EDC Bug Out Kit – Your Every Day Carry Solution

While most Bug Out Bags, Get Home Bags, and 72-hour kits that you read about focus on long-term survival, there’s one area that’s often overlooked.

Every Day Carry Items

What happens during those times when you can’t carry a bug out bag?

Let’s face it; having a 30-pound bag of gear at your side at all time is pretty impractical. Yes, you can have multiple bags stashed at your home, office and even in your vehicle, but no matter how much you prepare there are going to be times when you become separated from your main stash of gear. That’s why I suggest always having an EDC Kit.

What is an EDC Kit?

EDC stands for Every Day Carry. Every Day Carry (EDC) is an extremely important part of your preparedness plan and is something you should put some serious thought into. What goes into your EDC will depend on your unique survival needs, but in general, it should contain basic supplies that will hold you over and provide protection until you can safely make your way back to your main stockpile of survival goods.

The gear you choose to carry as part of your EDC is something that you should have on your person at all times, so it needs to be small, lightweight and easy to carry. While many of us who are prepared have our important gear close at hand, stored in some sort of bug out or get home bag, there are going to be times when you may be separated from your main source of supplies. That’s when having an EDC become so vitally important to your survival.

Examples of Every Day Carry Kits (EDC)

In most cases, your EDC should be small enough to fit in a pocket, and should only include gear that is absolutely necessary to sustain you until you can reach your primary source of supplies. If you work in an office, and regularly carry something like a briefcase, then you may be able to get away with carrying a slightly larger EDC. But in most cases, they are small, and can usually be comfortably slipped into a pocket without attracting attention.

The Infamous Altoids Survival Kit:

These little Altoid Tin kits have become extremely popular and are a great way to pack a bunch of essential gear into an easy to carry discreet case.

To give you an example of what you can fit in one of these small tins, I have included a kit that I often take with me when I’m going out into the wilderness to hunt or fish. Your kit should be tailored to fit your unique needs and environment, so if you live in an urban setting many of these items will probably be useless to you. But I’m going to show you what I carry in this situation to give you some general ideas and show you how many items you can comfortably carry in this type of EDC.

altoids tin survival kit

This specific kit Altoids EDC kit has:

  • A Pocket Knife (Swiss Army Style)
  • Basic Medical Supplies (Butterfly bandages, tweezers, scalpel blades, & small magnifying glass which can also be used for starting fires)
  • Spool of Dental Floss (Dual Purpose uses; cordage, fishing line, medical uses such as suturing wounds)
  • Tinder (Cotton shoved into all the little crevices)
  • A couple of needles, fishing hooks & weights, zip ties)
  • Bic lighter & a couple of half matchsticks with a striker in plastic wrap.
  • Small LED flashlight
  • Bandana wrapped around the case.

Compact Knife Sheath Kit:

When in an urban setting, I usually always carry something like the kit in this picture.

SOG Knife Sheath with Survival Items

SOG Sheath Survival Kit

This kit allows me to carry a decent size knife while being able to add a number of items right to the front pocket of the Sheath. In this case, I am showing the SOG Seal PUP Elite with Nylon Sheath. It’s something that I carry almost everywhere I go, whether it be in an urban or wilderness setting.

The Knife Sheath Kit fits:

  • The SOG Seal Pup Knife
  • A Lighter Wrapped with Duct Tape & fishing line (in between the line and the tape there are a couple of needles and fishing hooks.)
  • A SOG Multitool
  • A Mini LED Flashlight
  • A 550 Paracord Wrapper

Other items that you should always carry as part of your EDC include:

Carry an EDC Kit? What Items do you include?


  1. Stephen
    June 28, 2012 at 3:37 pm

    My preference is to NOT carry essential items in kit form, but rather carry them distributed among pockets and belt. Any kit that can contain enough items to be useful is going to be uncomfortable to carry at all times if you’re wearing the type of clothing normally worn down here in The South – even a small Altoids kit.

    A good pocket knife, handkerchief, and Speed-Strip of spare ammo fit in one pocket; LED flashlight and cell phone are in pouches on the belt, while a revolver is inside the belt and under the shirt; “Peanut” lighter and whistle and tweezers are on the key ring in the other pocket. Distributed this way just works well for me.

    • z
      July 10, 2012 at 12:17 am

      I agree with this minimalist approach and posted my own comments below. I don’t live in the south, however, but in the Pacific northwest.

