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.
–Paracord or other cordage
–Strike anywhere matches
–Fishing line and hooks
–Pain reliever like ibuprofen
–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?