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Basic Every Day Carry (EDC)

There ARE better things that you can get than what I have listed, but the EDC that I have outlined is supposed to give you some resiliency quickly and cheaply.

The First Item you should consider is making your EDC easy to carry and compact.  Having a great tin to use is key.  You could get an Altoids TIN or the unmarked Survival TIN instead.

Water

Every day you will go through a gallon of water.  Your EDC is not based on any long term survival and must be small, but I would recommend having a couple water treatment tablets (Not the whole bottle) in your EDC.  Having a small piece of Aluminum Foil could make an expedient cup.  If the size is not a concern, go with having a Sawyer Products Mini Water Filtration System

Water Treatment Tablets

Potable Aqua Water Treatment Tablets

 

Sawyer Products Mini Water Filtration System

Sawyer Products Mini Water Filtration System

 

Food

For size we will not keep a full sized meal or a large all-inclusive fishing kit.  Fish is a great food, so keeping some dental floss or small amount of fishing line on a small floss bobbin and a few fish hooks (which could be wrapped in aluminum foil) are a good way to go.  Be sure to consider how sharp they are and cover the hook.  You could also keep a small can opener in your EDC.

can opener

GI P-38 Can Opener (5-pack)

Energy/Heat/Fire

Fires are a huge advantage when you are in a survival situation.  The first no-nonsense solution to this is to have a BIC disposable lighter, which is super cheap and reliable.  You won’t add a lot of bulk if you decide to wrap a strip of duct tape around it for utilitarian purposes.  An Everstryke Match would also be a decent option, as well as a small Ferro rod.  If you choose any of these, I wouldn’t fault you.

You should have a good light, and if you want it to be on the cheap, go with the Cree 7w flashlight. A good secondary light would be to go with a keychain light.

 

Everstryke Match

Survival Flint Match Perma-Match Fire Starter Emergency

Flashlight

UltraFire 7W 200LM Mini XPE Q5 Zoomable LED Flashlight Adjustable Focus Portable LED Light Lamp Flashlight Torch

Shelter

You can’t keep a tent, tarp, or hammock in your EDC.  This is to keep it small, so we can add a couple mylar space blankets to your EDC.  These aren’t very durable, so once you use them, you will probably want to get new ones.

I know a lot of other people that will tell you not to join in the hype, but I am still a huge proponent of paracord.  It is too versatile not to have.  I do NOT like the typical paracord braided bracelets, because of how difficult they are to unwind, but if that is what it takes for you to keep it on you, then get it.  If you want backup cordage, then, once again, fishing line on a sewing or dental floss bobbin.

If you have a digital watch, switch it over to an analog watch, so you can use it for navigation.

Emergency Blankets

Emergency Mylar Blankets – 84″ x 52″ (4 Pack)

 

Dental Floss Bobbins

DMC Plastic Floss Bobbins-28/Pkg

Security

This one could get expensive.  The cheaper thing to get is a basic pocket knife.  There are many different knives that are pretty decent under $20.  The S&W CK105H Extreme Ops Knife is usually less.  If it wouldn’t bother you to carry something bigger, a good Gerber or Leatherman Multitool would be better.

Keep a second knife if possible, but if it won’t fit, a neck knife or keychain knife would be a good backup.

Next, you need to consider a sidearm if it is legal in your state (and if it isn’t, then move to another state.)  My personal preference is a 9mm or .40 cal.  Good ones would be the Glock 19, S&W M&P, S&W M&PC, or Ruger LC9.

Keep a Handcuff Key, just in case.  This one has a light as well and will take place of your keychain light.

I like to keep a pen for notes, or to leave notifications of my location when venturing out.  Why not have one that is a pen, whistle, and weapon combination?

Emergency Knife

Smith & Wesson CK105H Extreme Ops Knife

Gerber

Gerber 22-41545 Black Diesel Multi-Plier with Sheath

Leatherman Multitool

Leatherman 830850 Skeletool CX Multitool

Health and Sanitation

For large wounds, I like to keep a tourniquet in my Trauma Kit, and this is what I recommend due to the small size.

I would recommend keeping a few antihistamines in your EDC.  Once again, not bottles, but a few pills.  I also think keeping some pain killer tablets would help with aches and pains.

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