    • Brian
      October 29, 2013 at 2:19 pm

      Its nice to distribute the items around to make them less cumbersome but when you put more items in more places you have a greater chance to loose to loose or damage those items small containers like the altods tin or a small phone case or even an extra slim line bi-fold wallet can be used to put in other pockets to keep small supplies from being lost

  2. TacticalFry
    June 28, 2012 at 3:47 pm

    Among the survival supplies, small med kit & my trusty glock, I carry other supplies essential to my job.

    I carry my laptop & charger, a thumb drive, extra pens & receipt books, & my nalgene water bottle. Also, some paracord, gloves, flashlight, & a bandana.

    People often go overboard on their EDC bag, forgetting it’s an Every Day Carry, they turn it into a BOB bag by overloading with survival supplies.

    Carry the things you use EVERY DAY. Your BOB is for everything else.

    • June 29, 2012 at 10:59 am

      “Carry the things you use EVERY DAY. Your BOB is for everything else.”

      Beat me to it, well said! I do wish I could get away with wearing a belt knife and sheath mounted kit every day, but working in an office, my EDC kit is relegated to my pockets. If necessary, it then could be supplemented by my truck bag which is in my vehicle, but not as accessible.

  3. Steve
    June 28, 2012 at 4:36 pm

    All you need is a good knife. The rest are luxuries.

    • Shooter
      July 6, 2012 at 1:57 pm

      Good point. Well maybe a bit more but a good knife and a small flashlight are great.

      Fishing stuff???? Seems like a waste to me. I want to get to my vehicle and/or home to the BOB ASAP. Stopping to fish is the last thing I am going to do. But if it makes you feel better…..

      • jun1orbaitor
        November 13, 2012 at 6:22 pm

        A good knife and small, higher lumen flashlight. I like to carry 3; a small multitool(Gerber Bear Grylls), a good sharp knife, and a strong small flashlight(84 lumens), that uses AAA batteries ’cause its light and you can easily find a replacement.

      • islandboy
        November 19, 2012 at 11:21 am

        I agree that fishing supplies should be in a BOB. Personally, I think most fish will end up contaminated along with the water. But if you must fish, try something that a lot of us countryboys use, a trot line. Set it and leave it while you hunt squirels and rabbits. Sitting around waiting for one fish to bite one line is very unproductive when it comes to survival.

    • tom
      July 27, 2014 at 11:25 am

      I tried to teach myself to fish naturally and it works so easy. I always dug up worms on the site 20 feet away. Bamboo, hooks, swivels, line… I caught nice sized catfish and blue gills. 2-3 in two hours every time I went on these natural fishing endeavors. Fish in lakes not rivers and in the VERY early morning.

  4. Gail
    June 28, 2012 at 6:34 pm

    I like this EDC kit, especially for a woman. It’s not so easy for us with the clothing we normally wear. This allows me to have everything neatly placed in one quick to reach location…my purse. I have an altoid fishing kit in my BOB but this is a great idea. Thanks…from the ladies!

    • brijo89
      September 30, 2012 at 8:27 pm

      I also keep the small kit in my purse, but have another in the diaper bag…I usually end up forgetting one or the the other in a rush to get out the door, so this way I am covered either way!

  5. Matt
    June 29, 2012 at 5:44 pm

    It’s so great to see women getting into prepping! I want to recommend having a flint striker, lighters and matches run out. It’s also wise to have an emergency blanket.

    • deerhunter
      December 30, 2012 at 12:06 pm

      I strongly agree with the flint and steel, actually quartz works very also. For the striker I took an old file and ground the edges smooth, then put it in a vise and snapped off about a 4″ section, works great. My first fire took a while but my third one was blazing in under five minutes. Check out you tube for flint and steel. I think everyone should be able to build a fire this way. I know I felt good being able to do it in the most ancient fashion.

  6. For my money, I liked using the Lexan N-case series for waterproof EDC carry.

  7. old soldier
    July 1, 2012 at 6:21 pm

    Good article. I don’t carry any of those things yet, except a knife, a good one, and and my essential meds in a small container.

    • J. Gordon
      February 25, 2014 at 8:57 pm

      You make a good point. If your not carrying your medication your missing out on something that can take you out of the fight before it even begins.

