I’ve written a few of posts about your EDC kit (Every Day Carry), or what things you should have on you at all times such as what I carry (usually) and a few others but never broke it down to a simple, basic list.
HINT: it won’t involve one of these.
So some of you live in areas with ridiculous laws so you may not be able to follow this list completely. Sorry about your luck; you should move. In the meantime, here’s my list of EDC essentials. Obviously there are others that you could carry but you should always have these five. Errr, seven:
1) A good knife
One of the most useful items you can carry is a good knife. You may not ever find yourself in an actual survival situation but if you had a knife with you that could work for that in a pinch, that’s one less worry you’ll carry around in your pretty little head.
I personally carry a Gerber 06 tactical with s30v steel when I’m wearing jeans and can fit it. Why? The s30v steel is much better than most of the crap out there and still not crazy expensive. Second, I like the spring assist; you just push the button and it opens. Third, it has a decently-long blade that locks so it turns into a fixed blade. The last two are where some of you who live in communist locales may run afoul from Johnny Law.
I carry the drop point blade version, but only because this knife was issued to me on my last Afghanistan deployment. I’ve shown you the tanto version in the link and the pic because I personally like it better.
When I’m in dressier pants, I switch to my Ontario Model II. It’s much smaller and lighter (and less expensive) but still a pretty decent knife. A knife like this is great for every day city living but not so good for batoning wood to build a shelter. In case you don’t know what batoning is, here’s a video of it from Dave Canterbury:
2) A lighter
My go-to way to start a campfire is just a cheap-ass Bic lighter. It works in most situations and will fit in your pocket quite easily. The mini version is my favorite. I don’t smoke or date girls who smoke so I don’t need a big lighter and because the fuel stays in these things for a LONG time. You may be tempted to get a Zippo because they’re cooler, but they won’t hold fuel as long (although smoking-type chicks dig them on dudes better). In any case, just make sure you have some kind of lighter.
3) A flashlight
If you’ve read my blog for any length of time, you know I’m big on AA flashlights because those batteries are everywhere and having all my stuff with the same type of battery cuts down on how many spares I have to carry in my bug out bag. It also allows you to carry something like this in your pack to make sure you never run out of power. What you carry in your EDC kit should blend in with your emergency and camping gear as much as possible.
The best value flashlight I’ve found is the CREE 7W AA flashlight. They’re super bright and built like a tank. They’re so cheap (like literally just a few bucks) that you’ll end up buying one for every vehicle and every person in your family, and then another dozen for stocking stuffers. No joke. I have several of these now and so do my neighbors and family.
The SC52w is pretty awesome
Personally, I don’t actually (usually) carry the cree above because I have several things in my pocket already and want something a little smaller. The cree still fits but not as well as this one. Plus, the one I carry throws out natural light, which is not only a little more pleasing than white light to look at, it works great for grilling at night so you can actually see how well-done your steak is. For me, it’s the Zebralight SC52w L2 AA in neutral light. You can get it in white light if you want though.
4) A pen
In everyday situations, a pen comes in handy for updating a to-do list, making notes of things to remember, or getting the phone number of girls in coffee shops. In a survival situation, they can be used to leave notes for rescuers or to write notes to yourself about the locations of water sources or other things you may want to come back to later while you’re stuck out either waiting for rescue or trying to get out.
As with all things, having the best equipment in the world is useless if it doesn’t work or if you don’t have it with you when you need it. For this reason, I spend a few extra bucks and get one of these space pens. They work in almost all conditions and easily fit right inside your pocket along with everything else.
5) A notepad
It doesn’t do much good to have a pen with nothing to write on. I got one of these Rite-in-the-Rain waterproof tactical notebooks at the PX in Iraq several years ago and have been carrying one ever since. The 3.5″x5″ model I linked to fits in my back pocket pretty easily but you can get larger ones if you have a man-purse or something.
6) A cell phone
I personally carry an iPhone 6 plus because I work online and it really comes in handy to have that much real estate in my hands and tech capability. A smart phone is REALLY handy to have everyday because you can get all sorts of useful apps to keep your life in order, or in a camping/survival situation, to do things like tell you your grid coordinates, show you where you are on a map, or be used as a compass. They can even store survival books on it for medical or plant references, etc. If you can afford one, I suggest going that route.
If you can’t, or you just don’t really want to get a real smart phone, at least get something. You can get an LG 450 phone (what we’d call a drop phone) for pretty cheap and don’t need to get a contract with it. I believe you’ll need one of these or similar to get started but then you just buy minutes as you need them.
In any case, having a cell phone on you could save your life in situations such as calling 911 after an accident, by finding high ground and calling for rescue if you’re lost, or to make last-minute arrangements on the way home when you forgot your anniversary. Again.
Cell phones won’t always work, especially in a disaster scenario, but they’re the best option when they do, so you should carry one.
Oh, and for those of you who’re whining “What if an EMP hits?” or “I don’t want the government tracking me!” Go pound sand.
If an EMP does actually hit and your cell phone stops working, just pull it out of your pocket and drop it on the ground. Although, if it has a lithium battery like most do, you might be able to use it to start a fire.
As far as the government tracking you – please; you’re not that important. If you were, you’d already know how to circumvent this kind of thing.
7) List of important information
You can’t always rely on getting into your cell phone to get phone numbers or addresses. Your phone may be dead when you really need it or get stolen by a roving band of ne’er-do-well chimpanzees with matching hats and an addiction to Grindr.
What I’d suggest is that you make a list of the phone numbers of anyone you might have to contact in an emergency if you had to use someone else’s phone, along with any other information you think you might need that you’d usually have to get off your phone or the internet.
If you’re staying in another country for a while, I’d also suggest you list your hotel phone number and address. Also, find someone (maybe from the concierge at your hotel – or the embassy, if nothing else) who will write a note in the local language(s) on your paper with a few phrases next to the English translation (so you know which phrase you’re pointing to).
Please take me to my hotel at [insert address here].
I need help. Can you please help me find a police officer?
I need help. Can you please help me find a doctor or ambulance?
You could go on and on with a list like this but if it’s too long, you may not carry it.
You can either laminate this list or just have them write it in your waterproof paper notebook above. You just don’t want it getting ruined if you get wet or falling apart.
Oh, and if you happen to somehow get my old linguist from a particular embassy in Africa, make sure you have someone else check what they wrote or you may find that you’re actually asking someone for a “date.” Don’t ask.
Additional suggestions on what to carry
This post was originally just to tell you about what minimum things everyone should carry if they can but there are a couple others that I highly suggest you should carry if at all possible.
8) A real weapon
You may not have realized it but there are actually bad people in the world. Also, you may not know it but many of those people don’t follow the law and will carry a gun even when they’re not allowed to do so. Seriously.
I know, I know. I can hear you saying, “I can take care of myself.” No. No you can’t. Nothing can help in all situations but having at least the opportunity to defend yourself against an armed person or someone much bigger than you could extend your life. Just make sure you’re trained in how to properly handle the weapon of your choice AND how to handle yourself in a situation where you might have to use it. Go get professional training.
9) A multitool
A knife is definitely the primary tool you should carry but knives have limitations. If you have the room, get a good multitool what will give you a second blade, pliers, and several other useful items.
You don’t really need something like this XAVT but there are plenty of good choices out there. When I’m wearing something that won’t make a multi-tool look out of place, I carry the Gerber multi-tool that came with one of my Army ammo cleaning kits. Because it isn’t something you can really expect to wear with a lot of outfits people usually wear, I didn’t include it in the top six.
10) paracord bracelet
I sometimes wear the paracord bracelet my old private investigations partner made for me just to have some kind of cordage. It certainly comes in handy to have something on occasion but you kind of need more than what’s easily carried or worn to really do anything with it. If you really want to get one and don’t want to get your PI license and wait for your partner to learn while you’re both sitting there waiting for hours for some dude to come home as you breathe in second-hand smoke for days, I’d suggest getting this OmeGod survival bracelet or similar because it has a whistle and fire starter in it.
So, there ya’ have it. That’s my list of the top seven EDC (Every Day Carry) items that you should have every time you leave the house.
BTW, as of the moment, there’s some kind of deal on shoelaces with a built in fire starter going on (one is free right now) that you might want to check out. No idea how long it’s going on so please leave a comment when the deal ends and I’ll take this down and let me know if you order any.
EDC: Top 7 things you should carry every day was last modified: April 3rd, 2017 by graywolfsurvival.com
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