The term “Every Day Carry” or EDC has spawned as a result of social media groups about prepping, preparedness, weapons, and the like. It’s also fun to see what’s in everyone’s pockets!
According to Wikipedia, the term refers to “items that are carried on a consistent basis to assist in dealing with normal everyday needs, including possible emergency situations.”
EDC ranges from a cell phone and car keys to knives, multitools, flashlights, firearms, food – you name it! Of course, what you carry depends on your job and what activities you’ll be doing throughout the day. But EDC refers to the average day. Keep reading to discover if you really need all that stuff you’re lugging around.
EDC items can be divided into the following categories:
• Occupational (i.e. pocket knife and work gloves)
• Disaster-related (i.e. flashlight and phone)
• Team support (i.e. first aid and small weapon)
• Health-related (i.e. painkillers or prescription meds)
• Time-related (i.e. wristwatch)
• Safety (i.e. tactical pen and pepper spray)
• Wilderness (i.e. compass and water purification tablets)
When taking inventory of your EDC items, you first must consider your requirements. Is your goal to “look cool” or to “have what I need for work?” Do you spent most of your time on the road, in an office, or in the woods?
Decide what you are preparing for and what you will need to overcome it. Remember to think realistically. It’s simply not possible to be prepared for every scenario.
Many people who carry handguns do so because they believe they may wind up in a situation that requires significant threat or even deadly force to save their life, property, or another life. But those people don’t carry supplies to help treat a gunshot wound or other medical issue.
Which situation is the average person more likely to encounter?
All-in-One EDC Tools
Multitools are sweeping the country. They are small enough to fit in your pocket and offer multiple different tools in one, sort of like a Swiss army knife on steroids, This sounds good in theory, but many of these products are oriented towards the “cool factor” rather than practical use. Plus, they aren’t cheap. The device at left retails for nearly $170.
For most, it would be easier to go get a tool from the truck rather than try to make a pocket-sized version of the tool work.
It’s good to have backup options, but do you need to carry these items on your person? As backpackers will tell you, every ounce of gear adds up. For example, a single knife can last almost indefinitely with proper maintenance. Why do you need to carry two? It would make more sense to store your backup knife in your car or by your bedside.
Spare magazines are very useful when it comes time to deploy your handgun – but how many shots will you really need to fire? In most emergency situations, a single shot or just the sight of a gun will deter criminals.
Having all the gear in the world won’t matter if you don’t know how to use it. Rather than shelling out hundreds for that new knife, gun, or other EDC toy, consider attending a training class. After all, knowledge doesn’t take up space in your backpack.
Practice makes perfect. If you carry a gun, practice shooting. If you carry medical supplies, run through drills at home. No EDC is perfect. It all comes down to the situation, your knowledge, and how effective your items are.