  8. Mike
    July 2, 2012 at 8:32 am

    I like the Leatherman Wave in the nylon case, it has the Wave, a sleeve behind the tool for a few band aids and a pack of Neosporin to-go (I am sure some other items could be placed there too); the elastic sides are loops that have a small fisher pen and a small firesteel on either side, and the Velcro closure has a small pocket for a folded up $20 bill.
    Then on my key ring I have a Freedom Micro light and a small stainless pill fob for a vial of nitro-glycerin. A bandana is always in a pocket as is a tube of Vaseline lipbalm.
    This will get me to my vehicle where my GHB resides.

  9. JayOfAllTrades
    July 2, 2012 at 4:21 pm

    Fortunately, I’m never far from any of my bags. Since I am the first responder at work, my EDC is my emergency med kit, which is always nearby (a Maxpedition Sabercat bag). On the smallest EDC level, I have a Maxpedition Micro pocket organizer. Great size for pants pockets. Has a bit of everything, organizes really well, can fit in a large pocket, or even wear on a belt. Lastly, my SOG Powerlock multi-tool is always on my belt, and a Kobalt mini box cutter knife for my daily work tasks. (Great little knife, fits on a keychain, with extra blades in the handle compartment, stands up to all the abuse I give it. Not bad for about $7!)

  10. For my EDC I carry a bic lighter, a Victorinox Farmer Silver Alox pocket knife, a Fenix E11 LED Flashlight, a small ferro rod, a donut of about 15 feet of 115 lbs bank line on a carabiner with my keys, cell phone, wallet, and a small Gerber folder.

    July 3, 2012 at 3:35 pm

    I carry my trusty swiss army knife, a lighter and my altoids fishing kit

  12. Daniel Vivier
    July 4, 2012 at 8:51 am

    I carry my phone, wallet(with credit card multitool), 2 folding knifes, 2 550 bracelet, blue line flashlight, belt, and s&w tactical pen.

    • daniel vivier
      July 9, 2012 at 7:18 pm

      Just added the leatherman style cs.

  13. Tim
    July 7, 2012 at 6:16 am

    My EDC pouch contains:
    Gerber Shard
    Small Multitool
    Decent set of tweezers
    Nail clippers
    Zippo lighter
    Miniature Zippo lighter (no fuel but great sparks)
    Solar-powered LED torch
    Large safety pin
    Bic biro wrapped in Duct tape

    The belt loop of the pouch is velcro-secured, so can be looped through the belt loops on jeans etc even if no belt is worn. In addition, I also wear a paracord bracelet (made myself, so replaceable if need be) and if the need arose, could trade my Submariner watch for something. I also carry my BOB any time I leave the house.

  14. Zig Zag
    July 9, 2012 at 11:59 pm

    Great article, clear and concise. I prefer minimal EDC and dispersing the items on my body. Around my neck I have a paracord necklace that has a small whistle, red LED mini-lite, and a button compass tied on. On my wrists I have a watch on one and a paracord bracelet on the other (about 7 feet). In my pockets I have a Bic lighter, a small folding knife, and on a key-chain a mini-flashlight. In my wallet I have some bandages, a pre-threaded needle, and 4 safety pins. My clothing I consider to be my first level of shelter. I frequently carry a small backpack that has more items, but sometimes I don’t have it. I guess it’s more of a GHB than EDC.

  15. Mylo Haba
    July 12, 2012 at 6:37 am

    Hi all .. am new to this site …

    On the subject in hand .. I would say there is nothing close to standard …
    You see first of all .. A EDC is deferent than a Bug out … EDC servers best those work in the field .. Bug out is for more civilians who under the worst case scenarios still have few moments to grab thier Bug Out bag ..

    Secondly .. Environment dictates … if you are in an urban area is deferent than the wilderness .. and if you are in a Hostile area is deferent that if you are in a safe place …

    Third .. Up-Time is a key element … if you are preparing to survive an earth quick where you’ll reach some assembly point within few hours and upto 24 hours is deferent than being prepared for a classical S.E.S. (Scape – Evade – Survive) such if you are working for some security company in some hostile environment …

    Plan for your own situation .. use everything else as ideas .. but plan only for your situation … study all aspects and question all preparations .. plan drills and try-outs .. pick up skills and put your preparations to test …

    Thank you all …

  16. Brian
    July 15, 2012 at 12:57 pm

    I don’t think everyday carry, or EDC, is or necessarily should be associated with survival gear or bug out paraphernalia.

