Everyday Carry Items

I received an email from one of my regular readers asking me to discuss everyday carry (EDC) items. These are things you carry with you wherever you go, just in case.

For some of us, one of our EDC items is a firearm. I cannot stress enough the importance of obtaining and maintaining the proper licenses for carrying a firearm. It makes no sense to me to risk having your firearm taken from you, as well as incurring fines and other unpleasantness. If nothing else, Murphy’s Law should tell you that the day you get stopped for a minor traffic offense and wind up having your firearm confiscated because you lack the proper permit, that will be the day something happens when you’d truly need the weapon.

Another very common EDC item is a knife. Most of us probably carry at least some sort of blade, typically either a pocketknife or a multi-tool. It goes without saying how incredibly useful a sharp blade can be in day-to-day life, let alone in a survival situation.

Some method of lighting a fire is also recommended. Even if you’re not a smoker, consider carrying a lighter with you. While some folks will carry a magnesium striker in their pocket, there’s nothing inherently wrong with a cheap disposable butane lighter.

Personally, in this day and age, I think a cell phone should also be considered for EDC. I’m not one for getting the latest and greatest smartphones but being able to make a quick call or send a text in an emergency can be life-saving.

An Altoids tin survival kit easily fits into a pocket. While each one is different, there are some generalities as to contents.

–Razor blades
–Adhesive bandages
–Antibacterial ointment
–Compass
–Paracord or other cordage
–Strike anywhere matches
Fire straws
–Small whistle
–Fishing line and hooks
–Pain reliever like ibuprofen
–Space blanket
–Duct tape
–Water purification tablets

In my day job, I’m often called upon to visit courthouses and other government buildings. I’m unable to carry many of the above items inside these locations as they are prohibited. But, I always have my EDC items in my car and replace them in my pockets once I get back out of the building.

What do you carry for your EDC gear?

Published by

Jim Cobb

Jim Cobb has been a student of survivalism and emergency preparedness for almost thirty years. As a young child, he drove his parents nuts with stockpiling supplies in the basement every time he heard there was a tornado watch in his area. Of course, being a child, those supplies consisted of his teddy bear, a few blankets and pillows, and random canned goods he grabbed from the kitchen cabinets. Later, he was the first (and likely only) child in his fifth grade class to have bought his very own copy of Life After Doomsday by Bruce Clayton. Today, he is a freelance writer whose work has been published in national magazines such as Boy’s Life and Complete Survivalist Magazine. He is a voracious reader with a keen interest in all stories with post-apocalyptic settings. He maintains the Library at the End of the World blog and is also the Content Director for SurvivalWeekly.com. He currently resides in a fortified bunker in the upper Midwest, accompanied by his lovely wife and their three adolescent Weapons of Mass Destruction. Jim's first book, Prepper's Home Defense, was published late 2012 and his second book, tentatively titled The Prepper's Complete Guide to Disaster Readiness, will be out in mid-2013, both coming from Ulysses Press.

2 thoughts on “Everyday Carry Items”

  1. I’ve got a blog post (my crappy little thing) at http://bradclarkston.com/blog/?p=129
    were I go over my EDC and my PSK that I ether carry or keep in the car.

    It’s changed just a bit. I’ve changed the regular ferro rod for the mini boy scout version (http://www.scoutstuff.org/bsa/camping/cooking/accessories/hot-spark-fire-starter.html) it’s tiny and saves allot of room if you ditch the cord and striker.

    The wetfires have been replaced with Micro Inferno’s to save space as well .. I really need to update that post.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *