Do you know what EDC stands for?
When I Google “EDC,” the first thing that comes up is the annual Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas. While I’m sure this electronic dance music festival is a hoot, it’s not what I had in mind.
Fortunately, the second thing that comes up is what I was looking for: Everyday Carry.
This includes items you should have with you – either on your person or in a bag – that you might need if you’re away from home when a crisis strikes.
A bag for your trunk
Now, you should also have a fully-stocked bug-out bag for each member of the family. And it should be located near your front door so you can grab it and go in a hurry.
But today we’re discussing items you will have easy access to should a disaster occur while you are at work, at the store, visiting friends or whatever the case may be.
Most people keep their EDC bag in the trunk of their car. No matter where they are, it’s assumed they will have easy access to the vehicle that got them there.
So, let’s briefly discuss the items that should be in that bag. Then we can tackle the more challenging task of determining which survival items you can have on your person at all times.
20 items to include
Survival items to include in a bag you can keep in your vehicle include the following:
- A good hunting knife and/or multi-tool and a knife-sharpening device
- A canteen or water bottle or two
- A portable water purification device or water purification tablets
- An emergency whistle
- A couple of disposable cigarette lighters and a magnesium stick
- An emergency space blanket or two
- An emergency Pocket Poncho
- At least 20 feet of paracord
- A spool of nylon utility string
- An LED pocket flashlight and extra batteries
- A half-dozen high energy and high protein bars
- A quality compass
- Topographic maps of the area
- A warm coat with a hood
- A pair of gloves
- A first-aid kit
- Duct tape
- A fishing kit
- A folding shovel
- Personal hygiene items
Big things come in small packages
So, what could people possibly carry on their person that would help them in a survival situation?
You might be surprised at how many small things would help in an emergency. Let’s look at a few:
- Pocket knife. Some say this is the single best piece of survival gear you can own. (See my top recommendation below)
- Cellphone. Use it to contact others in a crisis, of course, but also to access news reports pertaining to the emergency and survival information.
- Multi-tool. You can get anywhere from six to 20-plus tools in one device. They include pliers, wire cutters, can opener, saw and much more.
- Tactical flashlight. The power could be out wherever you are.
- Bic lighter. Use it as an instant fire starter.
- Keychain. You can attach a number of items to this, including a mini flashlight, whistle, lighter, compass and more.
- Wallet. Even if ATMs go down and your credit cards become worthless, you can carry cash, a stainless steel lock pick set and a stainless steel survival card that serves as a multi-tool.
Some folks may want to include a concealed carry pistol and a spare magazine in their EDC.
Tactical Knifes Are The #1 EDC Tool
If you search for “survival knife” or “tactical knife” online, you’ll see hundreds of options. While what you choose should come down to personal taste, you should also consider features and construction.
The all-purpose Liberty Blade Tactical Knife.
This knife’s classic, straight-back design means it’s great for skinning game, cleaning fish or any other everyday tasks.
It’s solid enough to take (and keep) a fine edge, but not so hard that it’s going to break in half if you put it through the ringer.
And the Liberty Blade handle is wrapped in seven feet of paracord. If you’re ever in a pinch and you need some cordage for anything from survival trapping to creating an emergency tourniquet, the Liberty Blade is your best choice.
Take a look for yourself, right here