    My personal vehicle is equipped with both wilderness and urban survival items, yet I don’t carry any of those types of items on my person. I have a backpack with some items in it, but I don’t carry the backpack, which is a North Face, on me. Rather, it’s more of a portable container. It’s not even close to what you’d call “full.” The built in storage compartments in my four door pickup have more of those sorts of items including spare ammunition since I’m a “hobby shooter,” but my EDC includes my wallet, vehicle remote and three keys, Droid, Streamlight Micro, Glock 23 in an IWB, Kershaw Leek and depending on what I’m doing a Wenger SAK I’ve had for nearly 20 years or Leatherman Juice S2. Easy and sufficient.

    • JayOfAllTrades
      July 16, 2012 at 11:30 am

      I’d agree, there has to be a balance. I tend to carry first aid items (since our med kit is always poorly stocked), tools (since we have almost nothing when we need it), I wear a cap-light (the ones with built in LED’s) if the lights go out, and my phone with a charger that is permanently left at work. There is no need to drag a ton of stuff with me.. why draw attention to yourself? Where I work, extra stuffed pockets raise suspicion of theft, so less is better. Again, I can get away with a lot being the “on call” first responder, and carrying a large medic bag with me. Honestly, if something bad enough happens, that I can’t make the 30 second dash to my truck for needed gear (other than the first aid), its a bigger problem than I could possibly prepare for.

  17. juanita
    July 29, 2012 at 9:05 am

    my edc are a cell phone and a 2nd wallet. in my wallet i have keys, id, address book, credit card, tool logic survival II, cash, and 2 oven roasting bags, some note paper

    2nd wallet because it won’t hold grocery cards and enough cash 1st wallet is in purse which might or might not be nearby—keys on diaper pin smaller and more light weight than a key chain also has alternate uses and i like quirky—address book actually a strip of paper its for when i show up at a hospital unconscious it has points of contact including email, meds i take, doctor#, dentist and insurance—credit card in heavy duty aluminum foil pocket might boil water might protect against id theft handheld scanner—tool logic is a credit card sized knife with a red led (should be white), a whistle (signaling when covered by earthquake debris), a magnesium alloy bar to start a fire (havent tested it and sometimes it falls off)—cash 2 20’s and 2 5’s emergency funds only can buy some food and cab home if something happens to the car—roasting bags supposedly packs better and holds more water than a condom. when i tried it had a slow leak might have had a bad bag maybe 2 will solve the problem or hold even more water—
    note paper fire starter or with charcoal can leave note—thinking about adding first aid tape wrapped around a toothpick (trail maker, first aid, and alternate duct tape) some dental floss, a mylar blanket but dont know an edc needs to stay small and lightweight

  18. Gryphon Moor
    August 3, 2012 at 12:22 pm

    I wish I could get comfortable with the man bag/ man purse concept. The good sense of EDC items along with other necessary items that men carry these days, well, a man bag is very practical. But as much as I want to believe I don’t care what people think, I still believe it looks feminine.


    • JoeTLakeCharles
      September 5, 2012 at 11:25 pm

      I carry a 5.11 MOAB 6 Bag for EDC. It’s excellent for all my essentials. If you think it’s feminine to carry a “Go-Bag”, that’s your opinion (which you are entitled to). However, I’d rather have all operational equipment handy than be a star on “I Shouldn’t Be Alive.” PPPPPPP

    • Connie Q
      December 21, 2014 at 8:41 am

      You might want to check out something called the North south shoulder bag by Derek Alexander. Reminds me of Indiana Jones size bag, but has multiple amazing pocket for organizing. Comes in black and OD green, so pretty inconspicuous. My hubby loves his now that he’s used to it. I have one too and can put more in it than larger bags I own. They have a website so you can take a look.

  19. Gramas
    August 5, 2012 at 1:35 am

    All very good ideas ~S~ Being an old Granny, I of course carry my “purse” every where. Little does any one know exactly what I do carry in mu purse. I have horses, so I always carry a metal hoof pick, great for up close contact.In my manicure bag, I carry large tweezers, scissors, razor knife, a large diaper pin to close the bag, an old fashioned can opener, 2 bic lighters, 2 tampons, 2 pads, my own mixture of healing salve in a quarter sized Tupperware bowl, a large pill bottle with matches, a striker, another large pill bottle with needles, cotton is stuffed in the bottom, needles through the cotton with black thread. Thats just in my little bag ~S~ I also have a walmart bag that rolls into itself and hangs from a carbiner on my purse, I can hide it in my hand. Since I am in and out of our court house, I made sure all of these items go right through the scanner, no problems. Then I have my makeup bag, although I dont where much makeup, the bag has extra stuff as well~S~ A medical bag, zip lock baggies with cream and sugar, salt, tea bags, single coffee packets, etc etc. I could go on for ever and all of this is lightweight but sturdy~S~

  20. JoeTLakeCharles
    September 5, 2012 at 11:30 pm

    This site is outstanding. I’ve read some really interesting and thought provoking ideas. Keep up the great work and stay motivated!

