The Everyday Carry (EDC) is the latest in practical clothing designed to allow you to carry essential items in one easily accessible storage bag. It contains all he items you need to carry on your person, daily.
I was first introduced to the EDC by my son who is interested in Modular Lightweight Load-carrying Equipment (MOLLE). He carries a number of items in his including his mobile phone, some scissors, a little first aid kit and a mini screwdriver set; all very practical items.
For some people the idea of the Every Day Carry is in case of some sort of military warfare or social unrest, but I’m not expecting an attack from the French any time soon (see below for the full survival everyday carry list). However, my job is office based and I also attend constructions sites occasionally, I like to go walking and I’m also a Scout Leader, so the idea of the EDC appealed to me as a practical way to carry essential items around.
After reading many reviews and watching various Youtube videos, it quickly became apparent that the best EDC is the OneTigris Molle EDC – but what to put in it?
Essential items for my personal and work EDC
For me, there were a number of items which are essentials for my EDC, and some which I might use on occasion. These are:
|A quality pocket multi-tool like this – it has all the essential tools you’ll need including knifes, pliers and screwdrivers and is high quality|
|Mobile phone – well you need to be able to call people, right?|
|A twin-tip Sharpy – thin and thick ended so that you can write and mark)|
|My bank card – seems obvious, but so often forgotten!|
|Some cash – in case of emergencies or if the car park payment machine isn’t accepting cards|
|A small good quality LED waterproof torch like this – helpful at night and useful when I’m surveying (although your phone may have a flashlight app built in)|
|A couple of sticking plasters and a bandage – just in case!|
|A couple of alcohol-free wipes – good for cleaning minor cuts or your hands|
|A decent lighter – lots of uses, obviously|
|Some electricians tape – can be used for all manner of things including taping bandages|
|A backup USB charger – extra power for your phone in case of emergencies like getting stuck on a train or miles from home|
|Some paracetamol and ibuprofen – who knows when a headache or fever might strike?|
EDC for survival
This is when things become a bit more serious and when you’re trying to decide on items for a survival EDC you’ll need to focus on your area of expertise, as well as the laws in your country (for example, it would be usually be illegal to carry a knife in the UK unless it was a with a folding blade 3 inches long (7.62 cm) or less, e.g. a Swiss Army knife). The same goes for guns.
Preppers on the other hand might be looking to create an EDC in case of a sudden state of lawlessness in a country or disruptions in social or political order. I don’t expect that will occur anything soon in my country.
When selecting your Everyday Carry items, you need to think about the practicle uses and sizes of the items. If you can’t think of a good scenario for including something in your EDC, don’t.
For example, you’ll need something to defend yourself but also for killing animals for food or cutting plants. You’re going to need water and a method of making it safe to drink. You’re also going to need something to fix and open things.
I’ve created the ultimate Everyday Carry survival list for those looking for a practical Every Day Carry, perhaps for hiking or mountaineering. Chances are you’re going to need a bigger EDC bag for this list. Here goes:
- a mobile phone – this should be unlocked (i.e. not tied to any network) so that you can switch networks if required. In the UK you can call 999 without a SIM.
- a good quality folding knife – you’ll need to cut/kill things
- a waterproof pouch – to keep your electric items dry during bad whether or if you have to wade through a river
- a mechanical, waterproof watch (electromagnetic pulse (EMP) proof)
- a compass
- a hat – to protect you from sun and rain
- a Sharpy – get the one with the thin and thick ends
- a small notebook – even helpful for leaving messages
- an LED torch or flashlight – makes sure it’s LED as the batteries will last much longer
- a small first aid kit
- a whistle – you might need to draw attention to yourself, especially in water at night
- a good quality multi tool – this one has everything you need
- some string or paracord – various uses including making a fishing line
- a fire striker
- a needle and thread – good for repairing clothing and even stitching yourself up in the event of a deep wound
- a good quality lighter
- bandana or neckerchief
- a tin opener
- a small solar charger
- water purification tablets
- some pain killers and anti inflammatory medication
- collapsible bottle – for storing water
Why are there no guns or ammo on the list?
I my country, it’s illegal to own many types of guns without a licence so I’m not going to encourage it. Realistically, the likelihood of the UK coming under any sort of martial rules any time soon is extremely low, regardless of what the Survivalists might otherwise like to think. I’m proud to live in a country where the Police aren’t armed so I’m not including them in my list. What you do is up to you.
Make use of your phone
Mobile phones offer a range of uses for survivalists, which is why I’ve mentioned carrying a USB backup power supply or at least a couple of spare batteries for your phone.
Most phones have detailed maps which you can download (free). They also have GPS, flashlights, mirror apps and a range of other survival apps.
Some other apps include the SAS Survival Guide, a compass, knot tying guides and first aid.
What’s in your Everyday Carry?
Got something to add to the list or want to make some suggestions? Then please feel free to get in touch and share your ideas in the comments section below.