What’s an EDC?

What’s an EDC?

EDC stands for “everyday carry.” These are the items that you should (and, perhaps, already do) carry with you at all times in order to be prepared for an emergency situation. This blog post will answer the question: What’s an EDC?

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Difference Between an EDC and a Bug Out Bag

A bug out bag is a bag that you can easily access in an emergency. Ideally, you would have at least one bag for each member of your family and you’d keep them in at least two locations (one at home and one at work, for instance). Your bug out bag should contain all the essential items you would need to survive off-grid for any prolonged period of time. We’ll soon have a blog post that goes into more detail about bag out bags.

Bug out bags are not an item that you carry with you at all times; therein lies the difference between a bug out bag and an EDC. An EDC is a lot smaller and is something you carry with you everywhere. An EDC doesn’t even have to be a bag; it could simply be the things you ensure are kept in your pockets, purse, handbag, or fanny pack. All of the items in it should be essential to survival in an emergency situation.

EDC Contents

Although we did state that an EDC doesn’t have to be a bag, we keep ours in a nice, compact bag that attaches to a belt (link below). All of the items that are kept in an EDC will vary slightly from person to person. However, there are some obvious things that most people already carry with them daily anyway; these include a phone, keys, wallet (with cash) and a watch.

However, some not-so-obvious items are essential for any well-rounded EDC, which include:

A Knife

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A folding knife or a Swiss army knife is an essential tool in any survival situation. Knives have more than just a self-defense application; they can be used as tools for many different situations. We use our knives on a daily basis for a plethora of different tasks.

 

Flashlight

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A small flashlight is another essential item for any EDC; it will not only light the way in darkness, but it can also be used as a tool to signal for help as well.

 

 

Paracord Bracelet

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Cordage has a million uses, especially in a survival situation. Having a paracord bracelet is quite handy when you’re in need of a good amount of cordage. From making snares to fixing shoelaces, a¬†paracord bracelet is worth keeping with your EDC.

 

Lighter

EDC, everyday carry, bug out, prepping, prepper, survival, survivalist, preparing, What's an EDC?Being able to make fire in any situation is crucial. Keeping at least one lighter in your EDC is recommended. Although, we would suggest carrying a few matches as well, as a back-up–remember: two is one and one is none.

 

First Aid

EDC, everyday carry, bug out, prepping, prepper, survival, survivalist, preparing, What's an EDC?Keeping a small and simple first aid kit with disinfectant and some bandages can be invaluable in a survival situation.

Emergency Blanket

Emergency blankets are extremely compact. They can be used not only as a blanket to keep warm, but also as an emergency, make-shift shelter if absolutely necessary.

Other Items:

There are several other items you make want to consider carrying in your EDC as well, which include a multi-tool, a tactical pen, and (as long as you have a concealed carry permit) a small handgun.

An EDC is an invaluable asset to have for any prepper. If you already carry an EDC or if you have suggestions for items to be added to this list, please let us know in the comments or by contacting us.

 

 

 

 

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