  21. Cali4nia Gal
    October 4, 2012 at 2:59 pm

    Living in earthquake country, I carry a whistle in pocket as often as possible. If for some reason the build collapses, I have the whistle to alert rescue teams to where I am.

    I am starting a GHM bag for my car – in the case of an EMP walking would be the only way home, in the case of an earthquake it will likely take a few hours to get home in the car (at least that was my experience after the ’89 quake in the Bay Area because of panic, fear, and NO traffic lights!)

  22. James Greywolf`
    October 25, 2012 at 6:47 pm

    I’m “former active duty marine” & Commercial Diver, I keep a small “fanny pack with a ziplock bag of cotton and old receipts(fire starter) a magnesium stick and a very sharp Gerber. Small first aid kit, raingear, and an emergency blanket, sounds like alot, but the bag is about 6″ long and 6” in diameter. WHenever I leave shore or work a pier job its on me. It sits with my .45 under the seat of my truck on the road. Both are with me whenever I have to walk or drive anywhere I’m not familiar. Ive read all of these posts, be prepared for anything but use common sense. Your brain is your most powerful asset should you ever be separated from your “tools”. Anything is better than nothing, but just incase practice by walking into one room (1 only) and discover how to make due with what is there.

  23. Englishman
    November 14, 2012 at 5:11 pm

    Leatherman or similar, small waterproof torch, flint lighter, metal water bottle with your lunch box(can boil water to purify), spool of dental floss (can plat for stronger cordage), goretex jacket liner, knowledge.
    Glock’s a great gun, but you’ll need a shit load of ammo and body armour if you start shooting. Better to avoid the threat in the first place and build relationships with the people you’ll need to work with to survive long term like a doctor, a farmer, someone skilled in living off the land and someone who can knit clothes from wool. Good luck!

    • JessieFromAL
      May 30, 2014 at 11:46 pm

      I think that my ability to provide security against threats will be VERY valuable to high-value assets like doctors and farmers. For that, my skills and weapons, should prove to be VERY valuable because they are unlikely to posses my skill set, as I am unlikely to posses theirs.

      I agree that avoiding the threats, keeping yourself safe and “powder dry” are very important.

  24. stacie
    November 15, 2012 at 12:21 am

    These are all FABULOUS ideas, thought,& suggestions.
    I urge you all to find your local milita & be sworn in! SHTF day rapidly approaches . Milita & Patriots are UNITING to stand!

  25. Bajasailor
    November 30, 2012 at 2:42 pm

    I have been building a EDC and I am using inch and a half tubular webbing to make a belt and sliding the things I think I will need inside. With a little thought you can keep it flat and wear it without anyone knowing, Also for a small cheap knife check out the 10 cent survival knife you can make from a hacksaw blade,and it will fit in the belt, just cover it with duct tape. I don’t have the web site but comes up on google

  26. Faith
    December 8, 2012 at 7:34 pm

    Even before I was into prepping I carried most of this already. My friends have always asked me for band-aids and such :) They know I’ve usually got whatever they need, but don’t know how prepared I really am. All of this is in a small messenger style bag which passes as my purse. The bag has an adjustable strap and can be carried cross-body if needed.

    My wallet: This includes standard items plus an ID card that has my info (blood type, conditions, meds, etc.) and emergency contacts on it.
    Bandana – stylishly tied on one strap
    Cell phone
    Super bright thumb-sized flashlight
    Small folding knife
    Small Moleskine journal
    Sharpie; a pen / pencil combo that has black ink, red ink and pencil; and a Sakura art pen in black for doodles in journal
    2-blank unlined pieces of paper, folded in quarters, tucked in journal (I hate ripping pages out of my Moleskines! Theses could be used as tinder.)
    Kindle, fully charged
    Small bottle of hand sanitizer
    Earbuds for cell phone or kindle (in teeny ziplock bag)
    1-breakfast bar
    Sugar-free gum
    Thumb drive
    1-gallon-sized ziplock freezer bag with several of the 2″x3″ ziplock bags in it (The bag is rolled very thin with two rubber bands around it to keep it tight. I carry the small bags for seeds. I am into native plants and collect seeds every now and then to plant around my house.)
    A plastic grocery bag wound up really tight to put my purse in if I get caught in the rain.
    4-True Lime packets (I’m a lime addict. Each packet is equal one lime wedge. For use with food/drinks.)

