things with you every single day. If you walk out your door, you need to have enough with you to make it back home. Now, that doesn’t mean you need to take your bug out bag with you, but it does mean that you need some things.
The idea of Ever Day Carry (EDC) is to have the essentials with you. We can break this down into two levels; the essentials that you carry on your person and those that you carry in an EDC bag. The difference is, there are times when you will put your EDC bag down, such as while you are at work. Most would probably leave their EDC bag in the car while working; but the items you carry on your person are those that you might need in a matter of seconds, rather than minutes.
So, what are these items that you might need in seconds?
- Pistol with extra ammo (not only to defend yourself, but to defend others; believers should take a stand to protect the weak)
- Good knife and/or multi-tool with a knife blade
- Fire starter (a butane lighter works well for this)
- Smartphone (have survival manuals and an electronic Bible in memory)
- Tactical pen (a pen which can also be used as a handheld weapon)
- Analog watch (an analog watch can be used as a compass, a digital can't)
As you can see, these items are more focused on self-defense and getting out of your workplace, than they are anything else. The idea isn't so much allowing you to survive in the woods, or even survive sleeping in a cardboard box as you walk home from a disaster. Those items are in your Every Day Carry (EDC) kit. But there are some things that happen so quickly, that waiting till you get to your car just won't work.
If a terrorist or lunatic enters your workplace and starts shooting the place up, you don't have time to go to your car to get your gun. You need to be able to react in seconds. Likewise, if the lights go out, you'll need a flashlight on your person, not in your Every Day Carry (EDC) kit. That's the type of criteria that are used to select these items.
But it's clear that the Every Day Carry (EDC) items listed above aren't going to be enough to get you home, if you have to walk home after an EMP renders your car unusable or some other disaster happens. There are also many other things that can happen in a day, which really don't qualify as emergencies. Carrying a few basics in your Every Day Carry (EDC) to take care of those little problems is always a great idea.
Every Day Carry (EDC) bags can vary greatly in size, but for most people they're about the size of a lunch box or large fanny pack. I use an over the shoulder bag, but you can use anything. This gives me quite a bit of room for the things I feel I need.
- Shelter - 2 rescue blankets, 20' of para-cord and 10 yd of duct tape
- Rain poncho
- Nalgene water bottle
- Some high energy snacks, such as beef jerky, granola bars and nuts
- Spork - useful for those times when my lunch doesn't come with utensils
- Fire starter - I carry a lighter, as well as a BlastMatch Jr. and some WetFire cubes
- Flashlight and spare batteries
- Knife (in addition to the one in my pocket)
- Wire saw
- Compass and map - to help me find my way home
- Lock pick set (ssh!)
- Phone charger - includes cable, adapters for wall and car, as well as a charger battery
- Hair bands - useful as rubber bands for a number of things
- Emergency sewing kit - for quick repairs, heavy on safety pins
- Pen, pencil and waterproof pad
- Photocopies of my driver's license and passport
- Personal hygiene kit - includes antibacterial hand cleaner, disposable toothbrushes, deodorant, 3 compressed towels and Kleenex (can be used as toilet paper)
- First-aid - cloth bandages of various types, abdominal bandages (large bandages) alcohol wipes, cohesive medical tape, antibacterial ointment, pain relievers, antihistamine, 3 day supply of my personal medications, clotting compound and butterfly closures
With this, I have enough to get myself home from pretty much anywhere within walking distance, as well as take care of the problems which might arise during the day. If your work requires you to dress in a way that is not conducive for walking, add good walking shoes and some more comfortable clothes. Always carry a jacket with you, even on days when you don't need it. You might need it at night.
One final thing, your Every Day Carry (EDC) bag, unlike your bug-out bag, is intended to be used as needed. That means that the items in it will get used up. There's nothing wrong with that, just make sure that you check it regularly and restock as needed.
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