As you select and prepare your EDC gear, it’s important to think about a few things. You’ll need to keep size and weight in mind, as any Every Day Care items will need to be manageable on a daily basis. You’ll also need to put some thought into your daily routine so that you can choose the items that will help you best through the day. Your EDC isn’t just about emergency gear, it’s also about making your daily life easier to handle, reducing stress, and being prepared for everyday issues that you may encounter.
As you choose your gear, you’ll need the following types of items:
Items You Always Carry
First, assess the items that you always carry. You may already be meeting a daily need, or you may be able to upgrade a specific item that you already carry so that your system works better than it already does. For example, you may always have your wallet, phone, and keys with you. You may be able to add a credit card multi-tool to your wallet, or add paracord, a self-defense tool, or a small multi-tool to your keychain. You may be able to add maps or pdfs with detailed survival information to your phone so that you can access the files digitally.
Items to Solve Daily Problems
Next, spend some time thinking about small problems that you find yourself facing on a daily basis. You may be able to add a piece of EDC gear to solve these issues and streamline your day. For example, if you find that you often need a pen, but don’t have one, you may be able to add a tactical pen to your keychain. If you often find yourself without light when you need it, consider adding a high quality flashlight to your kit. If you don’t already carry one, a multi tool, a folding knife, or both can be highly useful.
Last, you’ll want to add items that are small, light, and will come in handy in emergency situations. Items like a bandana, duct tape, paracord, or fishing line can all be highly useful in a variety of situations. Basic first aid supplies are almost always helpful. One or more methods to start a fire, such as a lighter or a keychain fire starter, can be exceptionally helpful in this type of situation. Consider your environment and climate, as well as the types of emergencies that you’re likely to encounter, as you select these items.
You can use your pockets, briefcase, purse, or a small organizer to hold your EDC items. Keep in mind that these aren’t the same as your Bug Out Bag or your Get Home Bage, these are just the items that you keep on your person. Other items that you’d need for longer term survival can go in a backpack in your home, office, or car so that you have them available when you need them most. Remember, it’s better to build up the items you need slowly than to wait until everything is perfect.