    In small makeup bag (though I don’t wear any):
    Sunscreen wipes and/or stick
    Lip balm of some type with UV protection
    2-Off wipes for mosquitos
    Glass nail file – damn sharp too
    2-alcohol wipes (first aid purposes)
    2-GermX wipes (cleaning/sanitizing hands)
    Small pill container with a day of my meds; and allergy, headache, and Pepcid pills
    Some safety pins
    A cloth-covered rubber band and some clips and barrettes.
    Small dental floss packets (the type where you tear package in half and the ends are your handles)
    2-small “toothbrushes” with breath freshener
    Extra mouthpiece worn at night for TMJ
    Small tube of lotion
    2-feminine pads

    Keychain (big carabiner):
    Keys (lol)
    Mini LED flashlight
    I clip these to a strap of my bag for quick access, but they also can slip into one of the side pockets (while still clipped on) for silence.

    These are things I added once I got into prepping. A couple I still need to get/do.
    1/2 tank or more of gas in car at all times
    Battery-operated charger for phone
    $20 (2-$5, 10-$1)
    Bic disposable lighter with duct tape wrapped around it
    Para cord bracelet 10-in-1 (clipped on strap of bag below the bandana where it is not obvious.)
    Small cheap multi-tool w/ thermometer, button compass, LED light, mirror, magnifier, whistle
    One of those tiny, thin sewing kits that are wrapped around a piece of cardstock. (Will add another sturdy needle to the thin one that is included, as well as a wrap of thick thread.)
    Large trash bag (poncho or to keep my bag dry)
    I want to add a few family and friend pictures to the journal. I have pictures on my phone, but would like to have them if I can’t view them on my phone.
    A light jacket / sweater (I carry it if I’m going in a movie theater, or anywhere if it is going to be 65 or below. I can just hang the jacket across my bag for no-trouble carry. I live in SE Texas and very seldom need more, but if I do it’s in my car.)
    A credit card multi-tool in wallet

    I don’t carry a face mask, but I could use the bandana. I also don’t carry any water – it’s just so heavy. I do have room to add it to my bag though. I also still have room for small purchases. I used to carry a small digicam, but my phone takes really good pics and video so I only carry the digicam if I’m going on a Nature outing. I don’t expect to need fire starting tools, but a lighter is hardly any weight to add.

    I will be taking concealed handgun training in the first part of 2013. Once I do, I will either find a comparable bag that includes a special place for my gun, or I will sew one for myself. I’d like my bag to be leather, but it adds weight. My current bag is sturdy black canvas with bright green, high contrast lining. I will use the same if I make a new bag for myself.

    Hope this helps!

    Faith :)

    • black
      December 15, 2012 at 7:42 pm

      faith Do you relly carry all of that stuff wow girl must hurt your sholders

      • Faith
        December 18, 2012 at 1:48 am

        Yes. I really carry all that, and it’s not very heavy. The biggest, heaviest thing is my Kindle. Next in weight and size is my iPhone. I can adjust the strap and wear cross-body if my shoulder gets tired. Just about everything on my list is there because I’ve needed it and didn’t have it. Usually this has to happen a few times before I decide to add an item.

  27. black
    December 15, 2012 at 7:34 pm

    Wow alot of this stuff is so silly im train to be droped off in the mid of a jungal and walk my way out relly all you need is a brain well a goos knife i carry a folding crkt m16-14 knif in evry day its a strong wep and i cen throw it 15 ft and it will kill stuff allso i keep a cell 2 bats flashlight on me now for work i cen carry upto 100 lb of gear pluss wep in need be

  28. SOF
    January 11, 2013 at 3:37 am

    I love the articles, but some of this stuff gets out of hand.fast LOL

    Gotta love TV shows turning paradise into a disaster waiting to happen. Most everything I read, here are all based on what-if, and not what-will scenarios.

