Everyone has an everyday carry (EDC) kit whether they know it or not; if they carry the same items every day, they have an EDC kit. Preppers take extra care in selecting the items in their kit usually adding tools that will help them with any aspect of life they may find themselves in. Some preppers and patriots however put more stock in certain items more than others and not always the correct one. A month ago American Patriot the III% ran a contest in one of the Facebook groups and wanted to know contestants most important EDC item, everyone started flashing their gun. Now as important as personal protection is, our carry pistol is the least used tool (thankfully) in our EDC kits. So what is the most used items that people use every day?
1. Cell Phone
Most everyone has a cell phone now a days and the majority of them are smart phones. We use our phones for the obvious phone calls and text, but there are several other functions smart phones do. The smart phone has successfully replaced dozens of products that people use in their everyday life which, whether you like it or not, makes your phone immensely important to survival. Here is a short list of tools that an average phone can do today without having wireless service or even wifi: road or topographical maps, camera, voice recorder, camcorder, notebook, library of books, scientific calculator, watch, timer, datebook, MP3 player, and many more. With some type of service you can add two-way radio, police scanner, weather station, up-to-date news, GPS, and then the obvious communications. In my opinion, the ability to have maps and reference books at my finger tips with or without wireless service is enough for me to always have my phone on me. There is one massive down side: durability. Smart phones are very fragile just like a basic lap-top computer, so you should protect them with the best phone case you can get. LifeProof makes a very durable waterproof/shockproof case for most models of phones and even though they aren’t waterproof, the Otterbox Defender series is shockproof and I personally have seen how well it works.
I use my knife or knives all the time and not just for cutting. Now even though the manufacturers will never recommend using your knife for anything more than the intended purpose of cutting, how many other people have used theirs for prying, scraping, sawing, or even as a screwdriver (even though it didn’t have a drive bit or was a swiss army design). It is due to those extra curricular “activities” that when I am selecting a new knife, I look for the most durable at a reasonable price. I currently still carry my Camillus EDC3 that I reviewed last year. I also carry a Wenger Basic Issue that unfortunately is no longer available, however the Victorinox Swiss Army PioneerEdit looks to be identical and slightly cheaper.
Now many people may not see the need for a flashlight every day, but neither did I until I started carrying one. My background profession is nothing cool that may require a flashlight, I’m not a security guard, law enforcement, mechanic, or any career that may operate in dark places; I am in retail management. Before my flashlight days, I’d just deal with low light environments with eye squinting and feeling around for objects hidden in the shadows of backrooms or under desks. With a flashlight I can actually see product names printed on the ends of heavy boxes that are shadowed by pallet shelving or that pesky quarter that rolled under the desk in the cash office. You don’t have to be a creature of the dark to need a good flashlight. Some may be saying that their phone works as a light and that may work for you, but for those of you that work someplace that may result in unintended damage to your handheld computer, get a flashlight. Flashlights come in all shapes and sizes so you should find one that meets your needs and is still small enough to carry without it being cumbersome. I have two that I walk around with all the time, one is the Streamlight NanoEdit which was my second light that I carried in my EDC. The nano was much, much smaller than my original light and that was the reason I bought it. After using it for about a month I realized the limitations and began searching for a new one and that is when I was introduced to my current light the Lux Pro LP290. It is a little larger than some models on the market and it is perfect for my main, but I still carry my nano because it’s small enough to clip on to my swiss army knife.
4. First Aid Kit
You don’t have to carry a full first aid kit on you all day, but anything from a a few band-aids to a pocket trauma kit. I personally only carry band-aids, antiseptic wipes, aspirin, and ibuprofen. You can get and carry a pocket trauma kit like the D.A.R.K. by Dark Angel Medical, but they can get expensive and not all people can fit it in to their kit. I also don’t recommend using medical equipment that you have not received proper training with.
Yes, I said cash. Relying on electronic payment or funds may be easy, but can be quite problematic. Ignoring all the recent collapsing economies, it’s just smart to have cash on hand with power outages or other instances of electronic card readers failing. How much money to keep on hand is up for debate, but i suggest at least $50 up to $200. For those concerned with safety and security while carrying cash, it is another reason to carry a defensive pistol or carry the bulk of the money in a safe place on your person and keep an decoy wallet.
Ultimately what you have in an EDC kit has to fit your personal and professional lifestyle. Look at what you do every day and decide what items work best for you. Please tell us what you have in your EDC.
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