The notion of an everyday carry (EDC) is rather simple. It's the items you take with you, whenever you're leaving the house. For most people this is probably just their wallet, keys and a phone, but once you start knowing a thing or two about survival, you can't help but to add a few extra pieces of gear. I know I can't. Think of your EDC like a core version of your bug out bag. If you're left stranded, be it a car crash in the middle of nowhere, or you happen to get into trouble and your bug out bag is sitting waiting at home or in your car, these are the items you've got to survive. You want more than a set of keys. But you can't carry everything.
The rules for your EDCI've got a few rules when it comes to my EDC, and I recommend you follow these.
- It needs to be compact and effective to carry at all times
- It needs to be a piece of gear I will use several times a day, OR…
- It needs to serve a key survival purpose, like my concealed carry handgun
What I carry in my EDCThere's only so many pockets and places to tuck your gear away, in everyday life you need to find a balance between being prepared to escape a crisis (i.e. what your bug out bag is for), and not having anything at all. I used to carry a lot more items with me, but this summer I scaled it back. Right now, here's what you'll find in my EDC:
- Braided paracord keychain which not only has my house keys, but a small torch, a USB encrypted and loaded with all my important documents, and a small flint and steel.
- Wallet with 4 of my 5 credit cards (one stays home in my bug out bag), along with some cash, my ID, a picture of my family, and a small credit card multi-tool device.
- Smartphone, complete with a battery-pack case that gives me 3x the battery life of a normal iPhone, so I can go longer between charges just in case.
- Braided paracord belt. It's black and non-descript enough to not attract a lot of attention, but it gives me the option to have about 200 feet of cordage on hand at all times.
- I've replaced the laces in my boots with a survival set that has a flint and striker in the lace, as a backup for starting a fire.
- A folding survival knife with a clip to keep it in place in my pocket, that's sturdy enough to baton down branches if I need to split wood or build a shelter, but not overly large.
- My concealed carry firearm.