    Any country boy, with a pocket knife, is good to go. Seriously, a jungle isn’t going to spontaneously materialize in Central Park to make this remotely necessary.

    Being “prepared” means being “informed”. All the casualties of Hurricane Katrina, and Sandy could have been avoided. 99% of all disasters, we have more than enough time to get out of harms way, that 1 everyone is preparing for, it will be too late before you realize it.

    Mother nature provides, and takes it away.

  29. Mountain Man Dean
    February 2, 2013 at 5:49 pm

    I use an over the shoulder kit from Maxpedition. It’s a bag that fits under my left arm and I can fit a ton of gear in it. I carry a Taurus .327 Federal Magnum revolver as my backup gun to my CHP which is a Glock .45 on my belt. I also carry ; a firesteel, magnesium block for starting fire with, tinder quick to start fires in wer conditions, cotton balls covered in vaseline, a filter straw for making unsafe water drinkable, a mid sized first aid kit with quick clot,a tourniquet, a whole lot of different sized bandages, alocohol prep pads, iodine for wound prep and for making water safe to drink and a lot of over the counter meds for Diarhea and pain. Also I have s small fishing kit and several small and one medium sized snare. The bag also has a pouch for a 32 ounce Nalgene water botle that I carry everywhere. There is a Gerber multi tool, a 200 lumen flashlight, a signaling mirror, a loud signaling whistle, a small prybar, 100 feet of 550 paracord and duct tape wrapped around a piece of cardboard. I also carry a couple of power bars or protein bars and a couple of boxes of water in it for emergencies. This kit is large for EDC but I wan’t to have every possibilty covered and I a disabled veteran that uses a power chair to get around so the weight is not an issue. My BOB is another Maxpedition bag but it is much bigger and it has 2 of everything for redundancy and is much more stocked with food and water.

  30. Curtis P
    March 14, 2013 at 8:33 pm

    My keyring contains a lot of keys that don’t go to anything anymore. I think it’s time to replace those keys with something useful, and turn it into an EDC.

  31. survivalistguy
    July 31, 2013 at 6:24 am

    other than a gun and knife, I have found everything i need to fit in a regular size wallet, including a small med kit.

  32. jeremy
    July 25, 2014 at 2:33 pm

    I’m only 17 and I carry a pocket knife, paracord bracelet, a mini mag light, zippo lighter, a watch and compass

  33. zeke2099
    July 27, 2014 at 1:28 am

    My job working at a rehab/treatment center restricts what I can carry on my person or in my car on days I work. I do keep a small GHB in the truck but can’t pack a firearm. When I am off work though I carry my S&W .40 in a tactical thigh holster. We have open carry laws in my state and I am still working on getting my concealed carry. I can’t carry even a bit of gear at work though. Even my car keys are locked in my locker in admin building. :-/

  34. Bengallover
    August 18, 2014 at 10:06 pm

    My kit is in a sinus tab tin (good space for a freebie) it has my scout knife, flint, 3 waterproof matches (easy to make at home with string, paraffin wax and old school wood matches), emergency blanket, tinfoil ( to start a fire in winter) fishing line and hook, chocolate, first aid basics, dryer lint and mag glass and wrapped in twine. Small, but very useful! I lead a scout group here in Northern Canada and we all agreed to carrying one of these kits at all itmes ( no knives at school for the scouts in respect for school policy of course). A great kit for all ages.

  35. FLAPrepper1
    January 11, 2017 at 11:51 am

    My EDC:
    – Kershaw OSO Sweet knife
    – Keyset on a Nite-eze caribiner with a mini prybar, a mini flashlight, an aluminum whistle, and Rosary Ring (if the STHF – I’m praying)
    – Smartphone with some survival apps (Knot Guide, Wild Edibles, Scanner Radio, Compass, Flashlight, First Aid Guide)
    – wallet with $50.00 stashed inside and a fresnel lens card
    – Watch – Seiko 5 Automatic (no batteries).

  36. radioguy
    February 18, 2017 at 1:35 am

    A lot of great ideas but no one has mentioned what to carry if you work in a secured area. Going thru metal detectors and having your stuff x-rayed is a way of life for a lot of us. It is next to impossible to carry any kind of knife or other sharp object! Any thoughts? I have a Bag with first aid gear, lights, glow sticks, gloves, ham radio and blankets. This will help me for shelter in place.

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